Cherry Liqueur Chocolates

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Combining fresh cherries, brandy and chocolate, these Cherry Liqueur Chocolates make a perfect end to any meal or can be enjoyed on their own as a special treat.

The inspiration for these chocolates was actually a chocolate shop in the Blue Mountains, New South Wales where something similar was being sold for more than $100/kg ($50/lb.). Obviously I thought I could do better for a substantially lower cost. This recipe is the result.

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Step 1: Ingredients

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The good thing about this recipe is that it works with or without the alcohol meaning that if you have a mix of adults and children you can simply skip the alcohol for some of the cherries so no one has to miss out.


12 Fresh Cherries with stalks still on
½ cup Dark or Milk Chocolate
1 cup Brandy
Sprinkles (optional)

You can multiply the amounts of cherries and chocolate so long as you have enough brandy to soak the cherries.

Step 2: Score the Cherries

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Take a sharp knife and score each of the cherry skins to allow the brandy to penetrate the fruit.

Skip this step for the non alcohol version

Step 3: Soak the Cherries in the Brandy

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Place the cherries into a bowl or other container and pour in enough of the Brandy so as to cover them. After doing this, put them aside and leave the Cherries to soak for at least 4 hours or preferably overnight.

Again, skip this step if making a non-alcohol version

Step 4: Dry off the Cherries

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Remove the cherries and dry them off using paper towel. The cherries must be dry as if there is any liquid on them will ruin the melted chocolate when they are dipped.

You won't need to do this if not using alcohol.

Step 5: Melt the Chocolate

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Melt the Chocolate. You can do this by using a double boiler over your stove top or by using a Microwave oven on a low power setting.

Details on the different ways to melt chocolate can be seen here.

Step 6: Dip the Cherries

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Coat the cherries with the melted chocolate. You can use a teaspoon to help ensure that they are completely coated.
pandex1 year ago
very very good
had it in greece once and am wondering what type of liquor that would be?
i went to the chocolate shop for work experience. it was so awesome, 'cos the shop was quiet so i could get ther late, go home early and have a longer lunch break, so my average working hours was around 2-3 hours, and i could eat chocolate when i wanted
are the things at the chocolate shop alcoholic?
$100 bucks a kilo, thats expensive
XofHope3 years ago
I can't wait for cherries to be in season, I'm so going to try this!
Chrystalkay3 years ago
LOVE THESE!!! I used wild cherry brandy and I couldn't keep them for more than one day. They were being 'sampled' as quickly as I made them!
Thanks for the recipe!
cheeriokate3 years ago
Mmmm I can't wait to try these!! I've also seen this done with Port wine!
aboddy3 years ago
Do you suggest trying to remove the cherry pits first? Or would that destroy the integrity of the cherry?

Seems like a fun and tasty idea... I'll have to try it! Thanks!
fdmjh (author)  aboddy3 years ago
Cheers, I've not tried to remove the pits first but have had comments from other people that say you can. So, I guess you can but you just need to be careful not to damage the stem.
craftyv3 years ago
These are marvelous. I'm imagining Black Cherries with Dark Chocolate and Liquor of course. Very Adult Sweets.
These look delicious! Makes me wonder why I never dip anything in chocolate.
lord_kian3 years ago
Great instructable, I was thinking to make chocolate with liquor but didn't know how to do it. You give me a great idea
sunshiine3 years ago
Thanks for sharing! These are so pretty! Very nice ible!
Nasubi773 years ago
I bet Amaretto would taste REALLY good for the liquer!!!
eseaman3 years ago
Reminds me of a recipe in a book I inherited from my grandmother. Take maraschino cherries, and dip first in warmed (liquid) fondant. Place on paper for the fondant to set for an hour or two, then dip in chocolate. Ensure that there are no holes in the choc, an extra quick dip on the base is advised. Leave for a week, and in this time the liquid in the cherry will liquify the fondant inside the chocolate casing. When you bite in there will be a curious liquid centre in with the cherry and no one will be able to guess how you got it there!

Oh and it's best not to set chocolate in the fridge as it tends to make it weep and if you manage to not eat them for more than a day or two they will become marked by little white spots on the surface. Purely cosmetic though, so still ok to eat :)
kai.h3 years ago
These look fantastic, I'm going to try them for sure.
One thing you may want to look at doing for your next batch is to temper the chocolate

It will give the chocolate a better sheen and improved texture when you bite into it - it'll have a nice snap rather than being so soft.
erwin3 years ago
Another "trick" is:
Buy pitted marachino cherries with stem.
Pour the juice off and safe for "kiddie cocktails.
Soak cherries in brandy or peppermint schnapps a day or two.
Put them into the freezer befor dipping. This way the hot chocolate will cling instantly and will not "run off".
Put them on parchment back into freezer and serve them that way.
This metod works well too. The cherries are crisper and sweeter.
agis683 years ago
thank you for this instructable. J' adore Cheries chocolates!!!!
can you pit them before soaking or dipping?
fdmjh (author)  heidisatwork3 years ago
You can if you have a cherry pitter, you just need to make sure not to damage the stem so it doesn’t come off. I don’t have one so we just warn people before they eat them.
bruno130693 years ago
A friend and I made these for a party. We pitted the cherries and soaked them overnight in peppermint schnapps. The cherry-peppermint liquor was a hit at the party as well.
bajablue3 years ago
I think I just drooled on my keyboard!
Lindie3 years ago
I cannot wait to try these! They look great!
angelabchua3 years ago
booze. cherries. chocolate, AND sprinkles? i love it.
These look great! I really like the lead picture.
How long to they keep once they are dipped?
fdmjh (author)  starshipminivan3 years ago
To be honest they never really last past the first day in our house, mind you I probably wouldn’t keep them more than a couple of days anyway as they are at their best when they are just made.
Supernewby3 years ago
They look delicious! Thank you for sharing!
slu6alka3 years ago
They look absolutely delicious...I'm gonna try it for sure :)))
scoochmaroo3 years ago
Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. I have always wondered how these are done!