Chocolate Mincemeat


A brilliant way to sparkle up a regular jar of Christmas Mincemeat – turn it into Chocolate Mincemeat. ย And before you all turn your noses up at the idea, I was a real non-believer….until I tried it!


1 x 411g jar of Mincemeat

1 1/2 tbsps cocoa powder

1 tbsp water

1 tbsp brandy

50g dark choc chips

Empty the jar of mincemeat into a small pan.

Add the cocoa powder, water and brandy. (If you’d rather not use brandy use 2 tbsps of water instead)

Heat it over a gentle heat, stirring often until the mixture starts to simmer, keeping it on a low simmer let it bubble for 2 minutes.

Take it off the heat and allow to cool.

Once cool stir through the choc chips.

It’s ready to use in whatever you fancy – will make you some gloriously tasty mince pies! ย Store it in a sterilised air tight jar until you need it – will keep like that for upto 6 weeks. ย Once opened store it in the fridge and use within 3 weeks x

Chocolate Mincemeat

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116 Responses to Chocolate Mincemeat

  1. That sounds really interesting- I have seen recipes for Christmas cakes with chocolate, and I suppose raisins go well with chocolate. Might have to give it a go!

  2. I can imagine chocolate mincemeat is nice, I put dark chocolate in my Christmas cake. There was a recipe in GH or BBC Good Food a few Christmases back for Dark Chocolate Christmas cake and I’ve not made another type since ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Ann Macey says:

    now that sounds like something I could get to like – without the brandy because I am allergic to alcohol

  4. Emma says:

    I really want to give this a go. I would probably use juice instead of brandy, maybe orange juice as orange goes so well with chocolate!

  5. caroline says:

    Sounds delicious!!!

  6. Beverley says:

    What a great twist with the chocolate , anything with Dark Chocolate is a real hit in our house xoxo

    thank you for another wonderful recipe xoxo

  7. Sharon says:

    I bet it smells lovely..And with one of your labels on the jar just perfect!!

  8. julie crane says:

    What a combination. This sounds so tasty, i must try it. I’m always looking for something different.


  9. Rebecca hurst says:

    Oh going to make this and mix into my Christmas cupcakes x

  10. nichola says:

    I wonder how long this will last between making it and putting it in the pastry. Yum!

  11. Clare adkins says:

    Sounds delicious!

  12. Susanna Berry says:

    That sounds delicious ! Never heard that idea before.

  13. Andrea Burke says:

    …cannot wait to try this out…
    Im doing few preps this weekend – trying few recipes for school cake sale so i will give this a go, cos we do need good mince pies with all that mulled wine…

  14. Rissa C says:

    I LOVE the bog standard mincemeat bear claws (although I have only found them in Waitrose so far) so must give these a go!

  15. nicola pigden says:

    Sounds very tasty and they look ‘quick’ and easy to make………. may be just the thing after visiting my 96 year old grandmother this afternoon ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Trish says:

    Seriously your kitchen must be like Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. I wouldn’t have even considered mixing the two. Do you have a team of Oompa Loompas?

  17. maggi says:

    This certainly sounds different Ruth!
    I WILL give it a try tomorrow and let you know!!
    I have enjoyed all your recipes so far.Thank you.x

  18. christine potter says:

    Chocolate mincemeat sounds wonderful would certainly like to make it

  19. Georgina Gilchrist says:

    Making some now! Got a jar of cheap mincemeat in the cupboard that doesn’t smell or look very appealing so giving this a go – smells amazing! Using rum as we don’t have brandy!

  20. Catherine says:

    Chocolate Mincemeat?!!! hmmmm…got to give this a go, I have alot of mincemeat left over from latest batch of mince pies ;)xx

  21. Charlotte H says:

    Intriguing… May have to give this a go!

  22. Elaine Davies says:

    Not sure, but will reserve judgement until I try it!

  23. Lorna Dupre says:

    That sounds amazing. Gotta give that a go!

  24. Sue Kershaw says:

    Well that sounds different , might try that

  25. Alice Hassett says:

    amazing you’ve done it again another brilliant recipe

  26. Deneice says:

    I’m definitely going to give this a go one with alcohol for me and one without for all the pregnant people in my life right now.

  27. Cheryl says:

    Hmmm, I am currently a ‘non believer’ in chocolate mincemeat, but I admit you make a convincing case for these!

