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Fresh Cherries Dipped in Dark Chocolate with Edible Flowers

A series of unfortunate events led me to a farm in Knysna. I now live off-grid in a small cabin surrounded by trees, birds, butterflies & the occasional snake. It is beautiful here. I think nothing quite soothes your soul more than being surrounded by the natural world and just observing it. It re-calibrates your being and you are reminded of who you are and how you would like to move going forward in this world.

View of farm house through a meadow of yellow flowers

View of the farm house through a meadow of yellow flowers.

 

So, for our Christmas ‘braai’ on the farm, I made a sweet treat. I made a batch of fresh cherries (they were in season) and dipped them in some dark chocolate mixed with a little bit of melted coconut oil. I decorated them with fresh edible flowers and they tasted as good as they looked. with the crunchy exterior of the chocolate and the sweet juicy inside makes this a fabulous treat!

I bought two slabs of dark chocolate from our convenient store (R18) called Cadbury Bournville. It might not have the best of ingredients but it worked perfectly as a last minute resort.

Fresh cherries dipped in chocolate decorated with fresh flowers

Reasons why you should make them:

  • Visual Appeal: The combination of vibrant cherries, rich dark chocolate, and colorful edible flowers creates a visually stunning presentation that is sure to impress.
  • Flavour Explosion: Experience the delightful contrast of sweet, juicy cherries with the decadent richness of dark chocolate, complemented by the subtle floral notes of the edible flowers.
  • Elegance Factor: Elevate your dessert game with this elegant and sophisticated treat, perfect for special occasions or a luxurious indulgence.
  • Health Benefits: Cherries are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, while dark chocolate contains flavonoids that may offer various health benefits, making this dessert a guilt-free pleasure.
  • Customisable: Get creative and personalize your dessert by choosing different varieties of cherries and edible flowers, allowing you to tailor the flavours and colours to your taste preferences.
  • Simple Yet Impressive: Despite its elegant appearance, this dessert is surprisingly easy to make, requiring just a few simple ingredients and minimal preparation time.
  • Shareable Delight: Whether you’re hosting a gathering with friends or treating yourself to a solo indulgence, sharing this delightful dessert is sure to bring joy and create lasting memories.
  • Seasonal Sensation: Take advantage of the peak cherry season to enjoy this fresh and seasonal dessert, celebrating the bounty of nature’s harvest.
  • Culinary Adventure: Embark on a culinary adventure and explore the art of combining flavours and textures to create a truly memorable dessert experience.
  • Joy of Creation: There’s something deeply satisfying about crafting a beautiful and delicious dessert from scratch, and sharing the fruits of your labour with loved ones adds an extra layer of joy to the experience.

Fresh cherries in a red bowl

Health benefits of fresh cherries

Incorporating fresh cherries into your diet can provide a wide range of health benefits, making them a delicious and nutritious addition to your daily meals and snacks. They are full of fibre, protein, vitamin C, potassium & copper.

  1. Rich in Antioxidants: Cherries are packed with antioxidants like anthocyanins, quercetin, and catechins, which help neutralize harmful free radicals in the body, reducing oxidative stress and inflammation.
  2. Anti-Inflammatory Properties: The antioxidants and phytochemicals found in cherries have been shown to have powerful anti-inflammatory effects, potentially reducing the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, arthritis, and diabetes.
  3. Supports Heart Health: Cherries are a good source of heart-healthy nutrients like potassium, which helps regulate blood pressure, and fiber, which can help lower cholesterol levels and improve heart health.
  4. May Aid in Sleep: Cherries contain melatonin, a hormone that regulates sleep-wake cycles. Consuming cherries or cherry juice may help improve sleep quality and duration, making them a natural remedy for insomnia and sleep disorders.
  5. Exercise Recovery: Studies suggest that cherries, particularly tart cherries, may help reduce muscle soreness and inflammation after intense exercise, speeding up recovery time and improving athletic performance.
  6. Supports Brain Health: The antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds in cherries may help protect brain cells from damage and reduce the risk of age-related cognitive decline, Alzheimer’s disease, and other neurological disorders.
  7. May Help with Weight Management: Cherries are low in calories and high in fiber, making them a filling and nutritious snack option that can help promote feelings of fullness and aid in weight management.
  8. Supports Digestive Health: The fiber content in cherries helps promote regular bowel movements and supports digestive health by preventing constipation and maintaining a healthy gut microbiome.
  9. Anti-Cancer Properties: Some research suggests that the antioxidants and bioactive compounds in cherries may help inhibit the growth of cancer cells and reduce the risk of certain types of cancer, including colon, breast, and prostate cancer.
  10. Promotes Skin Health: The vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants found in cherries can help promote healthy skin by protecting against oxidative damage, reducing inflammation, and supporting collagen production.

