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Feb 9, 2012

Chocolate Dipped Candied Ginger






This'll spice up your love life. No, not talking about weird toys or little blue pills. Just something sweet, something spicy, something different.
I had made some candied ginger at the post before this. And it occurred to me to turn this plain little cube-like things into something a little more exotic than the usual chopped-up-and-put-into-cakes-or-cookies.
Valentine's Day is just around the corner. And may I remind everyone that this day isn't just for the head-in-the-clouds folks, but also for old fogies like me to appreciate and to send out some appreciation and some platonic love (in case some folks get the wrong idea here).
Ok, shutting up now .... going to get some spice in my life ... going to chew on some chocolate ginger. What were you thinking?



INGREDIENTS


candied ginger (see previous post)
good quality dark chocolate (sweet, semi sweet, bitter, white, whatever)



METHOD


Melt chocolate however you want. I zapped mine in the microwave in short bursts (so that it doesn't burn).
Stir in between zaps.
Dunk candied ginger pieces halfway into chocolate. (You can dunk the whole thing if you like).
Allow to cool and set in fridge.


*Tip: Skewer the ginger pieces, dunk them in chocolate and then stick the skewers into a styrofoam block while they cool and set (like a pin cushion) so that they don't get smeared.

February is #chocolatelove month! Check out all the gorgeous yummies!
















66 comments:

  1. Too funny. Love your banter - and these chocolate ginger bites of heaven! Would spice up any day, never mind St Val's! Love it.

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    1. Hi Jill! Yeah, I'd have it all year round .... love life definitely not complaining. :D

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  2. Ping you crack me up :) I like it when you read a blog and pick up on their sense of humor...I just hope they can say the same thiong about me :) Sometimes I think...I hope they take that right and know I'm joking. ;) Anyway I just LOVE ginger and always have crytallized ginger on hand. I am so making this...it's genius...and a perfect way to spice things up on Valetine's Day <3

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    1. Thank you, Lyndsey! I'm glad you understood me perfectly. I'm always hoping no one misinterprets what I'm saying and things turn out badly or if I unknowingly insult somebody :(
      Glad you enjoyed the read! Have a great Valentine's Day!

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  3. This is a awesome recipe...YUMMY

    Aarthi
    http://www.yummytummyaarthi.com/

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  4. What am I thinking? I am thinking how cruel you are to get this post up late at night to tease us. Can see cannot eat. It will be hard to fall asleep thinking of those yummy looking cube-like things. You spiced up my life at the wrong time of the day, someone give me a sleeping pill please.

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    1. A sleeping pill?! Heck no! Wrong concept! I would think getting you all spiced up at that hour IS the time. *wink*

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  5. OMG, those are sweets of my dream! That is a keeper!

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    1. Thanks, Marina :D
      Best part is they're so easy to make!

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    1. Haha! Sure ... only if you come and collect. :)

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  7. Oh my! This looks wonderful! And you made your own candied ginger? I am going to check that post out next. First time stopping by your blog and I am looking forward to reading more.

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    1. Hi Maggie! Thank you. Thanks for the visit as well. Hope you like what you see :D
      Btw, I've not been able to post a comment on your "flour dusted" post. Don't know if it's the same for other posts, will try again later.

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  8. These chocolate covered candied gingers are sure to spice up anyone's life, if not just their taste buds that are sure to come alive! Your candied ginger was already very creative...now dipping them into yummy melted chocolate, is a Valentine's dream come true:DDD

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    1. Thank you, Elisabeth! When I made the candied ginger, I'd never realised that it was so popular or that many people actually like the taste of ginger. I'm glad I shared them. :D

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  9. So perfect for a little spice ;) So yummy, Ping...and so, so entertaining! From another fogie, Liz xo

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    1. Hello, Fogie ... I mean Liz :D
      Little but packed! Glad you enjoyed it, Lizzy!

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  10. Very creative. I've made choc ginger cake, that combination is not popular but certainly works. This one should be awesome, I need to start with step 0 - finding young ginger.
    Too many invitations to make smart a**#% comments but I resist the temptation. I focus instead on trying to get my hands on these yummy treats.

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    1. Thanks! Chocolate ginger cake should be good. Why isn't it popular?
      Go ahead, make my day , make your smart **#% comment. We're all adults, we can handle it. People who know what little blue pills are should be able to handle it. .. unless you're talking M&Ms? :D

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    2. I thought you were talking about the superfood blueberries. Seems you are far more creative than I am:)
      Don't know why choc and ginger is not more popular - guess similar to choc and chili, people not to willing to try new things.

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    3. Answer not acceptable. Blueberries aren't categorized as pills.
      Chilly chocolate is reaaally good! Have you tried them? I first tried them in Italy and brought a whole bagful home :D
      Well, people have now come up with chocolate and bacon and even chocolate bacon ice cream! I'd think that's a stranger combination than chocolate and ginger.

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    4. "Answer not acceptable. Blueberries aren't categorized as pills"
      ??? What have you been eating, or not eating? Maybe I shouldn't ask:)
      Yes I have tried chilli chocolate, its awesome. White chocolate and caviar is meant to go really well together - I am dying to find out

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    5. White chocolate isn't my favorite thing altho caviar is. But I will leave that for you to find out and tell me. It's too expensive an experiment :D

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  11. Once more it looks irresistible... Anything with dark chocolate is delicious for me, even candied ginger ;-)

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    1. Thanks, Sissi! Oh yeah, I love dark chocolate on anything .... well, almost anything :)

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  12. oooh, Ping, this looks yummy! Can you send a batch? ;)

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    1. Thanks, Kiri! I have a better idea. Why don't you make your way over this side of the world in your next travel plan and I'll make you a box? :D

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  13. These look so yummy. Much better than blue pills. Lol!

