Cherry Ripe Chocolates

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Who remembers those early teen crushes? The ones where you wrote poems and scribbled names all over your pencil case? To this day cherry ripe makes me think of the first boy who caused me sleepless nights.

He was a friend of my brothers. He made me laugh. He looked happy. He always wore a hat. He talked to me at my first school social, and then he bought me a cherry ripe and kissed me!!! At least I think he did, maybe I inserted that bit….

I kept that wrapper for a very long time, maybe until I left home. Twenty years later cherry ripe’s still make me smile.

Cherry Ripe Chocolates

4 tablespoons coconut oil

4 tablespoons cacao or cocoa or carob

3 tablespoons honey

6 cherries, halved, pits removed

1/4 cup desiccated coconut (finely shredded dried coconut)*