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Last Updated on December 6, 2020

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

chocolate covered cherries paleo vegan

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.  I also considered adding a bit of alcohol to make some Boozy Cherries but then I changed my mind.

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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How to make chocolate covered Cherries

Chocolate Covered Cherries Recipe
Yield: 14

Chocolate Covered Cherries Recipe

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.

Instructions

  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: 345Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 43mgCarbohydrates: 47gFiber: 6gSugar: 38gProtein: 4g

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  1. You and I must have had similar childhoods! πŸ™‚ My mom would make chocolate covered cherries for my dad every Christmas! Can’t wait to try these! πŸ˜€

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

    1. 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.

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  6. 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 ..

  7. 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! πŸ™‚

    1. 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 πŸ™‚

  8. 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 πŸ™‚

    1. 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!

  9. 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!

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

  11. 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. πŸ™ Thanks!