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Chocolate Buttercream Cherry Candies


5 hours 30 minutes
Skill Level
48 candies

Maraschino cherries with a white creme chip coating for a finishing touch.

Ingredients & Directions

Prep Time
1 hour 30 minutes
Chill Time
4 hours


  • 48
    maraschino cherries
  • 1/4 cup
  • 2 cups
    powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup
    HERSHEY'S Cocoa or HERSHEY'S Special Dark Cocoa
  • 1 to 2 Tbsps
  • 1/2 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp
    almond extract


Equipment Needed 
tray Tray
bowl Bowl
mixing bowl Mixing Bowl
refrigerator Refrigerator
microwave-safe bowl Microwave-safe Bowl
microwave Microwave
Wax Paper Wax Paper
Mixer Mixer

Cover tray with wax paper. Lightly press cherries between layers of paper towels to remove excess moisture.


Beat butter, powdered sugar, cocoa and 1 tablespoon milk in small bowl until well blended; stir in vanilla and almond extract. If necessary, add remaining milk, one teaspoonful at a time, until mixture will hold together but is not wet.


Mold scant teaspoonful mixture around each cherry, covering completely; place on prepared tray. Cover; refrigerate 3 hours or until firm.


Prepare White Creme Chip Coating. Holding each cherry by stem, dip into coating. Place on tray; refrigerate until firm.


About 1 hour before serving, prepare Chocolate Chip Drizzle; with tines of fork, drizzle randomly over candies. Refrigerate until drizzle is firm. Store in refrigerator.

White Creme Chip Coating: Place 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) HERSHEY'S Premier White Creme Chips in small microwave-safe bowl; drizzle with 2 tablespoons vegetable oil. Microwave at medium (50%) 1 minute; stir until chips are melted and mixture is smooth. If necessary, microwave at medium an additional 15 seconds at a time, stirring after each heating until chips are melted and mixture is smooth. If mixture thickens while coating, microwave at medium for 15 seconds; stir until smooth.

Chocolate Chip Drizzle: Place 1/4 cup HERSHEY'S SPECIAL DARK Chocolate Chips or HERSHEY'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips and 1/4 teaspoon shortening (do not use butter, margarine, oil or spreads) in small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at medium (50%) 30 seconds to 1 minute; stir until chips are melted and mixture is smooth.

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