Chocolate Covered Cherries

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This homemade chocolate covered cherries recipes uses frozen maraschino cherries in a lightly sweet cream that is then dipped in melted chocolate. It’s a bite of cherry perfection!

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In 7th grade, my then best friend,  bought me a box of chocolate covered cherries for Christmas.  

I only had to shake the box to know what treat she had wrapped in the Christmas tree lined paper.  I ripped it open, which made her mad since I was supposed to wait for the 25th, and gulped down three in a row.  

As soon as I got home, my father confiscated my chocolate covered cherries and that was the end of that gift.

paleo chocolate covered cherries vegan

When I started working on this recipe, I did not want to replicate the syrup in the store-bought ones that I used to love.  

First, that is a ton of sugar that no one needs to eat.  I ended up with a delicious creamy consistency that just rocked my socks off.    

Common Questions:

Can I make these chocolate covered cherries vegan?

Yes, you can but  I made this using the Ghirardelli 60% Dark Chocolate Chips and it was a cake walk compared to when I used the Enjoy Life brand.  

The Enjoy Life brand just got super sticky and it was tough to coat the cherries. You could try tweaking it with coconut oil to make the process a little easier.

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Chocolate Covered Cherries

Chocolate Covered Cherries

Yield: 14
Prep Time: 9 hours
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 9 hours 30 minutes

Homemade chocolate cherries with the perfect creamy center! Made with real food ingredients, you will love every bite.


  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside
  2. First, place 14 frozen maraschino cherries in the silicone ice cube tray. Set aside.
  3. Next, place 20 cherries, the coconut oil, honey, sea salt, vanilla and honey in a medium pan and bring to a boil.
  4. In the pan, mash the cherries with a potato masher to help break them up.
  5. Cook for 3 minutes and then add in the tapioca flour. Cook for one minute. Break out your stick blender or pour the mixture unto your blender and pulse to for 1 minute or until the filling is completely smooth and blended.
  6. Pour the filling over the cherries in the ice cube tray.
  7. Place in your freezer for 8 hours.
  8. Remove the frozen cherry filling from the tray and set back in the freezer until you are ready to coat them.
  9. In a saucepan and 1 cup of the dark chocolate chips and melt the chocolate. Remove from the heat and then drop the cherry bites in, one at a time, and coat with the chocolate on all sides. TIP: The chocolate will start to firm up after a few cherries have been coated. Set the pan back on the stove top and add more chocolate chips until it is a smooth, liquidy consistency and then let cool for 30 seconds before you continue the process. You will go through the whole bag of chips.
  10. Set on a piece of parchment paper and when complete, move them to the fridge.
  11. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 14 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 345 Total Fat: 18g Saturated Fat: 14g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 43mg Carbohydrates: 47g Fiber: 6g Sugar: 38g Protein: 4g


  1. Meghan @JaMonkey October 25, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Oh man I’m making these with Raspberries. I’m not a cherry fan but they look awesome!

  2. mom2one01 October 25, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    You and I must have had similar childhoods! 🙂 My mom would make chocolate covered cherries for my dad every Christmas! Can’t wait to try these! 😀

  3. Erin October 25, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    Wow, this sounds great! Do u have any suggestions for replacing the tapioca flour? Thanks!

  4. Krystyn @ Really, Are You Serious? October 25, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    These look so tasty…but I think I’d do raspberry, too…I like that better than cherry! (or you should do it and tell us how yummy it is!)

    1. Kelly Bejelly October 26, 2013 at 12:50 pm

      I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. If you make the switch, let me know how it goes.

  5. Kari Peters October 26, 2013 at 9:52 am

    My mom loves Chocolate Covered Cherries but doesn’t eat them anymore because they’re so unhealthy. I’m going to make these to surprise her over the holidays. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Kelly Bejelly October 26, 2013 at 12:53 pm

      You’re so welcome Kari. I hope you enjoy it 🙂

  6. Dee @ Cocktails with Mom October 26, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Oh those look amazing, we did a Chocolate Covered Cherries Cocktail on the site and it was delish!

  7. Sandra (at) Coasahmom (dot) com October 26, 2013 at 10:53 am

    These look so great! Everytime I see Chocolate Covered cherries i think of my MawMaw as they were her favorite.

  8. Kira October 26, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    These looks like a keeper. I love Ghirardella and their brownie mix is to die for.

  9. Stephanie person October 26, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    wow!! I love chocolate covered cherries. This looks so amazing!

  10. Karen S. October 26, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    How about making these with blackberries????

  11. Katie October 27, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    my mom is like you and LOVES these. I might have to think about trying these when she visits for Thanksgiving.

  12. Jennifer @ My Sweet Sanity October 27, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    These look so good but I think I too would do raspberry or even strawberries. Although, I would still do the cherries too. Aw heck I will have to try them all.

  13. Kait October 27, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    These look UH mazing!! I probably would sit and eat half of them in a sitting.

  14. debra p October 27, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    You could start a wonderful business with these. They look gorgeous and i bet they taste great. I love the way you swirled the chocolate on top. I always hated those sugary cherries; these, however, look perfect.

    1. Kelly Bejelly October 28, 2013 at 9:34 am

      My husband actually said I should sell these. I, of course, was thinking, when would I have the time?

  15. Jennifer @ The Quirky Momma October 27, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    My dad loved chocolate covered cherries and I bought him a huge box of them every year for Christmas. I never really liked them but I like what your recipe looks like. The consistency of the cherries in your recipe is far more appealing than anything I’ve seen. This will probably make it to my cookie exchange this year! Thanks!

