Desserts

French Mendiant, The Christmas Chocolate Bark

Stack of mendiants with a red and white string.

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.

Tips

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.

person in a red top preparing chocolate disks.

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).

kid and a mom putting toppings on chocolat dis

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.

kid and a mom putting toppings on chocolat dis

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 love 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

Easy Cherry Almond Florentine Cookies

The traditional French Sweet Christmas Bread

Irresistible Fudgy Chocolate Brownie Cookies

Christmas Mendiant, A French Chocolate Indulgence

Mendiant is a sinfully delicious dark chocolate disk topped with different type of nuts and dried fruits. Quick and easy to put together, the mendiant is a melted dark chocolate topped with nuts of your choice such as almonds, pecans, peanuts and dried fruits.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: French
Keyword: chocolate, christmas, decadent, dried fruits, easy, edible gift, indulgence, kids activity, nuts, treat
Servings: 2 dozens
Author: Mélanie

Equipment

  • Cooking sheet covered
  • A small pot or bowl

Ingredients

  • 1 and 1/2 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

Instructions

  • 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.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

You can use pistachios, macadamia nuts, dried figs cut in pieces or anything you might like! 

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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