Tomorrow is National Giving Day and with the Christmas season upon us, the theme for this luncheon is gifts and giving. One of the things I made is homemade chocolate covered cherries nestled in little gift boxes that will be placed at each table setting.
For our family, it's not Christmas until the cherry chocolates are made. I'm not sure how this tradition started in our family, but I remember my mom making cherry chocolates every year. Somewhere along the line, I took over the cherry chocolate making and now my mom makes all kinds of brittle - peanut, cashew, almond. Mmmmm!
So today, I thought I'd share my mom's recipe for cherry chocolates. Maybe it will become one of your Christmas traditions too.
Chocolate Covered Cherries
- 1 stick butter, melted
- 1 - 2 lb. bag powdered sugar
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 large jar maraschino cherries
- 1 - 14 oz. package semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 cake paraffin wax
Drain cherries and pat dry with paper towels.
Pinch a 1/2" - 1" ball of fondant, flatten and gently wrap around cherry.
Place on waxed paper covered cookie sheet. Freeze fondant covered cherries until solid.
Melt chocolate chips and wax in a double boiler. Poke a toothpick into a fondant covered cherry and dip in chocolate to cover. Place in miniature paper cupcake liners. Store in air tight container.
Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my family does!