As the Serutan commercials used to say on the Lawrence Welk Show, "After 35, your system slows down". Here's an ideal dessert for those of us who are hurtling through time toward old buzzarddom, our slowing systems becoming painfully obvious every morning. It's easy to make. Don't recoil at the prunes. Chocolate covered prunes taste like giant Raisinets . Here's how to make them!


1 Hershey milk chocolate bar, 8 ounce size

1 small package of pitted prunes, 8 ounce size


Place a sheet of waxed paper on a large cookie sheet. Break up the chocolate bar and melt it in a double boiler. When the chocolate has melted, add the prunes and stir them with a tablespoon until they are thoroughly covered with chocolate. Spoon the prunes out of the pot and place them onto the waxed paper. Allow to cool.


Substitute semi-sweet chocolate (called "Special Dark" by Hershey) for the milk chocolate. Substitute other dried fruits for the prunes. If you use figs or dates, be sure to use only fruit from California. Do not use figs or dates imported from Turkey or other Middle Eastern countries, as those are usually dried outdoors and they often contain dead insects. The California dried fruit is oven-dried and is not contaminated with insects.



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Raisinets is a registered trademark of Blumenthal Brothers, Philadelphia, PA.