Super Easy Chocolate Covered Raspberries

I buy my chocolate wafers at A C Moore usually on sale for $1.99 a bag.  I buy dark chocolate but they aren’t bitter like a normal dark chocolate, and have a nice chocolaty taste.  I put the wafers in a microwave safe bowl and microwave them for 30 seconds at a time then stir and microwave another 30 seconds and stir.  You should have completely melted chocolates within 1 1/2 minute at the most.  I buy Dole raspberries and if they are large, cut them in half.  Don’t wash the raspberries or they will break down, just wipe them with a wet paper towel if they need it.  I take a teaspoon and put a dollop of melted chocolate in the bottom of my ice cube tray, then drop in a raspberry and then cover the rest of the hole with chocolate and use a spatula to level off the top.

Your tray should have a silicone bottom so you can pop out your chocolates.  Regular ice cube trays are difficult to use for this technique.  I found these trays for $2 each at a kitchen supply store.
After your chocolate has filled the tray, take a paper towel and wipe off the edge of the tray and make sure you get as much off as possible for a better finished look.  Put them in the refrigerator for a couple of hours until they are hard.  They will get soft very quickly in a warm environment (like summer), so make sure you don’t take them out of the refrigerator until you are ready to eat them.  If your bottom edges look rough, simply use a dry paper towel and gently rub the edge and the excess chocolate will come off,  You can use dried fruits as well. I like dried cherries, blueberries and raisins.  If you use a smaller fruit like a raisin, simply add more fruit to make up for the size difference.
If you have ever purchased chocolate covered fruits, they can be quite expensive.  I recommend you giving these a try to save yourself a significant amount of money and impress your friends and family with a great dessert treat.  These are really addicting and I hope you’ll give them a try.

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