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Boozy Dark Chocolate Covered Cherries

This post is intended for readers 21+.

Warning: these Dark Chocolate Covered Cherries are drunk. You would be, too, if you soaked in a jar of spiced rum for two days. 🙂 These little boozy bombs are perfect for parties. Plus they are fun to make. And eat. You get the warm bite of spiced rum, the sweetness of cherry, and the decadence of rich, dark chocolate. Not for the faint of heart!

A vintage silver serving dish filled with chocolate covered cherries.

Boozy Rum-Soaked Dark Chocolate Covered Cherries

Ok, who is with me on these? If you love chocolate covered cherries and rum, this recipe is a dream come true for you.

The idea first came to me a couple of years ago when my friend Joy and I were chatting about Fireball Cherries. (Cherries soaked in Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey.) She told me they were great to snack on at parties, and I’ve been wanting to try them.

But, I really really really like spiced rum. Plus, I’m sorta obsessed with dark chocolate. “Self,” I said, “How can I combine all of these things into a wickedly good holiday fun treat?”

A bottle of Sailor Jerry spiced rum next to a mason jar full of stemmed cherries

Trust me, testing this recipe for chocolate covered cherries was quite intoxicating. I mean, you have to test every single step of the way, right? Kidding, you don’t have to test, because this is a VERY EASY recipe and easy to adapt to your own preferences.

Sampling is just a bonus.

An overhead picture of a jar of maraschino cherries soaking in spiced rum

Ingredients Needed to Make Boozy Chocolate Covered Cherries:

  • Maraschino cherries with the stem
  • Spiced rum – I recommend Sailor Jerry.
  • Dark chocolate
  • A dab of shortening – optional
  • Sparkling decorative sugar

You can totally make this recipe using fresh bing cherries. If you do, pit them first. I opted for sweet maraschino cherries because I like them.

It actually worked out great that I used maraschinos. After they soak in rum for a couple of days, most of the sweetness is replaced with rum. So they are not overly sweet.

TIP: Drain the cherries, but reserve that cherry juice. Put it in a jar with a lid and keep it in the fridge. Great for making homemade cherry milkshakes. I’ve used it to flavor frosting, too. You can also use a splash in holiday cocktails.

a tray of maraschino cherries draining on a layer of paper towels

You want the cherries to sit in the rum for at least 24 hours. We let ours go for 72 hours. The longer they chill the strong they will taste of rum.

maraschino cherry dipped into melted dark chocolate

More Boozy Recipes:

Orange + Spiced Rum Bread Pudding

Blackberry Mojitos

Whiskey Whipped Cream

dark chocolate nibs

How to Make Rum-Soaked Chocolate Covered Cherries

  • Drain the cherries, reserving the juice for another purpose. It will not be used in this recipe but is great for cocktails and more.
  • Place the cherries in a quart-sized mason jar or other container. Cover completely with spiced rum. Seal and refrigerate for at least 24 hours, up to 72 hours. The longer the cherries sit in the rum, the stronger they will taste.
  • Next, drain the rum-soaked cherries. Keep this cherry-infused rum. It is SO good for cocktails. Place the cherries on layers of paper towels for 10 minutes. This step ensures that the chocolate cotaing will cling to the fruit.
  • Line a tray or platter with parchment paper. Place the decorative sugar into a shallow dish or bowl.
  • Melt the dark chocolate according to package directions. Use a small bowl that is deep enough to dip the cherries into. I used the Dark Chocolate Bada Bing Bada Boom from Chocoley Chocolate. Refer to the brand you use for specific directions.
  • If the chocolate is too thick, stir in about a teaspoon of shortening until melted and the chocolate is smooth.
  • While the chocolate is warm, dip the cherries one at a time. First dip into the chocolate then into the sugar.
  • Place the dipped cherries onto the prepared parchment. When done dipping all of the cherries, refrigerate until set.

The Chocoley Chocolate we used did not take long to set. It is designed for dipping and coating, which makes it a natural choicce for these chocolate covered cherries. If you use another brand, you may have to adjust your chilling time until you find what works best.

TIP: I have found the easiest way to melt most chocolate is in a glass bowl in the microwave. I reduce the microwave power to 70% and melt it 30 seconds at a time, stirring between each time.

