Chocolate-Covered Raisins

Chocolate-covered raisins in a glass jar

The Spruce / Tara Omidvar

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 3 mins
Total: 23 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Yield: 1 cup
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
527 Calories
21g Fat
85g Carbs
6g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 527
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 13g 66%
Cholesterol 2mg 1%
Sodium 24mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 85g 31%
Dietary Fiber 9g 32%
Protein 6g
Calcium 63mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Chocolate-covered raisins are a classic candy that's easy to make at home. After learning how to do it yourself, you may never buy a box at the store again.

The sweet dried fruit is a healthier alternative to the typical candy bar. You'll love snacking on this simple homemade candy, and they pack well for taking on the go. Serve them alongside freshly-popped popcorn at your next home movie screening.

Eat these chocolate-covered raisins on their own or add them to trail mixes, snack mixes, or yogurt. You can also experiment with substituting other dried fruits for some or all of the raisins in this recipe, and try mixing up the chocolate types. White chocolate and milk chocolate both add different elements that can be fun to play with, or dark chocolate adds a richer, sophisticated touch.

Ingredients

  • 3 ounces (1/2 cup) semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons oil (coconut oil is best)
  • 1 cup raisins (plump, moist)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper or waxed paper and set aside.

    Chocolate-Covered Raisins ingredients

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  2. Place the chopped chocolate and the oil in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave until melted, stirring after every 30-second increment to prevent overheating.

    melt chopped chocolate and the oil in a microwave-safe bowl

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  3. Once the chocolate is melted and smooth, add the raisins and stir until they’re well-coated with chocolate. The chocolate will leave a thin coating on the raisins.

    add raisins to the chocolate in the bowl

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  4. Scrape the chocolate-covered raisins onto the prepared baking sheet and try to separate them so there aren’t any large clumps.

    chocolate covered raisins on a parchment paper lined baking sheet

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  5. Refrigerate the tray for about 15 minutes to set the chocolate. Break up any clumps into individual raisins.

    Chocolate-covered raisins on parchment paper

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Tip

If you find that your raisins are excessively dry, remove them from the container and transfer to a bowl. Pour recently boiled (or very hot) water to cover them and let them sit until they plump up—this usually takes 15 to 20 minutes but if you're in a hurry you can let them sit for less. Rinse and drain them, and pat them completely dry with paper towels.

How to Store and Freeze Chocolate-Covered Raisins

Store chocolate-covered raisins in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

You can also freeze chocolate covered raisins for at least 3 months.

Variations

  • Try swapping all or some of the raisins for other dried fruit like dried cranberries, blueberries, or cherries. You can use golden raisins or regular raisins.
  • You can also partially dip dried mango, pineapple, or apricots for an attractive treat.
  • Combine chocolate-covered raisins with toasted cashews or peanuts, almonds, and yogurt chips for a delicious trail mix. Or use your favorite mix of nuts and dried fruit and fun ingredients such as pretzels or banana chips. The chocolate raisins will add a nice sweetness and chewy texture to the snack mix.