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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

How to make Homemade Chocolate Covered Cherries

My mother loved Chocolate Covered Cherries, we always bought her those little boxes that appear around Christmas time.  Even when Alzheimer's claimed her, she never forgot about those cherries.  She didn't always know who I was but her face would light up when we gave her these candy gifts.  She was also a lover of homemade treats and would have been pleased to have some of these homemade chocolate covered cherries in her favorite Fostoria Crystal bowl near her chair.         


Candy Gifts of Chocolate Covered Cherries


These memories bring back such strong feelings to me.  So during Christmas or  Mother's Day, she is in my thoughts and I think of the pleasure she had in receiving those chocolate covered cherries. 

We have been wanting to try our luck in making homemade Chocolate Covered Cherries and have studied up on the process.  And we have discovered it's not that hard with a few tricks. 

Tricks:
1.  Buying a good chocolate, don't waste your time on a cheap chocolate
2.  Using silicone mats so the inside gooey goodness doesn't leak out if the coating sticks to the cookie sheets.
3.  Melting pot or a double boiler to melt chocolate
4.  Candy Thermometer 
5.  Gift Boxes (optional)  

We also decided to choose a dark chocolate for our chocolate coating since we know of so many great health benefits associated with dark chocolate. 

 And we just love tempered chocolate. Who doesn't love the snap when you bite through the coating into that gooey center?

 We wanted our Chocolate Covered Cherries with a gorgeous shiny chocolate coating with that awesome snap into gooey treasure and we wanted a thicker coating.



Homemade Chocolate Covered Cherries

Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated)
  • 1 tablespoon of cherry juice (retain from the drained cherries)
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 1/2 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1 10oz jar of maraschino cherries (30-35)
  • 1 lb Dipping and Coating Chocolate (no tempering required)
  •  Silicone Baking Mat  (prevents the covered cherries from sticking and losing the filling)
Instructions
1. Drain cherries and retain juice
2. Spread cherries on a cookie sheet, lined with a silicone baking mat 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 the 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 coating chocolate in a melting pot or 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 silicone mat
7. Refrigerate until firm, remove the Chocolate Covered Cherries and package in candy gift boxes




Other Treats my mother loved:



Chocolate Covered kiss Candy






Bacon, Cheese and Chive Scones








Quiche recipe




Apple Butter



Recipes, Diy and Crafts

4 comments:

  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.

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  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 HeartfullyHeather.com

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

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  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.

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