Physalis Dipped in Chocolate

If you haven’t try physalis yet, you absolutely must do this… at least once. In my opinion it taste best dipped in dark chocolate!

Valentine's Day snack physalis berries and chocolate


for chocolate dip

  • 100 g unsalted butter
  • 100 g / ½ cup caster sugar
  • 3 tbs cocoa powder
  • 3 tbs cold water

chocolate dip for fruits


  1. In a small saucepan melt butter, add sugar, cocoa powder and water.
  2. Heat over low fire stirring constantly till completely smooth, leave aside.
  3. Tear and pull back physalis hoods, but do not remove them.
  4. Holding the hood deep berries in chocolate and enjoy.


You can replace half of the physalis with strawberries or other fruits for variety.

Use your favourite bitter sweet chocolate bar (melted) instead of making the chocolate dip.


More recipes calling for dark chocolate: Dark Chocolate Muffins with a Surprise InsidePear, Pecan and Dark Chocolate MuffinsBlack Forest Cake – German Schwarzwälder KirschtorteBanana Chocolate Chip MuffinsDecadent Red Velvet Brownies with Walnuts or Blue Cheese, Pears and Dark Chocolate Combo.

Your thoughts…

  1. These are amazing and a great idea, Margot!

  2. wonderful idea–though I think I will never make this. Everytime we buy ground cherries (as our amish purveyor calls them)–I eat the whole lot before I get home. I guess if i could learn a little self-restraint….

  3. Never seen this type of fruit before!

  4. I’ve never seen these before but they do look a bit like tomatillo’s.

  5. Thank you for all the comments :)

    – yes, you are right, there are many varieties of physalis: yellow, red, green… the last one is called Tomatillo. You can read more about it in previous post, here: Physalis / Cape Gooseberry / Ground Cherry / Mexican Tomato.

  6. These look too sweet, Margot! I’ve only seen them once or twice, but now I’ll have to make an effort to find some.

  7. I love these berries, we only get them served as garnishes from a french pastry shop here :)

  8. I have seen two posts now on Physalis but never knew what they were. Thanks for the education!

  9. it is another a good way to use cocoa powder since I have so much at pantry :)

  10. I love physalis and I love chocolate – what is there not to LOVE about this combination?

  11. Marogt for me physalis and chocolate a match made in heaven :D

    Rosie x

  12. Awww, I love physalis! In fact, growing up in South Africa, these were the only gooseberries I knew. I love that delicate papery”wrapper” and their fresh, tart taste. I *really* love the idea of chocolate dipping them!

  13. Lookin’ mighty good…typically we only have energy to toss physalis into salad (quite the zesty tomato substitute!), but this is a far better use for it!

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