Saturday, March 24, 2012

Chocolate Covered Raisins: Raisinets, Dancing Raisins & More

Today is National Chocolate Covered Raisins Day. If you read this blog, you'll know that I've posted about Chocolate Covered Raisins before because I love them. Throw some in your oatmeal or use in cookies, bread, muffins or coffee cake--or just eat them as a snack!

Raisinets are one of my favorite 'movie' treats. Raisinets were first made in 1927 by the Blumenthal Chocolate Company. NestlĂ© acquired the brand in 1984 and added the motto "Taste the Sunshine". Raisinets are made with California Raisins and milk chocolate. There is now a dark chocolate version, as well.  Many confectioners make chocolate covered raisins, so check them out, along with your favorite chocolatier.

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 ounces Chocolate --60%-75% cacao fair trade organic chocolate, broken up
1/4 cup dark corn syrup
2 Tbsp powdered sugar
1 1/2 tsp Madagascar vanilla
2 cup organic raisins

Combine chocolate and corn syrup in saucepan on top of another saucepan (or double boiler). Bring water to 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.

Celebrate Chocolate Covered Raisins Day! 
Love the California Raisins ads.. Enjoy.

1 comment:

Katie, Julep and Derby's Mom said...

Interesting history on chocolate covered raisins ... also love the post on the giant easter egg for charity.

All the best in chocolate!
Katie from
www.westiejulep.blogspot.com