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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 Although originally made with the liqueur, cordials, or chocolate-covered cherries are more commonly made with a sugar syrup flavored with cherries.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.

Use #ChocolateCoveredCherryDay to post on social media.

Chocolate Covered Cherry FAQ

Q. Who can celebrate chocolate covered cherries?
A. Anyone who likes chocolate and cherries even a little bit. 

Q. How do the cherries get coated in chocolate?
A. Manufacturers use several methods to create chocolate covered cherries. Two of them are:

Shell molding – The chocolate is poured into a mold. When it hardens, the cherry and syrup are added. Another bit of chocolate is poured over the opening to seal the cherry and syrup inside.

Enrobing – Chocolate is poured over the cherry to coat it.

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