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Chocolate Raspberry Jam

Chocolate Raspberry Jam

The jam-fest continues. I should probably tell you that my “jam cabinet” is quickly filling with stacks of vibrant jars. I didn’t intend to make much jam this year, or should I say, I didn’t expect to have enough time to. But, alas, the allure of fresh fruit won out over my more reasonable, we-don’t-have-the-space-nor-time side. So I’ve been jamming away like there’s no tomorrow.

Tennessee Raspberries

I picked up one precious pint of raspberries at the farmers’ market the other weekend. Raspberries are rare here; apparently the heat and humidity are too much for the delicate berries. So when I saw some, I snatched them up. They weren’t cheap, which is why I only got one pint, but it’s better than nothing.

Chocolate Raspberry Jam

When I got home, the berries went straight into the saucepan. I had Mrs. Wheelbarrow’s Chocolate Raspberry “Whatever” bookmarked for what seems like ages. I almost made a version of the stuff with strawberries because I was so desperate to try it (and, to be honest, that would actually be pretty darn amazing).

I only had enough berries for 1/3 of the recipe, yielding a precious two miniature jars of dark, chocolatey jam. Or sauce. The consistency is somewhere in between. Whatever it is, it’s incredible.

Sorry friends and family. This stuff will not be among the jars I gift during the holidays.

Nope.

This one’s mine.

All mine.

(Psst! Download the printable labels for this jam here!)

Chocolate Raspberry Jam

Yield: 5 to 6 half-pint jars

Ingredients:

3 pints fresh raspberries
3 cup granulated sugar
Juice of one lemon
9 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped

Directions:

In a large heavy stainless steel or enameled saucepan, combine raspberries and sugar and stir over medium-high heat until the sugar has dissolved.

Run the raspberry mixture through a food mill to rid the sauce of (most of) the seeds. Return to saucepan and add the lemon. Heat the mixture to just below boiling.

Add the chopped chocolate and stir until the chocolate is completely melted. Remove from heat and allow the mixture to sit for an hour or two (or, you know, two days). If it is sitting for longer than an hour or two, transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate.

Prepare canner and wash/sterilize 6 half-pint mason (or equivalent) jars. Keep jars in hot (not boiling) water until ready to use. Warm lids in hot (not boiling) water to sterilize and soften seal.

Bring the mixture back to a rolling boil and boil hard for five minutes, stirring constantly.

Turn off the heat and let the jam rest for two or three minutes. At that point, if the surface wrinkles when pushed gently, it's ready. If not, return to heat. Boil for two minutes, allow to rest, and re-test. Repeat until the jam reaches the desired consistency.

Ladle hot jam into jars, leaving 1/4-inch of headspace. Wipe jar rims and threads. Screw on lids and rings. Process in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes. Remove from water and let cool completely, 12 to 24 hours. Check seals. Any unsealed jars should be refrigerated and used within 3 weeks.

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  1. 1
    Posted On July 31, 2012 at 10:30 am

    Lindsay, I love love love those jam jars! Plus, the matching ribbon and tags…seriously!?! I am sure the jam tastes as good as the jars look!

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  2. 2
    Posted On July 31, 2012 at 10:33 am

    Chocolate jam? Why am I only just hearing about this?!

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  3. 3
    Posted On July 31, 2012 at 10:50 am

    I never been a huge fan of jam but this might turn me to love it!

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  4. 4
    Posted On July 31, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Your jam jars are super pretty, do you process them in a water bath to seal them? I need an apartment with a pantry so I can make lots of jam!

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  5. 5
    Posted On July 31, 2012 at 11:34 am

    I’ve also never heard of chocolate jam! It sounds delicious. And those jars, ribbon and tags are so cute! I would love to be able to make tags like that. What an amazing present (even with different jam!)

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    Posted On July 31, 2012 at 11:36 am

    There’s a woman here in Ireland who makes chocolate raspberry jam for her market stall in Limerick. I absolutely love it, but seeing as how I live on the opposite side of the (albeit small) country, it’s only a rare treat. Can’t wait to give your recipe a try!

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  7. 7
    Posted On July 31, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Is this really possible? Or am I dreaming?!

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  8. 8
    Posted On July 31, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    I am absolutely dying right now over this beautiful jam. I cannot wait to make it soon!!

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  9. 9
    Posted On July 31, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Oh those are jars of goodness…Great and very interesting recipe! Awesome photos!

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  10. 10
    Posted On July 31, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    I can only imagine how amazing this tastes. I mean, we all love chocolate dipped raspberries, and I feel that this is along those lines. Phenomenal.

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  11. 11
    Posted On July 31, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    I think I would enjoy that more than I do Nutella! What a great idea. XOXO

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  12. 12
    Posted On July 31, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    What a creative spread..fruity jam!

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  13. 13
    Posted On August 1, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Sounds delicious!

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  14. 14
    Posted On August 1, 2012 at 9:01 am

    Brilliant idea! This jam sounds amazing!!

    And beautiful photos as always. ;)

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  15. 15
    Posted On August 1, 2012 at 9:52 am

    yeah, i can totally see why you would not want to share this! sounds so good.

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  16. 16
    Posted On August 1, 2012 at 9:58 am

    Love those jars!! So darling. And chocolate raspberry jam sounds totally amazingly sinful. First, ordering those jars, and then making this! Thankfully raspberries and plentiful and cheap around here this time of year :)

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  17. 17
    Posted On August 1, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Oh my gosh, I am so making this!!

