Today is National Chocolate Covered Raisins Day. If you read this blog, you'll know that I recently posted about Goobers, one of my favorite 'movie' candies, on Chocolate Covered Peanuts Day. Well, Raisinets were a close second for my movie treats. Given that they were made by the same company as Goobers that should come as no big surprise. Raisinets were first made in 1927 by the Blumenthal Chocolate Company. Nestlé acquired the brand in 1984 and added the motto "Taste the Sunshine." They are made with California Raisins and milk chocolate. There is now a dark chocolate version, as well. I associate raisins with SunMaid, as I'm sure many of you do. Sun Maid also makes chocolate covered raisins, and they are very tasty. Many other confectioners make chocolate covered raisins, so check them out, along with your favorite chocolatier.
O.K. Raisinets are nostalgia foods for me. The real cook in me says make your own if you want to get a higher end chocolate covered raisin. Here's a simple recipe, and you can change it up by using different types of chocolate.
Chocolate Covered Raisins
6 oz Chocolate --60%-75% cacao fair trade organic chocolate, broken up
1/4 cup dark corn syrup
2 tbsp. powdered sugar
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla (Madagascar)
2 cup organic raisins
Combine chocolate and corn syrup in saucepan on top of another saucepan (or double boiler). Bring water to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Cook until chocolate melts, stirring constantly.
Remove from heat and stir in powdered sugar, vanilla and raisins. Drop by half teaspoons onto waxed paper; chill. Store in refrigerator.
Very easy. Celebrate Chocolate Covered Raisins Day!