For Dessert with Love
Here’s an utterly delicious and shareable recipe featuring our Frozen Organic Dark Sweet Cherries from our friend Shanon at The Curvy Carrot:
Ah, Valentine's Day. The yearly love-it or hate-it holiday. Oddly enough, I've always had a hate-it kind of mentality towards this Cupid-friendly day, only celebrating it once or twice in my 30+ years (besides getting the Valentine’s cards in the white doily-decorated paper bags in elementary school. Which I did really love.)
This year, there's a little bit more love in the air: I do have plans to spend a romantic evening with someone special. Otherwise, I would be spending the evening at home with a pint of Ben & Jerry's, a good bottle of wine and a full queue of girly shows on Netflix, rolling my eyes at every flower commercial, engagement ring ad, or "OMG-my-boyfriend/husband/fiancé is the most wonderful person ever in the universe" post on Facebook. Christmas has its Grinch. Valentine's Day had its own curmudgeon in the form of…well, me.
I came up with this romantic do-it-yourself treat to share with the one you love on the Big Day (even if it's just yourself on the couch watching “Girls”). The nice thing about this recipe is that it's fairly straightforward, using Earthbound's frozen organic cherries, chopped chocolate, cream and a little extra boost of almond-cherry flavor. I love that a company I traditionally always connected with plastic clamshells and fresh spinach now has frozen organic fruits and vegetables in my local grocery store, including these cherries.
Dark Chocolate Cherry Fondue
- Prep Time: 5m | Cook Time: 10m | Serves 4 to 6 (makes about 2 cups)
- 1/2 cup heavy (whipping) cream
- 1/2 cup Earthbound Farm Frozen Organic Dark Sweet Cherries, thawed and chopped into small pieces
- 10 ounces bittersweet high-quality chocolate, chopped (or use whatever kind of chocolate you like —
- milk chocolate would be great, too)
- 1 teaspoon almond extract (or Kirsch liqueur)
- In a heatproof bowl set over simmering water (or in a fondue pot, if you have one), combine the heavy cream and chopped cherries, heating until just simmering.
- Slowly stir in the chopped chocolate, mixing until the chocolate is completely melted and smooth.
- Add the almond extract (or Kirsch, if using), adjusting the flavor to taste.
- If you’re using a fondue pot, keep the mixture over a low flame. Otherwise, transfer the fondue to small bowls and reheat gently if needed.
- Serve warm with stem or sliced strawberries, sliced bananas, shortbread cookies, or your favorite fresh fruit.
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