Recipe by mailforsheila
I've been making this recipe for many years. I'm not sure where it originally came from. The recipe is somewhat time consuming, but well worth it. I usually make two batches because one just isn't enough. This candy is easy to make and it also makes a great gift.
- 1⁄3 cup soft butter
- 1⁄3 cup light corn syrup
- 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
- 2 cups red maraschino cherries, with stems (16 oz. jar)
- 16 ounces milk chocolate (cut up candy bars)
Directions See How It's Made
- Drain juice from cherries, set cherries aside until ready to use. To make fondant: Using a electric mixer at medium speed beat together butter, corn syrup and vanilla in a mixing bowl until smooth. Gradually add salt and 3 cups of the sugar, mixing well. When mixture becomes too stiff to beat, stir with spoon. Add 1/2 - 1 cup of sugar to make a mixture that can be kneaded. Form mixture into 10" roll. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate roll until firm.
- Cut roll into 1" slices. Cut each slice into quarters. Flatten each piece in palm of hand; place cherry in center. Fold up fondant around cherry until it is completely covered. Place on waxed paper-lined baking sheet. Chill until firm.
- Melt milk chocolate in the top of double boiler over hot water. Cool slightly. Holding each fondant-covered cherry by the stem, quickly dip it in the melted chocolate until the fondant is covered. Place on waxed paper-lined baking sheets. Refrigerate until chocolate sets. Store in air-tight container in the refrigerate. Make 40-50 cherries, depending on the size of the cherries.