The holidays are here – and while this is something you might can when raspberries are on the vine, there is no reason why you couldn’t use frozen raspberries or even store-bought raspberries to make this delicious raspberry-chocolate sundae topper recipe.
Simply preserve the extra by canning it and you will have a delightful dessert topper you can pull from your pantry whenever guests arrive.
Keep in mind that this particular recipe is more than just a sundae topper – it is an ideal topping for fruit, cheesecake and other desserts.
Use your imagination and you will find numerous uses for this delicious recipe.
Canning Recipe For Chocolate Raspberry Sauce
When making this recipe, keep in mind that canning anything that contains chocolate is tricky because you need to make sure the pH is right or the food will spoil.
Chocolate is naturally low in acidity, so by combining a high-acid fruit with the chocolate, you alter the pH and thus make it safe to can.
I originally found this recipe in a Ball Canning Book, so I know it is a safe, tested recipe.
Here is the raspberry-chocolate sundae topper recipe – along with the canning instructions.Print
Raspberry-Chocolate Sundae Topper
This delicious, easy-to-make raspberry-chocolate sundae topper is an ideal canning recipe making it easy to serve to guests or give as gifts!
- Prep Time: 30
- Cook Time: 15
- Total Time: 45 minutes
- Category: Desserts
- Method: Stovetop
- Put the cocoa powder and pectin in a small bowl. Stir them until they are well-blended, then set the bowl aside.
- Put the crushed raspberries and lemon juice into a stainless steel saucepan.
- Whisk the fruit pectin mixture into the raspberry mixture.
- Bring to a boil over medium-high heat while continually stirring.
- Add the sugar while continuing to stir.
- Bring the contents of the pan to a hard boil and keep it there for one minute while continually stirring.
- Remove the pan from the heat and skim off the foam.
- Ladle the hot sundae topper in hot, sterilized pint-size canning jars.
- Wipe the rim of each jar, put the lid on the jar and tighten the band until it is fingertip-tight.
- Place the jars in a cold pack canner filled with boiling water. Process for 10 minutes. Remove the lid, turn off the heat and let the jars sit in the water for an additional five minutes, then remove the jars.
- Tighten the bands if necessary so they are fingertip-tight again. Allow the jars to sit overnight to cool, then check the lid by gently prying on it to make sure it is sealed. If it is sealed, label and store the jars in a cool, dry, dark place.
- Jars that are not sealed need to be checked to make sure there are no cracks or chips across the top of the jar. Do not reuse the lids if they do not seal – instead put a big black X on them and use them for sealing jars filled with herbs or other dehydrated food. You can use a new lid and try to reseal the jar or put it into the fridge and use it up.
- If you like, you can gently heat this sundae topper up before serving it by either sitting the open canning jar into a pan filled with a bit of boiling water or by scooping the sundae topper out of the canning jar and putting it into a double boiler until it begins to melt just slightly.
- Keep in mind that raspberries contain seeds – and those seeds – if they are not removed before you crush the raspberries – will end up in the topping. The seeds are edible, but some people do not like seeds in their topping.
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Canning Chocolate Raspberry Sauce
When canning this chocolate-raspberry sundae topper remember that it is extremely important to follow the recipe exactly as well as the safe canning instructions.
Cleanliness is important, so take the time to make sure all of the pans, utensils, jars, lids and bands are clean and sterilized properly.
Getting in a hurry when canning or not taking the time to properly clean and sterilize the equipment you use is one of the reasons why home canned food goes bad.
If you are new to canning food at home, I highly suggest purchasing a Ball Canning Book and reading the instructions carefully.
Even after years of canning, I still go over the instructions once before I can any new recipe, as a reminder to myself and to help insure the food I can is safe to eat.
Canning chocolate raspberry sauce is easy and I hope you and your family will enjoy this recipe!