Dark Chocolate Fruit and Nut Bon Bons

What a healthy way to do dessert! These mendiants are made with anti-oxidant rich dark chocolate filled with fruits and nuts. Coarse sea salt makes them even more delicious.

16 ounces good quality dark chocolate

¼ cup chopped pecans

¼ cup chopped walnuts

½ cup total – dried cranberries, pineapple, mango, cherries, apricots and/or goji berries, diced

3 tablespoons toasted pumpkin seeds (pepitas)

2 tablespoons candied ginger, diced

Coarse sea salt

Toast the nuts in a preheated 350 degree oven for 5 minutes; set aside. Chop the dried fruit and candied ginger into small chunks, set aside. Spray 2 small silicon ice cube trays with cooking spray. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or microwave safe bowl. Remove chocolate from heat and stir in chopped nuts and fruit. Divide chocolate mixture in the ice cube trays. Sprinkle with coarse sea salt. Refrigerate for 2 hours to set chocolate. Carefully pop out of trays and store in air tight container. Makes about 24.

The writer owns Catering by Debbi Covington and is the author of three cookbooks, Celebrate Beaufort, Celebrate Everything! and Dining Under the Carolina Moon. For more great recipes and to view her cooking demonstrations, visit and subscribe to Debbi’s YouTube channel. Debbi’s website address is www.cateringbydebbicovington.com. She may be reached at 843-525-0350 or by email at dbc@cateringbydebbicovington.com.