If there is one thing that my husband goes nuts for, it's chocolate covered cherries. he loves everything cherry, really. I am not sure if he started loving them because it is our last name (although my daughter insists that us eating cherries is "cannibalism"), or it just worked out that way.
I made these chocolate covered cherry mice a while ago and he did enjoy them, but they weren't the ones he loves. He likes the ones that, when you bit in to them, the sugary syrup just oozes out of them.
I always assumed that they were made using a ton of chemicals (and some of the commercially-made ones probably are made that way), but I learned that it is through the addition of an enzyme called Invertase. Invertase makes sucralose (table sugar) break down and liquify. Don't worry - it won't happen while you are assembling the homemade cherry cordials - it takes about a week for the process to happen. You can find it at many craft stores (in the cake decorating section) or you can find Invertase on Amazon.
If you don't want to wait a week, you can still eat these earlier. I would give them a few days at least, but the longer you wait, the more liquid you will have.
To make these homemade cherry cordials, you will need:
- 10 oz Maraschino Cherries
- 2 tbsp softened Butter
- 1 tsp Corn Syrup
- 1 tbsp liquid from Mariaschino Cherry bottle
- 1/2 tsp Invertase
- 1 1/2 cup Powdered Sugar
- 12 oz Chocolate Melting Chips
Making them is much easier than you think!
Simply drain your jar of cherries, reserving 1 Tbsp of the liquid from the cherries. Lay them out on paper towels until they are dry.
Mix together all the other ingredients (except the chocolate). It will come together as a ball of dough (you are basically making fondant, with the addition of the Invertase). Roll the dough in to 1/2" balls and flatten the balls until they are large enough to wrap around your cherries and get to wrapping them up!
Place the balls in the freezer until firm and then coat them with chocolate! Once the chocolate has set, place them in covered container in the refrigerator for about a week to let the Invertase "do it's stuff"!
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