how to make stained glass dark chocolate candies

Need a quick gift for Christmas? Try this 15 minute candy, Stained Glass Chocolate Candies.  These treats are made with dark chocolate as the base with chopped dried apricots, cranberries and pistachios. No mixing, no baking, no refrigeration.  Just melt the 60% dark cocoa chocolate, drop in rounds on baking sheet and add chopped fruits and nuts.

How to Make Dark Chocolate Stained Glass Candies

This recipe couldn’t be easier! You will need shelled pistachios, golden and dark raisins, diced dried apricots, dried cranberries & blueberries or your favorite dried small fruits and nuts. The dark chocolate is Ghirardelli Candy Melting Wafers for ease and flavor. You might like this treat too using Ghirardelli Candy Wafers for coating cookies and candies. This white chocolate but underneath is a layer of chocolate. 

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You will love this recipe. Kids can make it too as long as you help them with the microwave. You can also make these white chocolate if you would like. Stick with Ghirardelli brand for best melting of white chocolate.  White chocolate chips will not melt for you, there isn’t enough cocoa butter to assist with melting. Believe me, I have tried packaged white chocolate chips…disaster. But the Ghirardelli White chocolate wafers worked beautifully and tastes great. 

To Serve these cute treats. I found these cute boxes that you might like to order. 

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I found my box at the dollar tree a few years ago. It was a box for money gift.

how to make Stained Glass Chocolate Candies

One Note:  Unfortunately, these candies can not frozen.  For best results use a high quality chocolate.  Also, be sure not to get any water on your chocolate.. it will seize up and turn white.. not very pretty to look at.  It will taste ok, but not pretty for your cookie or candy tray presentation.  You know how much I am in to pretty presentations!   I love helping you Make a Statement, Make it Sassy and Make it Yours!®

Stained Glass Chocolate Candies

Stained Glass Chocolate Candy

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Easy drop candies featuring dried fruits, nuts, small candies in dark chocolate.

  • Author: Liz Bushong
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 seconds microwave
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 1520 small candies 1x
  • Category: Dessert- Candies
  • Method: microwave
  • Cuisine: American


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1 cup Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Melting Wafers or quality dark chocolate, melted

1/2 cup dried chopped apricots, blueberries, cherries, golden and regular raisins

1/4 pistachios, shelled, or nuts of choice

1/4 cup assorted hard candies

Pretty small Christmas box for gift giving


  1. Measure 1 cup chocolate wafers- microwave in glass microwave proof bowl, at 30 second intervals until melted. Stir until smooth.
  2. Drop tablespoons size of melted chocolate on parchment lined baking sheet.
  3. While chocolate is wet, add dried fruits, nuts, candies.
  4. Let chocolate harden, store in covered airtight container.


Do not get water on your chocolate, it will seize up and you will have to start over.

Chopping or dicing dried fruits is helpful to fill candies full.

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