I’m a sucker for a really good sale.
A couple months back I was in a warehouse store and maraschino cherries were on sale. For $2. YES TWO DOLLARS for a FOUR POUND jar! I grabbed ONE of these FOUR POUND jars of maraschino cherries and knew right away what I could do with them. Christmas was a couple months away but I had a plan.
I ‘planned’ on making homemade chocolate covered cherries and I picked up the other ingredients I knew I’d need over the next few weeks.
So the day finally came. No distractions. I was alone in the kitchen so I readied myself for a cherry marathon. I drained the cherries and put them on a paper towel to absorb any residual juices.
(Word of warning. Cherry juice will soak into the paper towel, through it and onto the counter. They can and DID stain the counter but a spray of a bleach based cleanser solved that problem…)
I sometimes hate to get the big old Kitchen-aid stand mixer out as it takes up so much space on the counter but I’m glad I did. The mixture of the powdered sugar and butter was thick and would’ve ‘worn out’ my stirring arm.. lol
I was kind of following two different recipes and making it my own. Do you cook this way? I used my melon baller to scoop out enough innards to make little balls and then started out flattening with my hand and ended up using a glass instead.
Then wrapped those pieces around the cherries…
Then dipped into the chocolate I melted in a double boiler.
Lookin’ good. It was getting late so I sat them, on their parchment paper, onto a cookie sheet and put them in the fridge overnight.
And then plated them and took most of the batch to my candy-loving father.
But not before I tasted one. ONE. I cut it in half (for a picture) and then popped it into my mouth. And OMG!!!! this chocolate covered cherry was WAY better than any chocolate covered cherry I’d ever had in my whole life. Yet really sweet. (You’ll need a glass of milk! lol)
The problem is… I barely used three dozen cherries out of that huge jar! Now I’ll have to think of some more recipes to make using maraschino cherries!