- 20–25 fresh cherries
- 1 cup red wine, such as merlot
- 1/2 cup 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.
- Reduce heat to low.
- Simmer for 10 minutes.
- 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.
- small saucepan
- shallow heat proof bowl
- cherry pitter or small fork
- small microwave safe bowl
- parchment paper
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 (instant pudding and whipped cream).
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 25 minutes
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Stove
- Cuisine: American
- Diet: Vegetarian
Keywords: wine soaked cherries, chocolate covered cherries