These chocolate blackberries are formed into cute little clusters. They’re refreshing, delicious, and can be prepared in advance so they’re perfect for summertime entertaining. This nutritious recipe calls for only two ingredients; dessert doesn’t get much easier than this.
Ingredients & substitutions
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Fresh blackberries are the star of this recipe. I love the flavour combination of blackberries and chocolate, but this recipe works equally well with other small berries such as raspberries or blueberries, so feel free to use whichever type of berry you prefer (or make an assortment for your guests to choose from).
Dark chocolate is the second ingredient in this recipe. I used a variety of dark chocolate that’s very low in refined sugar and quite high in cacao solids. You can use whatever type of chocolate suits your dietary requirements and palate. To keep this recipe low in sugar, I recommend using a brand of dark chocolate that contains at least 85% cacao solids.
How to make them
These chocolate covered blackberries are so easy to prepare. Start by rinsing and drying the blackberries.
Next you’ll melt the chocolate. I like to melt chocolate in the microwave because it’s so quick and easy. To melt chocolate in the microwave, roughly chop the chocolate (or just break it into pieces) and add it to a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high power for 20 seconds, then stir. Repeat until the chocolate is melted, making sure to stir after each time you heat the chocolate. This should take about 1-2 minutes depending on how strong your microwave is.
Alternatively you can heat the chocolate in a pot on the stovetop set to low heat. Be sure to stir the chocolate constantly if you opt for the stovetop method so the chocolate doesn’t burn and seize. A third way to melt chocolate is by using a double boiler method. It’s a little more effort but it’s a very gentle and effective way to melt chocolate without burning it.
Once your chocolate is melted, allow it to cool for about 5-10 minutes. While it’s cooling you can place a piece of parchment paper on a large plate or platter. Then add the blackberries to the bowl of melted chocolate and gently stir to coat them. Make sure they’re well coated in chocolate.
Spoon out about 3-5 chocolate coated blackberries onto the parchment paper in little clusters. I like to place 3-4 blackberries down first to make a base, then add an extra one on top to give the clusters some height.
At this point you can sprinkle on some optional toppings such as freshly grated orange zest or flake sea salt if you want. I opted to keep things simple this time and didn’t add any toppings.
The last step is to refrigerate them for at least 30 minutes to allow the chocolate to harden before serving.
Store the chocolate blackberries in the fridge for up to five days.
More chocolate covered treats to try
These chocolate covered dates are easy to make and so tasty. Make an assortment with different toppings for a pretty presentation.
Or try these chocolate coated coconut candy bars. They’re perfect when you’re craving a nutritious gluten-free treat.
- Parchment paper
- 3.5 oz dark chocolate (approximately 85g)
- 1 cup fresh blackberries
- Optional toppings: freshly grated orange zest and/or flake sea salt
- Rinse and dry the blackberries
- Roughly chop or break the dark chocolate into pieces, then place in a microwave safe bowl (alternatively you can melt the chocolate in a pan on the stovetop set to low heat, stirring constantly).
- Microwave on high heat for 20 seconds, then stir. Repeat until the chocolate is melted (this should take approximately 1-2 minutes depending on the strength of your microwave). Be sure to stir after 20 seconds each time you heat the chocolate.
- Allow the melted chocolate to cool for 5-10 minutes.
- Place a piece of parchment paper on a large plate or platter.
- Add the blackberries to the bowl of melted chocolate and gently stir, making sure that all the blackberries are entirely coated in chocolate.
- Use a spoon to scoop out 3-5 blackberries and place them in a little pile on the parchment paper lined plate. Repeat with the rest of the blackberries.
- Sprinkle on optional toppings if desired.
- Place the plate of chocolate blackberries in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to harden before serving.
- Store in the fridge for up to five days.
I’m Jennifer, the author at A Sweet Alternative. I create simple, gluten-free recipes made with nutritious ingredients.