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  18. 18
    Posted On August 1, 2012 at 10:32 am

    I forgot I needed a new food mill until I read the recipe. This sauce sounds amazing and so does your peach and lavender. I’ve got a peach jalapeno jam on the agenda, but these jams are teasing with me! I gotta go get a new food mill asap.

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  19. 19
    lynn
    Posted On August 1, 2012 at 11:03 am

    so excited to make this! Do tell…how do you make all your incredible labels? is there a software that you are using?

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    • Posted On August 2, 2012 at 10:45 am

      I use Adobe Illustrator to create them. I may offer them up as printables in the near future… since enough people have expressed interest in using them. :)

    • Anne
      Posted On August 24, 2012 at 3:51 am

      I have looked and looked at the labels and cannot see a typo!

  20. 20
    Posted On August 1, 2012 at 11:30 am

    That’s it? Is this chocolate raspberry jam really that easy to do? Bookmarking this and must try soon. Thanks for sharing.

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  21. 21
    Posted On August 1, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Oh my. This is amazing!

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  22. 22
    Posted On August 1, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    I didn’t even know that a chocolate jan can be created! But this one looks delicious, and combined with tangy raspeberries probably perfect!

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  23. 23
    Posted On August 1, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    we’re swimming in raspberries growing in a backyard right now… its a dream and even more so since you shared chocolate.raspberry.jam. can’t wait thanks!!

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    • Posted On August 2, 2012 at 10:44 am

      Color me jealous. :)

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    lynn
    Posted On August 2, 2012 at 7:57 am

    another question…please confirm that these jars have been shelf stable for you? Thanks.

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    • Posted On August 2, 2012 at 10:44 am

      This is the first year I’ve used them but the seal seems just as good as the two-piece lids.

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    Amy
    Posted On August 2, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    Gorgeous post and photos. It pained me to see the typo on the label. Uugghh…I feel the pain there, really. Good luck with the book and I WILL make this recipe!

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    • Posted On August 2, 2012 at 10:02 pm

      Well, crud. And how long did I stare at these jars and photos without seeing that?

      Shh… it’ll be our secret. :)

  26. 26
    Liz
    Posted On August 3, 2012 at 7:26 am

    Looks fantastic!! Do you think the foodmill is absolutely necessary? Does anybody know of any substitution methods?

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    • Posted On August 3, 2012 at 8:31 am

      You could do without but you’ll end up with a lot more seeds. You could also probably press the berries through a sieve if you have one of those (though I know that can be a tiring process!)

  27. 27
    Michele
    Posted On August 3, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    I was told raspberry season was finished, but found 3 pts of the most gorgeous raspberries at the organic farm down the road from me. I now have 5 jars of this angel food. I had a peanutbutter and jam sandwich for lunch today. This stuff is heaven! Tonight it is going to stuff an angelcake. :) Thanks for this fab recipie!!

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  28. 28
    Michele
    Posted On August 3, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    I do not have a foodmill. I just drained and stuffed it through a large strainer and it worked great. But a foodmill would probably work better.

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  29. 29
    Posted On August 4, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    HAHAHA! Well, you made it so you should get to keep it. Sorry you don’t get raspberries there. We get them for a good chunk of the summer and during that time I just devour as many pints as possible. Love this chocolate-raspberry pairing. Will have to make a batch of this!

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  30. 30
    Posted On August 7, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    Chocolate raspberry jam sounds so amazingly good!

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  31. 31
    Lacey
    Posted On August 9, 2012 at 9:20 am

    Made this a couple days ago and had a peanut butter and jam sandwich this morning for breakfast. So yummy! Thanks for the recipe!

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  32. 32
    Karen
    Posted On August 10, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    I would love if you have a free printable for this. I just made this today, it is cooling as I type this. I can’t wait to try!

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  33. 33
    Posted On August 12, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    Why does this jam need to sit for an hour or two before finishing it? Is this to help the pectin set up?

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  34. 34
    Posted On August 13, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    I’ve never made jam, but this has TOTALLY inspired me to now! This sounds fantastic! & I absolutely love the little jars and labels! So elegant!

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  35. 35
    Posted On August 19, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Do you think frozen raspberries would work in this recipe? It looks devine!

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    • Posted On August 24, 2012 at 9:46 am

      Most definitely!

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    Peggy
    Posted On August 27, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    When are you going to start selling these? I’d be first in line to buy! Love the flavor of chocolate and raspberries together and your jars/labels are awesome. Great job.

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    Linnea Westenberg
    Posted On December 2, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    I made 2 batches of this and well, there are no words!!!! I would love to know where you got the jars. They take canning up a notch! Love them AND the jam. I hope I can part with them for gifts :)

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  38. 38
    Posted On January 18, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    i’d like to know where you bought the jars as well! they are adorable!

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    Patti Shenfield
    Posted On March 8, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    My husband is a chocoholic. I am excited to try this. Yum…raspberries and chocolate…my favorite combo.

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    Sadie
    Posted On April 5, 2013 at 8:52 am

    Can you tell me where I can get these specific jars?

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    Jodi
    Posted On November 27, 2013 at 2:30 am

    I made this jam today. It is delicious! I found it really hard to strain out the seeds so ended up just leaving them in. Noone is complaining :) Thanks for a great recipe!

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