Chocolate Covered Cherries Recipe

For a sweet treat that’s as decorative as it is delicious, make a batch (or two) of Cherry Bombs. They’re very simple to make and fun to eat. A twist on the chocolate covered cherries recipe you may be used to…

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Each bomb has a maraschino cherry center wrapped in chewy chocolate candy and enrobed in festive red confectioners coating. Leave them plain to resemble a real cherry bomb, or sprinkle with nonpareils or sprinkles before the coating dries if you wish. For fun, you can also dip the bombs into popping candy right after they are coated.

Popping candy is activated by moisture but is not affected by fats, so the Cherry Bombs will crackle and pop when eaten.

Chocolate Covered Cherries Recipe Click HERE to print the recipe)

(Makes 16)


  • 1 cup chocolate chips (milk or dark)
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 16 maraschino cherries with stems (about a 10-ounce jar)
  • 1 package (12 ounces) of red candy meltsir?source=bk&t=pmoneysense 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=11bddd60a9874922f30e8248d83c914d& cb=1538000097768 chocolate covered cherries

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  1. In the microwave, heat the chocolate chips in a small bowl for 30 seconds. Stir well. Continue to heat for 15 seconds at a time, stirring after each cycle. Make sure your bowl and spoon are completely dry before beginning; any water could cause the chocolate to seize up and turn hard. Heat just until melted.
  2. Make chocolate clay by stirring the corn syrup into the chocolate mixture. It will become very firm. Flatten it onto a plate and blot with a paper towel if necessary to remove excess oil. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  3. Drain the juice from the cherries and roll them in paper towels to dry.
  4. Roll balls out of the chocolate clay a little larger than the size of the cherries. Flatten the chocolate balls, place a cherry in the middle, and pull the chocolate up and over the cherry, leaving only the stem exposed. Chill for 1/2 hour.
  5. Cover a baking sheetir?source=bk&t=pmoneysense 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=4df4f2a35a0ce77ed556d901c2d1fe96& cb=1538000162479 chocolate covered cherries or platter with waxed paper or parchment.
  6. In the microwave, heat the candy melts in a small bowl or large mug for 30 seconds. Stir well. Continue to heat for 15 seconds at a time, stirring after each cycle. Stop before the coating is completely melted and let it sit for a few minutes. The heat from the bowl should finish melting the coating. Stir well.
  7. Holding each covered cherry by the stem, dip into the melted coating, covering completely. Shake gently and run the bottom of the candy over the edge of the bowl to remove excess coating.
  8. Place on a prepared baking sheet or platter. Chill in the refrigerator for 10 minutes to set the coating.

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I haven’t tried these with fresh cherries, but I may do that soon. If it works, I’ll update this post.

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These chocolate-covered cherries would be perfect for Valentine’s Day, Christmas, the 4th of July, or any holiday or party. And the newest studies say cherries are extremely good for you, so if you use dark chocolate you’ll be giving yourself a good for you treat!

If you looking for other delicious desserts try these Vanilla Cappuccino Cupcakes or these Mini Carrot Cakes with Cream Cheese Icing.

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If you love chocolate and love cherries, you are going to love this chocolate covered cherries recipe.

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  1. looks really yummy

  2. Those are so cute – they would be a great gift!

  3. My middle child is obsessed with cherries & always stealing them from my ice cream (on those rare occasions I get ice cream). I would love to make that adorable treat!

  4. OH MY GOODNESS……….this is seriously just what I need after the week I’ve had!

  5. Yummy! I am making some soon for our girls night in!

  6. Yummy! Thanks for sharing – I love cherries!

  7. I know that my mom would love something like this!

  8. Oh these look so yummy. I would love to try to make them for the family.

  9. These look oooooh sooo good. I LOVE cherries. In fact, I just bought a big bag of them. I’m going to have to consider doing this too. Thank you for an idea of how to use them.

  10. These are so easy and you would never know it by looking at them. Definitely pinning this and will make them around the holiday season.

  11. I’m not a huge fan of cherries, but these look so good! And easy, too.

  12. These are some cherry cordials I would actually eat. Thank you for sharing this yummy recipe!

  13. We love cherries! Yum.

  14. Cherries and chocolate are one of my favorite combinations

  15. These look AMAZING! I will definitely have to make them!

  16. I’ve never even heard of these! They look delicious! They would also make good candies to make for friends and family during the holidays!

  17. I have never thought about doing this with maraschino cherries before. These look so delicious. I know my grandkids would go gaga over these. Thanks for the recipe.

  18. My wife would love this! I will definitely have to show her this recipe.

  19. Ohhh boy I am excited about this recipe ! I pinned it so I wont loose it.

  20. I’ve never heard of these but they sure do look delicious!

  21. Thank you for this recipe!! I personally would not eat it (I have a thing against anything cherry that isn’t a plain cherry picked off of a tree for some reason, haha), but my mom would LOVE these!! I’m going to have to surprise her with these!! 😀

  22. these do look delicious , my hubby would like these I am just not that into chocolate 🙂 hehe thanks for share

  23. I think these Cherry Bombs would make a great Christmas treat. Can I try this with other fruits? I’d like to try it with strawberries. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  24. These looks delicious and beautiful also. I’ll attempt the recipe today!

  25. Looks like fun recipe for my wife and girls to try…too messy for me…lol

  26. Drooling! Probably going to have to try these. Haha. Thanks for sharing.

  27. these look and sound wonderful. They will be great for a party. Thanks for the recipe

  28. these look so good!!! i love cherry and chocolate!

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