Sweet and Tart Sun-dried Cherries Dark Chocolate Bites with Fuchsia Blossoms & Rose Petals

There is something about cherries and chocolate that is a marriage made in heaven.  Both are deep, dark, beautiful, and delicious, and their flavors blend together perfectly.

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I love cherries in their pure cherry form – fresh or dried, with no additives and no enhancements, just pure cherry flavor is what I favor. I’ve tried cherry pies, cherry ice cream, Black Forest Cake with Cherries, cherry flavored drinks, I’ve tried them all – though they all taste wonderful, I always come back to my favored way of eating cherries – pure unadulterated cherries. If I want to eat cherries in some other form than fresh or dried – the only other way is with pure chocolate.

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In this recipe I have chosen to use sun-dried sweet and tart cherries for a sweet and tart dark chocolate bite for all you cherry and chocolate lovers out there. And for some color wow factor I’ve added edible fuchsia blossoms and rose petals as decoration.

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I made two shapes of cherry chocolate bites.  One I made as chocolate disks with fuchsia blossoms, and the other I made as a cherry and chocolate bark with rose petals.

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Sweet and Tart Sun-dried Cherries Dark Chocolate Bites with Fuchsia Blossoms 

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb dark chocolate – any variety
  • 1/4 cup tart dried cherries
  • 1/4 cup sweet dried cherries
  • 1 tbsp Kirsch or any cherry flavored liqueur OR 1 tbsp cherry jam or any dark fruit jam
  • Fresh Fuchsia blossoms

Directions:

  • Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Chop the dark chocolate into small chunks and place in a glass bowl over a water bath. Stir until completely melted and creamy. About 5-10 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and add the liqueur and jam if using and mix in.
  • Get ready to make the chocolate bites. Place spoonfuls of chocolate onto parchment paper into small disks.

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  • Next, evenly place dried cherries onto the disks and gently press down.  Add the fuchsia blossoms.

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  • Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes – 1 hour for the chocolate to harden.

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  • After 1 hour the chocolate disks are ready!  You can store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Rose Petal Sweet and Tart Cherry Chocolate Bark:

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb dark chocolate – any variety
  • 1/4 cup tart dried cherries
  • 1/4 cup sweet dried cherries
  • 1 tbsp Kirsch or any cherry flavored liqueur OR 1 tbsp cherry jam or any dark fruit jam
  • 1 fragrant rose flower

Directions:

  • Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Chop the dark chocolate into small pieces and place in a glass bowl over a water bath. Stir until completely melted and creamy. About 5-10 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and add the liqueur or jam and stir in.
  • Get ready to make the chocolate bark. Spread a thin layer of melted chocolate onto the parchment paper. Evenly distribute the tart and sweet cherries over the chocolate. Next, finely cut one fragrant rose flower and sprinkle over the chocolate.
  • Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes – 1 hour for the chocolate to harden.
  • After 1 hour remove the chocolate from the refrigerator and gently break chocolate into smaller pieces with a serrated knife.

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  • Sweet and Tart Sun dried Cherry Dark Chocolate Bark is ready!  Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

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For a sophisticated ice cream and chocolate dessert, try serving these cherry chocolate bites with vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of cherry liqueur.

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