Wine Soaked Chocolate Covered Cherries are a super easy, yet elegant way to end a meal. Wow your friends with this delicious, deceptively simple dessert!
20–25 fresh cherries
1 c. red wine
1/2 c. granulated sugar
5 1″ squares of orange peel
4 oz. semi sweet chocolate
In a small saucepan, bring the wine, sugar and orange peels to a boil. Stir gently until the sugar dissolves and reduce heat to low.
Simmer for 10 minutes, then remove from heat and let cool for 2-5 minutes. Either pit the cherries or leave them as is. If you do not pit them, poke a few small holes in the cherries with a fork (and warn your guests when serving). In a shallow heat proof bowl, arrange the cherries in a single layer and pour the wine mixture over them. Cover and chill for 6 hours to overnight.
Chop the chocolate into rough pieces and place in a microwave safe bowl. Heat in 30 second increments, stirring each time, until the chocolate is fully melted.
Remove the cherries from the wine and pat dry with paper towels – this step is important. If the cherries aren’t dry, the chocolate wont adhere. Dip the cherries in the chocolate, gently shaking off any excess and then place them on a parchment paper to dry. If you can’t use the stems to dip, two forks work well.
Store the cherries, chilled for 3-5 days.
I didn’t pit my cherries for the pictures (and I couldn’t find my pitter), but its important to do it especially if you’re serving these to guests. Nobody wants to worry about choking or chipping a tooth.
See the post for recipe suggestions for the dessert shooters (spoiler alert – it’s instant pudding and whipped cream).
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