Chocolate-Covered Raspberries

Move over, chocolate-covered cherries. There’s a new chocolate-covered candy king: chocolate-covered raspberries.

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Think about it: why should cherries have all the fun? Because if we’re being honest, maraschino cherries are waaaay less fun than fresh raspberries. They’re painfully sweet, barely related to their fresh cherry cousins, and are comprised of approximately 68% red dye, 30% sugar, and 2% actual cherry. Fresh raspberries, on the other hand, have an amazing sweet-tart flavor, a perfectly juicy texture, and are just begging to be dipped in fondant and smothered with semi-sweet chocolate. Their wish is my command.

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So yes, despite their name, these aren’t simply raspberries that have been dipped in chocolate. You’re all smart cookies, and probably don’t need a recipe for that. Instead, I’ve added the intermediate step of dipping the raspberries in melted fondant, which is how chocolate-covered cherries are made. After a period of sitting, the hard fondant coating liquefies, so that the raspberries are surrounded by a sweet fluid inside of the chocolate shell. It’s more precarious for your clothes and dignity when you bite into them, sure, but it’s also more delicious. And isn’t that a worthy trade-off?

I’ve created a super-scientific flow chart to illustrate this complicated process:

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I apologize for the glut of pictures, but I couldn’t stop myself from taking dozens (hundreds! thousands!) of shots. I love the contrast between the fresh berries and the glossy satin of the chocolate coating—it so perfectly represents the contrasting flavors and textures of the candy.

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These pictures were taken about 12 hours after the candies were made, and as you can see from the cut candies, the fondant had started to liquefy but obviously hadn’t fully liquefied yet. I like it because you can actually see the fondant layer in the candies, while also getting a sense of how juicy they will become. They’re fully liquid and ready to eat after about 2 days, and I’d say they’ll last about 5 days total (refrigerated) assuming you start with berries that aren’t near their expiry date in the first place.

Of course, if you just can’t wait the 2 days before eating them, they’re still delicious, and the fondant layer just adds a bit of soft sweetness to the candy. So if you’re not one for delayed gratification, don’t let the waiting time deter you—you can skip it entirely.

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Berry season is coming to an end all too soon, but you can make the best of the remaining season by trying this candy before it’s too late. I promise, you may never look at cherry cordials the same way, once you’ve tried it with fresh raspberries instead. The combination of soft, fresh berry, sweet juice, and rich chocolate is amazing.

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And why stop with raspberries? I imagine this would work equally well with blackberries or boysenberries. (I’m a little unsure about blueberries, but I imagine there’s some enterprising sugarhero out there who should give it a try and report how it goes.) If you’re not too scarred by maraschino cherry associations, you could even try it with pitted fresh cherries and see what a fantastic difference it makes to use flavorful, fresh produce. The recipe is multi-step and somewhat time consuming, I admit, but it’s also a real showstopper, and I think it will become one of my summer traditions.

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Recipe Notes: For a candy that seems simple, this one actually takes a little advanced planning! The fondant can be made in advance—it will keep for several weeks, so I recommend making it at least a day or two before you need it, to speed things up when you’re ready to dip the raspberries. I’ve only made this with homemade fondant. It is possible that it will work with purchased fondant, but I can’t guarantee that from experience. If you do try it with pre-made fondant, please let me know how it goes!

As with all of my chocolate candies, I recommend tempering the chocolate. Tempering will make your chocolates shiny, with a nice snap, and will help them stay solid at room temperature. I’ve included brief instructions in the recipe below, but for an in-depth discussion, with pictures, see this post on how to temper chocolate. If you don’t temper the chocolate, you’ll probably want to store the candies in the refrigerator so the chocolate doesn’t bloom or get soft. Using chocolate candy coating is another alternative to tempering.

And finally, it’s normal for these candies to leak a little bit—even with the double-dipping of the bottom, it’s natural to have a few weak spots in some candies where the fondant will seep through. The candies will still taste delicious, and rather than look upon it as a flaw, I like to consider it a sign of a true artisan confection!

