The secret to preventing the chocolate from turning grey and streaky is to dry and chill the cherries before dipping, and refrigerate them again immediately after dipping. There is nothing more to it.
Please warn your guests about the pits. Kids will love to help you make (and eat) these.
- 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 pounds cherries with stems
- 8 ounces dark chocolate, roughly chopped, or white or milk chocolate, finely chopped
- Rinse the cherries, and spread them on a dishtowel or layers of paper towel.
- Pat dry and cover the cherries with another towel and refrigerate. Cherries must be cold and completely dry before dipping. If necessary, cradle each cherry in a paper towel before you dip it; wet cherries will make the chocolate thick and dull.
- Line a tray with parchment or wax paper.
- Put the chocolate in a small, dry, stainless steel bowl. Bring an inch of water to a simmer in a wide skillet. If using dark chocolate, set the bowl directly in the skillet and keep the water at or below a simmer. If using milk or white chocolate, turn the heat under the skillet off for 60 seconds before setting the bowl in the water.
- Stir dark chocolate occasionally, milk and white chocolate constantly.
- Remove the bowl from the skillet when the chocolate in almost entirely melted.
- Wipe the underside of the bowl dry and stir to finish melting the chocolate.
- Chocolate should be warm (not hot) to the touch.
- Pick up a cherry by the stem and dip it as far into the chocolate as you like.
- Lift the cherry above the chocolate and shake it gently, letting excess chocolate drip back into the bowl.
- Set the cherry on the lined tray and repeat with the remaining cherries.
- Refrigerate the cherries as soon as the tray is filled.
- Serve any time after the chocolate is hardened enough so that you can peel the cherry cleanly from the parchment.
- Keep chilled until serving.