February 1, 2015

Chocolate Covered Cherry Amaretto Fudge

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The wonderful flavors of chocolate, maraschino cherries, and Amaretto liqueur all combine in this rich and delicious Chocolate Covered Cherry Amaretto Fudge.  It will be your new favorite chocolate-and-cherry treat.

Chocolate Covered Cherry Amaretto Fudge


I just realized I've only shared two chocolate-y sweet treats with you so far this year {Chocolate Covered Oreo Cake and S'mores Cupcakes}.  Well, with Valentine's Day fast approaching, I think it's time to change that.  Don't you?

Enter Chocolate Covered Cherry Amaretto Fudge.
Yes my friends, modeled after my favorite Valentine's candy ... chocolate covered cherries ... it's chocolate and cherries and amaretto liqueur all rolled up into one rich and delicious fudge.

Chocolate Covered Cherry Amaretto Fudge

I'm not a huge fan of most of the pretty-much-pure-sugar Valentine's candies out there.  Like cinnamon red hots.  And  gum drop hearts.  And the-now-prevalent Valentine  candy corn.

And even the classic-of-all-classic Valentine candies, conversation hearts.  Nope, I don't even really like conversation hearts ... I'll only eat the yellow ones.  {Yes, I know it's bizarre.}

For me, my Valentine candy has absolutely got to involve chocolate.

Chocolate Covered Cherry Amaretto Fudge

And my absolute favorite?

Chocolate covered cherries.

So I decided to replicate the flavor of my favorite Valentines candy treat in fudge form.  Now sure, I could have just made my own chocolate covered cherries.  By wrapping each individual cherry in a confectioners sugar mixture and then dipping each in chocolate.  But fudge ... it's waaaaaay less tedious.

And I got to add amaretto.

Which adds a wonderful subtle almond flavor along with the cherry ... a flavor combination I love.

Another thing I love about this fudge is the way the cherries get a little 'oozy' inside the chocolate ... much like the oozy center of chocolate covered cherries themselves.

Chocolate Covered Cherry Amaretto Fudge

So while many folks are enjoying their Valentine cinnamon red hots ... or gummy hearts ... or good old conversation hearts, I'll be over here enjoying my Chocolate Covered Cherry Amaretto Fudge.

And will be more than quite content with this chocolate-cherry creation.

How about you?  Do you prefer sugary Valentine's candy, chocolate Valentine's candy ... or both?

 Chocolate Covered Cherry Amaretto Fudge
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Chocolate Covered Cherry Amaretto Fudge
Source:  A Tracey creation
(Printable recipe)

Ingredients
  • 2 1/2 c. granulated sugar
  • 1 c. unsalted butter
  • 1/2 c. whole milk
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 13 large marshmallows, torn in half
  • 1 (9 oz.) package Nestle Toll House cherry flavored DelightFulls baking morsels
  • 1 c. confectioners sugar
  • 1/4 c. + 2 T. amaretto
  • heaping 1/3 c. well-drained maraschino cherries, cut in half  {I pat them dry with a paper towel}
Directions
  1. Line a 9x9" pan, bottom and sides, with foil. Rub foil with butter or lightly spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together confectioners sugar and amaretto. Set aside.
  3. Place granulated sugar, butter, and milk in a large pot. Bring to a full rolling boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Continue stirring and boil for 3 minutes ~ this is important for the fudge to set up properly, so time it! {Make sure to stir constantly ... and to keep the mixture at a full rolling boil. If the mixture froths up too much, turn the heat down just a little bit. Also, I sometimes lift the pot off the burner, still stirring, for just a second or two.}
  4. After the 3 minutes, remove from heat. Add vanilla, marshmallows, and DelightFulls chocolate morsels. Stir until marshmallows and chocolate are completely melted and blended into the sugar mixture. Add amaretto mixture to the pot and stir until blended in. Gently stir in maraschino cherries.
  5. Pour into prepared pan. Refrigerate until fully chilled. Once chilled, cut into to small squares. Store fudge in the refrigerator.

Note ~ This is a fairly soft-textured fudge, best enjoyed straight out of the refrigerator or after having set out for just a short time.  It still tastes great if it's set out for a while, but it will leave some chocolate on your fingers!

Enjoy!


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9 comments:

  1. Wow! Amaretto , Chocolate, and Cherries ...hello come to Momma!!! Your fudge looks amazing and has me drooling. I 'm pinning. Maybe I can get someone to make this for me. Now I need to go be sweet to the husband!! Kim @ This Ole Mom

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    1. Oh, go be EXTRA sweet, Kim ... this fudge is totally worth it. :-)

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  2. What a delicious idea! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!

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  3. Wow - yum! Thanks for linking up to Tips & Tricks! Hope to see you next week!

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  4. I can never get enough of fudge - this chocolate and cherry amaretto fudge looks super delicious!

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  5. Oh I love chocolate covered cherries, as soon as you bite them all that delicious liqueur spills out, delicious! This fudge looks and sounds wonderful. This has been featured as one of my favourites over at Sweet and Savoury Sunday. Stop by, grab a button and link up again with us this week. Have a great day!

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  6. What a great post! Love it! Pinned and tweeted. We love to party with you, so I hope to see you tonight at 7 pm. That would be so awesome.
    Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

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  7. This looks completely amazing, going to share now and definitely want to try it. Could you possibly tell me how big a 'big' marshmallow is though? Or what brand you prefer? I'm from he UK and don't have much choice in marshmallows here. I'm captivated and so want make it!

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    1. Hi, Miss Messy! Thank you for your kind words about my fudge! As for marshmallows ... not sure what you all have in the UK ... but here in the States marshmallows are typically sold in two sizes ~ mini and "regular" ... which I'm referring to as "large" in this recipe. The "large" ones are about an inch long and an inch wide. My favorite brand is Kraft Jet-Puffed, but any brand will work just fine. Hope that helps!

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