Holiday Sweets: Mendiants and Chocolate Bark Workshop for Kids


A mendiant is a traditional French confection composed of a chocolate disk studded with nuts and dried fruits, usually made during the holidays, and often given as a gift. Like chocolate bark, they can be made with dark, milk or white chocolateAll this and more will be the topic at a workshop for kids. Museum Educator Lola Chen will be discussing these holiday sweets as the children make – and sample – some (nut-free)!

Suggested for ages 6 – 12.
Wilton Historical Society members $10 per child, maximum $25 per family; Non-members $15 per child, maximum $35 per family.
Please register: or call 203-762-7257.

Did You Know?
Mediants were traditionally studded with nuts and dried fruits chosen to represent the robe colors of the four monastic orders, or mendicants, of the church: raisins for the Dominicans, hazelnuts for the Augustinians, figs for the Franciscans and almonds for the Carmelites. These friars lived on charitable offerings, earning them the appellation of “mendiants,” meaning “beggar” in French. Today any variety of fruit and nuts are used which offers a great opportunity to show off your creativity.