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    1. Thanks, Kim. Haha! Definitely better and tastier too! :D ... not that I've tasted the blue things.

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  14. LOL..Amazing recipe & looks yummy too! I'm really trying this recipe to offer to my hubby for Valentine's day! :)

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    1. Hello. Thank you very much! Hope you both enjoy this as much as I did :D Have a great Valentine's Day!

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  15. What a wonderful picture! I love Chocolate and ginger so I wish I could try a bit of that seductive image!

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    1. Hello Spencer. Thanks for the visit. It's very easy to make these, why not try it out?

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  16. Oh, I forgot to buy ginger today! I hope I will remember tomorrow :)
    Where is the recipe for ginger beer? :D

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    1. Here you go! Enjoy!

      http://pingspickings.blogspot.com/2010/09/homemade-ginger-ale.html

      It's under "beverage" in the "Labels" box. There's also another version with lemongrass.

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  17. I'm addicted to the Trader Joe's crystallized ginger! Brilliant adding chocolate - this probably gives a nice creaminess and soothes the spicy bite a little :)

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    1. Good addiction that! :D
      Now you can make your own.

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  18. i never thought about dipping candied ginger in chocolate! what a delicious idea :). sending some #chocolatelove to you!

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    1. Thank you, Junia. Your cookies are awesome! (Yeah, I took a peek) :D

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  19. Hi Ping - I'm still impressed that you made your own candied ginger in the first place... So clever. I think there's a company in England which sells boxes of this stuff - chunks of candied ginger dipped in good chocolate. They charge a lot for it - yours looks so much more fun and charming!

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    1. Gosh, thank you Charles. I didn't think it was that big a deal. Store bought ones are made so perfect ... probably machine-made .... perfect cubes, even sized, nicely dipped chocolate. I can happily say, I like "charming" better ... it's got "love" put into it and it has character .... altho a lttle wonky :D

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  20. Candied ginger in chocolate! Inspired idea, Ping! I can think of a few people in my life who will appreciate this treat... And the picture is lovely! Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Thanks, Marsha! Hope you enjoy them as much as I did .... or whoever you give them to ... if you make them, that is. :D

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  21. And did your birthday come and go already? Happy Birthday (belatedly or in advance!) Have a wonderful day :D

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    1. Awwww ..... you're so sweet, Marsha. Thanks for remembering but no, it hasn't happened yet. That'll be sometime next week. But thanks for the wishes. You'd be the first! :D Hugs!

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  22. Very creative indeed!Love the idea of dipping these in chocolate!I love candied ginger and this just takes it to a new level altogether :)Happy to be following you!

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    1. Hello, very nice to meet you. Thanks for coming by and for following.

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  23. Hi Ping-I would have contacted you sooner, but with all these link-ups my computer kept freezing up, then I would have to shut down, and start up again...finally, I realized I should do a through DISK DEFRAG on my computer, which to a couple of hours to clean up disks, and files, and to free up space!
    I was happy to pass on these lovely awards to you...so well deserved, my dear friend:DDD

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    1. Good grief. You might as well be speaking Russian to me with all those computer terms. I shall just nod my head and pretend to look wise ... nod, nod.
      Thanks again, dear friend. You're so good to me. Hugs galore!

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    2. Oh, I didn't put up the Hungarian Table award since I didn't think I deserve that. Mine is more of a MishMash Table! Nothing Hungarian at all! :D xxoo

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  24. Of all the candied fruits/veggies, ginger is on my top favourite! And dipped with chocolate..whoa..that's HEAVENLY!

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  25. Ever since I've had a version of these from Trader Joe's, been wanting to make them - thanks for sharing the recipe!

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  26. Ever since buying these from Trader Joe's, I've been wanting to make them at home - thanks for sharing!

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    1. Hello Deanna ... um X2? :D
      Thanks for dropping by. Hope you enjoy them!

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  27. Love this very special way of enjoying chocolate. This will taste heavenly! Happy Valentine's Day!

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    1. Hi Zoe! Thank you. A happy one to you too!

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  28. Oh glorious gods, those look amazing! I make a dark chocolate fudge with ginger, and this would be like that, minus the fudge! Now I must, must make those ginger bits! Where art thou, fresh ginger, in the middle of the winter in Sweden?!

    - Veronika

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    1. Definitely much more sinful with the fudge ... but who's complaining?
      Deny thy cravings and refuse thy hunger ... whatever ... can't remember.

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  29. What a fabulous idea Ping! Ginger and chocolate sound divine.

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    1. Thank you. It's definitely a combination that works :)

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  30. Just when I thought your candied ginger couldn't get any better... you went and dipped them in chocolate! Oh me, oh my! :D

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    1. Thanks, Tiffany! Needed to make it a little more interesting ... looks like it worked! :)

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  31. I agree with Tiffany. I was drooling over your candied ginger (actually been thinking about it all week) and then you have to go and dip it in chocolate. Really, Ping, you are going to ruin any plans I had to diet!

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    1. Hehe .... but, but, ginger is good for you. It's remedial to the Chinese folks. Think of it as a herbal remedy and then remember that song ... ♫ With a spoonful of sugar, will the medicine go down, the medicine go down ♫

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