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Chocolate-Covered Raspberries
yield: 60 candies
Fondant recipe from The Sweet Book of Candy Making by Elizabeth LaBau

For the Raspberries:
60 large ripe raspberries (from about 12 oz)
1 1/2 lbs semi-sweet chocolate
2 lbs fondant, recipe follows
Pink food coloring, optional
Raspberry Flavoring, optional
Chocolate thermometer, for tempering, optional but recommended

For the Fondant:
1/2 cup (4 oz) water
1/2 cup (5 1/2 oz) light corn syrup
4 cups (1 lb 12 oz) granulated sugar
Candy thermometer

To Make the Fondant:
In a 4-quart saucepan, combine the water, corn syrup, and granulated sugar. Stir until the sugar dissolves, then wash down the sides of the pan with a wet pastry brush to prevent sugar crystals from forming. When the sugar syrup comes to a boil, insert a candy thermometer.

Cook the syrup, without stirring, until the thermometer reaches 238° Fahrenheit (114°C). Pour the syrup into the bowl of a large stand mixer, but do not scrape down the sides and bottom of the saucepan. Insert the candy thermometer, and let the syrup cool, undisturbed, at room temperature until it reaches 120° Fahrenheit (49°C). Depending on the temperature of your room, this may take an hour or more.

Once at 120°F, start mixing the fondant on medium-low speed using the paddle attachment. It will gradually become thick and opaque, and after about 10 minutes it should have a thick, sticky dough texture. Once the fondant holds its shape, scrape it out of the bowl, shape it into a ball, and cover it with cling wrap until you’re ready to use it.

If the fondant starts to get dry and crumbly when mixing, lightly wet your hands and gather the fondant into a ball. Dust a work surface with powdered sugar and knead the fondant like bread dough until the texture has smoothed out, any crumbliness is gone, and it is supple and pliable.

[Alternately, if you don’t have a mixer, you can pour the fondant out into a 9x13-inch pan and mix it by hand. Use a stiff plastic or wooden spoon to stir the fondant in a figure-8 pattern. Swirl the spoon through the candy, then gather it all together in the center of the pan and repeat. During this process, the clear, sticky syrup will gradually become more creamy and opaque. Continue to stir the fondant as it becomes thicker, until eventually it is stiff and difficult to stir.]

To Make the Raspberries:
Cover several baking sheets with parchment or waxed paper. Fill the bottom pan of a double boiler with water, and bring it to a simmer. Place the fondant in the top pan of the double boiler and place it over the simmering water. Heat the fondant, stirring frequently, until it is liquid. Add a candy thermometer and continue to heat the fondant until it reaches 160° Fahrenheit (71°C).

Remove the pan from the heat and stir in 1-2 drops of pink food coloring and a drop or two of raspberry flavoring, if desired. (Both are optional—I like the touch of flavor and color, but you can easily omit them or substitute another extract, like vanilla or almond, instead.) Drop a raspberry into the fondant, and press it down with dipping tools or a fork until it is submerged. Scoop it out of the fondant and let the excess drip back into the bowl. Set it down on the covered baking sheet, and repeat with the remaining raspberries.

If the fondant starts to get too thick, place it back over the water bath to warm it, and add a spoonful or two of water if necessary to thin it to a dip-able consistency. Let the raspberries sit at room temperature for 10 minutes, until the fondant is completely set and hard.

To temper the chocolate, remove at least a quarter of the chocolate (about 6 oz) and set it aside—it doesn’t have to be a precise amount. Chop the remaining 3/4 chocolate into small pieces, and place in a microwave-safe bowl.

Microwave the chopped chocolate in 30-second intervals, stirring after every 30 seconds. Once melted and smooth, insert the chocolate thermometer and make sure that it has reached a temperature of 115° Fahrenheit (46° C) on the thermometer. If it’s not close to that, heat it in short bursts until it reaches the right temperature.

