* If you are going to substitute raw dates for raisins in baking recipes, like in muffins, brownies, and Lara bars, you’ll want to soak the raisins for about 2-3 minutes in hot water. Soaking the raisins for about 3 minutes will reconstitute some of the moisture and give them a similar texture to dates. Then, all you have to do is drain and pat dry with a paper towel. Read more here.
How can I make this recipe without an ice cream maker?
You can try one of the methods listed HERE, or you can skip the bon bon idea altogether and pour the raspberry filling into popsicle molds, freeze them, and then dip the frozen popsicles into the chocolate to form chocolate covered popsicles. The popsicle method won’t be nearly as creamy, but it still might satisfy the craving (with less work involved).