Chocolate Covered Cherries are one of those delicious chocolate treats that are great for any occasion. They’ve got the perfect combination of sweet and savory. There’s something about the mixture of chocolate, cherries and a sweet milky center that go perfectly together. The past few years I have started to test out my candy making skills and in the process whipped up this super easy Chocolate Covered Cherries Recipe. These are really easy to make and in my opinion taste so much better than the store bought kind.
How To Make Chocolate Covered Cherries
The only thing that I will warn you before making these chocolate covered cherries is that they take time. So if you need these by a certain date or time, don’t wait till the last minute to make them. You’ll want to give yourself at least a day or two. The longer you let these chocolate covered cherries sit, the better they will be.
To make these delicious cherries you’ll need to make sure you have all your ingredients ready to go. Here’s what you’ll need to have on hand.
Ingredients Needed to Make Chocolate Covered Cherries
- 1 Jar of Maraschino Cherries with Stems
- Cherry Juice from the Jar or Cherries
- 1 Package of Chocolate Chips (Milk, Dark or Semi-sweet)
- 3 Cups Powdered Sugar
- 1/4 Cup Melted Butter
- 4 tsp of Vanilla
- Dash of Salt
- 1/4 Cup of Sweetened Condensed Milk
You will also need mini baking liners. These are the ones that I used and they work great.
Make Chocolate Covered Cherries From Scratch!
Before you make this recipe you want to make sure that the cherries are dry. So the night before drain the cherries and pat them dry with a paper towel. Place in the fridge and they will be ready to go by morning. Be sure to reserve the jar of cherry juice to use with the chocolate covering.
Mix the butter, vanilla, salt and sweetened condensed milk together in a small bowl Pour this mixture into the powered sugar and mix well. Place this fondant mixture in the fridge for an hour to chill and harden.
OR You can SKIP This step and purchase already made Vanilla Fondant which tastes great!
At the same time place your dried cherries into the freezer for an hour to harden up. This makes them easier to wrap the fondant around.
After about an hour take your fondant and cherries out of the fridge/freezer. Take about 1 teaspoon of the fondant and wrap around the cherry tightly. To smooth it out you can roll it in your hand, just make sure that the stem doesn’t fall off.
Place all of the fondant wrapped cherries into the freezer for about an hour.
After an hour melt your chocolate chips in the microwave, adding the reserved cherry juice as needed to make it thin enough to dip the cherries.
When the chocolate is done, take your frozen fondant cherries out of the freezer. Dip them one at at time into the chocolate mixture making sure you cover them entirely.
Once they are covered raise them over the bowl and let the excess chocolate drip off. Place them on wax paper.
After your all done place the cherries into the fridge and let harden. You can eat these cherries right away but the longer you let them sit the creamier they will be in the center. Place in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 weeks.
Making this chocolate Covered cherries recipe is super easy and you will be so glad you did. They taste great and make a wonderful addition to any occasion. If you put these in a nice little gift box they would make the perfect gift for Christmas, Valentine’s Day, a birthday or just because.
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