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Black Raspberry Vanilla Fool

Fools aren’t very common in America (at least the dessert type) but they are in England. Or at least that’s what the internet would have me believe. They are often made with tart goose berries (another thing we don’t have a lot of) and require a lot of sugar to make them sweet.  I decided to revamp the dessert with something I have a TON of, black raspberries. It isn’t really sweet made with this recipe but you can always add more sugar of that’s your thing.

Black Raspberry Vanilla Fool - Fruity Whipped Cream Dessert

By the way black raspberries and black berries are NOT the same! If you live any where zone 5 or above you likely have black raspberries. The easiest way to tell them apart is when you pick them black raspberries will have a hollow core and black berries will have a tiny white core. The names get used pretty much interchangeably but there is a difference and if you plan on growing them it’s a good one to understand.

Black Raspberry Vanilla Fool - Fruity Whipped Cream Dessert

Black Raspberry Vanilla Fool

Black Raspberry Vanilla Fool
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 3 cups black raspberries
  • 1 T sugar, you can use regular sugar or superfine, the seeds ensure some 'texture' so it won't a a totally smooth dessert anyway
  • 1 container of vanilla Greek-style yogurt, I used chobani 100 vanilla, it's not very sweet or vanilla
  • 1 pint heavy or whipping cream
  • 1/2 t vanilla


  1. Mash the berries with a fork and sprinkle with sugar, let them set while you whip the cream
  2. Pour the cream and the vanilla into your mixer bowl (unless you're super buff, then by all means use a whisk) whip until peaks form. Don't over whip or you'll get butter.
  3. Fold the yogurt into the whipped cream, don't over mix or it will deflate
  4. Swirl in the berries, a few turns with a spatula should do it
  5. Serve cold or refrigerate for later

The sugar draws the liquid out of the berries so they rather quickly turn to this:

Mashed Berries with sugar
It looks pretty as it comes together:

Black Raspberry Vanilla Fool - Fruity Whipped Cream Dessert
My advice is to whip the cream to medium peaks, the juicy berries really loosened up the cream and I think it would have been better with a little more body.

blkraspberry monster

We’re lucky we get to eat berries at all, they disappear pretty fast thanks to the Black Raspberry Monster!

Cynthia L

Tuesday 22nd of July 2014

I have heard of fools before but have never tried one. This one looks delicious and your little one is a cutie!

Elizabeth Towns

Sunday 13th of July 2014

This is the first I've heard of a fool in food. It seems like a quick and fun dessert. I also did not know the diff between black berries and black raspberries, although I did know that we grow black berries!


Friday 11th of July 2014

i love creamy berry desserts so i would love this

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