This is one of my favorite Christmas candies!

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
10 mins
additional:
40 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
12
Yield:
1 9x13 inch pan
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large saucepan over medium heat, stir together sugar, milk, marshmallows, butter, and salt. Simmer for about 5 minutes or until mixture reaches soft ball stage, 240 degrees F (115 degrees C). Turn off heat. Add cherry chips and vanilla; stir until melted.

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  • Pour mixture into a well-greased 9x13 inch pan, and let cool until firm.

  • In a microwave, or in a saucepan over low heat, melt chocolate chips and peanut butter. Pour over cherry mixture and spread evenly. Allow to cool completely before cutting.

Nutrition Facts

558 calories; protein 7.3g; carbohydrates 71.9g; fat 29.8g; cholesterol 24.4mg; sodium 189.6mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
11/07/2006
My favorite candy! If you're not from the midwest you may not be familiar with this one. It's very sweet and a nice addition to a candy plate at Christmas. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/19/2008
First I used double the chocolate chips and peanut butter. This is how I did it: I melted chocolate chips and peanut butter and spread this into a sprayed pan. Let set. Then I cooked butter sugar and milk until soft ball forms. Removed from heat. Add marshmallows salt vanilla and cherry chips. Stirring until all marshmallows and chips are dissolved. Spread this on top of set peanut butter mixture. Then I melted more chocolate chips and peanut butter in microwave. Then I spread this on top of cherry chip mixture. This is like a Cherry Mash Candy Bar. It was delicious... Read More
(36)
24 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 10
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 3 stars
12/19/2008
First I used double the chocolate chips and peanut butter. This is how I did it: I melted chocolate chips and peanut butter and spread this into a sprayed pan. Let set. Then I cooked butter sugar and milk until soft ball forms. Removed from heat. Add marshmallows salt vanilla and cherry chips. Stirring until all marshmallows and chips are dissolved. Spread this on top of set peanut butter mixture. Then I melted more chocolate chips and peanut butter in microwave. Then I spread this on top of cherry chip mixture. This is like a Cherry Mash Candy Bar. It was delicious... Read More
(36)
Rating: 5 stars
11/06/2006
My favorite candy! If you're not from the midwest you may not be familiar with this one. It's very sweet and a nice addition to a candy plate at Christmas. Read More
(21)
Rating: 3 stars
12/11/2007
I'm making this right now the cherry layer is cooling. I have a feeling it's also not going to set up. As I was simmering the stuff I had a feeling it should be cooked to a certain "ball stage" wish I would have gone with my instincts. I'll be really upset if it doesn't totally set up. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/15/2008
Yes as other comments have noted 5 minutes of simmer is not correct. Boil for 5 minutes stirring constantly. I looked at some other versions and they called for boiling so that is what I did. They turned out fine. I would also maybe put them in a 9 inch pan next time rather than a 9x13 and halve the chocolate topping. They were very thin. I would make them again and probably leave out the peanuts or even the chocolate as well. The cherry fudge layer was much better than I had expected. I made it for a lady at work who had requested it and I expected it to be disgustingly sweet. Turned out pretty good though. Read More
(8)
Rating: 1 stars
12/20/2007
NOT cool. A good rendition of this would be: Don't use a pan. The cherry layer WILL NOT set up. I had to take off the top chocolate layer re-heat it and make little balls of chocolate filled with the VERY STICKY middle. It was a mess. SUCH a mess. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/02/2007
HELP!!!! I made this and it was very gooey. (Tastes great) What did I do wrong. Read More
(5)
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Rating: 4 stars
01/16/2013
I've search for years for my Grandmas cherry mash recipe and this is the closest I've come to duplicating hers. My family loves it. I have used a small scoop to form balls with the cherry mash and dipped in the chocolate mixture. This takes a bit longer but well worth it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/11/2013
Its great. Refrigerator to harden. I roll cherry mixture in balls and dip in the choc mixture--makes individual pieces... Read More
(3)
Rating: 5 stars
01/11/2012
I make this every Christmas. It's one of our favorites and I've never had a problem with the cherry layer not setting up. The trick is to refrigerate the cherry layer while you are melting the chocolate and peanut butter (I use creamy pb and add a small pkg of nut topping). It doesn't have to be completely set up when you pour on the chocolate mixture. Return to fridge til it hardens. Comes out perfect every time! Yum! Read More
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