Chocolate Cherry Fudge

There’s something about wasting food that bothers me. It’s not the thought of poor starving children in Africa. (Although that is something I’d like to help with but my food over here has little influence on the problems there.) No, wasting food for me has more to do with wasted potential and the unmet challenge to my creativity.

A macro photo of a Maraschino cherry, taken wi...
A macro photo of a Maraschino cherry, taken with my Fuji S7000 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So it was that after the holidays a jar of maraschino cherries kept calling out to me. “You only used a few of us on ham. What about the rest of us? Don’t leave us in here for another year.” Okay, cherries, I heard you. Let’s see how you do in chocolate fudge.

I give you Chocolate Cherry Fudge. ♥

[Note: I don’t actually hear cherries talking to me. I just have a vivid imagination. Oranges on the other hand…]

Chocolate Cherry Fudge Recipe

Preparation time: 10 minutes Cook time: 30 minutes Refrigerate Overnight Serves: 4 to 6
Technique: Double boiler Taste: Sweet Kids Cooking

Tasty Lane Chocolate Cherry Fudge recipe

Ingredients

  • 3 cups water
  • 4 cups confectioners sugar
  • ½ cup powdered baking cocoa
  • 6 tbsp salted butter
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¾ cup drained maraschino cherries (reserve syrup)

Directions

Bring water to boil in medium saucepan. Using double boiler method, add butter to heat-resistant bowl or top pot of double boiler. Allow butter to soften. Add sugar, cocoa, vanillaTasty Lane Chocolate Cherry Fudge recipe and salt to bowl. Mix well until smooth. Remove from heat. Beat until mix loses gloss. Chop drained cherries. Add 2-3 tsp of cherry syrup and cherries to mix. (Allow kids to add cherries or use enough to leave whole and have them place them in the mixture on the pan) Line a pan with parchment paper. Pour mixture into pan. Refrigerate overnight. Cut and serve.

Variations

  1. Add nuts
  2. Add marshmallows
  3. Mix  2 cups of cooled mixture with a tub of cool whip and add to a graham cracker crust to make a pie

Download the recipe HERE

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