Reviews for Chocolate Covered Cherries
Very good, but a lot of work.
These weren't that hard to make for me! I used a bag of melted Hershey's semisweet minichips. I chilled the cherries and fondant (sp?) before wrapping them, then chilled them again on a cookie sheet covered with a layer of wax paper before dipping them, and right after dipping them I put them back on the cold cookie sheet with wax paper that had been in the freezer. It helped the chocolate set almost instantly. I had no problems with leaking and was able to mail them to my boyfriend 1000 miles away for Valentine's Day. He really likes them and so do I! I woudln't make these every week because they're a bit time consuming but they're great for special occasions.
Super!! I made them for Christmas, and I will definately make them again for the next holiday season
These were wonderful. Next time I am going to put the cherries to rum for a couple of days for extra flavor. Thanks
good. I used milk chocolate buttons. They were easy and very good. Next time I would soad the cherries overnight in port or something like that. I think that would be good.
They are wonderful and they taste exactly like the boxed chocolate covered cherries. It takes a little time to make them, however, it is worth it. Great recipe......
Amazingly easy and delicious. I didn't get these made early enough to sit for a week or so before my family Christmas celebration, but noone complained. My only suggestion would be to make sure the "dough" is chilled because it gets very sticky as it warms up.
EASY and SUPER! Keep in mind it will only make apx 40
Super easy and very tasty! It was hard to wait the full time. I think they only lasted 4 days.
My parents and grandparents always get the store bought choc. covered cherries(I've never really cared for them). But after this recipe they've been begging for more and more and I love them. This is such a great christmas or Valentines day gift. I could go on 4ever! Love this recipe.
I just made these yesterday, but tried one today (even though they are supposed to set for awhile), just to see how they tasted and they are delicious! Very easy to make, though pretty time comsuming, but worth the effort. I couldn't find the cherries w/ stems, so I just used regular cherries. To dip, I poked the chilled, wrapped cherry w/ a toothpick and dipped it into the chocolate, letting the excess drip off, and placed them on waxed paper to dry. Once dried, I drizzled them w/ additional chocolate to make them look pretty. I had no problems w/ leakage or anything, which was a good thing. I can't wait to try these once they have time to get all juicy! I will be using this recipe for my cherries from now on! Thanks for sharing. :)
I made these to give out over Christmas, and I was bombarded with complements. People loved them. I used a good-quality bittersweet chocolate to coat, which I think contrasted with the sweet center very well. Next time I think I'll make half as-is and half with the cherries soaked in some liquer (Hazelnut, orange, bourbon, brandy, etc.) for some added boozy goodness/flavor. Thanks so much for sharing, you made me a star :).
These were awesome! I never thought I would ever be making chocolate covered cherries. I had no idea how the liquid got around the cherry. I made these as a Christmas gift for my parents, and it was loved by all. I just used the Wilton chocolate wafers (you can get at Wal-Mart, Michaels, JoAnns) in the candy/craft baking area. I melted them in a double boiler and they were terrific. After I had dipped them, I did go back and use a knife to spread more chocolate on the bottom and laid them on their side to harden quickly. That way I was able to avoid any leaking out the bottom. Thanks for a great recipe!
These are sooo good! I soaked the cherries in brandy for a few days before making these. I well double dip the bottoms next time also. I used dark and semi sweet chocolate with 1 T. veg shortening that made the choc thinner and looked pretty. I am making these for christmas.
I never use dipping chocolate because I think it tastes "fake". I melt semi-sweet chocolate, temper it, and dip the cherries (after letting them sit in the fridge for several hours). Messy, but this is the candy everyone wants me to make every Christmas! Even my mom....and that's saying something.
I made these last night to give as Christmas gifts to my father and brother. After wrapping the cherries in the sugar dough, I put the tray of them into the fridge for about half an hour. I melted 1 pound of dark chocolate candy melts with 1/8 pound of paraffin wax and then tempered the mixture with 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips. The flavor of the coating was perfect and they set up beautifully. I double-dipped the cherries, then after removing the stems, I re-dipped the tops because several of them cracked as I was pulling the stems out. I don't personally care for this kind of candy, so I had my daughters each taste one to tell me if the flavor was close to what they sell in the stores. My older daughter said they were very close and my younger daughter said "Are you SURE you didn't get these out of a box from the store?!" I can't wait to see what my dad and brother think of them after they've ripened for two weeks!
