raspberry jalapeno chocolates

by Kristina Sloggett

in Dessert,Gluten Free,Meatless Monday,recipes,Vegan,Vegan MoFo

Regular readers know I love chocolate, I love to make all kinds of truffles and nut butter cups. Regulars also know I like to do things differently around here, using ingredients in unconventional ways.

When I realized I had chosen to do an entire month of Treats and Sweets for Vegan Mofo, I knew the Meatless Mondays would be a challenge.

I looked at the list and immediately had this idea when I saw jalapeno week.

Guys, welcome to jalapeno week.

Instead of my standard truffle, I fancied things up a bit and used chocolate molds. These are so fun, and they are so easy. Really.

…and even more fancy? I dusted some of them with an edible confectionary pearl dust. For the chocolate shapes, I chose two molds – a classic square dome and an awesome faceted shape.

The flavors are unconventional, but they work! They work well! The agave elevated the sweetness of the berries and enhanced the spicy jalapeno as well, and surrounding it with dark chocolate is the perfect finish. Chocolate with a spicy sweet surprise inside.

raspberry jalapeno chocolates

dairy, egg, soy and gluten free, vegan

makes 12 chocolates

5 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
1/2 fresh jalapeno, seeded and minced fine
1/3 cup fresh raspberries
2 tablespoons agave
chocolate molds (found at craft store)

In small saucepan over low heat, melt chocolate until smooth. Spoon a small amount into each mold, and using a small paintbrush, coat the mold completely. Place in refrigerator for 5 minutes or until chocolate has set. Remove from fridge, repeat – brushing another layer of chocolate to coat, making a thick layer of chocolate ‘shell’. Cool in refrigerator until set. 

Meanwhile, mash raspberries together with agave and finely minced jalapeno. Fill each mold with raspberry jalapeno filling, leaving room at the top to seal with more chocolate. Reheat remaining chocolate and fill each mold, covering the filling completely. Tap molds on counter to remove any bubbles, return to refrigerator to set.

I cannot wait to make more chocolates!

I love jalapeno week.

Other recipes featuring jalapeno:

spicy cinnamon three bean chili

 

[faux] huevos a la Mexicana enchilada

 

jalapeno poppers two ways – spicy and cheddar

 

jalapeno popper grilled cheese sandwich

 

seven layer dip with noocho cheese

 

artichoke shiitake ceviche 

 

jalapeno peach smoothie

 

jalapeno margarita

 

To see more jalapeno creations, visit Heather for Meatless Monday A to Z!

 

{ 46 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Nichole October 15, 2012 at 4:42 am

You make the chocolates look effortless, when that is a serious skill!!

I know what to get the man for Christmas!

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2 spabettie October 15, 2012 at 5:41 pm

they really are pretty easy! several steps, but you could do it! :)

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3 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table October 15, 2012 at 5:29 am

The recipe itself is fantastic, but you stepped up the game with your dust. I am impressed! Is it weird that my first thought was that all these ingredients would make great ice cream?

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4 spabettie October 15, 2012 at 5:40 pm

I know, the dust was super fun. I need more, I need ALL of the colors now. and yes, I bet this would be a good ice cream! hot but cool at the same time! maybe even a habanero!

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5 Tiff (@LoveSweatBeers) October 15, 2012 at 5:39 am

Mmmmm, I love jalapenos too. Thanks for linking up all these recipes!

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6 spabettie October 15, 2012 at 5:39 pm

you are so welcome, Tiffany! we love our jalapenos here… I just had to stop linking recipes ;)

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7 Heather (Where's the Beach) October 15, 2012 at 5:40 am

I love jalapenos. Those chocolates look incredible. Talk about the perfect gift to give someone!

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8 spabettie October 15, 2012 at 5:39 pm

I know… I think these will be part of holiday gifts this year… hmm, maybe not the jalapeno… at least not for everyone. ;)

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9 Wine Taster October 15, 2012 at 6:03 am

The Jalapeño Chocolates look yummy. Chocolate mixes so well with some of the wildest flavours. You would do well to drink a nice spicy red wine with it to further expand the flavour.
Also love the Jalapeño Tequila – I must try that one.

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10 spabettie October 15, 2012 at 5:38 pm

the jalapeno tequila is very good! and I still have a few of the chocolates, I will save some for the next time we open a red!

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11 Julie Hasson October 15, 2012 at 7:54 am

That is my kind of truffle!

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12 spabettie October 15, 2012 at 5:37 pm

mine too… :D

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13 Lora October 15, 2012 at 8:16 am

Gorgeous chocolates. I love the unusual flavor combo.

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14 spabettie October 15, 2012 at 5:35 pm

thanks, Lora!

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15 nik October 15, 2012 at 9:06 am

Sweet peppery poppers…these look so good! Really, I think I’d pop one in my mouth, then another, then…oh yum!

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16 spabettie October 15, 2012 at 5:34 pm

I know, it is easy to do! they are small… ;)

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17 Alyssa (Everyday Maven) October 15, 2012 at 9:50 am

I love how unique those are!

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18 spabettie October 15, 2012 at 5:32 pm

thanks Alyssa!

