Chocolate Cherry Candy Cups

Chocolate Cherry Candy Cups - afarmgirlsdabbles.comI had so much fun creating these Chocolate Cherry Candy Cups! They incorporate so many of my favorite things…

  • I chocolate and cherry together…it’s always been a favorite combination of mine. These recipes are treasures:  Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies and Chocolate Cherry Fudge Bundt.
  • These sweet candy cups are topped with red Sixlets candies. Wanna buy me candy I can’t resist? Try Sixlets!
  • If I had to pick a favorite color, it would be RED. Bright and cheerful, it’s the color I navigate to.

While I knew how much I was liking these cups as I was making them, the clincher was when our girls came home from school that day. Just looking at them on the countertop, each chocolate cup topped with a bright and shiny red candy ball, made Hatti’s and Tessa’s eyes light up. And when they took a bite, there was no denying these chocolate cherry candy cups were a hit.

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At the center of each of these candy cups is a creamy pink mixture, sweet with the flavor of cherry. Melting chocolate, rolling little pink balls in the palms of my hands, chasing runaway Sixlets on the countertop…it was a fun afternoon in the kitchen!

Chocolate Cherry Candy Cups - afarmgirlsdabbles.com

Who wouldn’t be cheered up biting into one of these? Who?!

Chocolate Cherry Candy Cups - afarmgirlsdabbles.com

If you’re looking for a sweet treat for Valentine’s Day, I highly recommend these Chocolate Cherry Candy Cups. They’re sure to bring smiles to the faces of those you love.

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Chocolate Cherry Candy Cups

Yield: about 40

Ingredients:

  • 4 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 4 c. powdered sugar
  • 3/4 tsp. cherry candy flavoring (I used Wilton brand, from this set.)
  • 6 drops red food coloring
  • 24 oz. chocolate almond bark
  • 4 oz. bittersweet chocolate
  • red Sixlets candies (about 40)

Preparation:

In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat cream cheese until completely smooth. Add powdered sugar and mix on low to just incorporate. Then turn speed up to medium-high and beat until well incorporated. The mixture will hold together and be quite thick. Add cherry candy flavoring and red food coloring. Mix until fully combined. Roll cherry mixture into 1" diameter balls and place on waxed paper.

In a medium bowl, gently melt chocolate almond bark and bittersweet chocolate in the microwave, taking care to not let it get too hot and scorch. Microwave in short intervals, stirring in between. Let chocolate rest while setting out about 40 mini cupcake paper liners onto a rimmed baking pan. Give the melted chocolate a stir and then place a scant tablespoon of melted chocolate in the bottom of each of six of the paper cupcake liners. Very gently add a cherry ball to each cup, resting it on top of the chocolate. Take care to not press the ball to the bottom of the liner. Then cover each of the cherry balls with more melted chocolate. Finish by adding a Sixlets candy to the top of each cup. Repeat this process, creating 6 cups at a time, until all chocolate cherry candy cups are finished.

These can be made in advance and keep very well stored in the freezer, with wax paper separating any layers. Let thaw for 20 to 30 minutes before serving.

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45 Responses to “Chocolate Cherry Candy Cups”

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    steph@stephsbitebybite — January 31, 2014 at 7:44 am

    These would last two seconds in my house!!

    • Brenda replied on February 3rd, 2014 at 10:46 am

      They’ve been a hit here, too! I knew our girls would love them, but am surprised by how much my husband does, too! :)

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    Erin | The Law Student's Wife — January 31, 2014 at 9:03 am

    Such sweet treats! Chocolate + cherry are flavor BFFs, and I love how you combined them into these perfect little bites.

    • Brenda replied on February 3rd, 2014 at 10:46 am

      Thank you, Erin! :)

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    katie — January 31, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    Oh wow… love these homemade treats!!! And I love anything chocolate covered cherry!

    • Brenda replied on February 3rd, 2014 at 10:46 am

      Thanks, Katie! I hope you and the babe are doing well! :)

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    Donna — January 31, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    Oh you have my favorite combo of chocolate and cherry! They look adorable too! As usual Brenda, really nice job!

    I wondered if you could use a dried cherry instead of candy on the top. It would not look as pretty though, but what do you think?

    • Brenda replied on February 3rd, 2014 at 10:48 am

      Hi Donna – and thank you! You surely could use a dried cherry, but it definitely alters the look. But do what you like! A red M&M (regular or mini sized) would also look great.

