Of all the things that I create in the kitchen, making candy is probably my favorite thing. It’s also the thing I do the least often. Many people are a little nervous about making candy, and understandably so. Your chocolate can seize at the slightest drop of water, your caramel can go from golden brown to smoking black in an instant. And don’t get me started on grainy ganache! But these chocolate covered cherries are like an introduction to candy making. No stove required. They are fancy, yet quite simple. The perfect sweet something for your Valentine.
Chocolate Covered Cherries slightly adapted from The Field Guide to Candy
1 jar maraschino cherries with stems
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 stick butter, at room temperature
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
2-2 1/2 tablespoons maraschino cherry juice
1 bag milk chocolate Wilton Candy Melts
Drain cherries, reserving liquid, and pat dry with a paper towel. In a large bowl beat together butter, sugar and corn syrup. Add in cherry juice 1 tablespoon at a time until a smooth dough forms.
Divide dough into the same number of portions as the number of cherries you have. Wrap the dough around the cherries.
In a large, microwave safe bowl melt the Candy Melts according to package directions. I found the candy melts an acceptable consistency, however if the candy melts seem to thick for dipping, I sometimes melt a teaspoon of vegetable shortening in with the candy melts to thin it out a bit. Take the dough wrapped cherries and dip them in the chocolate. Place on waxed paper to dry. Once dry, put into a sealed container for about a week. It takes about a week for the dough to liquify around the cherry. Enjoy!