Homemade Chocolate Covered Cherries

by Alli

Homemade Chocolate Covered Cherries is sponsored content for Dell’s Maraschino Cherries. All opinions are my own. 

When I was growing up, my dad received a box of chocolate covered cherries every year during the Christmas season. He’s crazy about them but I don’t much like those things. I think they’re way too sweet. I always dig deep for the cherry and the runny/gooey surround finds its way into the trashcan.

Nevertheless, Christmas wouldn’t be the same without chocolate covered cherries. They evoke such great childhood memories. Good thing I learned to make them homemade.

Homemade Chocolate Covered Cherries

Now that I’m all grown up (debatable), homemade is the only way to go. I usually have all the ingredients on hand, including Dell’s Maraschino Cherries.

Homemade Chocolate Covered Cherries

For over 67 years, Dell’s Maraschino Cherries has earned its reputation for delivering the crunchiest, tastiest and sweetest maraschino cherries sourced from the finest farms around the world.

Dell’s was founded by Arthur Mondella, Sr. and his son Ralph in 1948 in a small storefront in Brooklyn, New York. It grew and expanded under the leadership of Ralph’s son, Arthur.

Today, it’s still family-owned and operated and is one of the largest processors of maraschino cherries in the country.

Dell’s Maraschino Cherries is now a woman-owned business under the leadership of Arthur’s daughters, Dominique Mondella, and Dana Mondella Bentz.

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Homemade Chocolate Covered Cherries

Homemade Chocolate Covered Cherries

Homemade Chocolate Covered Cherries


  • 2-1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 Tablespoon milk
  • 1 jar (10 oz) Dell's Maraschino Cherries
  • 1/2 package Candiquik


  1. Mix sugar, butter and vanilla in a small bowl. Knead until smooth.
  2. Shape into 1" balls and flatten each into a 2" circle.
  3. Wrap each cherry with a circle and lightly roll to cover.
  4. Refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.
  5. Melt Candiquik according to package directions.
  6. With a fork, dip cherries into chocolate.
  7. Let set on waxed paper.
  8. Store in airtight container.

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Helpful Hint: If the powdered sugar mixture is sticky, sprinkle some powdered sugar on your hands while you knead the mixture.

These pretty candies will keep in the fridge for several weeks. They actually get better the longer they sit. Trust me, they taste much better than the store-bought kind. Sorry, dad. 🙂

Homemade Chocolate Covered Cherries

What special candies do you make during the holidays?



Cai Cansino December 7, 2016 - 6:14 am

These look so tempting! Hard not to resist.

Dawn Gibson-Thigpen December 7, 2016 - 7:19 am

yummmm. i would totally love these.

candy December 7, 2016 - 7:48 am

This is something I have not tried yet and I do mean yet. Love making everything from scratch. Can’t wait to try these.

Shirley Wood December 7, 2016 - 8:44 am

I could eat cherries straight out of the jar but I share your opinion of the chocolate covered ones.My hubby on the other hand loves them very much so I’ll be sharing your recipe with him. I gave my mother a box of chocolate covered cherries every year for Christmas for so many years. Now we still give them to my mother-in-law.

Franc Ramon December 7, 2016 - 11:32 am

This looks like a really tasty treat. It looks like one of those expensive chocolates and I’m sure it taste just as good.

Vera Sweeney December 7, 2016 - 11:37 am

These look so good! I never would have thought to make these at home like this, they would be a favorite of my family.

Jenn @ EngineerMommy December 7, 2016 - 2:31 pm

I love chocolate covered cherries. I had no idea how easy it was to make them from scratch! What a great idea. Looks delicious.

Doria December 7, 2016 - 2:47 pm

Oh my goodness, I love chocolate covered cherries and I’ve never even considered making them myself before, but now I have to try!!!

Sarah Bailey December 7, 2016 - 3:08 pm

Oh now I don’t think I have ever tried anything like this before, but yum they sound amazing – I definitely need to try it in the future!

Dawn McAlexander December 7, 2016 - 8:23 pm

Mmmm…those look great. They look even better than what you get store bought. I would love to try some of these.

Stephanie of The TipToe Fairy December 8, 2016 - 2:39 am

I have never made anything like this before, but you make it look so easy! I’d love to try!

Rebecca Swenor December 8, 2016 - 8:12 am

Homemade chocolate covered cherries is something I would love to make. These you can give out for gifts too. I am for sure making these. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Angela Harris December 8, 2016 - 10:08 am

Chocolate covered cherries is one of my most favorite candies of all. I never thought they could be homemade. Yum!!

Bonnie @wemake7 December 8, 2016 - 7:27 pm

Those look sooo darn good! I love chocolate covered cherries. Would love to make these.

Dee December 8, 2016 - 8:00 pm

This has always been my holiday delight! I love chocolate covered cherries! I am so glad that someone has come up with a recipe for it. I am going to have to try it out.

Kita Bryant December 8, 2016 - 9:08 pm

My grandma loves these! I’ve never attempted them homemade before!

Ali December 9, 2016 - 5:41 am

My Grandma always made chocolate covered cherries for the Holidays. These bring back such wonderful memories. I will have to give this recipe a try!

LaShawn December 10, 2016 - 7:27 am

These look delicious! I’ve never attempted to make these before, will have to give them a try!

Jasmine Eclipse December 10, 2016 - 5:34 pm

What a yummy holiday treat! I’m going to lots of holiday potlucks this year, this gives me inspiration for my next dish to bring!

Christina Aliperti December 11, 2016 - 8:51 pm

Chocolate covered cherries have always been a special treat for me. As a child I always loved when I would see my mom buy a box of them from the store it’s great to know that now I can make them homemade.

zan December 11, 2016 - 10:24 pm

Well that looks so easy and so very tasty – I think I will enjoy this much better than the other kind too. I do not like the gooey things around store bought kind.


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