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    dina — January 31, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    these look so fun!

    • Brenda replied on February 3rd, 2014 at 10:49 am

      Thanks, Dina!

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    CHACHA — January 31, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    I would add a marachino cherry on top b4 serving using choc. icing as a glue for the cherry. LUV THIS RECIPE TKS P,S, maybe orange in the center???????

    • Brenda replied on February 3rd, 2014 at 10:49 am

      Thank you!

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    Paula – bell’alimento — January 31, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    Just so very cute! I had to pin these little cuties!

    • Brenda replied on February 3rd, 2014 at 10:49 am

      Thanks, Paula! xo

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    Tieghan Gerard — January 31, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    So very cute and your photos are just stunning!! Very fun for valentines day!

    • Brenda replied on February 3rd, 2014 at 10:50 am

      Thanks, Tieghan! Have a great week! :)

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    Gaby — January 31, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    So adorable and a great sweet treat for Valentine’s!

    • Brenda replied on February 3rd, 2014 at 10:50 am

      Thanks, Gaby! :)

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    JulieD — February 1, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    These are so cute, Brenda!! I love them!

    • Brenda replied on February 3rd, 2014 at 10:50 am

      Thanks, Julie! Have a great week!

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    Kristin — February 1, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    These are so adorable and look amazing! Thank you so much for sharing!

    • Brenda replied on February 3rd, 2014 at 10:51 am

      Thank you so much, Kristin!

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    Kim — February 1, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    Is there anything that could be used as a substitute for the cherry candy flavoring? Would extract work?

    • Brenda replied on February 3rd, 2014 at 10:53 am

      I was unable to find cherry extract when shopping for this recipe, but know it’s available somewhere! You could definitely use extract, but it might take a bit more to achieve the same flavor as the Wilton product I used. Please let me know if you give it a try with extract, I’d love to know!

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    Liz — February 2, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    They look so good! I can’t wait to try them. Where do you find the cute cups to them into?

    • Brenda replied on February 3rd, 2014 at 10:54 am

      Thanks, Liz! I found those cups at Michaels during the Christmas season. You should still be able to find some cute red and white mini cupcake liners now before Valentine’s Day, though.

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    Shaina — February 2, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    Cute, cute, cute!

    • Brenda replied on February 3rd, 2014 at 10:55 am

      Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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    DessertForTwo — February 3, 2014 at 7:05 am

    Chocolate + cherry is my favorite, too! I’ve got to find some cherry flavoring to make these! Yum!

    • Brenda replied on February 3rd, 2014 at 10:55 am

      Thank you so much, Christina! Have a great week! :)

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    Karen Ridings — February 6, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    These would be cute for Christmas too. Use peppermint instead of cherry flavor.

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    Kapri — February 8, 2014 at 9:32 am

    Have you tried this recipe with a maraschino cherry wrapped into the center of the cherry filling? Just wondering if it would turn out ok.

    • Brenda replied on February 12th, 2014 at 8:11 pm

      I haven’t tried that!

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    Emily — February 9, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    Just made these and they are absolutely scrumptious! This was the first recipe that drew me to your website, and I will absolutely be making more! I did substitute cherry extract for the cherry candy flavoring, and I used 3 tsp (1/4 tsp of candy flavoring to 1 tsp extract).

    • Brenda replied on February 12th, 2014 at 8:05 pm

      Thank you so much for coming back to let me know, Emily. So glad you liked these! I’ll keep looking for cherry extract!

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    Julia — February 11, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    I just made these today (and one of them didn’t even have time to set up before I ate it). These are super good! Halfway through I ran out of chocolate so I made a second batch using unsweetened bakers chocolate and it really helped tone down the sugar bomb so you could enjoy the flavors. I’m planning on bringing these to the valentine’s party at my kid’s school for the adults.

    • Brenda replied on February 12th, 2014 at 6:56 pm

      I love this, Julia! I’m so glad you liked them – have fun at the Valentine’s Day party!

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    chris — February 28, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    Love the recipe, quick question. Is this:
    http://www.walmart.com/ip/Plymouth-Pantry-Almond-Bark-Chocolate-Baking-Bar-24-oz/10313776
    What you mean by 24. oz chocolate bark?

    Thanks!

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