Chocolate Dipped Apricots are a delicious way to make holiday candy! Dried apricots are dipped in dark and white chocolate and coated with crushed walnuts, shredded coconut, and colorful sprinkles. These are probably the easiest candy or treats you’ll make this holiday season! A festive candy you can eat and indulge without guilt, and will leave you craving for more!
Need a quick holiday candy that won’t break the bank? Try these dried apricots and turn them into holiday treats. Dried apricots are moist, chewy and practically melt in your mouth.
But when you dip them into chocolate, they become a delightful treat to enjoy. Serve these scrumptious apricots with our homemade peppermint mocha latte to compliment.
Try substituting with other dried fruits, like mango or pineapple, for the apricots.
Be sure when buying dried apricots, the package will say they are soft, chewy and ORGANIC! You pay a few pennies more, but worth it!
Dried apricots come in small, medium and large sizes. The small ones will yield you more of these chocolate treats, and they make perfect gifts too!
With that said, this recipe for chocolate dipped apricots is a simple process.
First, melt one chocolate at a time. I started with melting the dark chocolate. Taking each apricot, dipping and then sprinkling with one of the toppings and placing it on parchment paper.
Then continue the same with white chocolate and continue with the remaining apricots.
Tips on Melting Chocolate:
You can use chocolate chips, mini chocolate chips or even a good quality dark chocolate bar. Start with a dark chocolate bar that has been cut into small pieces, and you don’t need a lot of it, about 2 to 3 ounces will do.
You can melt chocolate in a double boiler or in a bowl that fits over a small pot simmering water on the stove. Use about one inch of water and be sure it doesn’t touch the bottom of the bowl that is holding your chocolate.
If melting in a double boiler, be sure no water or steam will touch the chocolate, or it will seize up into a solid mass, and you will have to start all over.
You can microwave the chocolate, but you will need to do it in increments of every 30 seconds or less, stirring the chocolate each time until it fully melts.
How to Make Chocolate Dipped Apricots:
First, start by placing a sheet of wax paper or parchment paper on a large platter or baking sheet.
Next, place some crushed walnuts, about 2 tablespoons into a small bowl or dish. Then place some shredded coconut into a second small bowl or plate, and have the bottle of colored sprinkles nearby a third bowl.
Melt chocolate, one at a time. Start with melting dark chocolate first in a double boiler or microwave.
Take each apricot and dip most of the fruit into the chocolate. Holding the apricot by the tip, dip most of the fruit into the melted chocolate. Remove it from the chocolate and drag it along the lip of the bowl, removing excess chocolate. Then sprinkle with one of the toppings and place it onto the prepared baking sheet or pan.
Then do the same with melted white chocolate. But you will need to rinse the pot or bowl and towel dry before you start, or just use a different pan or bowl to melt white chocolate. Make sure there is not a drop of water in it before you start.
Place chocolate dipped apricots into the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to chill. Best to serve at room temperature.
Reasons why we love dried apricots:
they make a healthy snack
loaded with nutrients and vitamins
gluten free and vegan
easy to pack-and-go
super easy to dip into chocolate
Why buy ORGANIC dried apricots?
If you find dried apricots with a bright, vivid orange color, most likely these are treated with sulfur dioxide. Organic fruit are not treated with sulfur vapor; and therefore, will taste better.
Storing and Freezing:
Best to store these apricots in an airtight container to keep fresh up to one week. If kept in the refrigerator, they will keep fresh up to 2 weeks. And they freeze beautifully!
Chocolate Dipped Apricots make wonderful holiday candy!
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