I found this fudge recipe on the Hershey's Kitchen website several years ago. I love chocolate and cherries, so when I came upon this recipe, I just knew I had to make it. I now make it every year during the holidays. It has become a family favorite, and my co-workers all love it! They look forward to me bringing it in to work to share, and if I don't bring it in the Monday after Thanksgiving, my co-workers start asking me about it!
Line 8-inch square pan with foil. Lightly press chopped cherries between layers of paper towels to remove excess moisture.
Place butter in medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at HIGH (100%) 1 minute or until melted.
Stir in powdered sugar, cocoa and evaporated milk until well blended. Microwave at HIGH 1-1/2 minutes; remove & stir vigorously.
Microwave at HIGH an additional 30 seconds at a time, until mixture is hot, slightly thickened and smooth when stirred. Do NOT boil. Stir in chopped cherries, pecans and almond extract.
Spread mixture into prepared pan. Cover; refrigerate until firm. Remove foil; cut into squares. Garnish with cherry halves and slivered almonds pressed lightly onto fudge, if desired. Serve cold; refrigerate leftover fudge. About 4 dozen pieces.