  28. Kathleen McKeown says:

    Will give these ago this week end so much for the diet hahah.x

  29. mrs camp says:

    my hubby would love this must give it a try sometime

  30. I already zoosch up ordinary mincemeat with the addition of lots of cherries, cranberries and a good glug of Cointreau – so thanks for this idea to take it to the next level x

  31. Anne Marigold says:

    Mmm not sure about chocolate mincemeat although might be a good way to get my grandson interested as normally he dislikes sultanas but loves chocolate. Guess I should try it before commenting!

  32. Sophie C says:

    Interesting!! Hadn’t even considered mixing chocolate and mince meat. Definitely no nose up-turning here, will be giving these a go!! Thanks xx

  33. Vicky says:

    Oh wow this is such an amazing recipe.

  34. SueG says:

    Made mincemeat already – delicious x

  35. Jules H says:

    Now this just sounds like it might not make it to the ‘claws’ – just eaten from the jar instead!!!! Crackin’ recipe, Ruth!

  36. tessa says:

    Certainly a very interesting idea!

  37. Megan Phillips says:

    I’m not keen on mince pie’s but LOVE anything with chocolate! Will definitely give this a try, could be the answer to my mincepie prayers! X

  38. Annie says:

    yummy xx

  39. Hannah says:

    Turn my nose up? Not a chance.

  40. Nat says:

    Chocolate mincemeat – will go lovely with my mini chocolate xmas cake’s – Yummy!

  41. Joy says:

    I made this today – tastes delicious! The pastry looks good to so will be giving it a go tomorrow! I used white chocolate drops for a change!

  42. Janet Williams says:

    Interesting… if only I could eat chocolate!

  43. The Fudge says:

    Awesome I’m not a big fan of mincemeat but I make Christmas pudding bon bons for my dad every year which use chocolate to bind the Christmas pudding mix, and they are FAB!! I definitely think some chocolate mince pies are in order this year ๐Ÿ™‚

  44. Diane says:

    Oh my goodness ! They say you learn something new each day….I can’t believe chocolate mincemeat! I bet it makes mincemeat much more tempting for children and of course chocoholics everywhere ๐Ÿ™‚

  45. sallymcb says:

    Off to make that right now:)

  46. Belinda says:

    Another thing I want to make this Christmas. I might be spending the whole time in the kitchen cooking for pleasure!

  47. Hayley scales says:

    Mincemeat is not my favourite but I love anything with chocolate!!!

  48. Corrinne says:

    Wowie! Superdooper! Now…would I spend the money on food or new jeans? (Because in my last post I pointed out that I’m bursting out of them) No contest…ingredients every time. Lol. X

  49. Sam Jenkins says:

    I bet this would be yummy in the Christmas mincemeat cheesecake I make. I’m going to give it a try!

  50. Abi says:

    Chocolate mincemeat? My two favourite christmas treats…. in one! Best idea i’ve seen all month! x

  51. Janet Powell says:

    I was planning to buy some kilner jars to do the cookie present idea – now I’m going to need some extra to make chocolate mincemeat. Happy Days!

  52. Deborah Lawe says:

    A great spin on mince pies

  53. Ann Quinn says:

    Bet the kids will love it minus the alcohol.
    Can’t wait to try it.

  54. Faith Trebilcock says:

    Sounds yummy!

  55. Slowlygoingmadukmum says:

    What a good twist. Love mince pies now with chocolate a winner for me. I do mine with filo pasty.

  56. Janet Robertson says:

    That sounds like it shouldn’t work but I bet it does

  57. Sarah Caley says:

    Not sure about the chocolate… Mincemeat bear claws tho = yum!

  58. Joan says:

    Like the twist of ‘chocolate mincemeat’

  59. Lynne W says:

    Chocolate mincemeat, you might even tempt me to try a mince pie

  60. Kathy Akroyd says:

    Oh dear, I know I’m in the minority here but YUCK!! I love chocolate & like dried fruit but have always had a problem with them together. Chocolate covered raisins are a food of the devil!! hahaha. xx

  61. Laura Waring says:

    Happy xmas!

  62. Leila Pilkington says:

    I would never have thought to do this, definitely going to give it a try this year

  63. Dawne says:

    I’m not sure…. but I’ll trust you!

  64. Becky Heath says:

    This sounds yummy! I love mince meat and I love chocolate. I just hope I like them together! X

  65. rachel says:

    not the hugest fan of mincemeat-sounds delicious without tho ๐Ÿ˜‰

  66. Sara Harrison says:

    choc, mincemeat, pastry = lush!

