If making chocolates at home is something you’ve always wanted to do why not start with mendiants?

What is a mendiant? It’s a beautiful bite-sized chocolate disc that requires no more skill than spooning out and decorating — no special kit needed

Its a French confection given as gifts around Christmas time. Traditionally studded with nuts and dried fruits to represent the robe colours of the four monastic orders, or mendicants, of the church:

Raisin for the Dominicans,

Hazelnut for the Augustinians,

Fig for the Franciscans

Almond for the Carmelites.

These friars lived by faith (on charitable offerings), earning them the title of “mendiants,” meaning “beggar” in French.  Today chocolatiers use any variety of fruit and nuts to show off their creativity.

How do you make mendiants?

Mendiants are a great way to break into the confection world and flex your creative muscles — churn out a batch and see where your chocolate craving takes you.

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