Chocolate Cherry Mice are the cutest little Christmastime treats! Sweet chocolate covered cherries with an adorable mouse face that kids love to make and eat.
Chocolate Cherry Mice
These little edible Christmas mice are such a fun project for the kids to help with when they’re out of school on vacation. The mice get their bodies from a chocolate covered cherry, with a Hershey kiss face and little peanut ears. Add a red hot nose and icing eyes and you have a plate full of adorable little critters that your children will love to help you make and eat. Make an assembly line and ask the kids to help make these lovely little critters.
Holiday Neighbor Gifts
These sweet little Chocolate Cherry Mice are a favorite in our family. Our mom saw the idea on television once and then put her own spin on them to make them even cuter! They make a darling neighbor gift for the holidays. Make a plate of these and attach a card saying “‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.” They’re almost too cute to eat!
Tips for Making Chocolate Cherry Mice
- It’s important to find Maraschino Cherries WITH stems. They are tough to find sometimes, but you need the stems to make the mice tails.
- You can adjust the recipe if you have a peanut allergy. This recipe calls for halved peanuts for the ears, but you could easily swap them out for sliced almonds or even little bits of marshmallows for the ears.
- If you need to speed up the chocolate drying, you can always place the mice on a baking sheet with wax paper in the freezer for a few minutes.
- I love using chocolate candy melts in this recipe. They are so easy to use and they melt so well and turn out so smooth every time. Wilton and Ghirardelli are both great brands. Of course you can use chocolate chips as well, but you will have to add a little bit of oil to them.
More Cute Christmas Treats
Chocolate Cherry Mice make the cutest holiday gift. In our family we love making big batches of goodies to give to our neighbors, and candy is our favorite thing to make! Here are a few more favorites to box up for friends and neighbors.
- Christmas Crunch Popcorn
- Mom’s Homemade Caramels
- Old Fashioned Chocolate Covered Cherries
- Marshmallow Rocky Road Fudge
- Homemade Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
- English Toffee
- White Chocolate Peppermint Bark
- Homemade Almond Joys
How to Make Chocolate Cherry Mice
- 1 cup chocolate candy melts milk or semi-sweet (You can also use chocolate chips with 1/2 teaspoon of shortening or coconut oil)
- 20 Maraschino cherries WITH stems (these are a little hard to find, but they are a must!)
- 20 Hershey's chocolate kisses
- 40 Unsalted peanut halves
- 20 Red-hots
- White decorating frosting I usually just buy a small squeeze tube from the grocery store cake aisle.
- In the microwave or over the stove, melt the chocolate. Stir until smooth.
- Holding a cherry by its stem, dip it into the chocolate. Place on a baking sheet covered with wax paper.
- Press a chocolate kiss to the front of the cherry. Wedge peanut halves between the cherry and chocolate kiss to make the ears.
- Add a couple dots of white frosting for eyes, then put a little melted chocolate on a red-hot and place on the end of the kiss to make the nose.