Chocolate Covered Dried Cherry Clusters are super simple to make and require only a handful of ingredients. They're a delicious homemade chocolate candy everyone loves.
These chocolate-covered dried cherry clusters are perfect for gift-giving, so why not make extra and share them with the people you love?
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The ingredient list:
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- dried cherries
- chocolate chips (I used semi-sweet)
- toasted sliced almonds (optional)
Kitchen tools and equipment needed:
- large mixing bowl
- microwave oven or double boiler (to melt chocolate chips)
- silicone spatulas
- microwave safe measuring bowl
- medium skillet (for toasting almonds)
- silicone candy mold (I used a heart shaped silicone mold)
- cookie scoop or tablespoons
- candy cups or cupcake liners
- candy gift box
How many homemade chocolate covered cherry candies will this recipe make?
As written, this recipe will make approximately 24 candies.
If you need more, simply double the recipe.
How long will it take to make these homemade candies?
Not long at all. Less than 15 minutes.
However, the setting time for the chocolate is at least 30 minutes so please plan accordingly.
Can other chocolate be used for this recipe?
Yes, by all means, use your favorite!
Milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate...they'll all work!
Can the almonds be left out of this recipe?
If you'd like to make a nut-free chocolate candy all you need to do is omit the nuts from the recipe.
However, if you want to swap out the almonds for another type of nut, go for it! Just make sure they're roughly the same size (or smaller) as the dried cherries.
How to toast nuts in a skillet:
Add the nuts to a dry skillet and cook, stirring constantly, over medium heat, until you see the nuts browning and you smell them. *Note - this happens quickly (1-2 minutes) so keep a close eye on the nuts as they're toasting and don't walk away from the skillet!
Do the nuts need to be toasted for this recipe?
Nope. Certainly not. But, toasting the nuts will bring out a more nutty flavor, so I do recommend taking the time to do it.
Additional homemade candy recipes:
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*Homemade Almond Joy Candy (not shown)
This Homemade Almond Joy Candy is better than the original because of more nuts and more chocolate! JOY never tasted so good!!
*Homemade Candy Dots (shown below)
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*Copycat Payday Candy Bars (not shown)
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*Chocolate Covered Dried Cherry Clusters (shown below) THIS IS THE PLACE!!
Below is the printable recipe card along with the exact ingredient measurements and nutritional information for making today's easy homemade chocolate candy with dried cherries and almonds.
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CHOCOLATE COVERED DRIED CHERRY CLUSTERS
- 1 pound dried cherries
- 1 bag (12 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 tablespoon shortening
- ½ cup sliced almonds (optional) lightly toasted
- Add the dried cherries to a large bowl and seperate if they're stuck together.
- Lightly toast the slivered almonds in a dry skillet over medium heat, stirring often, for 1-2 minutes until the nuts are lightly golden and fragrant. Set aside.
- Add the chocolate chips and shortening to a medium-size microwave-safe bowl and microwave on 50% power in increments of 50 seconds each, stirring often until the chocolate is completely smooth and melted.
- Add the toasted almonds to the dried cherries and pour in the melted chocolate. Stir well to combine.
- Spoon approximately 1 tablespoon of the candy mixture into silicone molds or free-form them onto a parchement-lined baking sheet.
- Chill at least 30 minutes before releasing the candy from the molds (or removing the pieces from the parchment paper), and place them into cupcake liners or candy paper for presentation.
I sincerely hope you've enjoyed today's Chocolate Covered Dried Cherries recipe as much as I've enjoyed bringing it to you!
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in the chocolate covered Cherry's recipe, it calls for shorting, what is the shorting for, does it have to be put in or can I leave it out?
The shortening acts as a thinning agent which makes the chocolate smoother for mixing and coating ingredients. It also
gives the chocolate a glossy look, and a slightly harder texture when completely cooled.
If you'd like to leave it out, you can certainly do so. However, you can also use an equal amount of vegetable oil,
or coconut oil and it will help in the same way the shortening would.
I hope this is helpful information.
Take good care,
These little treats are perfect for Valentine's Day. I'm going to make them for my family. Thanks!
Yum! Such a fun and festive treat for Valentine's Day!