Chocolate Covered Cherries

Ingredients:  (yield 4 dozen candies)

  • 6 Tbsp softened butter
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp milk
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 almond extract
  • 1 tsp cherry syrup
  • 48 jarred maraschino cherries 
  • 12 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 oz paraffin wax

Written Method - 

Making the sugared center - First, cream the butter well with a mixer in a medium sized mixing 30

minutes in the freezer.

bowl.  Then, carefully mix all of the first six ingredients together.  You will want to mix in the powdered sugar in increments so you don't end up covered with it.  I used my hand mixer as it seemed easiest for this job.  The sugar coating will seem stiff and pretty sticky.  Allow the sugar mixture to chill

Covering the cherries -  It's helpful if you have a plate (with sides) into which you have dumped a scoop of powdered sugar.  There's no way you aren't gonna have messy hands, so you may as well go ahead and embrace it.  I do strongly recommend, however, that you remove any jewelry you have on your hands.  Portion out a sugar dough ball about the size of a quarter.  The heat from your hands will start softening it more quickly than you think, so work fast.  Mold the icing somewhat around the cherry.  Drop it in the powdered sugar, then roll it around quickly in your hands to help evenly distribute it.  Set the completed ones back on a cool sheet pan that you have prepared with waxed or parchment paper.

Dipping them in chocolate - Before dipping the cherries, set your sheet pan in the freezer to get really cold.  That will help the chocolate set really quickly.  Then add a sheet of parchment or waxed paper to set them on.  This will ensure an easy release.

Melt the chocolate and paraffin over a "double boiler" on the stove top over simmering water.  You don't need anything fancy - just set a bowl over a medium sized saucepan with some water in the bottom of it.  Take care that you don't get even one drop of water into the chocolate.  Stir until melted and smooth.  I double dipped the cherries to avoid having a weak spot on the bottom.  So I dipped the bottoms only at first, then once I had dipped all of them once, the first ones had set up enough for a full immersion dip.  I used a bamboo skewer to dip them, them quickly patched the hole with melted chocolate from my spoon.  Finally, I gave them all a drizzle of chocolate with a fork dipped into the melted chocolate.  Now... just wait a few days to eat them!  Whaaat?!!  Yep.  You heard me.

Tip - After the chocolate has set up and hardened, you can store them in a covered container somewhere safe for a while.  If you see any that have an incomplete bottom (with the icing showing), I would advise you to patch them up with a bit of extra melted chocolate before storing them.  Otherwise, when the center liquifies, it will leak out.  Do not store them in the refrigerator, as this will only slow down the process of liquifying the center.  Just find a nice spot in the pantry or something where other people aren't going to notice them.