Choco­late Cherry Cups

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Hands-on time: 45 min­utes

To­tal time: 2½ hours

Makes: 30 pieces

Get­ting the marzi­pan cherry fill­ing into the cen­tre of th­ese im­pres­sive choco­lates is sur­pris­ingly sim­ple. Whether or not you choose to share that with your guests is to­tally up to you!

Choco­late Cherry Cups:

280 g 70% dark choco­late (about 10 oz), chopped 170 g milk choco­late (about 6 oz), chopped 1 pkg (200 g) marzi­pan ½ cup glacé cher­ries Gar­nish: 10 glacé cher­ries, cut in thirds Choco­late Cherry Cups: In heat­proof bowl set over saucepan of gen­tly sim­mer­ing (not boil­ing) wa­ter, melt half each of the dark choco­late and milk choco­late, stir­ring, un­til smooth. Pour by about 1 tsp into 1¾-inch wide candy cups. Re­frig­er­ate un­til set, about 30 min­utes.

Mean­while, in food pro­ces­sor, pulse marzi­pan with cher­ries into smooth paste. Roll by 1 tsp into balls. Gen­tly press 1 ball into each candy cup, flat­ten­ing tops al­most but not all the way to edge.

In heat­proof bowl set over saucepan of gen­tly sim­mer­ing (not boil­ing) wa­ter, melt re­main­ing dark choco­late and milk choco­late, stir­ring, un­til smooth. Pour by 1 tsp over fill­ing to cover, smooth­ing tops. Re­frig­er­ate for 10 min­utes.

Gar­nish: Top each cup with 1 cherry piece. Re­frig­er­ate un­til firm, about 1 hour. (Make-ahead: Layer be­tween waxed pa­per in air­tight con­tainer; re­frig­er­ate for up to 1 week.) per piece: about 131 cal, 2 g pro, 8 g to­tal fat (4 g sat. fat), 15 g carb (2 g di­etary fi­bre, 12 g sugar), 2 mg chol, 8 mg sodium, 123 mg potas­sium. % RDI : 2% cal­cium, 9% iron, 1% fo­late.

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