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Chocolate Raspberry Bonbons

gluten-free vegan chocolate raspberry bonbons recipe

Valentine’s Day is approaching, which means lots of bad candy and useless merchandise will be sold in the next week or so.  Over here, we’re having fun making our own (healthier) candy –especially these Chocolate Raspberry Bonbons.

My boys made an entire batch of these sweet confections last night and had a great time.  They love taking over my candy projects, the little rascals! I like making these too.  Using a small paint brush to spread the melted chocolate into the molds somehow reminds me of painting in kindergarten –where there were no mistakes.

Chocolate Raspberry Bonbons


  1. Melt chocolate in a small pan over very low heat; you can use a double boiler if you wish and temper the chocolate
  2. Using a small paint brush, coat the bottom and sides of a candy mold
  3. Place mold in freezer for 10 minutes to allow chocolate to harden
  4. Remove mold from freezer
  5. Spoon a scant teaspoon of raspberry jam into each chocolate lined candy mold cup
  6. Paint chocolate over raspberry jam to cover and make final layer
  7. Place in freezer for 10 minutes to harden
  8. Remove from freezer, turn mold upside down and pop candies out of mold
  9. Serve

Makes 11 bonbons (depending on your mold)

These bonbons use the same mold found in my Chocolate Covered Cherries recipe.  If you are looking for a candy recipe that does not use a mold, check out my Nut Butter Balls.

Today is World Nutella Day. The website featured a roundup of everything Nutella, including my own Homemade Nutella Recipe. Have a great weekend and happy Nutella day!

posted on February 5, 2010, 21 comments

  1. Funny timing!
    I just made some raspberry jam ;)…

  2. christie, honoring health @ honormyhealth.com

    Those sound delicious!

  3. Hannah Handpainted @ Hannahhandpainted.blogspot.com

    That’s it, Elana! You finally tempted me. I have to make these!

    I was pondering making healthier, hand-made chocolates for Valentine’s day treats to bring to my sister’s birthday-valentine-Chinese New Year’s party, and I now may have to!

  4. Hannah Handpainted @ Hannahhandpainted.blogspot.com

    p.s. oddly enough last night I was just wondering if I could make something like this with my favorite morello cherry jam (Crofter’s Organic), or any jam really!

  5. I have that mold and I made another delicious treat in mine…. I used the same kind of chocolate as you but instead of raspberry jelly or jam…. i made agave sweetened caramel and then pushed in several peanuts and covered it in more chocolate. They were amazing, but I accidently broke the mold and have to get a new one. Those ones look so good. You could make peanut butter and jelly ones. That would be so fun.

  6. Your timing once again is impeccable. This weekend we have been invited to a superbowl party and I promised to make something chocolate since everyone in this circle of friends knows my chocolate deserts. Brownies were out… Bon Bons are in!!! So much fun, finger food, sweet chocolaty, easy… now I need to find a candy mold. I think I’ll find one at the local Rain’s Department Store. Last week you also made some peanut butter cups… will try those too!!
    Thank you, and all your boys!

  7. My mother would love these. I think I might make some for her!

  8. Michele | aka Raw Juice Girl @ healingwithjuices.com

    Oh, wow, those look delish!!! :-D

  9. They look yummy – I guess you could even crush fresh raspberries and use those in place of the jam, for a slightly dribblier candy!

    x x x

  10. Cassi @ cassifriz.com

    oh my yumness. those look spectacular. and there’s something magic about raspberries and chocolate. cherries are good, but raspberries are just amazing with chocolate.

    maybe will try candymaking again, for the first time in a very long time. thanks for making things simple, delicious and beautiful.

  11. What a fun thing to make with the kids, and they look so tasty!

  12. barbara

    Elana, the recipe looks delicious.
    What does it mean that the mold must be tempered?
    I read that comment in the responses to your chocolate covered cherries recipe.
    Thank you, Barbara

    • Bearface

      You temper the chocolate, not the mold. It is a very important process that makes the chocolate shiny, harder, and with a higher melting point. Also, tempered chocolate shrinks when it cools which makes the finished candies slide right out of the mold. It makes all the difference aesthetically. As far as flavor goes, there isn’t a big difference, but the “mouth feel” of tempered chocolate is WAY better. Tempering chocolate aligns the crystals in a particular way. This is achieved by raising and lowering the temperature of melted chocolate following pretty strict guidelines. I don’t get why it works, but I’ve done it many times and the difference is enormous.

      This video is a good intro. I’m sure there are many others out there too:

      Happy chocolating!

  13. These are adorable! Never thought of making my own little bonbons, but they look brilliant!

  14. These looks so cute, and just in time for V-day!

    they’d be perfect for my Super Bowl/Valentine day giveaway blog event. would love it if you could participate in the event!


  15. Roxan

    I have made this recipe now 3 times and the key is definitely tempering the chocolate. I did not do this on the first try and I was only able to get a few of the chocolates successfully out of the mold. I also left the chocolate in the freezer for 20 minutes, instead of 10 as I felt like this helped to harden the chocolate and made getting it out of the mold easier. Delicious candies, thanks so much for the recipe!

  16. cartes r4i gold @ carte-r4-ds.fr

    Yummy! Can’t wait to taste it. Thanks for such delicious recipe, will make it soon. It will be great as a treat.

  17. Joan @ don'thaveone

    Hi Can y ou tell me what BLANCHED almond flour is? I usually take my raw almonds and blend them in my blend tec? is that blanched? thank you for your response. Joan

  18. anira

    Just made these, along with a simplified version of your orange chocolate coconut clusters (just used chocolate and coconut), for a family sweets exchange. These were easy to make and delicious! I had to keep “testing” them for quality control — I’m glad I sent them off today in the mail, otherwise I’d still be eating them!

  19. Susan Cooper @ findingourwaynow.com

    I absolutely love this recipe for it’s simplicity and ease. I am going give these a try. Thank for sharing

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