These were good but I don't think it was worth all the work.
The chocolate covered cherries tasted great. I got a lot of compliements on them. Everyone loved them. I used melted milk chocolate chips for the coating instead of the confectionery coating. With the listed ingredients for the dough, I could only wrap 42 cherries.
I am still in awe of these babies. Not being at all an over the top chocoholic I made these mainly to understand how they are made and gain some experince in working with chocolate. I wasn't at all concerned that I would eat too many. Well, was I wrong. It's going down as one of my best tasting experiences. One bite is all that was needed to have me gasping in culinary bliss!
My hubby loves these. He is out of town 5 days and home for 3. The 3 days he is home he goes to NMU full time. I make him these just to let him know we are thinking about him and we love him. So easy to make!
great..excellent gift to give people who like chocolate covered cherries. Most people have never had them homeade, and it is an impressive gift. I am famous for these in my family now.
I just made these. I used dark chocolate melting disks. Can't wait to get the feedback from girls on "Girls Christmas Night in."
I look forward to trying the recipe. A tip for the leaky bottoms: before dipping the cherries, have the wax paper ready. smear a little dab of the melted chocolate to about the size of a nickel where each finished cherry will rest. This reinforces the bottom so it won't leak. At least it works with other chocolates!
Phenomenal recipe! You definitely have to keep the dough and cherries cold for better handling. I've also marinated the cherries in rum overnight (in the freezer) for a spiked chocolate covered cherry. Potent but delicious!
THE BEST.make sure you use the COATING and not regular chocotate, as I learned the second time i made these. Excellent receipe. THANK YOU and my son-in-law says thanks too
i have made a very similar recipe to this before. they were a hit but when i went to make them i couldn't find my recipe. i found this one and it sounded the same, so i gave them a shot. i bought 4 jars of about 32 cherries..so about 120 cherries and doubled the filling recipe. i used a pound of the chocolate coating (almond bark) and a bag of semi-sweet chips with a Tbsp of shortening for the chocolate dip. they came out beautifully, i tried a couple of them, the taste is great, we'll see how they turn out in a couple of weeks! i'm hoping for a nice liquid-y center like the last recipe i used.
This recipe is awesome!! Although it did take me 4 days to make them beccause I a a new mommy, they are the best chocolate covered cherries I have ever had. To make it easier on myself i made the filling ahead and put it in the freezer to firm. I took 1 tsp of the chilled ( make sure its very firm) and rolled it into a ball, wrapped it around the stemless cherries and chilled till firm. I melted the chocolate in a doble broiler and lined a frozen baking sheet with mini cupcake liners I put 1/2 tsp melted chocolate in each liner then chilled till firm. Then placed chilled covered cherry on top then put 1 tsp melted chocolate on cherry and chilled until set. They have been sitting for a week now and are so juicy!! YUM!!
This is the BEST chocolate covered cherry recipe. I chill mine until firm and if its still too sticky I work in more powdered sugar. The trick is to not touch the cherry when you are wrapping it with the dough or your fingers will get all gummy and it makes a mess. I make this every year for Christmas and give away as gifts.My boss asked me if I would put them in a separate contained from the rest of th goody box this year. I asked her why and she said she was going to hide them from her husband. LOL Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful recipe.
I made these today and they weren't very hard to make, just a little time consuming. My tip to prevent the insides from leaking: I dipped the cherries in the chocolate like you're supposed to and let them harden up on wax paper. After I finished all of them I picked them up off of the wax paper. With the ones that got stuck I touched up the holes with chocolate and set them on their sides so that part could harden. Also, when wrapping the fondant keep your hands/fingers wet. It gets very sticky. It feels slimy when your working with it but it does dry back out. I also bought the Wal-Mart band cherries and they were just fine. Hope this helps!
These are AWESOME!! The filling tastes like a Cadbury Creme Egg....much more delicious than the usual boxed cherries. Take the advice of others to freeze the cherries, works great! Will make many times for the holidays. Thanks so much for the recipe!
I made these for my brother who loves chocolate covered cherries. He LOVED these....so much better than store bought. Very easy to make also!
These are AWESOME! And way easier than I ever thought Chocolate Covered Cherries would be. I only got about 48 out if it, but I probably used a bit too much dough on the first few cherries. I only had a few that I had trouble getting the stems out of, so I kept those for myself. I gave about 30 of them out as gifts for Christmas, and everyone who received them was very impressed.
