WW Recipe of the Day: Chocolate Coconut Covered Cherries
The Holidays are almost on us and I've been searching for easy peasy ways to celebrate all of my favorites without fuss and guilt. Here's a treat that fits the bill—Chocolate Coconut Covered Cherries!
Yummy, gooey, pretty, and fast, originally this was created with fresh cherries. That means pits though and they can be tricky to remove and still keep the cherry's shape. And then there's the question of availability. Great in the summer but after August, they are hard to find here in the southwest.
Enter frozen sweet large Bing cherries available all year round in the freezer section of most supermarkets. I'm a big fan of Trader Joe's frozen berries and was delighted to find the cherries there.
Then it's just a question of melting part of your favorite chocolate bar and rolling everything up in coconut. Have fun! You'll feel like a master pastry chef and you'll be serving elegant tasty treats worthy of a picture.
How Many Calories and WW Points in these chocolate cherries?
According to my calculations, each serving has 46 calories and:
2 *SmartPoints (Green plan)
2 *SmartPoints (Blue plan)
2 *SmartPoints (Purple plan)
1 *PointsPlus (Old plan)
How to Make Chocolate Coconut Covered Cherries Step by Step
Step 1: Gather and prepare all ingredients.
Step 2: Remove the cherries from the freezer and thaw for 5 minutes.
Step 3: Place a toothpick through each of the cherries and set on a small plate.
Step 4: Break the chocolate into small chunks and heat for about 1 minute in the microwave . It will be almost melted. Stir to fully melt and set aside.
Step 5: Place the coconut on another small plate or shallow bowl.
Step 6: Roll the cherries in the chocolate and then coat with the coconut.
Step 7: Place on serving dish and enjoy.
Recipe Notes, Variations and Substitutions
If you use frozen cherries that are unthawed, the chocolate will adhere immediately to the cherries and instantly dry. You'll have to gently dip them again to "glue" on the coconut.
I'd like to try this with large seasonal grapes—either red or green. I'm sure that will be tasty too and grapes are available throughout the year.
A teaspoon or so of your favorite liqueur can be stirred into the chocolate once it's melted.
These treats are made to be savored on their own. If you're making a holiday tray they'll be at home with other easy options like chocolate covered dried apricots, favorite holiday cookies, skinny truffles and cupcakes.
Ways to Use Leftovers
Any extra cherries keep for up to 3 days in the fridge. I left them uncovered, however if you have a really full fridge with lots of strong flavors, use a covered container to store them.
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Chocolate Coconut Covered Cherries
- 8 frozen cherries, unthawed
- 1.75 ounces dark chocolate (that's about ½ a regular 3.5-ounce bar)
- ⅓ cup shredded unsweetened coconut
- Remove the cherries from the freezer and thaw for 5 minutes.
- Place a toothpick through each of the cherries and set on a small plate.
- Break the chocolate into small chunks and heat for 1 minute in a microwave. It will be almost melted. Stir to fully melt and set aside.
- Place the coconut on another small plate or shallow little bowl.
- Roll the cherries in the chocolate and then coat with the coconut. Place on a serving dish.
*Points® calculated by WW. *PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT each plan's ZeroPoint Foods (Green plan, Blue plan, Purple plan) using the WW Recipe Builder.
More Easy No Bake Sweet Treats for Weight Watchers:
- Chocolate Dipped Apricots
- No-Bake Peanut Buttery Cookie Dough Bites
- Slow-Sugar Chocolate Fruit and Nut Clusters
- No-Bake Rice Krispies Date Balls
- Easy No-Bake Samoas
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