  67. Michelle says:

    Hmmmm not normally a fan of mincemeat but this looks yummy mind you I’ve never had home made!

  68. Stella Bailey says:

    Chocolate mincemeat……yummy

  69. Shally says:

    This is definitely on my ‘to do’ list.

  70. Zoe Higgins says:

    Sounds good

  71. Helen says:

    A traditional christmas ingredient with a new twist. Might have a go at this,

  72. Tricia Morrison says:

    love this – I would NEVER have thought to add chocolate to mincemeat. I’ll most certainly use this recipie!

  73. Emma says:

    Such a simple way to make it more edible

  74. Amy says:

    This definitely appeals to me I’m not a big mince meat eater but I think I could be easily swayed to try these mmmmmm
    Amy x

  75. sheila daniell says:

    sounds yummy i just love mincemeat

  76. Karen Mottram says:

    Chocolate mincemeat…’s got to be done!

  77. Jennie says:

    I would not even imagine putting chocolate into mincemeat but I am going to try it now because it looks delicious xx

  78. spleenyone says:

    I am prepared to trust you and give this a go – you haven’t let me down before!

  79. natasha clark says:

    Erm…. a little skeptical but i am a chocolate lover and will give it a go. X

  80. Louise Brown says:

    I’ll try it but yet to be convinced.

  81. Dawn Lightwood says:

    With Chocolate Pastry I reckon these are mince pies that WILL be eaten in our house!

  82. Helen D says:

    Wow how did I miss this one? I’ve also done a Chocolate Fruit cake before, but why didnt I think of this! Added to my to do list….!

  83. Sez says:

    A nice spin on tradition, certainly going to give it a try

  84. Mandy A says:

    Wow got to try this!

  85. Judy Starling says:

    D’you know, if this hamper was under my Christmas tree I wouldn’t want anything else! A brilliant selection, Pink Whisk.

  86. Lorraine says:

    Now that sounds delicious…defo gonna try this one

  87. Charlotte says:

    Not sure it’s for me,,but will give it a go

  88. Florence Stringer says:

    Interesting combo, would never have thought to try it myself!

  89. Kate Cook says:

    sounds amazing, I might just try it

  90. Aly Makin says:

    Mmmmm…. Chocolatey mince pies, how lovely!

  91. Patsi says:

    I’ii have a go!

  92. Patsi says:

    sounds good!

  93. Claire Humphreys says:

    omg, I am going to put on all the weight I’ve lost this year! Have you tried M&S Chcolate Port? – I added that to mincemeat and Christmas Cake – delish!

  94. Kalli P says:

    I am DEFINITELY doing this. My husband cannot stand mincemeat, but loves anything that has chocolate in it.

  95. Joanna says:

    it’s got chocolate so why on earth would someone not try this, makes it all the yummier.

  96. Lucy says:

    Bear Claws are definately next on ‘to make ‘ list

  97. Louise says:

    We must try it then xx

  98. Kevin Honey says:

    Easy to cook with, easy to store, perfect!

  99. Jill says:

    I don’t really like the sound of chocolate mincemeat but it’s certainly different! Mincemeat is an acquired taste at the best of times ๐Ÿ™‚

  100. Cenders says:

    Choclate makes the world go round!

  101. Alison blewett says:

    What a suprising idea – will have to give it a try xxxxxx

  102. Sarah Knapton says:

    I do really love chocolate but chocolate mincemeat might be a step to far for me!

  103. Jane Walters says:

    very unusual – will give it a try!

  104. Rachel F says:

    Oh Yes…sounds fab! Only you could think of it Ruth! Thank you!x

  105. fiona says:

    sounds v interesting…one to try i think!

  106. jamila says:

    Well, I would be a non-believer, except I believe everything that comes from you, especially after your ginger, raspberry and mint cakes. I’ll DO it!

  107. Rachel Norris says:

    Wow, never thought of chocolate mincemeat before, will be trying this one out!

  108. Elspeth Woods says:

    Can you eat this straight from the jar? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  109. Jill Ridley says:

    Oooooohhh!!! Mincemeat with a twist … yummy

  110. Fay Chapman says:

    Tried this for the first time last year, its lovely and perfect for palmiers ๐Ÿ™‚

  111. Claire says:

    My Husband would love this!

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