The Chocolate Covered Cherry
Analyzing the Build
I watched a youtube video the other day, on how to make homemade chocolate covered cherries.
It was interesting. The man was sitting there, and had a large jar of cherries. Then, he had some chocolatey syrup cooking on a stove. His wife was sitting there doing her thing, and his son was filming.
The conversation went to child rearing, and the father started spooning the maraschino cherries into a bowl of powdered sugar. In front of him, was a board that was probably coated with waxed paper.
As he spooned the cherries into the bowl of powdered sugar, he would chat and smile..He'd lift the bowl and shake the cherries around, coating them with sugar. You know, they are wet, so it sticks. The son asks how he knows when they are done. He replies, you just know. Well. They get bigger and bigger, just like a snowball gets bigger when you roll it through fresh, sticky snow. Same difference.
Then, he'd take a half cup measure and dump some more confectioners sugar on the cherries that he was shaking in the bowl. Then, he'd add a few more spoonfuls of cherries. He had a quart of cherries in the bowl by the time he was finished. All looking like a bunch of snowballs.
Then, he brought over his pan of chocolate, and smeared some on a special pan. The pan probably had some sort of warming unit, as if you let chocolate sit, it will harden... He'd swirl the chocolate into a swirl, then he'd pick up a snowball and start rolling it in the chocolate in his hand. [wearing a glove, of course]
Then, he'd plop the chocolate covered cherry onto the waxed paper surface. Grab another cherry and repeat the process. All the while, he was listening to his wife and son chirping about child raising. He'd just smile. He didn't say much. [Wise man]
The Lazy Way
I had a thought. A "why not" type of thought.
I saw three things at the store that I put in my cart:
Maraschino cherries, powdered sugar and chocolate shell coating.
On one hand, the idea was successful. On the other hand, a miserable failure.
Chocolate Shell Was the Solution and the Problem
Yes. Chocolate shell creates the illusion of success. Powdered sugar is an enabler. The maraschino cherries played along. They knew all along that the idea was ridiculous. But, nope, not a word.
By its very nature, shell coats and hardens. However. It also melts the exact second you touch it. Room temperature is ok. Body temperature is way too warm.
- maraschino cherries
- powdered sugar
- chocolate shell coating
Coated and Ready
So. Here we go.
Got my wax paper ready. I squirted chocolate dots across the wax paper. Placed a snowball on each, then dripped enough chocolate shell to cover. Went on to next. Coat, coat, coat.
Went through two bottles of coating with one tiny bottle of cherries. Thought about adding extra cherry juice to tops of snowballs, but it just makes a mess. Also thought about dripping brandy on them. Voted. No.
Then, put tray in refrigerator. Tried one the next day. Magic shell coating, cherries and sugar tastes amazing, but again melts quickly.
Drop Cherry on Chocolate Spot
Cover with Coating then Refrigerate
Char Milbrett (author) from Minnesota on February 23, 2021:
Louise Powles, thank you for your comment!
Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on February 21, 2021:
Lovely! I'm hungry now!