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Chocolate Cherry Mice

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close up shot of Chocolate Cherry Mice with one mice on top of bowl of chocolate chips
This edible chocolate cherry mice recipe is adapted from Favorite Family Recipes. These fun treats would be a sweet addition to any holiday party table.
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Table of Contents
  1. Chocolate Cherry Mice Ingredients
  2. Substitutions And Additions
  3. How To Make This Chocolate Cherry Mice Recipe
  4. How To Serve
  5. Storage
  6. Frequently Asked Questions
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These chocolate cherry mice couldn’t be more adorable. Chocolate-covered cherries with candy and nut accents make these whimsical little characters a charming treat that would be perfect for adorning a dessert table at a family holiday party.

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Chocolate Cherry Mice Ingredients

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You’ll need:

  • 1 cup of milk chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon of shortening
  • 20 maraschino cherries with stems
  • 20 Hershey’s kisses
  • Sliced almonds (have more than enough for matching sizes and because they break easily)
  • Black icing writer
  • Small red candies such as dragees or cinnamon candies

Substitutions And Additions

EYES AND EARS: You could use mini chocolate chips for the eyes or peanut halves for the ears instead on these adorable little critters.

PEANUT-FREE: If you don’t want to use peanuts or almonds, you could use pieces of dried cereal or other candies for the ears.

HERSHEY’S KISSES: You can use any flavor of Hershey kisses in this fun recipe.

How To Make This Chocolate Cherry Mice Recipe

STEP ONE: Place the chocolate chips and shortening in a small microwave-safe bowl.

STEP TWO: Heat in 30-second increments, stirring between each increment until the chips are mostly melted.

chocolate chips and shortening melted in a bowl

STEP THREE: Stop heating and continue stirring until the mixture is fully melted and smooth.

STEP FOUR: Spread a sheet of parchment paper on your work surface.

STEP FIVE: Hold a maraschino cherry gently by its stem. Be sure to drain cherries of any excess cherry juice or dab the cherry onto a paper towel.

Dip the stemmed cherry down into the liquid chocolate mixture to coat well. Lift out and place on the parchment paper. You can adjust how you set the cherry to determine how the “tail” of the “mouse” will set.

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Reheat the chocolate for 15 seconds at a time if it begins to thicken too much for dipping.

a maraschino cherry dipped into the bowl of melted chocolate

STEP SIX: Place a Hershey’s kiss with the flat side leaned onto the chocolate-dipped cherry to form the mouse’s head.

Hershey's kisses placed on top of the chocolate-dipped cherries

STEP SEVEN: Repeat these steps for about half of the cherries. This will allow the chocolate to set up just a bit before adding the other face components.

STEP EIGHT: Choose almond slices that are similar sizes for each mouse’s ears. Break the narrower end’s tip off of each ear. Wedge the “ears” between the Hershey’s kiss and the cherry.

PRO TIP:

Apart from dipping the cherries, the chocolate actually works best if it’s cooled and thickened. Allow the chocolate to cool before trying to place the ears or nose.

slivered almonds placed on the cherry

STEP NINE: Use a small hole in the icing writer and add two small dots onto the mouse’s head for eyes.

STEP TEN: With a toothpick, dab a bit of the melted chocolate onto the point of the Hershey’s kiss. Place a red candy onto the end of the kiss.

STEP ELEVEN: Let them sit while the chocolate sets and hardens. Gently peel the “mice” off of the parchment paper to eat.

PRO TIP:

If you want to speed up the hardening process, you can pop the mice in the freezer for a few minutes.

How To Serve

Add these chocolate-covered cherry mice to a platter full of enchanting character treats at a potluck or party.

These mice would also be a fun surprise on Christmas Eve when the excitement is high. Snack on them while hanging your stockings on the big night.

These little guys would also be a great idea for a cupcake or cake topper if you wanted to make them extra delightful.

We love cute treats around here. They are so much fun to make and to gobble up. Check out our snowmen truffles and reindeer pretzels.

Storage

ON THE COUNTER: Store leftover chocolate mice in an airtight container on the counter at room temperature for up to five days.

IN THE FREEZER: We don’t recommend freezing these fun treats.

a Chocolate Cherry Mice in a bowl of chocolate chips

These little chocolate cherry mice candies are the cutest. Tasty chocolate-covered cherries with a sweet little Hershey’s kiss face. Kids would have a blast making these fun creatures and then gobbling them up.

Frequently Asked Questions

What type of candies can I use for the nose and eyes?

For the nose, any small red candy would work. Spicy cinnamon hearts or similar candy would be a fun choice. For the eyes, you can either use icing to pipe tiny dots, or mini chocolate chips would also work.

Do the cherries have to have stems?

Because you need the stems for the tails, it is best to find maraschino cherries that still have the stems on. If you absolutely cannot find ones with stems, you could perhaps use a licorice lace for the tail.

Do these candy mice need to be kept in the fridge?

These fun chocolate cherry Christmas mice can be stored in an airtight container on the counter and do not need to be stored in the refrigerator.

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Chocolate Cherry Mice

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This edible chocolate cherry mice recipe is adapted from Favorite Family Recipes. These fun treats would be a sweet addition to any holiday party table.
Prep Time 45 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 20 mice

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon shortening
  • 20 maraschino cherries with stems
  • 20 Hershey’s kisses
  • sliced almonds have more than enough for matching sizes and because they break easily
  • black icing writer
  • small red candies such as dragees or cinnamon candies

Instructions
 

  • Place chocolate chips and shortening in a small microwave-safe mixing bowl.
  • Heat in 30-second increments, stirring between each, until chips are mostly melted.
  • Stop heating and continue stirring until the mixture is fully melted and smooth.
  • Spread a sheet of parchment paper on your work surface.
  • Hold a maraschino cherry gently by its stem. Be sure any excess cherry juice has been removed, or dab the cherry onto a paper towel. Dip the cherry down into the chocolate mixture to coat well. Lift out and place on the parchment paper. You can adjust how you set the cherry to determine how the “tail” of the “mouse” will set.
  • Place a Hershey’s kiss with the flat side leaned onto the chocolate-dipped cherry to form the mouse’s head.
  • Repeat these steps for about half of the cherries. This will allow the chocolate to set up just a bit before adding the other face components.
  • Identify slivered almonds that are similar sizes for each mouse’s ears. Break the narrower end’s tip off of each ear. Wedge the “ears” between Hershey’s kiss and the cherry.
  • Use a small hole in the icing writer and dot two eyes onto the mouse’s head.
  • With a toothpick, dab a bit of the melted chocolate onto the point of the Hershey’s kiss. Place a red candy onto the tip of the nose.
  • Allow the chocolate to set and harden. Gently peel the “mice” off of the parchment paper to eat.

Notes

  • Reheat the chocolate for 15 seconds at a time if it begins to thicken too much for dipping.
  • Apart from dipping the cherries, the chocolate actually works best if it’s cooled and thickened. Allow the chocolate to cool before trying to place the ears or nose.
  • If you want to speed up the hardening process, you can pop the mice in the freezer for a few minutes.

Nutrition

Calories: 75kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 10mg | Potassium: 18mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 25IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg
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