Choc-dipped tropical fruit

Covering colourful tropical fruit with chocolate and an array of exotic toppings is one way to guarantee an eye-catching and delicious dessert.

  • 40 mins preparation
  • Serves 10
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  • 1 kilogram watermelon, cut into small wedges
  • 1 medium mandarin (200g), segmented
  • 1 cup (150g) cherries
  • 1 cup (130g) strawberries
  • 1 medium kiwifruit (85g), sliced
  • 8 dehydrated orange slices
  • 8 dehydrated pineapple slices
Crunchy add-ons
  • 2 tablespoons freeze-dried raspberries, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon desiccated coconut
  • 1 tablespoon slivered pistachios, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon activated buckwheat groats
  • 2 teaspoons freeze-dried raspberry powder
  • 1 teaspoon bee pollen, optional
Chocolate coating
  • 2 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup (120g) cacao butter, chopped finely
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup (100g) cacao powder


  • 1
    Place fruit on trays lined with baking paper. With a paper towel, pat watermelon dry to remove excess moisture
  • 2
    Place crunchy add-ons in separate small bowls.
  • 3
    Make chocolate coating - Place coconut oil and cacao butter in a medium heatproof bowl over a smaller heatproof bowl of boiling water; whisk until combined and smooth. Whisk in syrup and vanilla; remove from heat. Whisk in cacao until combined and smooth.
  • 4
    Working in batches, beginning with the smaller fruits, dip fruit into chocolate coating; allow excess chocolate to drain off. Sprinkle with a selection of crunchy add-ons; place on tray. If chocolate starts to thicken, reheat. Refrigerate choc-dipped fruit for 15 minutes or until chocolate is set.
  • 5
    Pour any leftover chocolate coating onto a plate lined with baking paper; sprinkle with leftover crunchy add-ons. Refrigerate for 15 minutes or until chocolate is set. Break into pieces and serve with the choc-dipped fruit.


You can use any combination of fresh, dried and dehydrated fruit. Dried salad flowers are available online, and can also be labelled "salade de fleur".

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