January 3rd is National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day.
A simple yet elegant treat, this candy is a cherry coated in chocolate. The classic version is a maraschino cherry wrapped in a sugary dough then coated in chocolate. A popular version is the cherry cordial which is a cherry preserved in a sweet liqueur then coated in chocolate.
Chocolate Covered Cherries
2-1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup margarine, softened
1 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoons almond extract
2, 8 oz. jars maraschino cherries, well drained
12 oz. dark chocolate chips
2 tablespoons vegetable shortening
Combine sugar, butter, milk and almond extract. Mix well and knead into a large ball.
Roll into 1-inch balls, flatten each into a 2-inch circle.
Wrap around cherries and lightly roll in hands.
Place on baking sheet lined with waxed paper.
Cover loosely and refrigerate 4 hours or overnight.
Melt chocolate and shortening in a double boiler or microwave-safe bowl.
Dip cherries in chocolate. Set on waxed paper to harden.
Store in covered container in refrigerator for 1-2 weeks.
photo courtesy of Evan-Amos, Wikipedia.org (image and recipe are different)