These itty-bitty Chocolate Mice Candy w/Chocolate Covered Cherries are clever and cute. Fun and easy to make with the kids and grandkids. Just a few ingredients you probably have in your cupboard. Kids of all ages snap up these whimsical chocolate candies!
These chocolate mice are so dang cute and I’m making them for Valentine’s Day treats this year.
And why aren’t real mice this cute? (If you think they are, then you’re in good company with the reptiles!)
For me, mice conjure up repressed memories. Cowering ridiculously as a school girl on the top bunk at boarding school, as the maintenance man Syd chases a tiny furry rodent around my dorm room closet. Me shrieking all the while.
Embarrassing to think of now, one husband and four boys later. (Mice are the least of my problems these days.) And that poor maintenance man – he probably has hearing aids today on account of ME.
And that’s not the end of my mice ‘tales’, pun intended. Years later Jon was gone on a business trip. The kids and I heard a tell tale scritch-scratch coming from the dining room one evening and saw a tiny pink tail disappear under the antique trunk.
We advanced on the mouse, armed with a large mixing bowl. The story didn’t end well. For the mouse. We had to get a little creative that night…
Just a few weeks ago a friend texted me three words: “We have mice.” It was an unusual text to receive.
“Lice or mice?” I texted back. “Because mice is bad, but lice is worse.”
Thankfully it was the former. My friend recently moved to New England and was unfamiliar with the trials of old farm houses and mice. When it gets super frigid up here in the winter time, it’s inevitable the mice will find somewhere warmer to go. And Murphy’s Law, her husband was gone on a trip too. She and her brave daughter took matters into their own hands that night. (The mice didn’t win.)
The kind of mice we’re talking today are tasty, adorable and bring only shrieks of delight. And what exactly is correct protocol for eating a mouse?
Grab it by the tail and drop it straight into the pie hole – in one fell swoop. 🙂 (Discard tail.) These Chocolate Mice are nice!
Tips for making Chocolate Mice:
- Use stem-on Merry Maraschino Cherries by Tillen Farms, free of corn syrup, artificial colors, flavors, dyes and preservatives. (I got mine at Whole Foods for about $7.)
- If you don’t have coconut oil, use vegetable shortening or butter.
- Make sure your cherries are dry before dipping in melted chocolate. Drain cherries, then place on paper towels to air dry for a bit. (Lightly blot with paper towels if needed.)
- Melt chocolate and coconut oil over very low heat on the stove top so it doesn’t seize or burn. Or melt in the microwave on high power for 15 second increments, stirring well after each increment.
- Don’t get any water in the bowl with the chocolate or on any of the utensils you’re using. (It will cause your chocolate to seize up.)
- If you want thinner chocolate for dipping, add more coconut oil to the chocolate. (I suggest adding in 1 teaspoon increments, then stirring thoroughly after each addition until you get the consistency you want.)
- Let dipped chocolate covered cherries dry on parchment paper, stem up.
Chocolate Mice Recipe Candy w/Chocolate Covered Cherries
- 48 almond slices
- 2 cups semi-sweet milk or dark chocolate chips
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil or more for consistency
- 24 stem-on maraschino cherries
- I used Merry Maraschion Cherries, free of artificial colors, flavors, dyes, corn syrup or preservatives
- 24 milk chocolate or dark chocolate candy kisses
- Drain maraschino cherries and gently blot with paper towels.
- Lay cherries out on paper towels to air dry a bit.
- Separately, in the microwave or on the stovetop on very low heat, melt chocolate chips together with coconut oil.
- Stir until smooth.
- Hold dry cherries by the stem and dip into the chocolate mixture.
- Place chocolate dipped cherries stem up onto waxed or parchment paper to dry.
- Reheat remaining chocolate mixture if needed.
- Press bottom of dipped cherry into melted chocolate and onto an unwrapped Hershey's kiss.
- Press two almond sliced between the chocolate kiss and the dipped cherry.
- Allow to air dry or place in the refrigerator for a few minutes to hurry up the process.
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