Raspberry Fruit Fool is a popular British dessert. Fresh raspberries are mixed with lemon juice and honey. Served simply with whipped cream, this is the perfect no-bake, easy summer dessert.

A glass bowl with raspberry fruit fool surrounded by fresh raspberries and spoons

A lot of British foods have strange and silly names and this ‘fool’ is no exception. Commonly known just as a fruit fool, this dessert can be made with any type of berry fruit. Dating back to 1598, the most common fruit used  was gooseberries but since has evolved into many recipes using many different type of fruit like apples, strawberries and even rhubarb as gooseberries are used less these days.

A side image of a raspberry fool in a glass bowl showing the layers of cream and raspberries


It is said the name ‘fool’ derived from the French word ‘fouler‘ meaning to crush or press which is what is done to the berries to release their sweet juices. Don’t quote me on that because the origin is still a little fuzzy.


The perfect bite of a raspberry fruit fool, a spoonful of fresh cream and raspberries


This really is the easiest summer dessert you can make. You don’t have to be limited to the traditional recipe, why be boring? Mix it up!


Healthy option: This raspberry fruit fool would be delicious as a summer breakfast item. Instead of whipped cream you could substitute low fat Greek yogurt. Make a batch and keep in the fridge for a cool breakfast every morning.


Change up the fruit: There is so much delicious fruit in season right now from all the berries to peaches. You could even go tropical and use mango and papaya.


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Yield: 4

Raspberry Fruit Fool

A closeup of the layers of cream and raspberries in a raspberry fruit fool

Layers of whipped cream with honey and macerated raspberries

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 12 ounces (340 grams) fresh raspberries, plus more for garnish
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 2 tablespoon honey
  • 2 cups (473 ml) heavy whipping cream
  • 4 mint leaves, for garnish


  1. Add the raspberries, lemon juice and honey to a bowl. Mix with the lemon and honey and mash at the same time. Set aside.
  2. Whip the heavy cream until stiff. Fold the half of the raspberry mix into the whipped cream so you get a nice, pink swirl.
  3. Serve in glass bowls layering the raspberries with the cream and top with fresh raspberries. Garnish each with a mint leaf 

Nutrition Information



Amount Per Serving Calories 487Saturated Fat 27gCholesterol 163mgSodium 46mgCarbohydrates 22gProtein 3g
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