I am not an experienced candy maker but these were easy and delicious! I was eating them immediately, so I'm anxious to see how good they are in a few days.
These were great. Instead of using cherries with stems I used stemless cherries and placed them in small paper cups.
I just made these today and they are really awesome! A great addition to my Christmas goodies.
It's the best chocolate covered cherry recipe I have ever tried
These are the best chocolate covered cherries I've ever had- I will never buy another box again and can't wait to give them out at the holidays!!! My mom has been disappointed lately with the store bought variety because they don't have the juicy part, its the white pasty stuff- I know its all a matter of preference, but we prefer the juice by far- she asked me for the recipe and I know she'll love it as much as I do!!!
Tastes fabulous. Everyone I gave to wanted more. Surprisingly easy recipe to make, but a big crowd pleaser.
These were good!!! Followed the advise of others and froze the cherries after I covered them with te fondant. I also put them in a paper lined mini muffin tin.
I love this recipe! So much better than the store bought kind and they're not hard to make. I did as the other reviewers suggested and put mine in the mini muffin foils. I also added a tbsp of Chambord to the sugar confection. I plan to try some other liquers next time I make these...and I will make them again! This year, I've made over 200. I chill the confection before coating the cherries, and chill them again before coating in the chocolate. I had no problems whatsoever doing it that way. I chose to use the mini foils and was glad that I had done that because they would have leaked like others had said. I may try putting a drop of chocolate on my wax paper before placing the cherries. I'm sure that would seal the bottoms just fine. Thanks for an amazing recipe!! I'll enjoy the compliments when I hand out these cherries! It's a keeper!
I gave 5 stars on other reviews. I am soooooo ready to make these. I need to make something for a baby shower next week, so I am going to make these with pink candy coins. I will update this review after the shower. I hope they last around here a week and a half before the shower!!!
Have made this the last few years and just getting around to rating it now. Wonderful treat! Tastes just like the kind you buy in the store. It is time consuming but knowing it's all fresh and hand made, makes it worth the time. Wonderful idea for gifts. I make a bunch of the filling in advance and just keep refrigerated and take it out as I need it.
If I could give this ten stars I would. They are amazing! Alot of work but so worth the end result.
oh my........ I'm no pro...my grandmother is the chocolate maker in the family so the expectations are high..... these were so so good and they look beautiful as a gift.. you will NOT be sorry when you make them.
This recipe works great, but NOT as is! I had to knock a star off for that and the second I saw the pics I panicked about making these, as I usually make the fondant, but I wasn't in the mood to go through the trouble so I was looking for a recipe that had the creamy center without having to cook the fondant yourself. These are more sickeningly sweet, ESPECIALLY if they haven't liquidized yet! The trick to getting them to turn to liquid in this fondant is soaking them in liquor overnight the day before you make them. They turn out so juicy and heavenly! You can also customize them by changing up the liquors! Southern Comfort, Dragonfruit Bacardi, I have mine soaking in some Red Stag Black Cherry Bourbon Whiskey right now, and I will update with a photo when I can capture that liquid center of heaven everyone is complaining is missing!
What a wonderful treat. Fun to make and the taste was sinfully delicious..Thanks for sharing
Good Stuff Maynard !!!
Delicious!! After letting the cherries dry on paper towels overnight, I soaked them for 24 hours in some bourbon. I then dried them overnight again on paper towels and proceeded with the recipe. I let them sit in the fridge for 2 weeks and when they were ready... SO good
These were terrific to eat even right away! I would suggest buying the Great Value cherries from Walmart as another reviewer suggested. They are just much better because they are big and very juicy. My other cherries from the local grocery store were pretty small and not that juicy. Didn't make as good of a candy as the Walmart ones.
Super easy. What a great homemade gift, just remember they need to cure in the frige for 2 weeks to reach their full potential.
Wonderful! I didn't use stemmed cherries. I made some in my candy mold & the others I just dipped the candy into the chocolate using a fork to manage the candy. *Chocolate needs to be solid around the candy or as it ripens it will leak.
Absolutely awesome!! This recipe is so very easy to make. Everyone loved them. Definetely will make them again!
