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Get ready for a tropical twist on chocolatey delights with just two ingredients! This recipe for chocolate covered pineapple will transport your taste buds to a paradise of sweet, tangy, and oh-so-chocolatey goodness, perfect for parties, BBQs, or whenever you want an easy treat.
This recipe received rave reviews when I shared it over on Instagram a few years ago, so I figured it was high time these beauties had a feature here!
It’s such a simple recipe, but it’s oh-so-satisfying, you’ll be wanting it often once you realize how quick it is to put together!
Dark Chocolate: Opt for high-quality dark chocolate with at least 70% cocoa content for a rich and intense chocolate flavor. The higher cocoa content ensures a bolder taste and a better pairing with the sweet pineapple. Although dark chocolate is a classic for dipping fresh fruit into, white chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate, or milk chocolate are also delicious with these tropical treats.
Pineapple: Fresh pineapple is the best choice for this recipe, as it offers a juicy and tangy flavor that complements the richness of dark chocolate. Choose a ripe pineapple with a sweet aroma and slightly yielding flesh. The pineapple should yield slightly when gently squeezed, indicating it’s ripe and juicy. You can cut the pineapple into chunks, spears, or rings depending on your preference.
Shredded Coconut (optional): Shredded coconut adds a delightful tropical twist to the chocolate-covered pineapple, enhancing the overall flavor and providing a satisfying crunch. Choose unsweetened shredded coconut for a more natural and less sugary taste. You can also toast the coconut for added depth of flavor before sprinkling it over the chocolate-covered pineapple.
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How to make chocolate covered pineapple
Prepare the Pineapple Chunks: Start by peeling and cutting the fresh pineapple into bite-sized chunks. Pat them dry with a paper towel to remove excess moisture, which will help the chocolate adhere better.
Melt the Dark Chocolate: In a microwave-safe bowl or over a double boiler, melt the dark chocolate, stirring occasionally until smooth and fully melted. Be cautious not to overheat the chocolate. By microwave, I like to heat in 30-second intervals and stir in between.
Insert the Wooden Sticks: Carefully insert a wooden stick or skewer into the center of each pineapple chunk. Place them on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet or plate.
Dip the Pineapple Chunks: Dip the pineapple pieces into the bowl of melted chocolate, ensuring it is thoroughly coated. Allow any excess chocolate to drip off.
Add Shredded Coconut (Optional Step): If desired, immediately roll the freshly dipped pineapple chunk with shredded coconut while the chocolate is still wet. The coconut will stick to the chocolate and add a delightful flavor and texture. Toasted coconut also elevates the flavor.
Allow the Chocolate to Set: Place the tray of chocolate-covered pineapple chunks in the refrigerator to allow the chocolate to set and harden, usually for about 20-30 minutes.
Serve and Enjoy: Once the chocolate has hardened, carefully remove the chocolate-covered pineapple chunks from the refrigerator. Arrange them on a serving platter and serve as a delightful treat. Enjoy these tasty chocolate covered pineapple chunks on a stick!
- Properly ripen pineapple. If your pineapple isn’t ripe, let it ripen at room temperature for a few days. To expedite ripening, place it in a paper bag with a ripe apple or banana, which releases ethylene gas, speeding up the process.
- Melt chocolate slowly. Melt chocolate gradually to prevent burning and lumps. Microwave in short bursts, stirring each time to ensure even melting. If using a double boiler, stir constantly on low heat to prevent scorching.
- Dry pineapple chunks. Pat the pineapple chunks dry with paper towels before dipping them in chocolate. Excess moisture can cause the chocolate to seize and not adhere properly to the fruit.
Get creative and make this chocolate-covered pineapple recipe truly your own with these delightful variations and customizations:
- White Chocolate Drizzle: For a sweeter twist, drizzle or dip the chocolate-covered pineapple chunks in melted white chocolate. The combination of white chocolate and tangy pineapple creates a playful and visually appealing treat.
- Crushed Nuts Topping: After dipping the pineapple in chocolate, roll the chocolate-covered chunks in crushed nuts like almonds, peanuts, hazelnuts, or macadamia nuts. The nutty crunch adds a fantastic texture and extra flavor.
- Sprinkles Galore: Have fun with colorful sprinkles! Dip the chocolate-covered pineapple in sprinkles of various shapes and colors, creating a playful and festive treat, perfect for parties or special occasions. Even mini chocolate chips could work as a makeshift sprinkle to double-down on the chocolatey goodness!
- Dusting of Cinnamon or Spices: Before or after dipping, dust the chocolate-covered pineapple with a pinch of ground cinnamon, nutmeg, or even a touch of chili powder for a hint of warmth and complexity in flavor.
- Sea Salt Sprinkle: Enhance the flavor of the chocolate by sprinkling a pinch of sea salt over the freshly dipped pineapple. The subtle saltiness complements the sweetness of the chocolate and pineapple, creating a delightful contrast.
