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Four mendiants: pistachio, almond, raisin and candied orange peel
Type Confectionery
Place of origin France
Main ingredients Chocolate, nuts, dried fruits
Cookbook: Mendiant  Media: Mendiant

A mendiant is a traditional French confection composed of a chocolate disk studded with nuts and dried fruits representing the four mendicant or monastic orders[1] of the Dominicans, Augustinians, Franciscans and Carmelites. Each of the nuts and dried fruits used refer to the color of monastic robes with tradition dictating raisins for the Dominicans, hazelnut for the Augustins, dried fig for Franciscans and almond for Carmelite. Usually found during Christmas, recipes for this confection have veered away from the traditional combination of nuts and fruits to other combinations incorporating seeds, fruit peels and other items.


  1. ^ Wilson, Dede (2011). Baker's Field Guide to Holiday Candy. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. pp. 98–99. ISBN 1558326278.