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Dried Fruit Candy Recipes

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Dried fruit is the perfect candy addition: bold and flavorful, it contains the natural sweetness, tang, and flavor of fruit in a small, chewy package. Whether it's tangy dried cranberries or apricots, tart dried cherries, or sweet and chewy dried raisins or figs, these favorite dried fruit candies perfectly showcase dried fruits along with other ingredients like chocolate, nuts, and spices.

1. Chocolate-Covered Raisins

Chocolate-Covered Raisins
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Chocolate-Covered Raisins are a classic candy that couldn’t be simpler to make. Eat these chocolate-covered raisins on their own, or add them to trail mixes, snack mixes, or yogurt.

2. Cranberry Cashew Chocolate Bark

cashew-cranberry bark
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Cranberry-Cashew Chocolate Bark is a delightfully chunky bark candy that features a swirl of two types of chocolate, sweet-tart cranberries, and the salty crunch of roasted cashews.

3. Apricot Balls

Apricot Balls
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Apricot Balls are chocolate-covered bites of intensely flavored apricot filling. The taste and texture is similar to a concentrated apricot jam, so this is the perfect candy for lovers of that sweet-tart apricot flavor.

4. Chocolate Fig Squares

Chocolate Fig Squares
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Chocolate Fig Squares have a delicious fig, cocoa, and nut filling, covered in chocolate. The texture of the filling reminds me of fig cookies, but the flavor is more complex, with cinnamon, nuts, cocoa, and lemon zest. 

5. Hazelnut-Cherry Bark

Hazelnut Cherry Bark
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Hazelnut Cherry Bark features crunchy toasted hazelnuts, chewy dried cherries, and tangy candied ginger, all bound together with rich dark chocolate. This quick and easy bark packs a lot of flavor into small squares.

6. Ginger-Date Balls

Ginger Date Balls
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Ginger-Date Balls are soft, smooth candies with a spicy gingerbread taste that is balanced by sweet dates and a subtle orange flavor.

7. Polish Chocolate Plums

plums candy
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In this simple recipe, sweet dried plums are stuffed with crunchy toasted almonds and dipped in a coating of thick chocolate. The combination of tastes and textures is divine!

8. Chocolate-Dipped Mango

Chocolate-Dipped Mangoes
(c) 2009 Elizabeth LaBau, licensed to About.com, Inc.

Flavorful dried mango is coated in bittersweet chocolate and dusted with spicy cayenne in this simple, delicious candy recipe. The combination of sweet and chewy fruit, rich chocolate, and a touch of hate makes these Chocolate-Dipped Mango Slices truly special.

9. Cranberry Pecan Fudge

Cranberry Pecan Fudge
(c) 2010 Elizabeth LaBau, licensed to About.com, Inc.

Cranberry Pecan Fudge is a lovely fall fudge with dried cranberries, toasted pecans, and dark brown sugar. I like the simplicity of these flavors, but if you want to give it even more of an autumn taste, consider adding spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, or cloves to the fudge.

10. Cherry-Almond Clusters

cherry almond clusters
(c) 2007 Elizabeth LaBau, licensed to About.com

Tart dried cherries, crunchy almonds, and smooth, sweet white chocolate combine to form Cherry-Almond Clusters, a fast drop candy that's perfect as a last-minute treat.

11. Chocolate-Dipped Apricots

chocolate apricots
(c) 2007 Elizabeth LaBau, licensed to About.com

Chocolate-Dipped Apricots are light, elegant candies that are surprisingly easy to make. These bite-sized treats taste sophisticated and none too sweet, since they are made with unsweetened dried fruit and dark chocolate.

12. Date-Pistachio Clusters

Date Pistachio Clusters
(c) 2009 Elizabeth LaBau, licensed to About.com, Inc.

Date-Pistachio Clusters are an easy drop candy featuring chunks of sweet dates, salty pistachios, and crunchy, chocolatey cacao nibs, all held together by white chocolate.

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