Cordial Cherries...Is it Magic or Chemistry?

Posted on March 21, 2017 by Melissa Stephens | 2 Comments

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We think cordial cherries are kinda magical...they start out with a hard, solid center and after a short time they morph into the sweet, syrupy confections that we love so much.  So how does it work you ask...well...it's the sweetest kind of chemistry.

First some vocabulary...

The term "cordial" can mean many things, but our favorite definition is: "a sweet liqueur." Naturally, a "cordial" cherry then would consist of a cherry with a sweet liqueur...or sweet syrup.

An enzyme is a protein that causes reactions to occur.

Hydrolysis means to break down or cleave a molecule.

A disaccharide is a two-sugar compound made up of two one-sugar compounds called monosaccharides.

The Process...

We start out with a sugar mixture called fondant...it's made with table sugar (or sucrose) and and enzyme called invertase.  Sucrose is a disaccharide...meaning it's made up of two monosaccharides: glucose and fructose.  Sucrose is a solid at room temperature, while glucose and fructose are liquid sugars at room temperature.

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In a liquid medium such as a juicy maraschino cherry, the invertase acts as a catalyst to cleave the solid sucrose molecule which results in the two liquid sugar molecules, glucose and fructose.  

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This whole process begins almost immediately and the reaction repeats over and over again taking several days to several weeks to complete.   Because the enzyme begins working straight away, it's important to enrobe the cherries in chocolate very soon after coating them in the fondant mixture to keep all the newly formed syrup encased.  

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Once the fondant coated cherry is enrobed in chocolate the whole reaction can take place while we do our art thing...this batch is destined to be Snowmen Cordial Cherries.

Here's the reaction written out for you...

The Cordial Cherry chocolate covered cherries hydrolysis of sucrose invertase fructose glucose

The Cordial Cherry Mentors Teen Moms

Posted on February 28, 2017 by Melissa Stephens | 0 Comments

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 You're invited to See the Story....

The interview from the evening...

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Do you ever feel like you're being led to help someone but you're not sure where to go or where to start?  And then God, in His mysterious ways, prepares the path that He's carefully designed to satisfy the desire He placed in your heart. That's exactly how I felt a year ago...little did I know that donating chocolates to a fund raising event (which I had done countless times before) would result in me serving as a mentor to teen moms.  

I was a teen mom...I remember the feeling of hopelessness and fear.  I remember the uncertainty of my future and my daughter's future. And, looking back, if it weren't for mentors in my life at the time and the peace that only God's love can bring, my life and my daughter's life would have taken a very different road.  Feeling thankful every day for the bounty of blessings God has given my family, I had been looking for an opportunity to serve as a mentor for a young mom going through the same things I experienced.  

In the Spring of 2016, I was approached by a few representatives of Youth for Christ...an organization that seeks to establish Christian youth groups in public schools.   They asked me to provide chocolates for their fund raiser, an event called "See the Story."  As the evening progressed, I was moved to tears several times as youth and volunteers stood up to share their stories.  Toward the end of the night, Carey Oswald (Director of Parent Life a subgroup of Youth for Christ) shared the story of one of the teen moms she had been working with, and in that moment I knew why I had been led here...I knew what I was supposed to do.  I messaged the organizers and asked how to get involved.

Long story short...this past year, I've been spending every Wednesday evening getting to know some amazing moms and their beautiful babies.  These moms have faced trials that most of us only hear about on the news...they get up every day and make a decision to be a loving mom in spite of the struggles they face.  They're wise enough to seek the guidance of mentors and the sense of family that Parent Life brings.  I'm so proud of each of them and they inspire me every week. 

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If you'd like to come and hear a little of my story and the story of one of our teen moms, you're invited to attend the See the Story event on Sunday, March 5th at the Embassy Suites in LaVista.  The evening starts with food and fellowship at 5:30 and The Cordial Cherry will be serving desserts to close out the night. I promise it will be a memorable evening.  To reserve your completely FREE tickets or to get more information on how to get involved...

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Give a Chocolate Experience this Valentine's Day

Posted on February 07, 2017 by Melissa Stephens | 0 Comments

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A memorable chocolate experience starts when you hand her the box and at The Cordial Cherry we believe that presentation is half of the gift.  So we've packaged our beautiful gift box with natural twine and fresh greenery says there's something truly special inside. The tiny sweet sculpture that await inside are guaranteed to create a smile...each one hand-decorated and carefully assembled.  The experience is complete when the liquid syrup floods her mouth...the chocolate breaks releasing the cordial center and the prized cherry inside.  Choose from our many Valentine's Day designs...

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Valentine's Day Flowers and Love Bugs

Valentine's Day Cupcakes

Valentine's Day Swirls

Valentine's Day Puppy Love

Valentine's Day Cups of Love

Valentine's Day Pink Piggies

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Pink Piggies for Valentine's Day

Posted on February 06, 2017 by Melissa Stephens | 0 Comments

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I bacon your pardon, but we’ve got a SOOEYT Valentine’s Day gift idea for you…our Pink Piggy Cordial Cherries!  It’s hard to look at these adorable little oinkers without smiling and you can bet your Valentine will smile too.  And, that’s just the beginning…one taste of these chocolate covered cordial cherries and you can expect squeals of delight.  In fact, we guarantee hogs and kisses will follow!  And, if you want your piggies to fly, remember we ship!

For today ONLY…our 9-Piece Pink Piggies Cordial Cherries are ½ OFF! 

Use online discount code: PINK50 and for in store pickup call (402-679-3011) between 12:00 and 5:00 CS.

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The Hedgehog and the Mushroom Patch

Posted on September 13, 2016 by Melissa Stephens | 0 Comments

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These fanciful cordial cherry characters are sure to intrigue anyone with a love for woodland whimsy and a taste for chocolate cherries.  We offer two gift sizes...a 9-piece gift box and a 16-piece gift box with delivery available anywhere in the continental U.S.

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