Dark Chocolate Dipped Cherries

I indulge in these delightful treats as I write this post. One bite is all it takes to get addicted to these summer treats. They will replace the much loved chocolate dipped strawberries. Sweet BC cherries dipped in rich dark chocolate and chilled to the perfect temperature. A few wholesome ingredients, super simple to make and impressive for the main dessert at any summer event or a delightful afternoon pick-me-up. These are definately a summer treat you have to try.

I believe there are 2 ways to enjoy these unbelievably delicous cherries:
1. Hold them by their stem and take a bite off one side. You’ll bite into the deep rich chocolatey crust and then get a burst of chilly sweet cherry flavour. Continue to take bites until all you’re left holding is a cherry pit and stem.
2. But my favourite way to eat’em is to hold the end of the stem between your first finger and thumb, tilt your head back and drop the whole decadence into your mouth. Pull on the stem to release the treat and bite down into its delicious flavour. Savour every chew or let it melt in your mouth. And then of course, spit out the pit!

Dark Chocolate Dipped Cherries
8 oz (225 g) good quality dark chocolate
1 Tbsp. butter
about 30 sweet BC cherries with their stem intact (or cherries from wherever you live) – I prefer the flavour of the sweet red ones paired with dark chocolate, but you can certainly use the Rainier yellow cherries as well.

I prefer to melt my chocolate over a hot water bath or double boiler. If you prefer, feel free to use the method that you’re most comfortable with.
Fill a saucepan with 1 inch of water. Find a bowl that fits securely over the saucepan.
Coarsely chop chocolate. Combine chopped chocolate with butter in the bowl. Place the bowl over the saucepan and heat the water over medium-low heat. You want to slowly melt the chocolate. Stir frequently and ensure the water doesn’t get too hot (rapid boil). When most of the chocolate has melted, remove from the heat and wipe the bottom with a cloth. Stir a few times and allow the remaining chocolate to melt completely. Get ready to dip!
Dip each cherry into the dark chocolate. You can dip the entire cherry or leave a little section at the top undipped. Twirl to let the extra chocolate drip off. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Continue with remaining cherries. With this hot summer heat, I chill my cherries and keep them in the refrigerator until ready to serve. But if it’s cool enough in your neighbourhood or if you have air conditioning, you can let them set at room temperature.

These treats make great desserts for any barbecue, picnic or summer get together. Make it even more fun with a cherry pit spitting contest!

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