Joanna Gaines Shared Her Cherry Mash Recipe, and We’re Making It for Christmas

Updated: Mar. 01, 2023

This cherry mash candy was a secret Gaines family recipe—but now you can make it yourself this season!

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It’s that time of the holiday season when we bust out all of our holiday recipes and spend an entire day in the kitchen. You can almost always find me making batches of chocolate pretzel rings and gingerbread cookies on Christmas Eve.

Well, if you’re a fan of Joanna Gaines (and her Christmas trees), we’ve got the perfect holiday treat for you. Joanna shared a cherry mash recipe that might just become your new holiday go-to!

What Is Cherry Mash Candy?

The original Cherry Mash candy is a blend of peanuts and chocolate coating with a sweet cherry fondant center. This cherry mash recipe comes from Joanna’s Aunt Mary, and while it doesn’t look exactly like the original, it tastes just as delicious. “There is an unexpected delight that comes with the blend of cherry and chocolate,” she says. Joanna loves this take on the original Cherry Mash so much, she had to share it on her Magnolia blog!

How to Make “Cherry Mashers” Like Joanna Gaines

Joanna Gaines Cherry Mashers Sqvia, Getty Images


  • 1 package (7.2 ounces) Betty Crocker Fluffy White Frosting Mix
  • 1 pound powdered sugar
  • 6 tablespoons margarine, room temperature
  • 1 jar (10 ounces) maraschino cherries, drained and chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 package (20 ounces) chocolate almond bark, broken into smaller pieces
  • 1 bag (11.5 ounces) milk chocolate chips
  • 2-1/2 cups dry-roasted salted peanuts, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

Tools You’ll Need


Step 1: Mix your cherry mash

Start by lining a baking sheet with parchment paper. Next, take your stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and add frosting mix, powdered sugar, margarine, maraschino cherries, vanilla and condensed milk. Combine starting on low speed, gradually turning the speed to medium, and beat until the mixture has a fluffy consistency. It should take around 4 minutes, according to Joanna.

Step 2: Form the cherry candy

Take your mixture and form 1-inch balls with your small cookie scoop. Place each ball on the lined baking sheet and place in the freezer until firm, about 1-2 hours.

Step 3: Create the chocolate coating

In a medium saucepan, add the chocolate bark, chocolate chips, peanuts and vegetable oil and melt over medium heat. Mix to combine.

Step 4: Dunk the cherry candy in chocolate

Remove the cherry balls from the freezer and dunk one at a time into the chocolate coating using either a fork or spoon. Work in batches. Allow any excess chocolate to drip off over the pan and return to the baking sheet.

Step 5: Refrigerate until set

Refrigerate the cherry mash candy until completely hardened, around 20 minutes. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the refrigerator. Enjoy!

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