Stuff and Nonsense: Choctoberfest: Chocolate Dipped Apricots


10.07.2015

Choctoberfest: Chocolate Dipped Apricots


Munson's Chocolates, a Connecticut chocolate company that's been around since 1946, makes the most decadently delicious chocolates and chocolate-based confections. Their stores are a kind of dangerous paradise for chocolate lovers, I tell you, because it's so very easy to leave with so much more than you intended. During the bitter give-me-all-your-comfort-foods-now winter months, I like to nibble my way through a box of chocolate brickle -- a delectable blend of brown sugar toffee, almonds, pecans, and walnuts drizzled with milk, dark, and white chocolate -- but the chocolate covered apricots are my hands down favorite year-round. Plump, juicy glacé ‎apricots enrobed in rich dark chocolate ... yum!

Chocolate + glace apricots = superdelicousyumwithknobson

It should be no surprise then that I thought #Choctoberfest would be the perfect time to try my hand at chocolate covered apricots! I knew I didn't want to use the regular ol' dried apricots you find at the grocery store, but the posher (and more correct) glacé ‎apricots. I found a tin at Williams-Sonoma, but the price just about made me cry, so I ended up purchasing them online from Nuts.com for a much more reasonable price. The apricots are beautiful -- plump, luscious fruit -- and taste just lovely all on their own. Obviously, as they're preserved in a sugar syrup (that makes them glacé), they're a bit more like eating apricot candy than, say, a health food and you might not want to eat more than one at a time lest you find yourself buzzing around like a hummingbird.

Superduper awesome glacé apricot on the left & boring ol' regular dried apricot on the right

I'm just saying glacé apricots are a bit sweet. But totally crave-worthy. It's like some cunning soul took a regular ol' apricot and infused it with a mixture of honey and liquid sunlight. It's the kind of thing you need to eat in the darkest, bitterest heart of winter.

Delicious chocolate of melting ... and nibbling!

For chocolate, I used Ghiradelli's dark chocolate melting wafers. I considered using bittersweet chips, but worried the chocolate would be too brittle when it set. I'd never made chocolate dipped fruit before, you know, and I didn't want to mess it up. The melting wafers are advertised as the "trusty recipe go-to for consistent baking and candy-making results" and that sounded pretty good to me! Maybe one day, when I'm all into home chocolate-making, I'll splash out for some couverture chocolate, but melting wafers are just fine for this pessimistic noob. (I mean, I'm not sure where I thought I could go wrong with this recipe -- maybe, blow up the microwave? -- but I was all full of trepidation the first time through!)

Dark Chocolate Dipped Apricots

Ingredients

  • 5 oz dark chocolate melting wafers
  • 12 oz glacé ‎apricots

Instructions

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment.
  2. Melt chocolate chips in a microwave-safe glass bowl on High 30 seconds; stir well and repeat until wafers are smooth.
  3. Working one at a time, dip about ¾ of an apricot into the melted chocolate, allowing excess chocolate to drip back into the bowl. Place on baking sheet.
  4. Repeat with remaining apricots and chocolate.
  5. Place in refrigerator until set, at least 20 minutes.
  6. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

You will note that some of my apricots are ¾-dipped and some are wholly enrobed in chocolate. This is because, as I came to the bottom of the chocolate bowl, it became harder to dip the apricots so I ended up laying them in the bowl and spooning chocolate over them before moving them to the tray.

Ignore my Christmas cupcake papers ... but these would make a nice Christmas gift ...

While I am mostly pleased with my endeavor, I must say that the chocolate wasn't dark enough for me the first time 'round -- especially considering the sweetness of the glacé apricots -- so, the second time, I used 4 oz dark chocolate melting wafers and 1 oz bittersweet chips. This was a definitely closer to what I had in mind!

I can imagine doing this with other glacé fruits like pineapple or peaches. Or figs! Mmm ... glacé figs!





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4 comments :

  1. Oh my gosh-never heard of these but I want to try them now!!

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  2. I love this gorgeous, healthier treat! Using glace apricots was genius!!!

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  3. I love those glace apricots. I have never even heard of them before.

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  4. I've never heard of glacé apricots before but now I want to find them! If nothing else I am sure I would still enjoy it with regular dried apricots.

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