Happy Valentine’s Day, love bugs! I looooovvvveee holidays of every shape and kind, and Valentine’s Day is no different. I’m all about showing love to people all year round, but a special day to amp up your lovin’ never hurt anyone. Sadly this year me and my Valentine will be apart, but you know what they say…CHOCOLATE SOLVES EVERYTHING. So in preparation, I made myself my own real-food version of festive chocolate goodies to ease my sad heart.
And ease my sad heart they have. These little guys are now on the top of my list of go-to treats, and not just for V-Day. They’re easy as pie to make–I can hardly call this a recipe–and the tastiest mix of gooey, sweet, tart and chocolate. I love a good simple, satisfying & nutritious sweet treat that actually quenches my sweets cravings in one go: these chocolate-covered, cherry-stuffed dates are it.
Cherry Chocolate Dates
- 16 medjool dates pitted
- 16 cherries pitted
- 100 grams dark chocolate
Preheat your oven to 300°F.
Slice the dates lengthwise down the center and remove the pit.
Stuff each date with a cherry. Make sure that the sides of the date wrap all around the cherry; mold the date to stick together if necessary so the cherry has a secure "boat."
Pop those babies in the oven for about 7 minutes if using fresh cherries, or 10 minutes if using frozen.
While the dates are in the oven, melt your chocolate in the microwave or on the stovetop using a double boiler method.
Remove the dates from the oven and let cool until they're not too hot to touch.
Using a fork (or other preferred instrument) dip/coat the dates in the melted chocolate and set on a parchment paper-lined tray. Pop the tray in the freezer for about an hour (or until the chocolate hardens), and you're ready to serve!
Give these delicious treats to your Valentine, or store them in your fridge until they're all gobbled up.
Enjoy! And have a pretty miraculous Valentine’s Day my friends, with whomever or whatever you love.