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Wrapping up candy in chocolate

 


Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat. Or maybe it is us that has broadened our girths. Either way, Christmas is coming. Whether you nibble your way through the next four weeks with carrots and celery, or savor every bite of sugar, cream cheese and chocolate, there is no denying the many tastes available right now.

Chocolate serves as a nice holiday treat all by itself. However, drizzle it over candy or completely wrap the candy in it and you have Weight Watchers worst enemy.

Chocolate covered cherries have been a Christmas staple for years. The pretty little boxes of the confections fly off the shelf this time of year. They are gifted to people we don’t know real well, people we love but can’t afford anything more, and people we need to send love to across the miles.

Why not try giving your own chocolate covered cherries this year? They are easy to make, less expensive and are really pretty simple.

With a little patience.

You have to wait until the center sugar mixture is frozen hard enough to stay together but soft enough to work around the cherry. You also need patience when shaping the cherries. They will taste the same round or in a glob, but you would rather have pretty little orbs in your gift box.

‘Tis the season – so let’s get to the sweet stuff.

Chocolate Covered Cherries (recipe from Grandma Opal Smith)

72 well-drained cherries

2 pounds powdered sugar

1 can condensed milk

½ cup butter

1 teaspoon vanilla

Cream the softened butter with the powdered sugar. Add the milk and mix until smooth. (This will take a while and a lot of elbow grease.) Add the vanilla, stir until well blended. Chill. Shape the sugar mixture around each cherry. (If your cherries still have the stems, it could be cute if you leave the stem on and poking out of the top.) Place on waxed paper on cookie sheet. Freeze until hard. Melt chocolate in a double boiler. (Melting chocolate works best. It is a little more expensive but worth the extra work of getting chocolate smooth.) Dip each cherry in the chocolate. Keep cool until gifting or eating. You can also freeze until you are ready to send them.

 

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