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Chocolate Covered Cherry Day (January 3)

Check out the weird holiday Chocolate Covered Cherry Day on January 3. Learn the history of Chocolate Covered Cherry Day, as well as get ideas on how to celebrate.

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History of Chocolate Covered Cherry Day

Isn’t this the greatest holiday ever? Chocolate covered cherries are delicious!

Another name for cherries that are smothered in chocolate is cherry cordials. Cherries were very popular in Europe in the 1600s, but they weren’t covered in chocolate until the 1700s (when they were also soaked in brandy).

Cordials – as these brandy-soaked chocolate-covered cherries were called – were reserved for holidays and were known for their intoxicating effects.

Americans then began to make cordials by crushing the cherries and cooking them in sugar and brandy. In the Prohibition period, the alcohol was removed, and they were instead made with a cherry-flavored syrup made from sugar.

These cordials began to be mass-produced in 1929, and they are still enjoyed today. We’re not sure when the holiday became official, but it is recognized by the National Confectioners Association.

Ideas for Chocolate Covered Cherry Day

Other than just purchasing a box of chocolate cherries, here are a TON of delicious recipes that you can make for this chocolate-cherry-themed holiday!

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