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Chocolate “Dirt”

chocolate dirt recipe gluten-free

This chocolate “dirt” is perfect for dusting cakes and cupcakes.  It’s made from one simple ingredient –chocolate chunks and super easy to prepare.

I recently used this dirt to dust the Whipped Cream Frosting on my Banana Cream Pie Cupcakes.

Chocolate “Dirt”


  1. Place chips in a coffee grinder
  2. Grind until the texture of coarse sand
  3. Serve over cream, berries or cupcakes


posted on May 10, 2010, 11 comments

  1. Ari@ The Frugally Rich Life @ thefrugallyrichlife.wordpress.com

    Brilliant! Much better than the typical “dirt” that I think of made with crushed oreos!

  2. What a great idea!! So simple..

    Thank you Elana, as always for your great ideas ;-D

  3. jackie

    Or stir it in warm cashew milk for a vegen hot chocolate (re: you recipe “Vegan Hot Chocolate”). Delicious!

  4. Oh, this is great! We made dirt cups for Purim mishloach manot (pudding, crushed cookies, jelly worms and turtles and candy rocks), but used regular chocolate cookies (since we were giving them away) but even handling the cookies was nasty. I wouldn’t let my daughter touch, just in case it was enough to get her sick, and I felt like I was mixing up some witch’s poison brew! As soon as I was done, I gave the leftover cookies to my neighbor and only then my blood pressure went down!!! Okay, maybe I’ve OTT? Next time, we’ll do crushed chips. Thanks!

  5. Primal Toad @ primaltoad.com

    Wow! Something so incredibly simple, yet something I NEVER thought of but would enjoy on a regular basis…Thanks!

    I buy 100% raw cacao bars…. I need to stock up so I can grind them up for various things… thanks!!!!!!!

  6. colormepink

    Oh, perfect! Thanks for posting, I would never have thought about using the coffee grinder. I have a couple almost-mushy bananas at home, I’m definitely making the banana cream pie muffins complete with chocolate garnish. And I made avocado chocolate pudding the other day so I’m really tempted by the above comments to make a cup-of-dirt as well! Thank you!!!

  7. Meghan (Making Love In The Kitchen) @ meghantelpnerblog.com

    I love this… but I think it could be dangerous around this place.

  8. I just saw a cute article using dirt in food in fancy restaurants and now I can recreate it at home! though i think alone in a bowl is the perfect way to enjoy this one!

  9. Melissa

    Very good! Thanks for all the help!

  10. Debbie

    Hmmm. I have tried this before but my grinder tends to melt the chips! It was one of the uses I was really looking forward to so I didn’t have to get out my knife and cutting board to chop chocolate! Any ideas on that? It is a tiny grinder and does get hot very quickly.

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