Homemade Chocolate Covered Cherries

by Alli

Homemade Chocolate Covered Cherries was sponsored by delicious 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 store-bought things. I think they’re way too sweet. 

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 is so much better!

Homemade Chocolate Covered Cherries

Ingredients for Homemade Chocolate Covered Cherries (Full Recipe Card At The End Of This Post)

  • powdered sugar
  • softened butter
  • pure vanilla extract
  • milk
  • Maraschino Cherries Without stems, well-drained
  • 1/2 package Candiquik (chocolate candy coating) OR Chocolate Chips 

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

Interesting Info About Dell’s Maraschino 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.

Dell's Cherries - Homemade Chocolate Covered Cherries

I’m proud to support family-owned businesses and especially businesses led by women.

Let’s make Homemade Chocolate Covered Cherries

Homemade Chocolate Covered Cherries

Yield: About 2 Dozen

Homemade Chocolate Covered Cherries

Homemade Chocolate Covered Cherries

Homemade Chocolate Covered Cherries are so good and easy to make.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes


  • 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, well drained
  • 1/2 package Candiquik (chocolate candy coating)


  1. Mix sugar, butter, vanilla, and milk 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 Candiquik chocolate candy coating.
  7. Let set on waxed paper.
  8. Store in an airtight container.


If you don't have Candiquik, you can use the same amount of chocolate chips. Microwave chocolate chips at 30-second intervals, stirring after each interval until melted.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 43Total Fat 2gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 4mgSodium 13mgCarbohydrates 7gFiber 0gSugar 7gProtein 0g

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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

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