Homemade Chocolate Covered Cherries

chocolate covered cherries

I love chocolate covered cherries!!!! I mean I LOVE chocolate covered cherries!! I love somewhere around early November when the convenient stores have those little boxes positioned so perfectly at the register.  I always have to bring an extra 34 cents to add to my usual $1.41 that I bring in for daily diet coke, so that I can hop back in the car and devour it.  Do you all have certain ways that you eat things?  Maybe it’s just me and maybe I’m completely weird, but I definitely have a method to how I eat my chocolate covered cherry.  I bite off the top, suck out the cherry juice, and then suck out the cherry (hold that in my mouth), eat the thin chocolate around the sides and then finally eat the thick chocolately bottom at the same time as the cherry.  I have this thing with M&M’s, but I’m sure you’re probably already disgusted with what goes on in my mouth with chocolate covered cherries.

So, anyway.  I think I have established that I love chocolate covered cherries.  Hunter recently had a Christmas bake sale at his preschool to coincide with their Christmas program.  In between packing boxes and tending to a sick husband,  I decided to make homemade chocolate covered cherries.  The biggest hurdle that I faced with making these was keeping my cherry-lovin’ child out of the cherry jar.  Sadly after making the delicious chocolate cherry confections, we were all sick as dogs and Hunter didn’t get to participate in his program and my treats didn’t make top dollar for the bake sale (as I know they would have), but I can honestly say that I’m not to disappointed, because now I have a dozen just for me!!!!  I need to give a special thanks to our elf “Racecar Driver” for filling in some space with the photoshoot.  Fortunately he was back in place before curious eyes caught him out of his place……..

Homemade Chocolate Covered Cherries

Yield: 18-20 chocolate covered cherries

Homemade Chocolate Covered Cherries

Ingredients

  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla
  • pinch salt
  • 1 package (12 oz) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1-6 oz jar cordial cherries, drained & dried, reserve juice

Instructions

  1. Combine first five ingredients and stir until it becomes a paste (not sticky). Place in the refrigerator for one hour or more.
  2. Drain cherries and place on parchment paper and freeze one hour. Reserve juice.
  3. Remove fondant from refrigerator and a few cherries at a time. Using a teaspoon scoop, scoop out fondant. Roll into a ball and flatten in hand. Place frozen in cherry and wrap fondant around cherry and form into a tight ball. Place back on parchment paper and freeze.
  4. In a double boiler (or glass bowl placed over boiling water in a saucepan), melt the chocolate chips. Using a toothpick inserted into the fondant-wrapped cherries, dip the cherries in melted chocolate. Place on parchment paper and remove toothpick. Dab the top of the chocolate covered cherries with melted chocolate to cover the toothpick hole.
  5. Place chocolate covered cherries in the refrigerator to set and store in an airtight container.
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