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Few things drum up as much fantastical imagination as unicorns...and when they're made of chocolate and cherries there's even more magic! If you're on social media at all, especially Instagram, you've probably seen any number of sweet unicorn fantasies. You name it...Unicorn Cupcakes, Unicorn Cake Pops, Unicorn Popsicle Pops, Unicorn Lattes, Unicorn Chocolate Bark, Unicorn EVERYTHING! But, there's only one place you'll find Unicorn Cordial Cherries....right here at The Cordial Cherry!
It's an interesting story how our Unicorn Cordial Cherries came to be...it all started one day when I was brainstorming ideas for a new Polar Animals Cordial Cherry collection for this next holiday season. We had a Polar Bear Cordial Cherry and a Penguin Cordial Cherry already and just needed one more design to complete the set. Arctic foxes, walruses, those fluffy white bunnies...we tried all sorts of things, but were just discouraged with the way they were turning out. Then it hit me! How about a Narwhal! They're polar, and cute, and the shape was workable, so we got to work straight away...experimenting with paint, and horns, and sculpting. Eventually we had the first ever Narwhal Cordial Cherry and I couldn't be more pleased...they're absolutely adorable...just look at these little guys...
The problem is that most people have no idea what a Narwhal is. If you've ever watched the movie "Elf" starring Will Ferrell, you might remember this scene? Buddy the Elf (played by Will Ferrell) begins his adventure to New York City to find his dad and Mr. Narwhal says, "Bye Buddy, I hope you find your dad."
So for those of you who aren't Will Ferrell/Buddy the Elf fans or marine biology geeks, narwhals are in fact REAL animals unlike unicorns. They're adorable Arctic whales with a horn that resembles that of a unicorn. But, as cute as they are, I was concerned that people might think that we tried to make a unicorn and well...missed the mark. I reasoned that if we designed a Unicorn Cordial Cherry also then people could see clearly the the difference between the two.
I gave Maria Kirwin, chocolatier and artist, the task of designing a Unicorn Cordial Cherry and boy did she knock it out of the park! She begins each unicorn by hand-sculpting beneath the chocolate to achieve a shape consistent with the body of a unicorn. She uses rolled fondant, which is a perfect medium for creating nearly any desired shape.
She then prepares the miniature golden horns...each one is twisted and measured and then hand-painted with a shimmery edible golden paint. A toothpick eliminates the need to try to handle these tiny pieces.
Maria pipes each Unicorn's delicate little ears and attaches their hand-made and hand-painted candy horns. A few carefully placed dollops of pastel colored white chocolate to create a mane and tail nearly complete this tiny work of art.
Unicorn eyelashes are the finishing touch on these magical chocolates...and there you have it...the first and only Unicorn Cordial Cherries, inspired by our Narwhal Cordial Cherries!
Click HERE to watch Maria make our Unicorn Cordial Cherries...