Luscious, stemmed cherries dipped in gourmet chocolate

Aren’t these Boozy Dark Chocolate Covered Cherries simply gorgeous!? I think I impressed myself. They are almost too pretty to eat. (Joke, I ate a dozen of them during the creation of this post!)

The addition of the festive colored sugar really makes them pop off of the platter and gives them a fun texture.

This recipe makes about 50 individual cherries. We used 40 ounces of cherries. The actual quantity will vary. Also, please note that the nutritional value includes ALL of the rum, even though all of it is not absorbed. So they are actually lower calorie than listed. Yay!

A vintage silver platter with rich, rum-soaked maraschino cherries, dipped in chocolate and sprinkled with sugar glitter

Tips + Ideas:

  • Use cherries with stems. This makes them easier to dip and easier to eat. Plus the presentation is spectacular. If you want to use stemless cherries, you can dip them using a fork.
  • Be sure the cherries are drained on paper towels when you remove them from the rum. You want them to be dry to the touch before dipping in the chocolate.
  • PRO TIP: SAVE THAT CHERRY INFUSED RUM. 🙂
  • Pick a great quality spiced rum. Some spiced rums are overly sweet and take away from the true flavor of rum. That’s why I like Sailor Jerry. It has a light sweetness and spice but still has the hot kick of rum.
  • You can make this recipe ahead of time. Just keep the cherries covered and chilled until ready to serve.
  • Change the color of the sugar to match your holiday or event theme. (Gold for glam, blue for New Years etc.)
  • Not a fan of rum? Swap it out for flavored vodka (think vanilla, cinnamon, etc.) or even whiskey.
  • Try these with white chocolate or milk chocolate if you prefer. The options are endless with what you can dip, flavor, and drizzle.
A close up shot of rum spiked maraschino cherries dipped in dark chocolate and dusted with sparkling sugar

We hope you LOVE this fun twist on a Christmas Classic and are inspired to try it! Let us know what you think in the comments at the end of this post. Be sure to check out more of our Christmas Ideas here.

A close up shot of rum spiked maraschino cherries dipped in dark chocolate and dusted with sparkling sugar
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Boozy Dark Chocolate Covered Cherries

Decadent and delicious, these rum-spiked chocolate cover cherries are a warming, adult-only treat for all of your holiday parties.
Course Dessert, Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate covered cherries
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 0 minutes
Rum Soaking Time 1 day
Total Time 1 day 1 hour
Servings 50 Cherries
Calories 69kcal
Author Buy This Cook That

Ingredients

  • 40 ounces maraschino cherries with stems, drained
  • 1 3/4 cups spiced rum more or less to cover the cherries
  • 1 1/2 cups dark chocolate
  • 1 teaspoon shortening optional, may not be needed
  • 1/2 cup sanding sugar

Instructions

  • Drain the cherries, reserving the juice for another purpose. It will not be used in this recipe but is great for cocktails and more.
  • Place the cherries in a quart-sized mason jar or other container. Cover completely with spiced rum. Seal and refrigerate for at least 24 hours, up to 72 hours. The longer the cherries sit in the rum, the stronger they will taste.
  • Next, drain the rum-soaked cherries. Keep this cherry-infused rum. It is SO good for cocktails. Place the cherries on layers of paper towels for 10 minutes. This step ensures that the chocolate coating will cling to the fruit.
  • Line a tray or platter with parchment paper. Place the decorative sugar into a shallow dish or bowl.
  • Melt the dark chocolate according to package directions. Use a small bowl that is deep enough to dip the cherries into. I used the Dark Chocolate Bada Bing Bada Boom from Chocoley Chocolate. Refer to the brand you use for specific directions.
  • If the chocolate is too thick, stir in about a teaspoon of shortening until melted and the chocolate is smooth.
  • While the chocolate is warm, dip the cherries one at a time. First dip into the chocolate then into the sugar.
  • Place the dipped cherries onto the prepared parchment. When done dipping all of the cherries, refrigerate until set.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Cherry | Calories: 69kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 40mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 6IU | Vitamin C: 0mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg

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