January 3 spotlights National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day. This sweet treat is a favorite during many holidays. Furthermore, the National Confectioners Association has been known to recognize this day as an annual event.
It is almost impossible to eat just one of a chocolate covered cherry candies. A combination of two favorite flavors into one delicious treat turns into something irresistible. The candy often is made with a sweet liquid center and in some cases has a liquor filling.
Chocolate covered cherries are also chocolate cordials. They can be either store-bought or homemade. There are many recipes that mimic the flavor of the this well-loved candy. Either way, they are known to many as a mid-winter pick-me-up.
During the 1700s in England, cherries were enclosed in chocolate with a little kirsch (cordial) liqueur. After finding their way to the United States, Americans began delighting in the little bit of alcoholic cordial surrounding the fruit dipped in chocolate. Although originally made with the liqueur, cordials, or chocolate covered cherries are more commonly made with a sugar syrup flavored with cherries. The pitted cherries have been cooked in sugar syrup and jarred.