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Plump cherries, creamy liquid center, rich milk or dark chocolate… What more could you ask for? These homemade Chocolate Covered Cherries are the perfect little gift to give to friends and family this Christmas.
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If you’ve never made homemade candy before, this is an easy recipe to start out with! All you need are a few ingredients and a little patience.
Ever since we started making these homemade chocolates, we have ditched the store chocolate forever. They’re SO much better than what you can buy at the store.
Also, be sure to check out our other Chocolate recipes, like Mint Chocolate Fudge, See’s Fudge Recipe, Easy Chocolate Truffles, and more. They’ll definitely provide satisfaction to your sweet tooth cravings!
Ingredients in Chocolate Covered Cherries
If you’ve never made homemade candy before, these chocolate-covered cherries are an easy recipe to start out with! All you need are a few ingredients an a little patience.
- Maraschino cherries – this recipe will make 36 chocolate covered cherries. Make sure to find the pre-pitted maraschino cherries with the stems still attached. You’ll drain all of the maraschino cherry juice and let the cherries dry.
- Butter – just about three tablespoons, and make sure it’s softened to room temperature.
- Corn syrup – this adds a sticky sweet texture to the candy mixture. Sometimes I like to add a tiny bit of almond extract for added flavor.
- Powdered sugar – Also known as confectioners’ sugar, be sure to sift the sugar to make it light and airy.
- Chocolate chips – Or chocolate candy melts. About a bag and a half is perfect. You can use semi-sweet chocolate chips, milk chocolate, white chocolate, or even dark chocolate.
- Oil – vegetable oil works great, but you can use coconut oil too.
- First, drain the cherries of all their juices and set on a paper towel to dry.
- Next, combine the softened butter and corn syrup in a stand mixer and beat until smooth. Stir in powdered sugar and then either use a dough hook or your hands to knead until the mixture forms a dough. You may need to chill the dough until it’s nice and firm.
- Then, flatten out about a teaspoon of the dough in your palms (pictured below) and wrap each cherry. Place on a tray or cookie sheet and pop them into the fridge or freezer until they’re firm.
- Meanwhile, melt chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl combined with the oil for about 20 seconds at a time (stirring each time) until the chocolate is just melted and completely smooth.
- Dip each cherry into the chocolate (while holding onto the stem) and place on a baking sheet lined with wax paper or parchment paper. You can try to gently shake off the excess chocolate too. Then let them cool at room temperature, do not put them in the refrigerator or it will ruin the chocolate.
- And now for the hard part: leave them alone! Place in an airtight container and store in a cool place for TWO WEEKS (I know, right?) But I promise the chocolate cordials taste best if you wait until the fondant softens, which is a couple of weeks.
Frequently Asked Questions
After the two weeks of waiting time, these chocolate covered cherries will stay good and fresh for several weeks. Just make sure to store them in tightly covered jars or another airtight container at room temperature or in the fridge.
No, these candies don’t do well when frozen. Because of all the moisture in the fruit, the cherries expand when they freeze, cracking the fondant and chocolate layers. They’ll taste okay, but they won’t look pretty and you run the risk of the creamy center oozing out once they thaw.
Sure you can! But the fondant won’t have time to liquify inside the chocolate shell, so it just won’t taste as good. Sneak a taste, then put the rest away until they’re prime for eating.
Some people make them with liquor, most common are brandy or rum.
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What Our Readers Are Saying
“I used to make these years ago and then I lost all of my Christmas magazines along with the recipe. My grown son loved mine and I will surprise him with these for Christmas! Thanks so much for giving this back to my family.”Cindy
“I had no idea I could make these at home! This recipe was easy to follow and they turn out so delicious. Fabulous for the holidays!”Wilhilmina
“Oh my gosh! A childhood favorite. Thanks for this classic Christmas recipe. Can’t wait to share it with my family.”Lisalia
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How to Make Chocolate Covered Cherries
Chocolate Covered Cherries
- Drain cherries and set on paper towel to dry
- In a medium bowl, combine butter and corn syrup until smooth.
- Stir in powdered sugar and knead to form a dough. Chill to stiffen if necessary.
- Wrap each cherry in about 1 teaspoon of dough.
- Place wrapped cherries on a cookie sheet and chill until firm.
- In a microwave-safe bowl melt chocolate chips with oil for about 20 seconds at a time (stirring each time) until chocolate is just melted and completely smooth. Dip each cherry in by its stem.
- Place dipped cherries on wax paper-lined sheets. Allow chocolate to dry/harden.
- When chocolate is no longer shiny, place chocolate covered cherries in an air-tight container (like a large Tupperware or Rubbermaid container). Store in a cool place for TWO WEEKS (yes, it is a long time, but patience, I promise they taste best if you wait until the fondant softens)
- After two weeks, cherries can be served or gifted in candy wrappers, gift bags, or boxes.
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