Sunday, June 9, 2013

Grand Marnier Cherry Cordials

Episode Two of Sweet Pete's, The Show, featured Grand Marnier Cherry Cordials in the Sweet Pete's Treats segment. Cherry Cordials or Chocolate Covered Cherries are one of my all time favorite confections. The recipe I use for Sweet Pete's Cherry Cordials is a classic candy recipe. As with many candy recipes, the classic is often the best. The key is the use of the best ingredients and time.

Sweet Pete's Grand Marnier Cherry Cordials are All Natural and Gluten Free. My favorite, Dark Chocolate Cherry Cordials are also Vegan. The full recipe for Sweet Pete's Cherry Cordials is available compliments of a Health Source, Fresh Local Flavor video. Check out Episode Two of The Show to experience #candyinsanity and for more tips! Subscribe to Sweet Pete's YouTube Channel for the latest recipes and episodes.

Sweet Pete's All Natural, Gluten Free and Vegan Grand Marnier Chocolate Covered Cherry Cordials are available on Sweet Pete's Website and Amazon.

Sweet Pete's Grand Marnier Cherry Cordials

Natural Maraschino Cherries
Pour out half of the jar of cherry juice
Fill jar up with Grand Marnier
Cover and Refrigerate at least overnight

4 Cups Sugar
½ Cup Corn Syrup
¾ Cup of Water

Stir thoroughly together in a 3 qt pan
Bring to a boil over high heat
Once boiling cover for 2 minutes
Remove lid and insert candy thermometer
Once reaches 240 degrees F, remove from heat
Pour into an oiled ¼ sheet pan
Insert candy thermometer.
Set timer for 10 minutes
Once reaches 120 degrees F, scrape mixture into mixing bowl
Using paddle attachment beat on low speed for 8 to 12 minutes- Mixture will cream or seize up- DO NOT WALK AWAY, this could cause damage to motor if not turned off once mixture thickens.
Cover tightly with saran wrap and refrigerate for storage.
Can be made in advance.

Spread cherries on a paper towel to drain.
Heat fondant in microwave until liquid. Repeat as necessary
Mix in 2 tsp Invertase. Available at specialty confection sites. We recommend Sugarcraft.
Dip cherries in fondant.
Dip cherries in tempered chocolate
Make sure to dip part of the stem to prevent leaking. Some leaking is normal.
Package in Candy Cups.
Allow to sit several days.

Enjoy and Stay Sweet,

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