It has been a tradition in our household to eat chocolate covered cherries while we decorated our Christmas Tree. I really think my love for chocolate covered cherries came from my Daddy. I remember his excitement of getting them for Christmas and my Granny (my Mother’s mother) gave him a box of them every year. She must have thought it was a “man” thing because she gave Mr. D and my brother-in-law a box of the cherries every year for Christmas.
When Mr. D was diagnosed with Diabetes we thought that tradition was over with. We did find sugar free cherries to purchase from Swiss Colony and from a candy store in Virginia (Nancy’s Candy Store in Meadows of the Dan). However, we realized that the ingredients in the candy upset his stomach and made him feel bad.
Last year, I had a light bulb moment and decided I could dip Maraschino cherries in melted milk chocolate and they would be similar to the cherries that you purchase. They aren’t quite as sweet as the boxes of cherries you see in the store but Mr. D loves them.
Here is how I made them.
1 jar of Maraschino cherries well-drained
1 12 ounce package of milk chocolate chips
Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave in 15 second intervals until melted. Be sure to stir the chips at each interval.
When melted, dip the drained cherries into the chocolate with toothpicks. Place on parchment paper until completely hardened.
There probably isn’t an easier candy or cookie that I make for Christmas. I don’t think there is anything I could make that would be appreciated any more by Mr. D or me for that matter.
I plan to share some cookie recipes with you but I have looked at so many that I am totally confused at the moment. Stay tuned. Who knows what I will come up with.
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