National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day - January 3

NATIONAL CHOCOLATE COVERED CHERRY DAY

Recognized by the National Confectioners Association and celebrated by millions of people across the country, January 3rd is National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day.

It is almost impossible to eat just one of these chocolate covered cherry candies that have combined two favorite flavors into one delicious treat. The candy often is made with a sweet liquid center and in some cases has a liquor filling center.

Known to many as a mid-winter pick-me-up, chocolate covered cherries, also called chocolate cordials, can be either store-bought or homemade. There are also many recipes that mimic the flavor of the long known and well-loved candy.

In the 1700s in England, cherries were enclosed in chocolate with a little kirsch (cordial) liqueur. After finding their way to the United States, Americans received them quite well, delighting in the little bit of alcoholic cordial surrounding the fruit dipped in chocolate.  Although originally made with the liqueur, cordials/chocolate covered cherries are more commonly made with a sugar syrup flavored with cherries.  The pitted cherries have been cooked in sugar syrup and jarred.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Enjoy your day sharing some chocolate covered cherries with your friends and try one of the following recipes:

Chocolate Covered Cherries
Chocolate Covered Cherry Cake
Chocolate Covered Cherry Fudge
Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies

Use #ChocolateCoveredCherryDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the origin of National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day.

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It's early in the new year but never to soon for anything covered in chocolate... Chocolate Covered Cherry Day is proof in the pudding!