Add the reserved block of chocolate and stir it in. Continue to stir the chocolate frequently as the block of chocolate melts and the chocolate cools. When it reaches 90° F (32° C), test it to see if it’s in temper. Smear a bit of chocolate onto a piece of parchment. If it starts to set within a few minutes, your chocolate is in temper. If it remains wet-looking and does not set, continue to stir the chocolate and let it cool a few more degrees before testing again. Once tempered, remove any excess unmelted chocolate from the bowl and set aside to use at a later time.

When you’re ready to dip, pick up a fondant-covered raspberry with your fingers, and dip the bottom into the chocolate, so that it comes about a quarter up the candy. Let excess drip off, then place it back on the baking sheet. Repeat until the bottoms of all the candies are dipped in chocolate—this will help prevent your candies from having holes in the bottom and leaking fondant everywhere. Refrigerate the trays for just a few minutes to set the chocolate.

Use a fork or dipping tools to dip the raspberries completely in the chocolate. If any part of the raspberry remains uncovered, the liquefying fondant will leak out, so it’s important to dip the berries carefully and thoroughly. Let the chocolate set at room temperature. The fondant will start to liquefy quickly. After 12 hours it will be partially liquid, and after 24-48 hours it will be completely liquid.

Store Chocolate-Covered Raspberries in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They will last about 5 days, but have the best texture within the first 3 days of making them.

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45 Responses to Chocolate-Covered Raspberries
  1. Tahnycooks says:

    I love that you dipped these in fondant! These are stunning and I can see why it would be hard to stop taking pictures! Don’t worry about that, cuz they are mouth watering good to look at!!!
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    • Elizabeth says:

      Thanks Tahny! The fondant adds a lot of work and an extra step but it really sets them apart from the standard chocolate-covered raspberries!

  2. Sues says:

    I’m in LOVE with this idea! So, so in love with it!

  3. I would love to bite into one of these right now!! These top chocolate covered cherries any day…in my book ;)
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  4. These beat chocolate covered strawberries any day!
    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry recently posted…30 Minute White Cheddar Jalapeno Pretzels

  5. Alexis says:

    I don’t think you should apologize for a glut of photos, especially since they are all so dang lovely. I really admire your food photography skills… Also your writing, I laugh and laugh… Also your capacity to eat sugar. So your cool geez, what of it?

    • Elizabeth says:

      Haha, thanks! I think we need to have a mini-reunion and have you over for a serious night of dessert gluttony!

  6. Danguole says:

    Glut of pictures? I was about to scold you for being such a PHOTO SCROOGE. Show me them pretty babies!

    J/K, this is perfect. I love how perfectly you halved them to show the prettiness inside! Mouthwatering for real.
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  7. Angela says:

    I think yours is the the most delicious looking super scientific flow chart I’ve ever seen. Can’t wait to try these!

    • Elizabeth says:

      Thanks Angela! If this pastry career doesn’t work out, I’m totally going to pursue a job as a super scientific flow chart maker-upper.

  8. Love, love, LOVE the contrast between the chocolate and the raspberries! And I am so impressed by your homemade fondant – I would screw up the temperature or something:) These are so gorgeous, they would be worth spending the time. I bet they taste incredible, too!
    Mary Frances @ The Sweet {Tooth} Life recently posted…Snickers Cheesecake

    • Elizabeth says:

      You are so right, fondant is a tricky beast. I consider it a success that I only screw up the temperature of fondant about 25% of the time now, ha. Thanks so much for stopping by, Mary Frances!

  9. Johlene says:

    I simply love this idea! Your photos (like always) look amazing :-)
    XX
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  10. Uhhh. . . where to start! How could you DISS my maraschino cherry love?! ;) I’m such a child when it comes to those – BUT i do NOT like them in chocolate. Straight out of the jar only – or floating in sparkling vodka drinks. . . . HOWEVER – raspberries are my FAVE summer berry, and THEM covered in chocolate? Yes, please. Nom, nom, nom right back atcha!

    • Elizabeth says:

      Oh no, are we in a fight now?! Sorry for all the bad things I said about maraschino cherries, I hope we can still be friends. :) Definitely give the raspberries a try and see what you think!

