Last night, I made chocolate-covered cherries and went downstairs to photograph them. First I got distracted by the sunset. So distracted, in fact, that I just sat down and started devouring these cherries one by one. I had chocolate all over me, cherry juice on my fingers and dress and couldn’t help but laugh when a fellow building resident busted me.
What is the proper way to eat a cherry in public? It definitely goes on the list of not-good-for-a-first-date foods. Within Emily Post’s book of etiquette there is a section entitled, The Management of Bones and Pits which addresses the very problem. Yes, you heard right. The Management of Bones and Pits reads… “Cherry pits can be dropped from the lips into the cupped hand.” So, that solves that problem. Now, just dig in. Maybe even get messy.
Chocolate Dipped Cherries
Milk, semisweet, or dark chocolate, chopped
1. Wash the cherries and pat them completely dry.
2. Put the chocolate into a heatproof medium bowl. Put the bowl over a pot of simmering water. Do not let the bowl touch the water. Turn off the heat and stir until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Remove the bowl from the heat. Line a sheet pan with parchment or waxed paper.
3. Holding the cherry by the stem, dip the bottom half of each cherry in the melted chocolate. Twist the cherry so that the chocolate forms a “tail” at the end. Set the cherry on the parchment paper.
4. Repeat with the remaining cherries. Allow to cool in the refrigerator until chocolate has hardened. Enjoy!