Mendiant is a sinfully delicious Christmas chocolate bark in the shape of a disk and topped with different types of nuts and dried fruits. Quick and easy to put together, the mendiant is very versatile, you can stay traditional or make it a more festive but still easy chocolate bark.
Typically prepared in the month of December for the holiday season, you will love this almost guilt-free treat, it is a healthy chocolate bark! It’s vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, this is the perfect sweet chocolate bark recipe to make asap!
Where Do Mendiants Originate?
Originally from Provence, this treat belongs to the traditional 13 desserts of Provence. Mendiant means ''beggar'' or mendicant which as Wikipedia explains were representing the monastic orders (Dominicans, Franciscans, Augustinians and, Carmelites).
Although the spread of desserts has a whole biblical meaning and history to eat, we can all agree, we are here for the delicious sweets!
Another one of the 13 desserts is the Bûche de Noël or Yule log, I have broken down all the steps so you can make your own with the chocolate ganache. The French sweet bread is also an item part of the spread: a delicious bread, a little brioche-like, flavoured with orange blossom extract.
How To Make Christmas Chocolate Bark?
- First, prepare all the toppings you will want to put on your mendiants.
Then, prepare a baking sheet covered with parchment paper or a baking mat.
- Then, cut the chocolate into small pieces or chocolate chips and put it in a bowl. Melt chocolate in the microwave for 20 seconds, mix and repeat until completely melted. You can also melt it by putting it on a double boiler: Take a big pot, put some water in (about 2 inches), in a small pot, put the chocolate, and place it in the water of the bigger pot. It will start melting once the water is hot and boiling.
- Using a tablespoon, make small disks on the cookie sheet and sprinkle them with the toppings. Repeat until you no longer have chocolate.
- Lastly, et aside in the fridge for 2 hours to allow to set.
GOOD QUALITY CHOCOLATE is key. Once you spend a few more dollars to buy higher-quality chocolate, you won't be able to go back. Personally, I buy Barry-Callebaut and I find it at McEwan in Toronto.
WHITE CHOCOLATE: Feel free to swap the dark chocolate for another type.
More chocolate bark topping ideas
What I love about this Christmas bark recipe is how versatile it is.
Traditional version: use some nuts such as almonds, pistachios, or walnut and some candied or dried fruits like raisins or dried cranberries.
More festive chocolate bark: crush some candy canes and sprinkle them on the chocolate.
North-American edition: this recipe is a typical French version but there are a lot of creative chocolate bark recipes out there where you can add some peanut butter, pretzels, saltine crackers and so much more.
How To And How Long To Store The Chocolate Bark
If you need to save some mendiants from the sweet tooth in your house, you can do so for about 10 days. You have to make sure to place them in an air-tight container in a cool place or in the fridge. Leaving them at room temperature on the counter can be a little risky as it might melt (if your kitchen is sunny, it will warm up).
Make It A Family Activity
Everyone can be free to make their own bark version. This recipe for Christmas bark is pretty quick and this could be an easy project to make with the kids. My son enjoyed making the mendiant to his taste with his favorite toppings. He gave the idea of adding some coconut on top and I loved it as it looked like snow! So fitting!
Having the kids in the kitchen is not always easy but this is a simple recipe ready in a short time.
The Perfect Edible Gift
Mendiants are a cute bite format and could be a great hostess gift or any sweet tooth in your life that loves a great chocolate treat. Wrap them with a few other cookies like this 4-ingredient Almond Shortbread cookies and a few sticks of peppermint and you have a beautiful little gift!
This is also a great treat to have at home during the holidays. Anyone popping by your home, this is the perfect bite-size to offer your guest. You can't say no to chocolate, can you?
GIFT: Placed in a cute box, it makes a great gift for a hostess, teacher, colleague, or friend.
More Christmas Bark Ideas
Christmas bark saltine crackers in a saltine toffee version
Chocolate Christmas bark with this peppermint bark fudge
Christmas almond bark with this caramelized almond rocky road bark
More Christmas Treats Ideas
The Best Almond Flour Shortbread Cookies
Super Easy Homemade Chocolate Truffles
The traditional French Sweet Christmas Bread
Irresistible Fudgy Chocolate Brownie Cookies
Christmas Mendiant, A French Chocolate Indulgence
- Cooking sheet covered
- A small pot or bowl
- 1 and ½ cup dark chocolate, unsweetened 200 g
- 1 handful almond sliced, whole etc
- 1 handful pecan whole or in pieces
- 1 handful shredded coconut unsweetened
- 1 handful peanut in pieces
- 1 handful raisins, cranberries or craisins
- Set up your ramekins with the toppings listed above or the ones of your choice.
- Prepare a baking sheet with a parchemin paper or a baking mat.
- Cut the chocolate in small pieces. Melt it in the microwave for 20 secondes, mix and repeat until completely melted.
- Using a tablespoon, make small disks and sprinkle with the toppings.
- Repeat until done.
- Set aside in a cool place for 2 hours to allow to set.
I highly recommend making my recipes using a scale but for your convenience, I have also converted the recipe using this website.
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