Prep Time 10'PT10M
Total Time 35'PT35M
Inspired by a traditional Polish delicacy, our chocolate plums will satisfy your sweet tooth while also providing healthy nutrients.
Polish chocolates: from the ersatz to the sublime
When you think of the highest quality chocolate, you probably think of Belgium, France or Switzerland. These nations have a reputation for quality chocolate which we Brits have unfortunately failed to match at scale. Our home-grown chocs are rather disdained on the continent,
In fact, Spain and Italy refused to sell British chocolate until 2003, claiming that it had so little to do with real chocolate that they would only allow it to be sold under the name of ‘chocolate substitute’.(1)
Although it may be injurious to our pride, we’re not the only ones with a reputation for tinkering with what qualifies as ‘real chocolate’.
Polish ersatz chocolates through the ages
In the early days of Polish chocolate, around the late 18th century, chocolate was too expensive for many, so they came up with ingenious ways of creating ersatz versions.
One involved cooking wheat flour until brown, before mixing with milk and egg, and other version recommended Linden fruit.(2) Delicious.
Luckily, in the mid-1800s Poland got its first ever chocolate factory, named Wedel’s. The company began producing high quality chocolates which earned a reputation even outside Poland, with shops around Europe.
However, the days of ersatz chocolates weren’t yet over; after the Second World War, the chocolate factories were nationalised.
During the period of the Polish People’s Republic, luxury food items became scarce, and the Polish were forced to come up with yet more inventive ways to make fake chocolate. This included chocolate bars which didn’t actually contain any chocolate at all!(3)
The chocolate plum is born
However, after the PPR came to an end, private chocolatiers were once again allowed to flourish, creating some truly fantastic delicacies which have earned fame around the world.
One of these is the chocolate plum, which has been sold continuously since 1964 and is the flagship product of its manufacturer, Solidarność.
Although these treats are widely known as chocolate plums, or plums in chocolate, they are technically chocolate covered prunes as the plum is dried first.
Variations range from simply coating the plum in fine dark chocolate to stuffing the prune first with nuts such as almond, or coating or filling it with a chocolate crème.
Some chefs like to add a sprinkling of crushed nuts to the finished prune, too. We think it adds a rather refined look, so we’ve made use of the technique here!
Any way you like to eat them, Polish chocolate plums have been on quite the journey. Who knew such a simple little morsel could contain so much history?
A healthy treat with digestive benefits
If you're on the hunt for a sweet treat, there are few healthier options than a chocolate dipped prune. They’re simple, quick and easy to make, and combine two nutritious foods.