- Marbling Effect: Create a marbling effect by using both dark and white chocolate. Dip the pineapple in one chocolate, then drizzle or dip in the contrasting chocolate, swirling to achieve a visually stunning marble pattern.
- Peanut Butter Swirl: Mix peanut butter with melted chocolate to create a creamy, nutty dip. Swirl the chocolate-covered pineapple in this mixture for a decadent and savory-sweet experience.
Feel free to mix and match these variations to tailor the chocolate-covered pineapple to your taste preferences or the occasion. Let your imagination run wild, and enjoy the delicious results!
Store the chocolate covered pineapple chunks in an airtight container or on a tray covered with wax paper or parchment paper in a single layer to prevent sticking. They should stay fresh refrigerated for 2-3 days.
You can also freeze these treats but keep in mind they do not thaw well. Instead, serve them as a pineapple popsicle and enjoy frozen!
How to serve chocolate covered pineapple
Elevate your dessert table with these fun pairings and serving suggestions:
- Make your own edible arrangements by serving the chocolate covered pineapple on popsicle sticks in a vase for a fun treat. Arrange them like a bouquet for guests to grab. This is great for birthday parties, bridal showers, wedding showers, or any fun summer gathering.
- Serve the chocolate covered pineapple alongside a selection of fresh fruits like strawberries, kiwi, and grapes to create a vibrant and colorful fruit platter. The assortment of flavors and textures will enhance the overall experience.
- Pair the chocolate covered pineapple with a chilled glass of sparkling wine or Prosecco. The effervescence and slight acidity of the beverage will balance the sweetness of the chocolate and pineapple.
Coconut oil has its benefits, but it’s not needed to melt chocolate. Coconut oil thins the chocolate, making it easier to work with, especially if the chocolate is very thick after melting. Adding a small amount of coconut oil can also help prevent chocolate from “seizing” or becoming lumpy and grainy during the melting process. If you are using good-quality rich dark chocolate, you shouldn’t need it.
Yes, you can eat pineapple with brown spots, but it’s important to use your judgment and consider the degree and location of the brown spots. Small brown spots or specks on the pineapple are typically harmless and can be cut off. Cut around the brown areas and assess the rest of the fruit for freshness and quality.
If there are large brown or moldy areas on the pineapple, it’s best to discard those portions. Mold can spread quickly and make the fruit unsafe to consume.
Smell the pineapple to ensure it has a sweet, fresh aroma. Check the texture; it should be firm but slightly yielding to gentle pressure.
While fresh pineapple is recommended for the best taste and texture, you can use canned pineapple chunks. Just make sure to drain them well and pat them dry to remove excess moisture before dipping in chocolate.
Avoid overheating the chocolate during the melting process. Use low heat and stir continuously to prevent clumps by the double boiler method or heat in short 15-30 second increments in a microwave. If needed, you can add a small amount of coconut oil to achieve a smoother consistency.
Yes, you can make them in advance! Store the prepared chocolate-covered pineapple chunks in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. However, for the best taste and texture, it’s recommended to enjoy them within the first day or two.
More Chocolatey Treats
If you have a sweet craving for more easy dessert recipes with chocolate, you’ll love these:
- Have more fresh fruit on hand? Try chocolate covered strawberries next!
- Dip dates stuffed with peanut butter into chocolate for a snickers-like flavor that’s easy to make!
- For something warm and delicious, oat flour cookies with chocolate chips are chewy and irresistible!
- Double down on chocolate with these vegan chocolate cupcakes topped with a chocolatey cashew cream frosting!
Chocolate Covered Pineapple
- 1 small fresh pineapple sliced into chunks
- 7 ounces dark chocolate
- ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- Begin by peeling and cutting the fresh pineapple into bite-sized chunks. Start by removing the top and bottom of the pineapple. Stand it upright and slice off the peel, ensuring you remove the "eyes." Slice the pineapple into rounds, then cut each round into wedges. Finally, cut the wedges into bite-sized chunks. To ensure optimal chocolate adherence, gently pat them dry with paper towels to remove any excess moisture.1 small fresh pineapple
- In a microwave-safe bowl or using a double boiler, melt the dark chocolate. Stir occasionally until it’s smooth and fully melted, taking care not to overheat the chocolate.7 ounces dark chocolate
- Gently insert a wooden stick or skewer into the center of each pineapple chunk.
- Dip each pineapple chunk into the melted dark chocolate, ensuring even and thorough coating. Allow any excess chocolate to drip off.
- If desired, immediately sprinkle or roll the freshly dipped pineapple chunk with shredded coconut while the chocolate is still wet. Place them on a tray or plate lined with parchment paper.½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- Transfer the tray of chocolate-covered pineapple chunks to the refrigerator, allowing the chocolate to set and harden, about 20-30 minutes.