dark chocolate your way

dark chocolate your way

As the days get shorter, I find myself craving dark chocolate. Honestly, I crave chocolate in all seasons, I just crave it more when the evenings are longer. I discovered these chocolate treats covered with healthy add-ons from Sue Moran’s blog, “View from Great Island”. You can ease any chocolate guilt you might be feeling with these rounds of chocolate loaded with fruit and nuts made just the way you like it. You don’t have to be an expert in working with chocolate because these instructions are really simple.

dark chocolate your way

Serves: Makes about 2 dozen rounds


  • 8 ounces dark chocolate, (the higher the percentage of cacao the better, but choose a chocolate bar that you enjoy eating).
  • Assorted dried fruits and nuts;
  • pumpkin seeds
  • sesame seeds
  • dried cranberries
  • dried blueberries
  • goji berries
  • golden raisins
  • pecans
  • almonds
  • dried papaya
  • dried pineapple
  • dried mango



Lay out a piece of parchment paper, or waxed paper, or foil. If you want uniform size chocolate rounds, you can draw circles on your paper. I used the rim of a champagne flute, or you may choose to go slightly larger.


Arrange your dried fruits and berries on a tray so you can quickly access them to drop on the melted chocolate. Chop pieces that are large so they don’t overwhelm your bite-size chocolate shapes.


Break the chocolate into small pieces and put them in a microwave safe glass measuring cup or bowl. Microwave for 60 seconds, and then stir. Microwave for another 30 seconds, and then stir again to completely melt the chocolate. If there are still lumps, microwave for another short burst and stir again.


Use a spoon to make small rounds of chocolate on the parchment paper. Let the chocolate fall from the spoon and it will naturally form a more or less round shape. Sprinkle each round of chocolate with an assortment of dried fruit and nuts while the chocolate is still hot.


Let the chocolate set at room temperature, or put the rounds in the refrigerator to speed things up. These make a delightful hostess gift or add-on to your tray of treats for dessert. I prefer mine straight up with a glass of red wine.

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