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Chocolate Raisin Truffles + Sun-Maid Giveaway

Chocolate truffles are the epitome of Christmas magic. Decadent, silky, and smooth, I find great pleasure in seeing these little chocolate drops line a holiday table. However, I have yet to make them, which seems a bit odd since they are fairly easy to make. A concoction of whipping cream and chocolate, truffles are basically scooped balls of chocolate ganache. And you know how I love ganache!

Traditional truffle recipes like this and this are definitely on the menu for this week’s holiday party, I thought I’d try something new. Something with a slight bite, something that adds texture. Enter Sun-Maid‘s decadent raisin truffles.

Now, before you click out of this screen, give me a second to plead the case of the humble raisin. I know every hates them but hear me out. They taste basically the same as dried cranberries but have a slightly more nutty texture. Packed with antioxidants and fiber, essential for good health, raisins are a sweet mix-in and are easily adaptable for cookies, cakes, and other baked treats. And guess what? One lucky SLH reader will win a mini variety pack of Sun-Maid products! This way, you can explore all the deliciousness of raisins and stop hating on them! I have been a fan of raisins and Sun-Maid since I was a little kid. Sure, they weren’t my first snack of choice (hello goldfish!) but they were my mom’s pick for those long days of school, soccer practice, and daycare. And can I tell you a secret? I just love their logo. How can you resist this retro and vibrant logo?? It’s like California perfection! Sorry, mini swoon session over…

To enter:
Leave a comment below about why you love raisins.
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Only one winner will be chosen for the SunMaid Giveaway. Open only to US readers only. Contest starts at 9am EST and ends on midnight on 12/19/2011. 

Chocolate Raisin Truffles
Adapted from: Sun-Maid
Yield: 30 truffle balls

Ingredients:
1/2 cup Sun-Maid Natural Raisins
2 tablespoons orange-flavored liqueur
8-ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup slightly warmed whipping cream
1 egg yolk
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Finely chopped walnuts or unsweetened cocoa powder or melted chocolate

Directions:
In food processor, combine raisins and liqueur and pulse until raisins are coarsely chopped. Set aside.
In heavy saucepan over low heat, melt chocolate and butter, stirring until smooth. Remove from heat.
In a small mixing bowl, combine whipping cream, egg yolk and vanilla and whisk until evenly blended. Slowly pour a small portion of the egg mixture into the chocolate mixture, stirring to make sure the egg yolk doesn’t scramble. Continue pouring the rest of your egg mixture into the chocolate. Stir in raisin mixture.
Stir until completely cool and slightly thickened, until firm enough to roll. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm at least 4 hours at room temperature.

To roll chocolate: Line rimmed baking sheet with waxed paper. Roll 2 teaspoons of the chocolate truffle base between fingertips into ball. Transfer to prepared sheet. Repeat with remaining truffle base. Chill until firm, about 1 hour. To add finishing touches, roll each ball in finely chopped walnuts or cocoa powder. Or, to dip in melted chocolate. Refrigerate balls until chilled. Dip balls one at a time, turning to coat all sides. Place on waxed paper. Let stand until chocolate is set.

Disclaimer: I received free raisin product from Sun-Maid however I wasn’t compensated for this post. Image provided from Sun-Maid.

Since 1912, Sun-Maid has provided premium quality raisins and dried fruit from the raisin and fruit farms of California to homes around the world.  The company has a rich heritage and has long been trusted by consumers as the world’s largest producer and processor of premium raisins and dried fruit.  Located in Kingsburg, California, in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley’s raisin producing district, Sun-Maid products are distributed throughout the United States and in more than 50 countries.

UPDATE: CONTEST HAS BEEN CLOSED

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December 15, 2011 - 6:57 am

Liisi - Funny, I live in an ex-Soviet country in Eastern-Europe (Estonia) and even though we didn’t have many things from foreign countries when I was little, I remember these raisins and the red box at my grandmother’s. I’ve never hated raisins! Your post brought back such fond memories.
I know I can’t participate in the giveaway, but I just had to comment:)

December 15, 2011 - 6:59 am

Ginger Tiberius - I enjoy the raisins by themselves and for making Oatmeal Raisin cookies especially this time of the year.

December 15, 2011 - 7:13 am

tiffany - I like raisins in baked goods but not plain. My husband, on the other hand, loves raisins!

December 15, 2011 - 11:05 am

Cori - I love them. I think they add a little sweetness in things like trail mix and granola. I don’t really like them in cookies though, they are too chewy.

December 15, 2011 - 1:48 pm

Wehaf - I love raisins – they’re sweet, juicy, and summery.

December 15, 2011 - 1:52 pm

Lauren - I love raisins (especially golden ones)

December 15, 2011 - 11:46 pm

thu h - Raisins are the perfect bite-sized snack and are pretty yummy in baked goods too!

December 16, 2011 - 2:24 pm

alisen - I love, love, live raisins! I am just now realizing there are additional kinds out there besides the “typical” kind. It also helps that my son adores these little treats as snacks! Plain is the way to go!

December 16, 2011 - 10:53 pm

Veronica @ Café con Leche - i actually used to haaate raisins…as in…i wouldn’t dare touch a cookie with a 10-ft pole if one was around me when i was younger. but then something magical happened this summer. i tried raisins again (after realizing i how much i enjoyed other dried fruits…) and I LOVED THEM! i shout it to the rooftops now i tell ya…in fact i keep mini boxes in my school bag with me at all times because i like munching on them in class. they are deliciously sweet! and perfectly popable into the mouth. love ‘em! :)

December 17, 2011 - 7:22 am

Deborah - Love raisins by themselves,chocolate covered or in Cinnamon raisen bagels!

December 17, 2011 - 11:33 pm

Debra L - Without raisins my bread pudding just wouldn’t be the same!

December 18, 2011 - 12:43 am

Terri H - I love raisins because they add flavor to many dishes, a great compliment to most any salad. They can be eaten as an on-the-go snack. They’re light weight, can be popped into a lunchbag or pocket for a quick pep picker-upper. They’re a great all around snack & so good for our bodies.

December 18, 2011 - 5:25 pm

Jen - I love raisins and peanut butter on toast for breakfast. mmm.
I also love them in couscous for some surprise sweetness!

December 20, 2011 - 6:18 am

Mary Ricciardelli - Raisins make everything chewy, a little sweet! Lovee them in my cookies, esp. golden ones.

December 29, 2011 - 3:12 pm

Tiffany - My raisin prize package came today! Thank you so much for sponsoring the giveaway.

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