Thursday, February 6, 2014

Cherry Blossom Chocolates

This month, my blogging friends and I decided to bring you 8 recipes, dedicated to Food and Love.

Cherry Blossom Chocolates- a childhood favourite made new again. www.hunwhatsfordinner.com

Cherry Blossoms, have always been one of my Mom's favourite chocolates. They are a chocolate bar, that was part of Hershey Canada's products. I'm not sure if they are still made today, but growing up I remember my Mom loving them. If I ever went to the store, with the intent of buying my Mom a treat, I always came home with a Cherry Blossom. Since this month is all about love, I thought I'd try to recreate these goodies from my childhood. When I think love, I think of many people in my life, one being my Mom. I thought these would be the perfect homage to her.

Every Christmas, my Mom makes a type of no-bake cookie, for their neighbour. She calls them birds nests, because they are a nest of chocolate, graham crumbs, condensed milk and coconut, in which is nestled a maraschino cherry. They are super YUMMY and they always remind me of the Cherry Blossom chocolate bars.

I decided to take the bird nest cookies and alter them a tiny bit. I wanted the chocolate mixture to surround the cherry and wanted the whole thing dipped in dark chocolate. I think my idea worked brilliantly. These are tender and delicious, with a special cherry surprise in the centre. The kids totally flipped over these and I made sure to stash a few in the freezer, for when my Mom comes to visit, next month. I'm hoping these bring back the same wonderful memories as they did with me.

Cherry Blossom Chocolates- a childhood favourite made new again. www.hunwhatsfordinner.com

Cherry Blossom Chocolates

1 can condensed milk
2/3 C semi sweet chocolate chips
pinch of salt
1/2 tsp almond extract
1 sleeve of graham crackers (mine had 9 sheets of 4 crackers each)
1/2 C shredded sweetened coconut
1 jar maraschino cherries
melting chocolates
Valentine's Day Sprinkles

Drain maraschino cherries and place on a paper towel.

In a food processor, combine the graham crackers and coconut. Blend until the graham crackers resemble coarse crumbs. Set aside

In a saucepan, melt with chocolate chips with the condensed milk, until smooth. Stir in salt and almond extract. Remove from heat and stir in the graham crumb mixture, 1/2 a cup at a time, making sure the mixture sticks together, but is not too thick.

Melt 2 Tbs of butter in a microwave safe bowl. Dip finger tips in the melted butter and take a heaping tablespoon of the chocolate mixture. Cover a cherry with the chocolate mixture and form into the shape of a ball. Place on a parchment paper lined baking tray and repeat, greasing hands with butter, with each new ball. Place in freezer for a minimum of 30 minutes, to set.

In a microwave safe bowl, heat the chocolate waffers for 90 seconds, stirring after every 30 seconds. Continue heating in 30 second increments, until chocolate beings to melt. Stir until smooth. Remove cherries from freezer and dip in melted chocolate, returning them onto the parchment paper lined cookie sheet and sprinkling with Valentine's Day sprinkles. Return to the freezer to set the chocolate. Store in an airtight container, for one week.

Check out what my fabulous friends a sharing this month!

Lemoncello Dream Cake from Crumbs in my Mustachio
Nutella Frangelico Cheesecake from Tampa Cake Girl
Cherry Blossom Chocolates from Hun... What's for Dinner?
Cookie Cutter Chocolate Bark from Lemony Thyme
Dark Chocolate Raspberry Fudge from Baking In A Tornado
Chocolate Pound Cake with Chocolate Glaze from Moore or Less Cooking Blog
Chocolate Covered Cherry Pie from The Rowdy Baker
Sex & Candy Cake from Cooking from a Stay at Home Mom

8 awesome bloggers, bringing you recipes perfect for Valentine's Day

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Karen @ Baking In A Tornado said...

What a wonderful story behind this recipe. My kids will LOVE these.

Rosita Vargas said...

Absolutamente deliciosos muy linda versiĆ²n,saludos hugs,hugs.

Katherines Corner said...

chocolate and cherries, perfection! Thank you for helping to make the Thursday Favorite Things Blog hop so much fun. Big Hugs ♥

Nettie Moore said...

I love chocolate and cherries, such a delicious combination! Yummy! Nettie

Miz Helen said...

Hi Cindy,
I wish one of your awesome Cherry Blossom Chocolates would just jump through the screen right now. Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday!
Come Back Soon!
Miz Helen