cherries are coated in milk chocolate. For gifts, surprise 20 friends with these
decadent treats. Place five chocolate cherries in a cellophane bag and tie with
a gold bow. Peter's Chocolate, the gold foil cups and cellophane bags are
available through Sweet Celebrations Inc.
1 (2 ½-pound) bar Nestle® Peter's Milk Chocolate
5 (8-ounce) jars
1 cup water
⅓ cup maraschino
cherry syrup from drained cherries
⅓ cup light corn
¼ cup butter
4 cups granulated
¼ teaspoon cream of
⅛ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon almond
2 ½ to 4 cups sifted
2 (6-ounce) white
chocolate baking bars
20 clear cellophane
bags and 2 rolls thin gold ribbon
1. Break chocolate into smaller
pieces using a chocolate chipper
through The Baker’s CatalogueÒ. Place in a 6-quart
crockery cooker on low heat.
2. Drain cherries, reserving
⅓ cup syrup. Make fondant by placing
syrup, corn syrup, butter, sugar, cream of tartar,
and salt in
3-quart saucepan over low heat.
3. When sugar has melted, cook
fondant on medium heat until it
Pour into a 13 x 9 x 2-inch glass baking dish.
Place on top of
ice packs. This will speed up the cooling.
4. Stir in almond extract. Stir
fondant occasionally and lift the
spoon high above
dish to cool it more quickly. Remove cold
packs and start
adding the confectioners' sugar as soon as the
taking on a creamy texture and is no longer
When you can no longer stir, transfer to a
in confectioners' sugar to make a dough.
5. Powder hands with cornstarch and
keep a supply handy. Make a
little ball the
same size as the cherry. If the fondant starts to harden
you can cover it
and reheat a handful at a time in the microwave
for less than a
minute. Be careful as will be very hot!
6. To cover cherry, flatten the ball and set cherry on fondant.
Wrap around and roll
the whole cherry in your hand, leaving
the stem exposed.
Place on 2 waxed paper lined baking
sheets. Freeze for 15
7. When chocolate is melted, hold
each cherry by stem and
through chocolate. Hold a spoon one inch below
cherry to catch
any drips; drop gently into foil cup. Place 1 section
chocolate in plastic bag, heat at half powder in microwave
melted. Drizzle Squiggly Christmas trees or personalized
Hint: If you like stamping, buy a cute cherry stamp; color
and cut out, then
attach to a white round key tag and tie bag.
Makes 100 chocolate cherries