Chocolate Cherries Recipe
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Chocolate Cherries Recipe

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For these cute candies, maraschino cherries are dressed in a chocolate coating. Kids will have fun helping make the sweets, but they will have to wait a week or two for the filling to set before enjoying the fruits of their labors. -Janice Pehrson, Omaha, Nebraska
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling
MAKES:60 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling
MAKES: 60 servings

Ingredients

  • 60 maraschino cherries with stems
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons shortening

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 64 calories, 3 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 2 mg cholesterol, 18 mg sodium, 11 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, trace protein.

Directions

  1. Pat cherries dry with paper towels; set aside. In a small bowl, combine the sugar, butter, corn syrup and salt; mix well. Knead until smooth. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  2. Roll into 1/2-in. balls; flatten each into a 2-in. circle. Wrap each circle around a cherry and lightly roll in hands. Place cherries with stems up on waxed paper-lined baking sheets. Cover loosely and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  3. In a microwave or heavy saucepan, melt chocolate chips and shortening; stir until smooth. Holding onto the stem, dip each cherry into chocolate; allow excess to drip off. Place on waxed paper; let stand until set. Refrigerate until hardened. Store in a covered container. Refrigerate for 1-2 weeks before serving. Yield: 5 dozen.
Originally published as Chocolate-Covered Cherries in Taste of Home April/May 2003, p31

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 64 calories, 3 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 2 mg cholesterol, 18 mg sodium, 11 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, trace protein.

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Reviewed Mar. 18, 2013

"it take to long you have to wait 1-2 weeks i wants the quickest way"

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Reviewed Mar. 18, 2012

"Perfect! It's hard, but make sure to wait that two weeks. The cherries are much more delicious with a creamy center."

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Reviewed Feb. 23, 2012

"I didn't read the entire recipe before I began making these and didn't realize they had to sit in the fridge for so long. I made them for my daughter's birthday and served them next day and they were a huge hit. I also used the left over chocolate mixture not the sugar dough to coat strawberries and they turned out wonderfully as well."

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Reviewed Jan. 15, 2012

"made these for Christmas gifts, people loved them. made a double batch. everyone said I missed my calling as a chocolatier. I also make awsome fudge that everyone wants for gifts. they were so pretty. to do the white part I rolled the balls and then flattened in my palm and then spun it slowly while pinching to thin. I didn't make them 2 inches, maybe a little over an inch and then put the cherry on it and molded it up the sides. the warmth of your hands make it easy to do. thanks! this is my brothers favorite candy and these are WAY better than anything in a box. have looked in candy store for years to no avail."

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Reviewed Dec. 27, 2011

"This candy was a huge hit! I did add 1/8 tsp. of almond extract to add just a touch of flavor. Had to make 2 batches because the first disappeared the minute I set it out! Can't believe how easy it was to put this favorite together! This will be a special for years to come."

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