Mendiants translates to “beggar” in the French language. However, there is nothing meager or impoverished about these chocolate discs studded with dried fruits and nuts. They look so elegant in a gift box and on a plate when served after dinner.
The original chocolate mendiants have different toppings to represent the colours of the monastic robes for the four major orders of the Roman Catholic Church – raisins for the Dominicans, hazelnuts for the Augustinians, dried figs for the Franciscans and almonds for the Carmelites
These days, you will find chocolate mendiants with a variety of toppings. That is my favorite bit about them. You can let your creativity and imagination run with the wind and top the chocolate with any fruit, nut, seed, herb in any way you like.
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