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Chocolate Covered Cherries

If you store these, they will make the juice around the cherry, just like the ones you buy in the store.

Chocolate Covered Cherries

Ingredients

  • 8 tablespoons melted butter
  • 6 tablespoons corn syrup
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract*
  • 3 pounds confectioners' sugar
  • 3 (10 ounce) jars maraschino cherries, drained
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 tablespoon shortening

* Almond extract may be substituted, if desired.

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine butter, corn syrup, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract and sugar. Knead dough, and form it into balls with a cherry wrapped in the middle. The balls should be approximately the size of walnuts.
  2. Place balls in the freezer to chill.
  3. In a double boiler, melt chocolate chips and shortening together.
  4. Dip the cooled balls into the chocolate.
  5. Let cool on parchment paper.