January 3rd spotlights National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day and a favorite during many holidays. Furthermore, the National Confectioners Association has been known to recognize this day as an annual event.  

Chocolate-covered cherry lovers know how impossible it is to eat just one of these candies. Candy makers combine these two favorite flavors into one delicious treat and it turns into something irresistible. They also often make the candy with a sweet liquid center and in some cases a liqueur filling.

Chocolate covered cherries are also chocolate cordials. They can be either store-bought or homemade. There are many recipes that mimic the flavor of this well-loved candy. Either way, they are known to many as a mid-winter pick-me-up. 

During the 1700s in England, cherries were enclosed in chocolate with a little kirsch (cordial) liqueur. After finding their way to the United States, Americans began delighting in the little bit of alcoholic cordial surrounding the fruit dipped in chocolate. Although originally made with the liqueur, cordials, or chocolate-covered cherries are more commonly made with a sugar syrup flavored with cherries.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 #ChocolateCoveredCherryDay

We can celebrate this sweet food holiday in several ways.

  • Stop by your favorite chocolate shop and indulge in several ounces of this dipped treat. Make sure to get enough to share, too.
  • Make some at home. We’ve even found a few recipes for you to try.
  • Share your favorite recipe on social media. Use #ChocolateCoveredCherryDay.
  • Cholocate covered-cherries aren’t the only way to go. Other recipes create desserts that include the flavors of this delicious candy.
  • Deliver some chocolate and cherry flavored sweets to friends and neighbors.

Enjoy your day by sharing some chocolate covered cherries with your friends and family. 

Taste of Home’s Chocolate Covered Cherries’s Chocolate Covered Cherry Cake’s Chocolate Covered Cherry Fudge
Taste of Home’s Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies

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While the National Confectioners Association recognizes this day honoring this tasty chocolate treat, National Day Calendar continues to seek the origins of the celebration. 

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January 3rd Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History


Marvin C. Stone of Washington, D.C. received the first patent for wax-coated paper drinking straws.


Mother and son serve simultaneously in the U.S. Congress for the first time. In 1940, Ohio elected Frances P. Bolton to fill her late husband Chester C. Bolton’s unexpired House seat. Every following term, she was re-elected. In 1952, her son Oliver Bolton ran for the 11th district House seat as Francis Bolton ran for her 8th term in Congress. They both won, making history.


The Hamilton Watch Company of Lancaster, PA introduces the world’s first electric watch.


Satoshi Nakamoto (the presumed developer or developers) established the cryptocurrency-based Bitcoin with the launch of the genesis block.

January 3rd Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays 

Grace Anna Goodhue – 1879

The 32nd First Lady is one of several who was an educator before marrying a future president. She was teaching at the Clarke School for the Deaf when in 1904 she met and later married Calvin Coolidge. While in the White House, she continued to work on behalf of the school as well as the Red Cross.

Carolyn Haywood – 1889

The children’s author and illustrator is best known for her Eddie and Betsy series.

J. R. R. Tolkein – 1892

The incredibly imaginative professor at Oxford University authored the fantasy novels The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Dorothy Arzner – 1897

During her 16-year directing career, Arzner was the only woman directing in Hollywood. She began directing during the silent era with Get Your Man and charged right into talkies with Sarah and Son.

Gordon Moore – 1929

In 1968, the American engineer co-founded Intel Corporation along with Robert Noyce.