Overall good. The dipping into the chocolate part is alittle difficult. I can't get it to look nice and neat. Also, getting only one tsp of the dough around the cherry is hard. I would recommend freezing in between each step. But good flavor. Will definitely make again.
I made these for the holiday season, and MAN are they delicious! My dad is a huge fan of these, so he absolutely loved them. My sister-in-law and I had to "sample" them before we could give them out. This one will definitely be used in the future!
I used the microwavable cups of chocolate (2), and the mini paper cups. These take some time to prepare but are so worth the trouble!
Perfect! And so easy if you use the microwave dipping chocolate!
This recipe didn't seem to work for me. I couldn't get the filling to from into dough form, Even chilled for a while. I will try to make again.
awsome recipe,,,even my husband who does not like cherry chocolates loved them!!!
5 stars for flavor. We made these for Christmas gifts this year and then took the leftovers to a church supper - Word got out fast and they were completely gone in no time! Our only problem was wrapping the cherry in the fondant. We ended up making them like peanut butter cups in the mini muffin pan. The shape may not be right, but nothing oozes out after they have set up and I think people liked that extra bite of goodness that they had to take!
Just got done making them. Really easy just remember to freeze in between steps makes it a little easy. Will let you all know how they taste giving them away as christmas presents.
Excellent. Made for Christmas and everyone raved - loved that there was no "chemical" taste like in store bought. Make sure the sugar coating is well chilled before dipping in chocolate, but very easy to make! Thanks for the recipe!
This is a great recipe because the candy comes out tasting great especially after a few days and everyone will be impressed at the christmas party!
Delicious! I made these for Valentine's Day as gifts, everyone loved them. Letting them sit for several days is the key to a perfect center!
these chocolate covered cherries were delicious! i had never made them before and they turned out amazing. they were very easy to make they were just a bit time consuming.
Chill metal cookie sheet and cover with parchment paper to chill cherries after dipping in chocolate.
These are better than any store bought i've ever had!
Batter tasted good but I should have planned ahead. These are not a make and go in a day candy. Still waiting for the final result.
These are so much better than store bought! A lot of work, but so worth it! I didn't wait the 7-10 days and they are still yummy!
I've made several batches of the 'original recipe' and can say they are a HUGE hit with my family. I made them for Christmas, both as Christmas Eve Dessert and as a gift for my mother (who LOVES chocolate covered cherries), and everyone loved them. I followed the recipe exactly and didn't QUITE get as many out of it as the recipe calls for, but I have no complaints. The fondant is easy to make in a stand mixer, and if you don't have baker's melting chocolate, simply combine chocolate chips and shortening (2 tablespoons shortening for every 2 cups of chips, according to Ghirardelli) in a bowl and microwave until melted. Works like a charm. I'll be trying some of the "flavored" fondants next, and look forward to making these again!
So glad I decided to finally make these this year. My husbands aunt makes them every year and they are my favorite! A little time consuming, but not bad either. Very easy for the most part. Thanks for a great recipe!
These are great! And easy too! My friends and I really enjoy eating these each year at Christmas time. I let mine sit in my pantry for a week or two and they get really nice and gooey.
I made this for a christmas present for my mother and they were awesome. thank you for the recipe
These were wonderful. A Keeper.
These were a HUGE disappointment! My family loves chocolate covered cherries so I made these for Easter. First of all, I made them a week ahead to give them time to set up. They never got gooey and the longer they sat the worse they tasted. Second, they were just a pain in the butt to make! Wrapping them and dipping them took a lot of time, plus I had to dip them twice. I will never make these again!:(
Another excellent version is to soak the marachino cherries in rum overnight prior to covering with the fondant and chocolate. yummy!
Ok so these were soooo GREAT. But I had some issues with the sugar. It was fine if it was REALLY cold but the second it warmed up (like from my hands) it just got all sticky and stuck more to my fingers than the cherries so I had a hard time getting it to form an even layer. Then of course sense it was so temerpature sensitive it melted in the chocolate if it took me too long to fish it out. Any suggestions as to why my sugar mix didnt work well?? Otherwise GREAT RECIPE!
Very smooth and great tasting. Everyone loved this dish at my employee christmas party. Out of all the many desserts, this was the one item that was entirely eaten. Give it a try!
yummy and easy...followed direction exactly! Thanks for such a great recipe!
