I recently received a cherry pitter from Oxo to test out for their blogger cherry contest, and I immediately decided that I needed to try some fresh cherries dipped in chocolate for my entry. I love traditional chocolate-covered cherries (my favorites are from a great little chocolate place in Muncie called Lowery’s), but since I am on this no-refined-sugar kick I thought it would be fun to try fresh cherries and dark chocolate.
These do have a small amount of refined sugar from the chocolate, but I used a 72% cacao and single-dipped the cherries, so it is minimal. You can eat tons of these, because they are totally health food. Really. I used the Oxo pitter–which was genuinely an improvement over my old pitter, largely due to the nifty splatter guard–and replaced the pits with whole pistachios, just for kicks.
So, all modesty aside, these are just the best thing, ever. I used half sweet red cherries and half Ranier, and while they were both wonderful the Raniers were exceptional. The tart, almost citrus flavor of the cherries was perfectly offset by the dark chocolate and the slightly-sweet pistachio. I kind of love these.
I stuck some of the stems back in after coating these with chocolate, just because I thought it would look cool (it does), but that is completely optional. These would also be wonderful with milk or white chocolate, though slightly less awesomely healthy.
- 3 dozen sweet cherries
- 3 dozen shelled pistachios
- 8 ounces good-quality dark chocolate
- Pit your cherries, making sure you pit from the stem end down to keep them intact. Stuff each pitted cherry with a shelled pistachio.
- Break up your chocolate and place the pieces in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 30-second increments, stirring after each, until the chocolate is melted.
- Using a fork, dip each cherry into the chocolate, letting the excess drip off a bit, and then place on waxed paper to cool. Repeat with remaining cherries. You will have a little melted chocolate left over, which you should probably eat with a spoon, just to be safe.
- If you like, re-insert the cherry stems into the tops of the dipped cherries before the chocolate sets up.
- Since these are made with fresh fruit, they should be refrigerated if they are not consumed the day they are made. As if.
These are really easy to make, if slightly time consuming, and would make a wonderful gift.
Thanks for reading,