Chocolate Cordials with an Irish Cream Filling
A marriage of rich dark chocolate with a liquid flavoring in the center that enlivens your taste buds: together they create a most satisfying union. Originating in Renaissance-period apothecaries, the cordial was an alcohol-based medicine made with fermented fruits, spices, and herbs that helped stimulate the heart and improve circulation. The cordial came to signify a fruit-based beverage, a liqueur, and, eventually, a kind of tempting sweet, where a cherry was tucked into a chocolate shell. No alcohol was involved but the effect may have been the same. Today, some chocolatiers stretch the term to include all kinds of alcohol-tasting centers.