Chocolate-covered cherries are one of those confections that are such a special treat, you may not realize how easy they are to make. If you have a cherry tree growing in your landscape, you have the key ingredient to these delicious candies right in your yard. After picking your cherries, gather the candy-making ingredients and whip up a delicious batch of chocolate-covered cherries in your own kitchen and taste the delicate blend of cherry and chocolate.
Measure and pour the corn syrup, melted butter, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla and powdered sugar into a large bowl. Mix the ingredients well and knead the dough until the ingredients are incorporated.
Drain the jars of maraschino cherries and discard the liquid. Pour the drained cherries into a small bowl and count them.
Divide the dough into pieces, making the same number of dough pieces as cherries.
Cover a maraschino cherry with dough so the dough surrounds the cherry and forms an outer layer. Repeat with each cherry.
Line the baking sheet with parchment paper and place the covered cherries on a single layer on top. Freeze the cherries until they are solidly frozen.
Fill the bottom of the double boiler with 2 inches of water. Put the top of the double boiler in place and add the chocolate chips and vegetable shortening into the top of the double boiler. Place the double boiler onto the burner and set the burner to medium-high. Melt the chocolate chips and vegetable shortening.
Remove the chocolate from the heat after it melts. Dip each cherry into the melted chocolate and place the chocolate-covered cherries back onto the parchment paper to set. Refrigerate the cherries on the baking sheet to set them completely.
Store the chocolate-covered cherries in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.