Super-fruity chocolate tiffin

Rich and buttery, this dark chocolate tiffin is bursting with dried and candied fruits. A real treat for adults and kids alike. 

Kipper loves helping out in the kitchen, but her enthusiasm definitely outweighs her skill! As a result, the recipes we make together need to be fairly straightforward. Also, in the name of maintaining enthusiasm, there needs to be delicious spoons to lick, and tasty end results. 

A treat for Mum

I was thinking about this, and considering how Mothers’ Day will very soon be here, when I was struck with the idea for these simple melt-and-stir fruity tiffin squares. We’d brought a box of dried and candied fruits back from a holiday in Italy, and despite my nibbling away at them, there were still quite a lot left. Also, my baking cupboard is groaning with dried fruit, all of which could do with using up.

fruity chocolate tiffin

A cornucopia of fruit!

I got everything out, and realised we had ten different sorts of dried and candied fruit! They were:

  • Dried apricots
  • Candied pineapple
  • Dried figs
  • Candied citrus peel
  • Dried mango
  • Sultanas/raisins
  • Dried papaya
  • Candied kiwi
  • Dried cranberries
  • Glace cherries

Goodness me! I had no idea that such a range of preserved fruits was available. 

Kitchen fun

As I’d hoped, Kipper and I had a great time making this super-fruity chocolate tiffin. She tried her hand at a new job – pulverising biscuits to crumbs in the mini chopper – and also had a go at chopping some of the softer fruits with a not-very-sharp knife. Naturally, she came into her own for the stirring, and again for the spoon licking.

fruity chocolate tiffin.

Thinly spread

I spread the chocolate tiffin mixture quite thinly, as I guessed that it would be quite rich! It’s about 1cm thick, and I cut it into 16 pieces. Small, but perfectly formed! After it had set in the fridge, we gave it a thin layer of dark chocolate and some white chocolate drizzle for decoration. 

With tea, coffee, or whatever

I’m looking forward to enjoying this with a cup of tea for elevenses, and I know Kipper is very excited to have a small square in her lunchbox – it’s mostly fruit, right?! I think it would be a lovely after-dinner treat with a coffee, too. 

A fancy box of these would be very welcome on Mothers’ Day. You can share them with the men if you must.

Makes 16 small squares.

Rich and buttery, this dark chocolate tiffin is bursting with dried and candied fruits. A real treat for adults and kids alike. Delicious!

super-fruity chocolate tiffin

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Super fruity chocolate tiffin

Course Cake, Dessert
Cuisine Vegetarian
Keyword chocolate, fruit
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 16 squares
Calories 255kcal
Author Helen


  • 150 g dark chocolate (approx. 5¼ oz)
  • 50 g butter or margarine (approx. 3½ tbsp OR 1¾ oz)
  • 110 g plain biscuits e.g. shortbread or rich tea (approx. 3¾ oz)
  • 150 g mixed dried and candied fruits e.g. dried apricots, figs, raisins, cranberries, candied pineapple, glace cherries etc. (approx. ¾ cup OR 5¼ oz)

To decorate

  • 50 g dark chocolate (approx. ⅓ cup choc. chips or 1¾ oz)
  • 15 g white chocolate (approx. 1 tbsp white choc. chips)


  • Break the chocolate into squares and place in a large heatproof bowl with the butter. Melt them together, either in the microwave, or over a pan of simmering water.
  • Meanwhile, smash the biscuits into coarse crumbs. Cut up any larger fruits into small pieces - about the size of a raisin.
  • Tip the biscuit crumbs and chopped fruits into the melted chocolate/butter mixture and mix well. Spread the mixture out onto a parchment-lined tray, to a thickness of about 1-1.5cm (½-⅔inch).
  • Place in the fridge for a few hours until completely set.

To decorate

  • Melt the dark and white chocolates separately.
  • Spread the dark chocolate over the tiffin in a thin layer. Drizzle the white chocolate over to give a decorative effect.
  • Leave to set, then cut the tiffin into squares to serve.


Approx. per serving: 255 calories, 10g fat, 2g protein, 43g carbs

If you enjoyed this tiffin you should also try these melt-and-stir chocolate biscoff crispy cake bites, these 3-ingredient Nutella shortbread biscuits, or these delicious double chocolate muesli cookies.

fruity chocolate tiffin.

I am entering this delicious chocolate tiffin recipe into the following:
Let’s cook for mothers day at Simply Sensational Food.
Treat Petite, organised by Cakeyboi (who also hosts this month) and The Baking Explorer.
Tea Time Treats, organised by Karen at Lavender & Lovage and Janie at The Hedgecombers (who is hosting this month) on the theme of biscuits & cookies.
And, since I managed to use up a whole load of odds and ends of dried fruit, the No Waste Food Challenge, hosted by Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary.




  1. Wow, they look chocka full of taste and I could just do with a piece or two of this right now!
    Thanks so much for sharing with Tea Time Treats 🙂
    Janie x

  2. LOVING the new look! Thanks for entering your tiffin into Treat Petite Helen. Perfect Mother’s Day treat 🙂

  3. I love tiffin and I really like the fact that you have used some of the more unusual dried fruits.

    Angela- Garden Tea Cakes and Me

    • Thanks Angela. I’d never seen some of these dried fruits before – we brought them back from holiday with us. They were all delicious though!

  4. Oh I love this tiffin and think I might make it for my mum as I have so much dried fruit in the cupboards and have been wondering how to use it up. Fab recipe – thanks for sharing:-)

  5. I think I probably have a reasonable collection of random dried fruits in the depths of the baking cupboard, though candied kiwi is a new one on me! Great idea to combine with lovely chocolate to make tiffin!

    • Thanks Anne. This is a great recipe for using up all those odds and ends. I’d never had candied kiwi before either – excitingly, even though I’m increasingly allergic to kiwi, the candied kind seemed fine. Hurrah!

  6. that’s truly a delicious fruity chocolaty treat for mums.

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