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Chocolate-Covered Cherry Parfaits Recipe

If you're a fan of the sweet-tart combination of chocolate covered cherries, you'll be first in line to indulge in this parfait version of the classic candy. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling YIELD:4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package (12 ounces) frozen pitted dark sweet cherries, thawed
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons cherry brandy
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1-1/3 cups Elegant Chocolate Mousse
  • Chocolate syrup, optional

Directions

  • 1. Drain cherries, reserving 1/3 cup liquid; set aside.
  • 2. In a small saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch; stir in reserved cherry juice until smooth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1 minute or until thickened. Remove from the heat; stir in cherries and brandy. Cover and refrigerate until chilled.
  • 3. In a small bowl, beat cream until stiff peaks form. In another bowl, beat cream cheese and confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Fold in whipped cream.
  • 4. Spoon half of the mousse, cream mixture and cherries into four parfait glasses. Layer with remaining cream mixture, mousse and cherries. Drizzle with chocolate syrup if desired. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (calculated without chocolate syrup) equals 892 calories, 69 g fat (42 g saturated fat), 280 mg cholesterol, 212 mg sodium, 64 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 10 g protein.