Sucker for a Sale

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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.

cherries
cherries

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.

cherries drying
cherries drying

(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.

cherry smash
cherry smash

Then wrapped those pieces around the cherries…
cherries with filling
cherries with filling

Then dipped into the chocolate I melted in a double boiler.
cherries after dipping
cherries after dipping

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.

cherries plated
cherries plated

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)

cherries display
cherries display

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!

Print Recipe
Homemade Chocolate Covered Cherries
SO much better than store bought!
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Course Dessert
Servings
Ingredients
Course Dessert
Servings
Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. DRAIN the cherries reserving the juice. Let them dry on a paper towel. (Wet cherries can seize the chocolate.)
  2. Use your mixer to combine the powered sugar, the butter and a quarter cup of the cherry juice. Then refrigerate for 15-20 minutes or until firm.
  3. Roll the dough into small balls, about an inch wide. Flatten the balls on waxed or parchment paper using the heel of your hand or the bottom of a glass.
  4. Take the smashed ball and wrap it around the cherry and smooth it out.
  5. Refrigerate the covered cherries for 15 20 minutes while you prepare the chocolate for dipping.
  6. Use a double boiler to melt the chocolate chips (or your microwave). Hold the cherry by the stem (or use a fork if your cherries are stemless) and dip into the chocolate. Place on wax or parchment to cool and harden.
Recipe Notes

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cherries plated