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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Homemade Chocolate Covered Cherries

This is a sponsored post written for Chocoley Gourmet Chocolate but all opinions are 100% my own.

My mother loved chocolate covered cherries, you know those little boxes that appear around Christmas time and have the individual trays of chocolate covered maraschino cherries. Any time I see them I think of her.   
Even when Alzheimer's had claimed her, she never forgot about those cherries. She didn't always know who I was but she always got excited when we handed her a new box of these treats.  These memories bring such strong feelings back to me.  
So with Mother's Day right around the corner, of course she is in my thoughts and I think of the pleasure she had receiving those chocolate covered cherries.  I knew that homemade chocolate covered cherries with a really great chocolate like Chocoley Gourmet Chocolate, would be a great tribute to her for Mother's Day.  I know my Mom would have loved to have this crystal bowl filled with chocolate covered cherries on her table!   

I choose a dark chocolate for my coating since I have heard so many great health benefits associated with dark chocolate.  And I just love tempered chocolate, who doesn't love the snap when you bite through the coating into that gooey center.  Chocoley had the most amazing dark dipping chocolate that requires no tempering!  Just a gorgeous shiny chocolate coating with that awesome snap into the treasure inside. Also if you would like a thicker coating, Chocoley has a Candy molding formula that is also awesome!!
  I also knew if the coating stuck to the trays, it would leak out the gooey goodness so I grabbed some Chocoley heavy weight dipping sheets to prevent this from occurring.    

Homemade Chocolate Covered Cherries
1. Drain cherries and retain juice
2. Spread cherries on a cookie sheet, lined with a dipping sheet and place in freezer for at least 2 hours
3. Mix the butter, sweetened condensed milk, cherry juice, salt and powdered sugar until well blended and smooth for the filling. Place in the refrigerator for at least an hour to chill.
4. Remove filling from fridge and roll two teaspoons of the filling into a ball, flatten and place a frozen cherry in center, roll into a ball making sure the cherry is completed coated.
5. Place coated cherries in freezer separated on a cookie sheet and freeze for 2 hours.
6. Heat the Chocoley Coating chocolate in a double boiler. Remove a few coated cherries at a time and dip into the melted chocolate, removing with a slotted spoon and place on a Chocoley Heavy Duty Dipping sheet
7. Refrigerate until firm, remove the Chocolate Cherries and place in an airtight container for up to a month.


  1. My dad loves chocolate covered cherries too. We have to get him a box of them every Christmas. I keep thinking I need to make some instead... It is sweet that they make you think of your mom.

  2. I think it's so neat that you made your own. Sorry to hear about your grandmother's Alzheimer's, but neat to know her connection to this dessert. Stopping by from BlogLovin from

  3. Pinned !
    What a beautiful home made Mother's day gift - thanks so much for sharing Evelyn !

  4. Alzheimer's is such a heartbreaking condition. I'm sorry to hear about your experience with it taking your mom. It's strange how some memories are not lost when everything else is. Writing this post would have been hard for me, so I thank you for sharing it.

    Chocolate cherries actually make me think of my mom too. She had a candy store where she made all kinds of yummy chocolate goodness. And I wanted so badly to try my hand at it. Chocolate covered cherries was one of the first things she let me try. The first time I made them, I didn't work fast enough and the cherries were totally lost in the mounds of chocolate! I was about 8 years old, and I just couldn't figure out how my mom did it so perfectly - and so fast. Good memories. It makes me smile thinking about it.


Thank you so much for your sweet comments:)))