Valentine’s Day Chocolate Hearts With Tart Cherries
With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, markets are flooding with chocolates in all shapes and sizes.
Chocolate has been prized in many cultures for thousands of years. The ancient Mesoamericans even considered cacao a symbol of wealth and prosperity. Chocolatiers popped up across Europe and America, as chocolate made its way around this globe. Suddenly, chocolate went from food to art form. Not only do we eat our chocolate, we revel in the skill and artistry it affords us.
Happily, the artful skill of a chocolatier is not required to enjoy healthy, homemade chocolates — like these Valentine’s Day Chocolate Hearts!
Delicious chocolate is easily made in your own kitchen with simple ingredients — namely Wildly Organic Cacao Butter and Wildly Organic Coconut Syrup.
I loved receiving boxes of chocolate-covered cherries from my dad when I was young. Their sweet, gooey goodness oozed out from the first bite. I hope these homemade chocolate hearts remind you of chocolate-covered cherries or cherry cordials — without the refined sugar that causes those treats to be so unhealthy.
These homemade chocolate hearts with tart cherries are a guilt-free and nutritious treat to show anyone some extra love this Valentine’s Day.
Variations On Valentine’s Day Chocolate Hearts
You can add a bit of coconut milk to taste to produce more of a milk chocolate.
Full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, the flavor of tart cherries balances the sweetness of the chocolate nicely. Yet, using another chewy, dried fruit, such as cranberries or apricots, you can create your own “box of chocolates”. Whole freeze-dried fruit, like freeze-dried raspberries, also work.
Want More Chocolate This Valentine’s Day?
Wildly Organic has you covered! You simply must try all of these recipes! They’re made with only whole food ingredients so you can have your chocolate and eat it, too.
- Raw Homemade Chocolates
- Homemade Dark Chocolate Nut Butter Cups (with a secret superfood ingredient!)
- Cacao Raspberry Almond Bark
Do you celebrate special occasions with chocolate? Will you be making homemade chocolate hearts this Valentine’s Day?
- 1cup Wildly Organic Cacao Buttermelted
- 4Tablespoons Wildly Organic Cacao Powder
- 3Tablespoons Wildly Organic Coconut Syrup
- ¼ teaspoon Wildly Organic Himalayan Pink Salt
- 1teaspoon vanilla
- 40-50 tart cherriesdried
In a double boiler over medium heat, add cacao butter and melt.
Add cacao powder, coconut syrup, vanilla, salt and whisk.
Remove from heat and temper chocolate by mixing continuously until chocolate starts to thicken, about 15 minutes.
Fill each heart-shaped candy mold, or candy mold of choice, with a tart cherry and cover with chocolate.
Refrigerate 15 minutes or until ready to serve.
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