  16. HilLesha October 27, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    I normally don’t like chocolate covered cherries, but this looks amazing!

  17. Maryann October 28, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Oh man, my hubby LOVE Chocolate Covered Cherries, I’m making these. YOu are so creative.

  18. LyndaS October 28, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Wow! Those look incredibly good. I really need to get out of my funk and try to make some.

  19. Gina @ Running to the Kitchen October 29, 2013 at 6:41 am

    you have no idea how excited I am over these! Used to absolutely LOVE the chocolate covered cherries in the red box around the holidays. So psyched to try these out!

    1. Kelly Bejelly October 29, 2013 at 9:18 am

      I hope you like them Gina:) I’m making these for Halloween too!

  20. Sara Phillips October 29, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Chocolate covered cherries are my dad’s favorite! I think I’ll try to make these for him! Thanks!

    1. Christine |Taste of Divine October 29, 2013 at 8:24 pm

      Oh my goodness, cordial cherries are my favorite holiday treat! It is so hard not to eat the whole box! I definitely have to try these, I love that you don’t use sugar : ) I am pinning now to make later!

      1. Kelly Bejelly October 29, 2013 at 8:45 pm

        I hope you enjoy them 🙂 I’m making another batch tomorrow.

  21. SHANNON October 30, 2013 at 9:10 am


    1. Kelly Bejelly October 30, 2013 at 10:19 am

      Hi Shannon, hun, I never stated the recipe is GAPS legal. You can however, melt down some 100% Chocolate with honey and coconut oil to make a chocolate coating for the outside.

  22. Ed Armour November 2, 2013 at 7:14 am

    Would love to see more about this recipe since I love dark cherries and chocolate, but on my iPad your Motrin pop-up ads are impossible to dismiss and constantly block my view. Please don’t consider this a rant, rather an observation that would help your readers. Considering how many millions of people are on a tablet device, you may want to consider alternatives to your advertising method/software architecture. I found it impossible to enjoy and browse. I’m guessing I’m not alone. Thanks for your work .

    1. Kelly Bejelly November 2, 2013 at 1:38 pm

      Thanks Ed. I should not have pop up ads so I’ll have to see what’s going on with my ad network!

  23. lisa November 2, 2013 at 7:39 am

    wow.. I want some now !
    could u put the cherries into the blender for a couple quick bursts to help w/the mashing ?
    Also.. using a double boiler would help keep the choc liquid until all cherries are coated.

    thanks so much ..

    1. Kelly Bejelly November 2, 2013 at 1:38 pm

      Hi Lisa :)Yep, if you check out the instructions, I recommend throwing it into the blender 🙂 Thanks for the tip too!

  24. Jordie November 2, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    Looks fab! I really want to try these out with all the frozen fruit I have at the moment! Just out of curiousity, what does the tapicoa starch do to the mixture? I’ve never seen it in a similar chocolate recipe before. Thanks! 🙂

    1. Kelly Bejelly November 3, 2013 at 10:59 am

      It makes them creamy. I made these several times when I creating the recipe and without something to hold it together like tapioca or gelatin, it just kinda burst all over the place 🙂

  25. Kelly K December 4, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    A question about the cube tray… does it have to be silicone? I have traditional plastic, “cocktail” size trays I was planning to try, will I have problems? Is it worth it to track down the silicone trays? And where do I find the tapioca flour? Thanks! I can’t wait to add these to my Christmas gifts this year 🙂

    1. Kelly Bejelly December 4, 2013 at 10:54 pm

      I’ve actally never made it in a normal ice cube tray because I have an ice maker, lol. I would think you could just pop them out easily. I usually buy Tapioca flour in the gluten-free section of my grocery store. You can also try an asian grocery store or Amazon. I hope you like them!

  26. Sarah lattimore December 20, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    I wanted to order some chocolate covered cherries from a chocolate company I like, but they’re only available in stores and won’t ship that particular candy. I’m really looking forward to trying out this recipe so I can have my cherries!

    1. Kelly Bejelly December 21, 2013 at 8:24 pm

      There are so delicious and I hope you enjoy them!

  27. Tez January 2, 2014 at 1:05 am

    Hi Kelly! These look delicious 🙂 What is the weight of the chocolate chips?

  28. Maren Claeys June 2, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    How long will these last in the frig ? They look great Want to make for my dad for Fathers Day

    1. Kelly Bejelly June 19, 2016 at 2:44 pm

      I wouldn’t keep them in the fridge for longer than 4 days hun.

      1. Maren Claeys June 26, 2016 at 5:27 pm

        Thanks…. BTW they turned out great

      2. Karie December 16, 2016 at 3:53 pm

        Can I freeze them? I made them ahead of time for Christmas gifts.

        1. Karie December 16, 2016 at 3:55 pm

          Ps. They are delicious!

        2. Kelly Bejelly December 16, 2016 at 4:16 pm

          Yes that would totally work hun! So glad you enjoyed them!

          1. Karie December 16, 2016 at 7:02 pm

            Thank you. Merry Christmas

  29. Bren August 13, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    Hi Kelly! What I could I use in place of coconut oil? I must be the only one on the planet who can’t eat it even though I love it. 🙁 Thanks!

      1. Bren August 22, 2016 at 3:11 pm

        Thanks so much, Kelly! I will give that a shot. 🙂


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