Chocolate & Chili Dipped Dried Fruit

 

Dress up Jansal Valley® Dried Fruits with dark chocolate, chili peppers & sea salt for a deceptively simple treat. These are excellent for holiday parties, goody bags, or simply keeping around the house to cure any sweet tooth.

 

Chocolate & Chili Dipped Dried Fruit

 

Ingredients


8 oz Jansal Valley® Dried Fruit of Choice / test kitchen favorite: Apricots!

4-6  Jansal Valley® Dried Chili Peppers of Choice / roughly ground / test kitchen favorite: Chili de Arbol!

1 C Dark or Bittersweet Chocolate Chips / or 4.5 oz roughly chopped

Flake Salt / to taste

 
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Method


Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Evenly space dried fruit on the baking sheet in a single layer.

Chop or finely grind chili peppers using a mortar and pestle. Try combining various chilies for your own signature flavor.

To melt the chocolate, place in a microwave-safe bowl and heat in 30 second increments until just melted, stirring throughout. 

Dip each piece of dried fruit halfway into the chocolate, allowing any excess to drip off before placing back on the baking sheet. Once all pieces have been dipped, sprinkle all with the ground chili pepper & flake salt to taste.

Refrigerate until hardened, about 10 minutes, and enjoy!

 

Garnish and Serve

You've asked, and we're here to answer: what's that garnish?

All of these are super, super simple to use. Nearly all of them require little-to-no effort aside from taking the product out of its package. They provide easy, eye-catching, impressive finishes to so many dishes that we make in the test kitchen.  

See below for our favorite and most often used garnishes that you may have spotted in our recent posts.

 
 

 Pickle Skewers- pickled garden vegetables, spicy cocktail onions, cornichons, jalepeno stuffed spanish olives. perfect for a bloody mary, or a new take on for a dirty martini. more color, texture, and bite than the traditional olive.
Mango Pearls- a fun, easy introduction to gastronomy. Unique and easy to use. Brightness in color & flavor are matched with an exciting, caviar-like pop. Perfect to garnish summery, tropical drinks or to watch dance in a champagne flute
Chocolate Mint- the refreshing qualities of mint combined with the richness and depth of chocolate, all packed into fresh leaves are ready to be muddled into a Mojito or blended into a Mudslide.

 

 
appetizer garnish
 

Black Lava Salt- the stark black, slightly shiny finish to this charcoal-infused sea salt is a perfect finishing salt for any dish featuring bright colors. Crunchy & savory with a hint of earthy black lava, this salt provides contrast in many ways.
Edible Herb Flowers-beautiful in flavor & looks, edible herb flowers like chive blossoms, African flowering basil, and fennel flowers offer delicate versions of their full-grown relatives’ flavors. Pluck off the petals and sprinkle them over a dish as a bright garnish, or leave them whole in the body of a summer salad or as a pop of color on a cheese board. 
Citrus Dust- all natural dried citrus fruit is ground in a blender to a super-fine dust and used as an easy, but elegant, unexpected, and bright garnish. Sprinkle it over the rim of a dish as a fragrant frame, or finish a dish with it as you would salt & pepper. It’s bright yellow-orange color pairs perfectly with seafood, poultry or grilled vegetables. 

 

 
dinner garnish
 

Spicy Radish Sprouts- the familiar bite of radishes combined with the light crunch of sprouts,  the bright whites, purples, yellows, and greens and a unique, wild shape are a natural way to enhance any salad, chilled noodle dish, or sandwich. We love them as a spicy addition to a cheese board.
Lavender Salt- French Atlantic grey sea salt with blue lavender flowers provide lightness & floral notes to any Spring or Summer dish. Beautiful to sprinkle over a soft cheese or fresh fruit. Perfect for rimming a glass of fruity, white sangria.  
Fresh Farmer's Cheese- versatile, creamy, and tender- this multi-purpose cheese can be crumbled, grated, shredded, or melted to finish a dish. It’s bright, white color and interesting texture add visual appeal to the dish as well. 

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