If you like store-bought chocolate covered cherries – try these things. You will probably not ever want to buy a store-bought version again! They are really not to difficult to make. A bit time consuming and messy, but I enjoy getting my hands dirty once in a while!
A couple of tips before getting started:
– Cherries with stems may be easier not only to dip but also for other people to decipher which is the chocolate covered cherry and which one is the peanut butter ball on a cookie tray — just a suggestion!
– Cover the ball COMPLETELY in chocolate. Otherwise a bit of juice may leak out AND isn’t more chocolate better! I think so!
– Also, I think these little guys would be delicious if they were dipped in dark chocolate. It would cut out the sweetness a bit but still be tasty – although I really like dark chocolate – you may not be into that…
– This makes a LARGE batch. It may not be a bad idea to cut it in half OR make half the white mixture into chocolate covered cherries and then add mint extract to the remaining mixture. Make into patties and dip in chocolate for Mint Meltaways — those were really good also! (oh yes, they freeze well also – so go ahead and make the full batch!)
(side note: the picture above has been touched with a special effect – changing it up a bit… :)
Chocolate Covered Cherries
1 c. soft butter
1 can sweetened condensed milk
3 lb. powdered sugar…more for rolling in your hand
3-4 jars of Maraschino Cherries
Mix first 3 till smooth. Shape into 1 inch balls and roll around a cherry. Chill well. Dip into melted semi-sweet (or dark) chocolate. Chill till firm.
Recipe from Bobbi