by Eddy Van Damme on February 6, 2012

Of all the chocolates Mendiants are one of the easiest and fastest to make and are very much appreciated by our clients. Traditionally they are made with dark chocolate and a variety of nuts and candied fruits but the ones featured here are made with Valentines in mind.

Since many of our customers are not excited about white chocolate you may decide to add some additional flavoring to enhance it to your standards. For these I added vanilla bean to the white chocolate as it blends very well with the freeze dried strawberries, dried cherries, cranberries and macadamia nut.

Freeze dried strawberries will get soft when exposed to a refrigerator or high humidity. Packaging these is recommended.




17 oz White chocolate 500 g
½ Vanilla bean ½
40 pieces Freeze dried strawberries, dried cherries, dried cranberries, macadamia nuts 40 pieces

1.Crystallize the white chocolate.

2.Pipe 8-10 disks at a time of chocolate just large enough to hold one piece of each fruit/nut.

3.Immediately place the dried fruits onto the chocolate disks. If desired decorate with gold leaf.

4.Store dry and at room temperature.


19 comments on “Mendiants

  1. ghizlane on said:

    Hi chef
    so beautiful and sample
    thank you

  2. Love the simplicity of this little sweet 🙂

  3. Vanilla bean adds an elegant touch! Nice!

  4. elaine hong on said:

    hi chef eddy, i was wondering where can i find freeze dried strawberries? i could only find the regular dried strawberries. thanks!

  5. Savanna Cunningham on said:

    chef eddy what brand of white chocolate would you use? i have worked with store brands and they just don’t cut it, what would you recommend?

  6. Trendalynn Austin on said:

    Nice recipe!!! Now since this recipe needs to be stored dry and at room temperature, and for instance if you are not going to eat this right away how long can you leave this out or can you store in a refrigerator?

  7. Niah Clark on said:

    Very simple, and easy if you have company coming over.

  8. Eddy Van Damme on said:

    Easily a full week.

  9. Eddy Van Damme on said:

    Either will work,

  10. John Cantu on said:

    Elegant appeal, looks irresistible. I sure it would be a delight to eat.

  11. how are you doing chef? I am doing fine…. I am just finishing my school from now on…

  12. Huong Kim Le on said:

    Its a very simple yet so elegant. All your work is so AWESOME!! (:

  13. Eddy Van Damme on said:

    Thank you very much!

  14. Diana Wallace on said:

    These are always my favorite!! Great job!

  15. Clarissa Jasmin on said:

    My first time making Mendiants was at Chef Anna’s class about 3 weeks ago and it was really easy. We used dark chocolate, but I can’t wait to make some more with white chocolate and the strawberries! I just love the combination of it.

  16. jessica raymond on said:

    this are so simple to make and really you can just use what you have on hand to create something on the fly.

  17. Elizabeth Poirrier on said:

    These are beautiful! I love the history behind Mendiants – since it is a traditional French confection, the nuts and dried fruits represented the four mendicant or monastic orders of the Dominicans, Augustinians, Franciscans and Carmelites. Each of the nuts and dried fruits used refered to the color of monastic robes with tradition dictating raisins for the Dominicans, hazelnut for the Augustins, dried fig for Franciscans and almond for Carmelite. So not just beautiful but historical as well!

  18. valerie alexander on said:

    I love white chocolate and this is a perfect quick little dessert.

  19. Kellie Betz on said:

    These look so beautiful and yummy! So simple yet it looks like a master piece

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