Chocolate Covered Cherries
Everybody know how great cherries taste. Of all the fruit in the world, it is hard to find one that competes. Maybe it is because of their short growing season. There are always a huge selection of fresh oranges, apples, pears, bananas and all the other popular fruits. You can take a bite into a fresh one anytime. Not cherries. There is only about 8 weeks out of the year you can have the privilege of having your taste buds savor one of these little darling. Then, they are gone again until the next season, and that is a long time. Thank goodness they still taste great dried, frozen, canned, or even, yes, as chocolate covered cherries.
I am sure you have heard how great cherries are for your health. More and more studies are finding cherries, cherry juice, and cherry concentrate contain elements that can cure or at least reduce the symptoms of so many medical problems. Even as you read this article and I write it, there are thousands of people relying on cherries health benefits. However, probably one of the main reasons people buy cherries are because they taste so good. Isn't it great to know when you are eating cherries, fresh, dried, or frozen, you are also helping your body fight off many diseases.
Okay, we have established and know for sure that cherries are good for your health and taste great, too. However, it doesn't hurt if occasionally we help that taste along a little and use them in some great desserts; things like cherry cobblers, cherries jubilee or one of my favorites, chocolate covered cherries.
The mix of cherries and chocolate. How could you possibly go wrong with that combination? Well, I don't think you can. You can find them pretty much year round and you can even make them at home in your own kitchen. Here is a quick recipe. If you prefer another one, there is a great selection on the internet.
You will need 3 pounds of finely chopped dark chocolate, 2.5 pounds of your favorite sweet cherries (most people use maraschinos, but that is up to you), ¼ cup butter, and 2.5 cups powdered sugar.
First drain the cherries and let them dry a few hours. Save the juice. Put the butter and 2 tablespoons of the saved cherry juice in a mixer, then slowly put in powdered sugar until you have the consistency of soft butter. If it is a little too runny, add more powdered sugar. Dip a spoon of the concoction out and roll it in your hand and form a ball. Then, flatten the ball, put a dried cherry in the middle and close it up. After you have tempered your chocolate, start dipping the cherries in one at a time and then place them on a cookie sheet with wax paper on top. Place the chocolate covered cherries you have dipped in the refrigerator for 20 minutes and then take them out and dip them again for a thicker shell. Now, put them back into the refrigerator until they are firm, put them in some sort of storage container and leave them in the refrigeration for 5-7 days. By then the inside will then be just right and your chocolate covered cherries are ready for you and your family and friends to enjoy. If you can't wait the whole 5-7 days, they will be a little messier, but they will still be fantastically delicious.
Okay, so this article wasn't so much about cherries health benefits as it was about the great taste. If you want to feel less guilty, wash your chocolate covered cherries down with a nice cool glass of cherry juice. That should even things out.