Charred Pineapple Sticks

Charred Pineapple Sticks

Do you ever go to the fruit and veg market and literally buy everything you can see just because it looks insane, then arrive home and think “hmmmm now what am I going to do with this…thing?”  I do, all the time and I could kick myself for getting carried away in the moment of shopping. 

Take this massive pineapple for instance, I can’t say I’m a huge fan of pineapple, maybe because it is so high in sugar that I generally avoid it like the plague, or it could be because my mouth feels like its been shreaded to pieces if I eat to much of it.  Anyhow, I ended up with a mammoth pineapple and no idea what to do with it, so I had to dig deep…really deep into my creativity to work out a recipe for this huge thing on my kitchen counter.

I initially thought to make frozen lollies, which is why I started to cut it into lolly sizes and shoved a wooden stick into the poor things.  Then I remembered that I really don’t like cold pineapple and normally prefer to eat it at room temperature, hmmmm tough one this – I’ll just griddle them!!

Dunked in dark chocolate these pineapple sticks turned out better than I could ever have imagined, and I’m thrilled to be able to share them with you today….

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Charred Pineapple Sticks
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Yield: 8

Charred Pineapple Sticks


  • 1 large queen pineapple
  • 8 wooden sticks
  • 1/2 slab 70% raw dark chocolate - melted


  1. Top and tail the pineapple.
  2. Cut the sides off to make it into a big square.
  3. Cut it in half length ways down the middle then into "lolly " sizes.
  4. Insert a wooden lolly stick and pop in the fridge until ready to cook.
  5. Cook over a bbq, braai (for my South African family) or a griddle pan, until warmed through and charred lines are visible (not too long).
  1. Dip into melted dark chocolate and leave in the fridge to set OR serve the melted dark chocolate and pass it around for dunking.
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