Yummy DIY Chocolate Dipped Liquor Cherries
Hosting a get together with friends or family? Going to get together with friends or family? Whether it be a festive holiday party, game night, or just a night with the girls these cherries are sure to be please any crowd.
These cherries are simple to make but look like you purchased them at a store. I make them every year for Christmas, New Years, and Valentine’s Day. Everyone loves them and I never have leftovers.
Though they are simple to make, the process takes a little time. To get a deeper brandy flavor the cherries should soak overnight or at least 12 hours from early morning until late afternoon. The longer they soak, the more you will taste the brandy.
They are so yummy and delicious, be prepared for them to disappear quickly. I guarantee they will be a party favorite
Caution– These cherries look delicious, make sure that you keep them away from children. Children will be tempted to sneak one. These are for grown-ups only!
- Maraschino Cherries with the stem in. I usually buy at least 2 jars. I find them near the ice cream or ice cream toppings in the grocery store. You can use any brand. I usually go with what’s on sale.
- Melting chocolate or plain chocolate candy like a Hershey bar or Toll House Chocolate chips.
- Brandy or Bourbon – Enough to cover the cherries you purchased.
- Round Sprinkles also known as nonpareils – Found in the baking aisle of the supermarket
- Parchment Paper
- Bowl with a lid
Step 1: Drain the juice from the Maraschino Cherry jars.
Step 2: Pour the cherries in a bowl that has a lid. I like to use my Pyrex glass bowl. You can also use the jar that they came in, just wash it out first then dry it.
Step 3: Pour your brandy or bourbon over the cherries. Make sure that the cherries are completely covered. Cover the bowl with the lid. If you do not have a lid you can use aluminum foil.
Step 4: Let your cherries soak in the liquor overnight or for at least 6-12 hours. The longer you let them soak the more liquor flavor you will have.
Step 5: Once your cherries are finished soaking, take them out of the bowl and lay them on paper towels to dry. It is very important that the cherries are completely dry before moving on to the next step. If they are not dry, you will not get a nice coat of chocolate on them.
Step 6: While your cherries are drying, start to melt your chocolate. I have a chocolate melter that works wonders. If you don’t have a chocolate melter, you can melt your chocolate in a double boiler or in the microwave. Just be sure to check on your chocolate as your melting it, especially if you’re using the microwave as it can burn very easily. In the microwave, melt in 30-second intervals.
Step 7: Once your chocolate is ready, dip your cherry in the chocolate, give it a swirl, then dip them in the sprinkles. Continue until you have finished all of your cherries.
Step 8: Place your cherries on a plate or platter and keep them in the refrigerator until serving. These will last 1 week in the refrigerator.
You will fall in love with the rich chocolate flavor and the kick of liquor in these cherries.