Chocolate spread, dip, sauce, cocktail, AND of course candy. Chocolate lovers crave the taste that this sweet treat has to offer. Mixing in a liquor just enhances the flavor of any recipe. Sometimes it will enhance it just a wee bit too much, but sometimes a boozy drink makes a recipe melt in your mouth. Let’s grab a cocktail and a few Cherry Rum Chocolate Candies!
I am definitely not a a chocolatier, and totally okay with that discovery. A few years ago I was able to meet a famous chocolatier. One thing I discovered, there is a science and special artistic ability that goes into each of their creations. What this recipe lacks in chocolate beauty, is easily made up with all the cherry rum love.
Last year while vacationing in Michigan, I found this cute candy mold at an antique store. Finally I was able to use the lovely pan. The chocolates did not come out of the mold perfectly. They had a chocolate cherry rum sandwich look. For my readers, I recommend using a mini muffin pan with muffin liners. The muffin pan with liners will make less of mess.
The recipe takes a little time to make, so set some time aside. The wait is mostly because the chocolate needs to set in the freezer or refrigerator. Also, since we added coconut oil to the recipe, keep the chocolates in the refrigerator or freezer.
In medium sauce pot, on medium heat, cook down the cherries, rum, water, and sugar. Cook down liquid by half, (this recipe started with 24 oz, cooked down to 12 oz.) Let cool.
Spray muffin liners or candy mold with coconut oil cooking spray.
With double boiler, or sauce pot with inch of water and metal pan sitting on sauce pot on medium heat, melt the chocolate with honey, coconut oil, and vanilla extract.
Melt half the chocolate recipe first, place thin layer of chocolate in muffin liner or candy mold, chill in freezer or refrigerator.
Once first chocolate layer is hard, strain cherries from juice (keep juice for later,) add small amount of cherries on top of chocolate, chill in freezer or refrigerator.
Melt second half of chocolate recipe, place a layer of chocolate on top of cherries, then chill in freezer or refrigerator.
Keep candies in refrigerator to keep solid.