I recently ran out of space on computer because there were thousands of food photos in my iPhoto. Food blogger problems… haha. My only external hard drive was already full because I recently filled it with 15,000 photos from college and the following years after… (maybe I just have a photo problem?), so I bought another hard drive. In the process of transferring photos onto my hard drive, I started looking at old photos, which basically lead to everything taking much longer than it should have. Hours longer, actually.

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But this turned out to be a good thing! I found a photo from when I lived in Bordeaux of this amazing chocolate lollipop covered in dried fruit that I absolutely LOVED.

(I think I had just been rained on in this photo, which is why I look like a wet rat haha, so ignore me… the important part is these lollipops!)

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I immediately thought, “I can totally make this Paleo… especially with Enjoy Life chocolate chips!” So I bought a chocolate lollipop mold and lollipop sticks and started experimenting.

I realized that this wasn’t just a recipe, it was a fun DIY project! These DIY Dried Fruit and Chocolate Lollipops are super cute and are perfect for a snack, a gift or a party. And they are done and ready to be eaten in 1 hour and 20 minutes tops.

To start:

Choose the dried fruit that you want in your chocolate lollipops. I used raisins, goji berries, pumpkin seeds, sliced dried figs, almonds, and Trader Joe’s freeze dried strawberries.

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You’ll need a chocolate candy mold. (I bought this one).

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Then arrange some of the dried fruit and nuts into the bottom of the chocolate mold.

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Put your lollipop sticks in.

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Then, melt some Enjoy life chocolate chips with some coconut oil in the microwave and pour the melted chocolate into the mold.

Note: I used these awesome silicone mixing bowls, which bend, making it really easy for me to pour the chocolate without a mess.

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I topped the back of the lollipops with dried fruit too.

When I previously made one-sided lollipops, I found that the chocolate was too thick and overpowering.

Making them double sided was perrrrfect.

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Then, put the chocolate-full mold into the refrigerator for an hour (if you can wait that long… I may or may not have pulled mine out around 50 minutes).

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Use some ribbon to make these lollipops a little more pretty (if you want). I loved the added touch. 🙂

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You really can do anything you like with these DIY Dried Fruit and Chocolate Lollipops.

That’s why I love DIY projects… they allow you to personalize what you’re making however you like. 🙂

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I found that raisins, apricots, and figs tasted really good with the chocolate.

I imagine using an orange oil or mint extract would taste great too, let me know if you try it!

The chocolate lollipops that I had in Bordeaux had dried kiwi and dried strawberries on them, which tasted fantastic!

I have yet to find Paleo dried kiwi and dried strawberries, but when I do— those lollipops are next!

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DIY Dried Fruit and Chocolate Lollipops (paleo, GF)

Servings: 5
Prep Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients

Other items needed:

  • a chocolate candy mold
  • lollipop sticks

Instructions

  • In a microwave safe bowl, mix 3/4 cup of Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips with 1/2 tsp of melted coconut oil. Put the bowl into the microwave for 30 seconds, then mix everything around. Heat for another 30 seconds, mix everything around again. If the chocolate isn't completely melted at this point, heat for another 20-30 seconds and mix. Set the melted chocolate aside.
  • Arrange the dried fruit in the pattern of your choice, in the chocolate candy molds, put the lollipop sticks into the mold, then top the individual chocolate molds with chocolate until the mold is full. ( If you want to make the chocolate easier to pour, heat it in the microwave for 15 extra seconds). Smooth out with a knife if you need to.
  • Top the chocolate filled molds with dried fruit to make double sided lollipops, again arrange the dried fruit in the pattern of your choice.
  • Put the mold into the refrigerator for 1 hour.
  • Lift the lollipop sticks upward, and the chocolate lollipops should pop out of the mold easily.
  • Enjoy!