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Sunday, January 3, 2016

Fruitcake, Cherries & Chocolate

Good morning! Today is January 3, the third day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 363 days remaining until the end of the year since 2016 is a leap year. Lots of time to work on those New Year's resolutions, one of which hopefully is NOT to limit your chocolate indulgence. In fact, research has proven chocolate beneficial for you...eaten in moderation, of course. Many experts recommend eating one or two ounces of dark chocolate every day!

Before we delve into the chocolate madness, are you one who has leftover fruitcake? Perhaps you baked one for the family but you are the only one who eats it or maybe you received one as a gift with it still taking up space either on the kitchen counter, the table or in the freezer. That is, if you have not already given it away by taking advantage of The Most Popular Regift! If you do still have that fruitcake on hand, are you ready to get rid of it? Well, get ready for January 3 is...
Fruitcake Toss Day
This is not your ordinary throw the ol' fruitcake into the trash day! Ever been skeet shooting? Replace the clay targets with fruitcakes!

The first Fruitcake Toss Day was celebrated in Manitou Springs, Colorado in 1995 where it is still celebrated today.
- See more at: http://www.caterbid.com/blog/?p=3800#sthash.BO5iu6lc.dpuJanuary 3 is...
Events for All Ages
  • Distance
  • Accuracy
  • Team Toss
  • Speed
  • Best "Balance"
  • Knock Down the Fruitcake
Toss it!
 Whirl it!
 Catapult it!
 Fire it!
 Launch it!
Do anything you want except stomp it or eat it!

Don't stop here...keep scrolling!

With the fruitcake out of the way, let's get to the good stuff...CHOCOLATE!

Facts on Chocolate-Covered Cherries
  • Chocolate covered cherries usually consist of cherries smothered in chocolate sauce and refrigerated overnight.
  • Chocolate covered cherries have been in production since 1864.
  • Cherries are a fruit, a super-fruit which is really good for you.
  • The cherries are covered in sugar before being dipped in the chocolate sauce.
  • Cella’s chocolate covered cherries have a 100 percent liquid center for an extra gooey taste.

 Chocolate Covered Cherries are sold primarily at Christmas and Valentine's Day but can be made at home any time, any day of the year.

The two most common varieties: liquid center & marzipan center

Chocolate Cherry Cordials w/ Liquid Centers (Recipe)

 Chocolate Cherry Cordials w/ Marzipan Centers (Recipe)

Of course, the choco-cherry cordials are a scrumptous mouthful by themselves, but have you ever tried incorporating their deliciousness in other recipes?

Chocolate Cherry Stuffed Cupcakes (Recipe)

Is your mouth watering yet?

yum, yum, yum . . . yummy!