I wanted to use up all the candy I had in my pantry, so I put it all on the counter and created these great tasting chocolates. My husband adores chocolate covered cherries, and he says I have the job of making his chocolate covered cherries from now on because they are better than the store-bought kind. When you put one of these chocolates in your mouth, you will notice how fresh they taste and how the cherry just pops when you bite into it. Yummo! You can make half covered cherries or fully covered ones. They look so pretty in a dish. Enjoy!
2You will need to melt the chocolate using a double boiler. I use the Wilton Chocolate Pro to melt the chocolate. You might consider getting one if you want to start making candy, as they are reasonably priced and have great reviews. It is a nonstick appliance, fast and so easy to operate that it makes making chocolates fun. I also use chocolate molds, but if you want, you can spread the chocolates on wax paper.
3Drain the cherries first.
4Remove the stems if they have them.
5Blot the cherries on paper towels. Remove them to a dry paper towel and let them sit and air dry while you prepare the chocolate.
6Chop the chocolate bark into pieces about the size of the chocolate chips.
7It should look like this.
8Chop the almond bark into small pieces, too.
9Mix bark and all candy ingredients together
10Place the candy in the heated Wilton pot or double boiler to melt it. This recipe is enough candy to fill the Wilton pot, slightly mounded in the center. Stir it occasionally with a wooden spoon as it starts to melt. Once it is melted, you are ready to make chocolates. You can make half cherries, or cover them. If you are using a mold, put a dab of chocolate in the bottom of each mold with an ice tea spoon, and place the cherry on top, then cover the cherry with chocolate. Let the chocolates sit on the counter until they are hardened, then remove from the mold.
11Here is how your chocolate cherry should look in this closeup photo.
12This recipe makes about 65 chocolates, and I have molds for only 30 chocolates, so I spread the remainder of my cherries with chocolate on a sheet of wax paper. I made a few marshmallow covered chocolates, too. Store the chocolates in an air tight container with wax paper between the layers. Refrigerate. They just taste better as they sit.
13Here is how they look. I hope you enjoy them! Happy Candy Making!