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19 Allie October 15, 2012 at 11:08 am

I love that we both went for spicy & sweet on this one! Seriously, you make the best-looking desserts–opening up a chocolate shop any time soon? ;D

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20 spabettie October 15, 2012 at 5:29 pm

I would have so much fun…

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21 Jenni October 15, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Oh Wow! They look soooo good. I’d totally try one. I’m hesitant to cook with jalapenos because I ended up really burning my hands working with peppers before. Tips on how to not feel like my hands are on fire?

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22 spabettie October 15, 2012 at 5:19 pm

hi Jenni! if you really like jalapenos, maybe wear gloves? I rarely even feel anything with jalapenos (I cook with them a lot so I must have a high heat tolerance!) :) with habaneros and arbol chiles I do have to be careful, though – they can make my hands hurt!

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23 Jenni October 15, 2012 at 5:29 pm

Thanks! I think I need to just get a set of kitchen gloves. I rarely ever think about it until it is too late!

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24 recipeland October 15, 2012 at 12:13 pm

Raspberry, jalapeno and chocolate? They are all my favorites. What a great idea of making raspberry jalapeno chocolate, have never thought about connecting these three all together. Inspiration :)

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25 spabettie October 15, 2012 at 5:12 pm

thanks! they go really well together.

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26 Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets October 15, 2012 at 12:43 pm

Those chocolates look great, and I love the flavor combo. Gotta make these too. I brought your fig truffles ( using dates instead) to family dinner this weekend, and they were a huge hit. No surprise there.

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27 spabettie October 15, 2012 at 5:07 pm

yay, SO glad you’re liking the truffles. you should try these, they are really cool! (um, hot?)

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28 Heather @ Better With Veggies October 15, 2012 at 1:02 pm

I can’t tell you how happy I am that you have the added challenge of treats & sweets for MMAZ, because this looks amazing and I love the heat in this dessert treat!! I think I’m going to steal your idea of recapping related ingredient recipes from the past too – it’s a great way to remember what other things you’ve created that I might have missed!

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29 spabettie October 15, 2012 at 5:03 pm

making this month’s ingredients sweet has been fun – and I think I have a plan for the last ones too! so so fun, this is definitely one of my favorite weeks!

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30 Macey October 15, 2012 at 1:12 pm

Ok girl, those truffles seriously look AMAZING!!

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31 spabettie October 15, 2012 at 4:58 pm

thank you Macey!

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32 Adventures in Dressmaking October 15, 2012 at 1:21 pm

Those sound SOOO delicious!! I looove spicy flavors with sweet ones or chocolate. I’m mostly raw vegan so I make my own treats when I want really decadent things like this, but I’ve never successfully made what I think of as candy, like these amazing looking things… might be harder when making your own chocolate from cocoa powder etc. But I’d love to try!

P.S. Hello, fellow Portland blogger! =)

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33 spabettie October 15, 2012 at 4:57 pm

yay, hello Suzannah! I am excited to have finally found the Portland group!

nice to find another vegan, as well… I took an awesome cooking class this summer and several days of it was raw. I am loving the raw um, “cooking” more and more. Have you ever made your own chocolate? I have a friend that just posted about making your own chocolate, part of his “Unprocessed October”. Definitely something I’d like to try!

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34 Richa October 15, 2012 at 7:01 pm

I want!

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35 Lindsay October 15, 2012 at 8:36 pm

Yuuuuuuuuuummmmmm!!!!!

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36 spabettie October 15, 2012 at 8:44 pm

thank you!!! :)

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37 Deborah October 17, 2012 at 8:34 am

These are just so different that I totally want to try them!!

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38 spabettie October 18, 2012 at 6:46 pm

yes, different but actually VERY good! :)

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39 Kimberly from The Hungry Goddess February 1, 2013 at 10:05 pm

I love a little heat with my chocolate!

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40 Kristina Sloggett February 2, 2013 at 1:35 pm

me too! I have a wasabi peanut butter cup too – I’ll pin that one! (thanks for the invite, this may be my new favorite board!)

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41 The Peace Patch November 1, 2013 at 12:37 am

I love this recipe and the wasabi recipe too and I just found the most squealingly perfect dancing elephant chocolate molds!
http://browncookie.com/products/dancing-elephant-cake-chocolate-mold-silicone
Many thanks for your tremendous truffliciousness…cheers! :)

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42 Kristina Sloggett November 3, 2013 at 5:06 pm

um, those are THE CUTEST elephants!! I love that mold! also? thanks for showing me a new site that I just spent too much time on, and have a cart full of fun things from! :D xxo

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43 Karina November 13, 2013 at 4:59 pm

Chocolate, raspberry and Jalapeno… yum! I have tried jalapeno margaritas and i love them!!

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44 Elise November 26, 2013 at 2:36 pm

These were AWESOME (and easy! my first time playing with chocolate). I got adventurous and also made a chili mango filling, too. The raspberry and jalapeño combo was surprisingly divinely delicious!

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45 Kristina Sloggett November 26, 2013 at 3:34 pm

so glad you think so – and yes, very easy, right? chili mango sounds phenomenal!

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46 Elise November 26, 2013 at 7:06 pm

Surprisingly easy – I’m hooked!

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