  11. Dina says:

    these are adorable and sound yummy!
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  12. jacke says:

    I’ll try these this afternoon after going grocery shopping to give to a friend for her 70th birthday. Will use premade fondant that is rolled out very thin and tightly formed around the raspberry, like I do for a maraschanio cherry and then dip them in Wilton’s Raspberry flavored Melts–I dip about 3/4 up the sides, let set, then holding the choc. part, dip the top and part way down on the choc. covered area, let set and re-dip the original(this will be the double coated bottom. (note: for the maraschino ones I leave the stem attached and make sure the choc. comes up and onto the stem(stem makes a good holding area when dipping) I took extra green premade fondant and cut out a small leaf to attach to the choc. one on top of some, others on bottom and some on the sides–a little color in the presentation(leaves can cover a not so smooth dipped choc.)

    • Elizabeth says:

      Jacke, thanks so much for sharing your method! I love the idea of using raspberry flavored coating, I think that would really take these over the top! The fondant decoration sounds lovely too.

    • NanKay says:

      That was the question I wanted to ask – using fondant sheets. Thanks!

  13. Brooks says:

    Elizabeth, scrumptious photography in this inventive post! The pics hint at how divine these berries must be. Thanks for sharing the recipe.
    Brooks recently posted…Linzer Cookies

    • Elizabeth says:

      Brooks, thanks for stopping by and for the kind comment. These berries are one of those rare desserts where the taste and appearance are perfectly matched!

  14. sierra3 says:

    Маленькие лысые негры, я люблю вас!

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  16. jamie Dominugez says:

    Queen Ann’s makes blueberry cordials

  17. Amanda says:

    Would this work with frozen raspberries now that they’re out of season?

    Thanks!

    • Elizabeth says:

      Hi Amanda, I think this is one recipe where it really is much better to use fresh berries. Frozen berries would have to be defrosted and dried off first (as per Jacke’s comment below) and the taste and texture of defrosted frozen berries isn’t even comparable to fresh raspberries. I’m imagining a mushy, sort of sour berry in the center of these candies–not good! If possible I’d wait until fresh berries are back in season. Sorry to disappoint!

  18. jacke says:

    if dipping the raspberries, in “Melts” coatings, they would have to be completely thawed and then most of the condensation from the cold berries removed or they would continue to “leak” and as you can’t mix “water/liquids” with the Melt or holes develope in the Melts. I’d leave them out on the cabinet for several hours after defrosting to eliminate any ice crystal liquid, and to bring to room temp. before dipping or even using fondant. Evan cake or cookie balls are sometimes tooooo cold and this causes the Melt’s to separate and the item becomes leaky.

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  20. Suzanne says:

    Do these have to be refrigerated? How could these be sent in the mail to someone??

    • Elizabeth says:

      Hi Suzanne, They don’t have to be refrigerated for the first few days, but I found that they started to ferment after about 5 days at room temp. I greatly preferred the taste and texture of the candy within the first 3 days of making it. If you refrigerate it, it’s good for about 5 days after making, but the berries inside got pretty soft and liquidy after 2-3 days.

      I don’t think this is a great candy for shipping–it’s so fragile and time-sensitive–but if you wanted to try, I’d recommend 2-3 day shipping and pack it carefully with lots of ice packs!

  21. Sherri S says:

    To add another level, stick a mini (dark, milk or white)chocolate chip inside the raspberry, before dipping in Fondant! WooHoo!

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  24. Oh my gosh Elizabeth I just came across these on Pinterest and azlsbngisybmxbpi. That’s what my brains is doing. These look so. good. And how are we all so. stupid. for not making this a staple in our food traditions? Forget you strawberries, you are so last season.
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  25. Christine says:

    One of my favorite combinations. Chocolate and raspberry. Will definitely make these come this years raspberry season. I will be adding amaretto to the fondant to make it my ultimate favorite flavor combo.

    • Elizabeth says:

      I love that idea–chocolate, raspberry, and almond is an amazing combination! Let me know what you think when you give it a try. :)

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