Fresh cherries dipped in chocolate in a beautiful red bowl

What you would need:

  1. Fresh cherries, washed and dried
  2. Dark chocolate chips or chopped dark chocolate (about 1 cup)
  3. Edible flowers (such as pansies, roses, or violets)
  4. Optional toppings: chopped nuts, shredded coconut, sea salt
  5. Parchment paper or a silicone baking mat for lining the baking sheet
  6. Microwave-safe bowl or double boiler for melting the chocolate
  7. Baking sheet or tray for placing the chocolate-dipped cherries
  8. Optional: Salad spinner or paper towels for drying the cherries and edible flowers
  9. Optional: Small bowls or plates for holding toppings
  10. Optional: Kitchen utensils for stirring and handling the chocolate (spatula, spoon, etc.)

Growing your own dianthus edible flowers

Why grow your own edible flowers?

Before we get into the delicious details, let’s chat about something fun—growing your own edible flowers! Can you imagine strolling through your garden and plucking colourful blooms to adorn your dishes? It’s like creating your own personal oasis of flavour and beauty right in your backyard. Here I am growing some dianthus edible flowers and I love using them in salads or chocolates.

Most dianthus have a pleasant spicy, floral, clove-like taste, especially the more fragrant varieties, and are ideal for decorating or adding to cakes. They’ll also make a colourful garnish to soups, salads and the punch bowl.

The health benefits of dianthus include its ability to reduce inflammation, improve respiratory health, boost the immune system, reduce stress, improve digestion, and protect the heart. It is also known to have anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, which can help to protect against infections.

We should be eating more flowers! They are good for you.

Recipe

AuthorGypsyCategory, DifficultyBeginner

These chocolate-dipped cherries are perfect for serving at parties, gatherings, or as a special treat for yourself. Enjoy the combination of juicy cherries and rich dark chocolate in every bite!

Fresh cherries dipped in dark chocolate with flowers

Prep Time20 minsTotal Time20 mins

 1 kg Fresh cherries, washed and dried
 1 cup Dark chocolate chips or chopped dark chocolate (about 1 cup)
 ½ cup Fresh edible flowers
 Optional toppings: chopped nuts, shredded coconut, sea salt

1

Melt the chocolate slowly over a bowl of hot water.

In a microwave-safe bowl or a double boiler, melt the dark chocolate chips or chopped dark chocolate until smooth and fully melted. If using a microwave, heat the chocolate in 30-second intervals, stirring in between, to avoid burning.

melted chocolate and fresh cherries

2

Hold each cherry by the stem and dip it into the melted chocolate, swirling to coat it evenly. Allow any excess chocolate to drip back into the bowl.

fresh cherries dipped in dark chocolate

3

Prepare a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. This will be used to place the chocolate-dipped cherries for cooling.

Place the chocolate-dipped cherry and place it on a waxed sheet or just use the tin foil of the chocolate wrapper.

Make sure they are not touching each other. This will allow the chocolate to set without sticking together.

Cherries dipped in chocolate drying on a sheet

4

Repeat the dipping process with the remaining cherries until they are all coated in chocolate.

Once all the cherries are dipped and decorated, place the baking sheet in the refrigerator for about 15-20 minutes, or until the chocolate is completely set.

Fresh cherries dipped in chocolate in a beautiful red bowl

5

Once the chocolate has set, transfer the chocolate-dipped cherries to a serving plate or dish.

Decorate your beautiful chocolate dipped cherries with fresh edible flowers.