I just finished makeing these. It is quite a job. Maybe I should have added a little more of the sugar so it wouldn't be so sticky, but I was afraid it would change the flavor. I havn't tasted them yet, got to let them "ripen" for a couple of weeks. I do think it is quite expensive, though, as you can buy them for $1.00 a box. Fun to make though.
I made this for a Christmas party and they got rave reviews. I personally don't like chocolate covered cherries, but wanted to make something different. They are time consuming to make, but worth it according to my guests! I will be making them again.
I have always wanted to learn how to do these. The recipe is wonderful. I made them on last week, and my sister-in-law wanted to try them and i let her, she wanted to take some with her, and i told her, they had to set for atlease a week or two. So on today i let my husband take some to work and he just could not believe how good they were. I will be making these again and again. Thank you.
I used the chocolate disks as other reviews suggested and found them at Micheal's. I placed the cherries in individual paper cups. After about 1 1/2 weeks the cherries were ready but well worth the wait. I was asked for the recipe by my neighbor she loved them.
I was looking for gift ideas and came across this recipe. Chocolate cherries are a family favorite, and I'm the family baker- so I thought they'd be a hit.. They were! (Didn't last till the holidays though!) Followed some tips from other reviews and came up with a few more. - a tsp. of the syrup from the jar of cherries in the powdered sugar added a nice color/flavor. - keeping everything cool is essential. Froze my cherries as was suggested, wrapped them and froze them again. I took 5 out at a time to dip. Makes them much easier to work with. -my chocolate was a little too thick to dunk the cherries in (milk chocolate/bittersweet mix) so I thinned it out with a little milk and it was still thick enough to coat them, but loose enough to dip and pull them out easily. -I found using a shotglass for the chocolate was the perfect depth to dip and roll the cherries, and the chocolate didn't harden as fast as in a bowl or dish. I kept my pot of chocolate on low heat and just added to the shotglass every 5 cherries or so. -I used a pan lined with parchment paper, wiped the parchment with a little cooking spray and my cherries didn't stick at all. -I had a butterknife on hand, and immediately filled any holes and smoothed out the cherries as I dipped them while the chocolate was still hot. Super easy recipe once all the prep work is done and my family loved them. Much better than store bought!
This recipe is really well loved. I wanted to point out that tempering chocolate, and using a chocolate mold that is shiny/polished with a soft cloth will help real chocolate retain its shine. Anyway it seems like these candies will go fast and that is another way to solve a problem.
This recipes Rocks!! My Grandma & I have been making candy since I was little and now this has become one of our yearly candies we make for Thanksgiving very good just they way it is no changes.
Incredible...I just don't know what they taste like after 2 weeks. Someone always finds them by then.
My grandma used this same recipe years ago and the cherries were wonderful. I just made a batch today and the one thing was the sugar coating not setting up. I added about one tablespoon extra of butter and cherry juice and it came together in about 3-4 minutes and actually looks like a fondant. I'm taking another reviewer's hint and put the cherries in small baking cups after dipping them.
I saw this recipe last year but had waited too late to prepare it for Christmas. Tried it this year ... wow! Better than the store bought candies. I didn't change anything in the recipe.
I made these last year as a Valentine's date, and even though we couldn't really enjoy them for two more weeks, it was really fun! We substituted honey for the corn syrup (it is a little sweeter, but we substituted 1:1 anyway), and they turned out really wonderfully!
Love these cherries. we give them as gifts every Christmas.
These taste exactly like what you would you buy in a candy shop! I made exactly as written and they were perfect after two weeks.
Ok let me start off by saying WOW! These little guys are amazing! The only change to the recipe I made was the chocolate. First I tried milk chocolate, then dark. The milk chocolate tasted better. Next time, I'll try adding vanilla flavoring or another flavor to the sugar/syrup mixture. *Well worth the wait and effort!
Yummy, better after a week. But they are a lot of work for what seemed like very little yeild. Only take the time if you have a true chocolate covered cherry lover!
I used 'satiny chocolate glaze' from this site and got rave reviews from my mother (a huge chocolate covered cherries fan) for her birthday
These were really tasty! Lots of fussy work and messy to do...but worth the effort.
Most people would not wait even 1 week, and they all said these are the best chocolate covered cherries, even better than Harry & Davids. Fantastic! I really used too much fondant when wrapping my cherries, and adjusted it as I went along, my kids ate the one's with too much, and adored it!