Chocolate covered raspberries made with heart-healthy dark chocolate, chocolate containing 90% or more of cocoa, and antioxidant-rich raspberries are a delicious treat - great for many occasions, including Valentine's Day and Christmas.
If using dark chocolate, containing 90% or more of pure cocoa, studies show dark chocolate benefits the cardiovascular function by reducing central artery pressures and may help promote vascular relaxation (1).
Also, the abundant nutrients and rich antioxidants in the raspberries help make this a heart-healthy treat. Red raspberries are high in vitamins - including vitamin C, manganese, magnesium, copper, iron, and potassium. Potassium has been shown to help control and lower blood pressure. One cup of raspberries contains approximately 186 mg. of potassium. The flavonoids in these berries, especially anthocyanins, may help reduce inflammation that may lead to cardiovascular disease. Raspberries are also high in fiber, which may help manage or prevent high cholesterol and blood pressure; while helping to reduce weight gain - contributing to over-all health.
Items needed: Q-tips,
2- 6 oz. pkg. raspberries, fresh or frozen
1- 3.5 oz. dark chocolate bar
In a double-boiler, slowly melt dark chocolate until it becomes a liquid. With a Q-tip, gently pick-up each raspberry by middle hole and dip in melted chocolate and then place on a plate to cool. Once completed with dipping of raspberries and chocolate cooled, carefully remove from plate with blunt tip of knife. Chocolate covered raspberries can be served on platter or wrapped in decorative holiday bags and given as gifts. Stores well in freezer.
Makes approximately 4 - 6 servings.
*Tip: If you do not have a double-boiler, place
a smaller sauce pan in larger sauce pan.
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