Serve the Fresh Cherries Dipped in Dark Chocolate as a delicious and elegant dessert or snack. Enjoy!

Fresh cherries dipped in chocolate decorated with fresh flowers

Ingredients

 1 kg Fresh cherries, washed and dried
 1 cup Dark chocolate chips or chopped dark chocolate (about 1 cup)
 ½ cup Fresh edible flowers
 Optional toppings: chopped nuts, shredded coconut, sea salt

Directions

1

Melt the chocolate slowly over a bowl of hot water.

In a microwave-safe bowl or a double boiler, melt the dark chocolate chips or chopped dark chocolate until smooth and fully melted. If using a microwave, heat the chocolate in 30-second intervals, stirring in between, to avoid burning.

melted chocolate and fresh cherries

2

Hold each cherry by the stem and dip it into the melted chocolate, swirling to coat it evenly. Allow any excess chocolate to drip back into the bowl.

fresh cherries dipped in dark chocolate

3

Prepare a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. This will be used to place the chocolate-dipped cherries for cooling.

Place the chocolate-dipped cherry and place it on a waxed sheet or just use the tin foil of the chocolate wrapper.

Make sure they are not touching each other. This will allow the chocolate to set without sticking together.

Cherries dipped in chocolate drying on a sheet

4

Repeat the dipping process with the remaining cherries until they are all coated in chocolate.

Once all the cherries are dipped and decorated, place the baking sheet in the refrigerator for about 15-20 minutes, or until the chocolate is completely set.

Fresh cherries dipped in chocolate in a beautiful red bowl

5

Once the chocolate has set, transfer the chocolate-dipped cherries to a serving plate or dish.

Decorate your beautiful chocolate dipped cherries with fresh edible flowers.

Serve the Fresh Cherries Dipped in Dark Chocolate as a delicious and elegant dessert or snack. Enjoy!

Fresh cherries dipped in chocolate decorated with fresh flowers

Fresh Cherries Dipped in Dark Chocolate

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12 Comments

  • Reply
    Lauren Maker
    March 15, 2024 at 10:35 am

    How absolutely delicious and delightful this recipe is? I love the way you give a run down on health benefits and nutritional value! I will most definitely try this soon!

    • Reply
      Gypsy
      March 19, 2024 at 6:05 am

      I wish it was still cherry season. perfect for your couples weekend away. x

  • Reply
    Ginger
    March 18, 2024 at 3:41 pm

    That looks so good, plus I didn’t know that cherries could improve sleep quality so I can’t wait to try this delicious recipe. Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply
      Gypsy
      March 18, 2024 at 4:05 pm

      Aaah thanks so much Ginger. As if we need more reasons to enjoy cherries. 😀 They are so delicious.

  • Reply
    Lisa at Following the Rivera
    March 18, 2024 at 5:08 pm

    Oh yum what a delicious idea! I would never think of using edible flowers with this, it looks incredible!

  • Reply
    Spicy Rocking Chair
    March 18, 2024 at 6:58 pm

    Yum! I’ve never had chocolate covered cherries, but I bet they are as delicious as they look! Very pretty presentation too 😉

  • Reply
    Prajakta
    March 18, 2024 at 7:59 pm

    Those cherries look delicious. I have always used strawberries dipped in chocolate but next time I would love to try your idea and use cherries instead.

    • Reply
      Gypsy
      March 19, 2024 at 6:04 am

      This is our go-to little treat when it is cherry season here.

  • Reply
    Morgan
    March 18, 2024 at 11:33 pm

    This looks so delicious!

    • Reply
      Gypsy
      March 19, 2024 at 6:03 am

      Thanks Morgan. It really is. 🙂 Simple and fun for the whole family to make.

  • Reply
    Ambra
    March 19, 2024 at 6:42 pm

    I really like this recipe! Fresh cherries dipped in dark chocolate with edible flowers create a burst of flavors and colors that I can’t wait to try. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply
    Suzy B
    March 19, 2024 at 9:53 pm

    What a delicious and beautiful recipe!! Edible flowers are such an under-used ingredient to make a gorgeous plating.

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