How Good Are Raspberries?

If you plan to buy raspberries in your local grocery store or on the side of the road, choose those without cores.  The reason is that when you find raspberries with the core, you know they were picked prior to being ripened or they were picked before they are ripe, which means they will have a tart flavor.

Next, one of the raspberry facts that people love is that this fruit is healthy and low calorie.  In fact, a full cup only has 64 calories, 15 grams of carbohydrates, and only 1 gram of fat.  However, raspberries also contain 1 gram of protein and 8 grams of fiber.While most people are more educated about red and black raspberries, they also come in purple and yellow.

Raspberry Mocha Mousse Glasses

I have taken the liberty of “Yanking” a mousse recipe here so that everyone can make this well balanced dessert in a glass. With just a hint of coffee flavor, I invite you to rev it up a little with more coffee. What the hey, treat the kids and keep them up an hour or so longer

4 oz. chocolate chips
1 14-oz. can sweetened condensed milk
1 t. vanilla
1 T. instant coffee
1 t. hot water
1 c. (1/2 pint) heavy cream
About 3 c. whipped cream
2 c. fresh raspberries

Melt chocolate in a microwave-safe dish in 20 second intervals until melted. Stir until smooth. Pour sweetened condensed milk into large bowl. Beat in melted chocolate and vanilla. Dissolve coffee in hot water. Add to chocolate mixture, beating until smooth. Chill 15 min­utes. Chill beaters and mixing bowl from electric mixer 10 minutes in preparation for next step.
Beat cream in chilled bowl with chilled beaters until stiff. Fold into chilled choco­late mixture. Reserve 8 raspberries for garnish. Layer parfait glasses as follows: 1/4 cup chocolate mousse, refrigerated whipped cream, 1/4 cup rasp­berries, 1/4 cup chocolate mousse. Refrigerate parfaits 20 minutes before serving. Just before serving, garnish each with refrig­erated whipped cream and a single raspberry.