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Dip & Drizzle (page 165)

Yes, chocolate-coated grasshoppers are a thing!

When the basic recipe is warm enough, it can be used for dipping and coating other foods.

Bite-sized fruits and other foodstuffs can be placed on a tray of waxed paper and then drizzled with chocolate.  Alternately, add a cup’s worth to the basic recipe and ladle out the resulting mixture either into molds or onto waxed paper.  Most larger fruits will do best when sliced. Bananas, bread, and carrots [dry to touch] can be dipped whole or when sliced/cubed, and then placed on a tray for refrigeration.

The Fruit and Nut Chocolate Bar recipe (page 163) is also a great place to look for ingredients that can be dipped and drizzled upon.  You can also use flavored, spiced, or infused chocolates for combinations like mint-blueberry or ginger-orange-cinnamon.

  • Bananas
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Chili peppers (seeded)
  • Dried fruits
  • Figs
  • Kiwis
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Raisins
  • Strawberries
  • Cherries.  If you pit the cherry, you lose the stem, if you don’t pit the cherry, it is best to warn people
  • Biscotti
  • Bread
  • Candied ginger
  • Popsicles
  • Pretzels
  • Some bugs (not vegan)
  • Sweet carrots
  • That which grows in your garden
  • Zucchini
  • Chocolate chip cookie dough balls
  • Almonds
  • Brazil Nuts
  • Cashews
  • Filberts
  • Flax seeds (use sparingly)
  • Pecans
  • Peanuts
  • Pepitas
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Walnuts
  • Peanut butter filled pretzels.  Buy these pre-made, squish peanut butter into pretzels, or use the filling from the peanut butter cup recipe.
  • Honeycomb candy (page 168)

IDEA: Chocolate Juices

picture of carrots and carrot juice found at https://static.pexels.com/photos/162670/carrot-juice-juice-carrots-vegetable-juice-162670.jpeg

There’s these juices we were using to stain our (small) decks.* One was straight beet juice, and the other was some sort of carrot juice whose ingredients included carrot, turmeric, ginger, and orange oil. Both of these would go great with cocoa.

I think cocoa powder and carrot juice would taste great together; the carrots are sweet, the cocoa is bitter. Same deal with beets.  YUM.  But I think in reality, the dry powder would have a hard time mixing. One way to solve that to that is to blend it in.


– 8-ounce glass of juice or juices
– 1 tablespoon cocoa powder (to taste)

Blend ingredients. Taste test. Add more cocoa or juice if necessary.

Dilute! Dilute ok! I grew up with diluted juice (cheaper and not as bad for you), and would probably start with 3 ounces juice, 5 ounces water, cocoa powder to taste. But that’s me.

*You can literally stain and seal your deck with a homemade vinaigrette, and it looks great, as long as there isn’t a 3-day ash storm in the middle of the process. It won’t last as long, but it keeps the rain off for a while.