Chocolate Cherry Fudge

Kathy McCalister


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!

★★★★★ 2 votes
Makes about 4 dozen
20 Min
5 Min


1/3 c
maraschino cherries-finely chopped, well drained
1/2 c
3 2/3 c
powdered sugar
1/2 c
hershey's cocoa or hershey's special dark cocoa
1/4 c
evaporated milk
1/3 c
pecan pieces
1 tsp
almond extract
maraschino cherry halves , well drained (optional)
slivered almonds (optional)

How to Make Chocolate Cherry Fudge


  • 1Line 8-inch square pan with foil. Lightly press chopped cherries between layers of paper towels to remove excess moisture.
  • 2Place butter in medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at HIGH (100%) 1 minute or until melted.
  • 3Stir in powdered sugar, cocoa and evaporated milk until well blended. Microwave at HIGH 1-1/2 minutes; remove & stir vigorously.
  • 4Microwave 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.
  • 5Spread 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.

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About Chocolate Cherry Fudge

Course/Dish: Candies, Chocolate
Main Ingredient: Sugar
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy
Hashtags: #cherry, #fudge, #cocoa