Recipe By knowell
Published Oct 25th
Prep - Cook - Additional - Ready In -
Servings 50 servings Calories 208.7

Very good–better than store-bought! Make them a week or two before serving, so the candies will develop the juice around the cherries.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 8 tablespoons melted butter
  • 6 tablespoons corn syrup
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 pounds confectioners' sugar
  • 3 (10 ounce) jars maraschino cherries, drained
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • ½ tablespoon shortening

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 In a large mixing bowl, combine butter, corn syrup, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla, and sugar. Knead dough, and form it into balls with a cherry wrapped in the middle. The balls should be approximately the size of walnuts. Place balls in the freezer to chill.
  2. 2 In a double boiler, melt chocolate chips and shortening together. Dip the cooled balls in the chocolate, let cool on parchment paper.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 208.7
  • Carbohydrate 42.4 g
  • Cholesterol 7.6 mg
  • Fat 4.7 g
  • Fiber 0.6 g
  • Protein 1.2 g
  • Saturated Fat 2.9 g
  • Sodium 23.5 mg
  • Sugar 34.8 g


  1. I couldn't get the dough to thicken so I was unable to "knead" it, no matter how much powdered sugar I added. What a waste of ingredients! I'll just buy chocolate covered cherries from now on!
  2. I read many different recipes before trying my hand at making chocolate covered cherries. They're my Dad's -FAVORITE- and I decided to make them from scratch this year instead of buying them (which has been a Christmas tradition ever since I can remember). This recipe ROCKS. He absolutely loved them (and I can honestly tell - Read more ...
  3. Living in Saudi Arabia you can’t find chocolate covered cherries so when my father was visiting – I tried making these. They are time consuming and you need to allow at least a week to allow them to age but so worth the effort! Here are my best pointers: 1) drain and blot dry the - Read more ...
  4. This recipe is AWSOME! I made it for valentines day and was greeted with rave reviews. After reading several other reviews I used the idea to soak some of the cherries for 24hrs in different kinds of alchohol such as rum, cognac and port, then made mixed boxes as gifts (Hint: use white chocolate to - Read more ...
  5. I have given my children a box of chocolate covered cherries for Christmas, almost every year of their lives. Thought it would be neat to make them homemade this year. These are definitely more fun to make it if you make it a two-person job & add a glass of wine onto the ingredient list. - Read more ...
  6. This recipe..yes is time consuming..So if you want something quick..just buy them. But they are worth the time. They taste awesome. The only thing I will do differently next time is to wrap the cherry thinly with the fondant and leave the stem on. Very Very GOOD! I gave it four stars because the measurements - Read more ...
  7. 5-star taste, 4-star rating because of excess fondant quantity. Scaled to 16 servings to = one 10 ounce bottle of stemmed cherries. 4 ounces of confectioners sugar = 1 cup. Also, easy to do chocolate in microwave on 30 second bursts--no need for double boiler. You will need WAY more chocolate than recipe calls for.
  8. This is a great recipe, but I combined it with another one that I found so I'll let you know my helpful tips. I used the maraschino cherries that have the stems still on them, it made it so easy to dip them in chocolate. Plus people will know that they are homemade. You use - Read more ...
  9. Great recipe. Whoever had problems b/c she melted butter with the chocolate -- NEVER melt butter with chocolate. You MUST use shortening. The high water content (20%) makes the chocolate freeze up and you'll ruin the entire batch.
  10. I have made a recipe similar to this for some years but tried this and it worked great. It is not a difficult recipe, but you should plan on taking some time out to make them, or do as I did and wrap and freeze the cherries one day and then dip another. In order - Read more ...

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