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Happy early Valentine’s Day, y’all! These Raspberry Crèmes are the perfect candy with which to celebrate. You could even make up a batch to give to your sweetheart! While they look gourmet (especially if you’re more careful than I am with the chocolate coating), they’re actually really easy to make and don’t require that many ingredients. In fact, all of these ingredients can be found at Walmart (if you substitute your favorite sweetener for the sweeteners I used – check out this sweetener conversion chart for help)!
Need more pretty desserts for Valentine’s Day? Check out these cute mini cheesecakes decorated with chocolate hearts!
The raspberry filling in these candies was easy to create, but the chocolate gave me a little more trouble. I started by using 100% unsweetened baker’s chocolate in the chocolate portion of the recipe, and even though I added some heavy whipping cream along with a healthy dose of coconut oil to dilute it, the result was really bitter. I’m a dedicated fan of 85% dark chocolate (which is on plan for Trim Healthy Mamas as long as you stick to the serving size), so I decided to give it a try. Much to my delight, I was able to create a 3-ingredient chocolate recipe that met my enthusiastic approval! Feel free to add more sweetener to the chocolate coating than I did. I love dark chocolate and think it’s a shame to over-sweeten it, so I always err on the light side.
(Psstt…I actually tested the chocolate recipe tweak in a dairy-free peanut butter cup recipe which will be hitting the blog in time for the Easter candy rush. By the way, what does candy have to do with Easter anyway?)
A word to my fellow Sam’s Club shoppers – our Sam’s Club recently stopped carrying its normal brand of refined coconut oil and replaced it with its own Member’s Mark store brand. Which is gross. I’m rather disappointed. We got a tub of it, and I’ve been using it because I don’t want to waste it, but seriously – that stuff is not good! It just has an odd flavor that should not be there. So if you’re just starting out with coconut oil, don’t cast any aspersions on that glorious ingredient (or my recipes) because you happened to experience Member’s Mark refined coconut oil. I beg of you. Now to find another brand…. Maybe if enough of us sent constructive criticism, Sam’s Club would consider changing its source.
Don’t shoot, but I actually pre-scheduled this post a week ago, and yesterday I flew to South Africa with a group for a 2 1/2-week singing ministry tour! I won’t be replying to emails or approving comments while I’m gone, but don’t worry – I’ll get to it when I get home! If you guys would be so kind as to share my new recipes with your friends while I’m gone so my blog doesn’t get totally forgotten, that would be mucho appreciated!
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- 1 8-oz. pkg. reduced-fat cream cheese*
- 2 T. refined coconut oil, melted
- 1 tsp. raspberry extract (I use Watkins brand)
- ½ tsp. vanilla extract
- 3/32 tsp. (3 doonks) THM Pure Stevia Extract Powder
- 1 drop red food coloring
- 1 3.5-oz. bar 85% dark chocolate**
- ¾ c. refined coconut oil
- 3½ tsp. THM Gentle Sweet (or more, to taste)
- Beat the filling ingredients together until smooth. Put the filling into a sealable plastic bag, seal, and snip a hole in one bottom corner for piping. Set aside.
- To make the chocolate coating, melt the chocolate bar, coconut oil, and sweetener together in the microwave, stirring every 20 seconds or so to prevent the chocolate from burning. (You could also use a double boiler for this.) Taste and add more sweetener if desired. (I happen to like dark chocolate.)
- Fill 24 mini muffin tin holes with liners. Divide half of the chocolate mixture among the liners and freeze to firm. When the chocolate is firm, pipe some raspberry filling into each liner until all the filling is gone. Spoon the rest of the chocolate mixture over the raspberry filling in each liner and freeze. (If you have chocolate left over, just freeze it to eat on its own.) When the crèmes are firm, transfer them to a sealable container and store in the fridge.
**I used Lindt brand. If you have allergies and can't have the standard grocery store 85% dark chocolate, check out Pascha brand. It's friendly to most allergies.
- Watkin’s Raspberry Extract
- THM Pure Stevia Extract Powder
- Pascha allergy-friendly 85% chocolate bars (Amazon)
- THM Gentle Sweet
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