Chocolate Cherry Cups

I’m honored to be part of the #GoTart National Cherry Month Campaign. Today I’m sharing a delicious chocolate cherry recipe that is perfect for Valentine’s Day! See more of this details at the bottom of this page.

Chocolate Cherry Cups | chocolateandcarrots.comWhen Cherries go on sale, we are all over them.

My family alone can down pounds of fresh cherries like a beast. It was only natural that we would enjoy the tart variety of cherry, called Montmorency cherries. They are perfectly tart and sour and work beautifully when made into dried cherries. The dried cherries are perfect for incorporating a little burst of bright tartness to dishes, both savory and sweet!

Just again yesterday, I made my family the Warm Brussels Sprout Salad that incorporated dried cherries and prosciutto to really have a exciting sensation as soon as it hit their mouths. It was a winner!

Dried cherries pack in that pop of flavor and not to mention the high vitamin A, too!

Chocolate Cherry Cups | chocolateandcarrots.com These chocolate cherry cups were just my next step in incorporating cherries. I’ve been temperating chocolate left and right lately. It takes some patience and practice. As you can see, I didn’t temper them perfectly this time around because of the slight blooming happening on the tops…next time. You can’t tell it, though. The chocolate is perfectly hard at room temperature and absolutely divine!

The bittersweet chocolate surrounding that tart cherry paste is perfection. Just pop a few in a bag and you’ve got your sweet and tart cravings satisfied for the day!

I hope you enjoy these little treats and be sure to scroll to the bottom for an extra special giveaway!

Chocolate Cherry Cups | chocolateandcarrots.com

Chocolate Cherry Cups

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dried cherries
  • (optional) warm water or cherry juice
  • 10 ounce bag good quality dark chocolate (I used Ghirardelli 60% cacao)

How-To

  1. In a high powered blender (I use a Blendtec with the Twister Jar) or food processor, blend the dried cherries until they become a paste. If you’re having trouble with them, add a few teaspoons of warm water or cherry juice to help loosen them up.
  2. Meanwhile, temper your chocolate (follow these instructions to temper chocolate). With the back of a small spoon, paint the bottom and sides of your mini candy cup paper or foil liners. These should harden by the time you’re ready to fill them.
  3. Fill with a 1/2 teaspoon of cherry paste. If the paste becomes hard again, simply microwave for a few seconds until it’s pliable.
  4. Spoon chocolate on top of the cherry paste to fill the cups completely. Allow them to sit at room temperature until hard.
  5. Store in an airtight container.

Servings: 15 mini chocolate cherry cups

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Disclosure: I was asked to participate in the National Cherry Month #GoTart Campaign as a member of the Healthy Aperture Blogger Network. I received free samples of tart cherries mentioned in this post from the Cherry Marketing Institute. I was compensated for my time. All opinions are my own. Please read my disclosure policy for further information.

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82 comments

  1. Oh my gosh, I love cherries, I am totally obsessed. Also in fresh figs and Medjool dates. I am going to try your recipe and will go back and enter your giveaway! Thanks so much.

  2. I like ALL cherries! With the tart I do like to add veggies and juice but they make awesome food recipes too. I even like them on a salad with a good balsamic dressing. I can #GoTart easily and love it. Cherries are sooooo expensive I hope I win this giveaway. What is sad is I don’t have any of the prizes except for aprons! I do have those. Thank you so much for an awesome and delicious recipe with a magnificent giveaway!

  3. I love eating whole cherries. I need to start making cookies, muffins, bread or pancakes with dried cherries. And I would love to win a Kitchen Aid 7 quart mixer and a Le Creuset 4.5 quart dutch oven. Thanks so much for the contest and all your delicious recipes.

  4. Hmmmm, I’d have to say covered in chocolate or in Popsicle form. Better yet, a cherry Popsicle covered in chocolate and carrots homemade magic shell! Wishing for summer!!

  5. I love to eat cherries right out of the bag. They are my favorite fruit. I also like them in muffins or covered in chocolate. Yum!

  6. These cherry cups look amazing. Growing up cello’s were always such a treat – my Mom loved them and she will love these! Thanks for sharing, I will definitely have to make them 🙂 #GoTart

  7. It’s a toss up between in a salty tangy homemade trail mix or the bark I make for Christmas (white chocolate, pistachios, craisins, and dried cherries). Looking forward to trying your cups!

  8. I bought some dried cherries today before the 6 inches of snow in 2 hours and now sleeting like crazy on top of that at 19 degrees I hope everyone is staying inside!

  9. I sure would like to have those cherries in all this snow. I am wanting to cook up a storm, I sure can’t go out side! Now we are getting even more snow!!! Stir fry coming up tonight for supper.

  10. I love to add them in recipes that call for cranberries. Or mix them 1/2 and 1/2 with the cranberries. Yummy in oatmeal too.

  11. Since I am not a fan of raisins I would use Cherries in place of those – in cookies, on my oatmeal, on salads, by the handful!

  12. My favorite way to enjoy tart cherries is by popping them right in my mouth – but these look amazing! And great giveaway!

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