Brandy-soaked cherries can be left in the freezer for up to two days before you dip them into the chocolate.
Yield: 2 1/2 dozen
- 1 (10-ounce) jar maraschino cherries with stems
- 1/2 cup brandy (optional)
- 1 (8-ounce) package semisweet chocolate baking squares, chopped
- Drain maraschino cherries, and return to jar. Pour brandy, if desired, in jar; cover with a lid, and freeze 8 hours. Drain cherries, and pat dry, reserving brandy for another use.
- Melt two-thirds of chocolate baking squares in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring until a candy thermometer reaches 115°. Remove from heat; add remaining chocolate, and stir until candy thermometer reaches 89° and chocolate is smooth.
- Dip cherries quickly into melted chocolate, coating well. Place cherries on wax paper, stem sides up, and cool.
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