What a delicious Day. In the 1700s these delicious little candies were made with cordial liquor, and although sometimes they still are, most are made with a sugar syrup these days. Early on cherry cordials were made in England and were know for both settling the stomach and aiding in digestion. It was also becoming known for being an aphrodisiac, which is probably why it is a favorite candy on Valentine’s Day. this was in the day a cherry cordial was still in liquid form. However, around this time in France, they started dipping sour cherries in chocolate with kirsch (another type of cherry liqueur). When these treats got over to the US, they were sweetened with sugars and make without the alcohol, and have become the sweet treats we know and love today.