|During the Holiday, I make alot of homemade candies. It's always been a fun tradition for me especially when my kids were little. I had invested in many candy molds and kits to make special treats for the family. This is another favorite of ours.|
|You can usually buy the molds online or make them by hand see the notes below. |
Remember to always use a good grade chocolate and use butter!
You will need these ingredients:
Candy paper cups
Whole pistachio nuts shelled
Maraschino Cherries a large jar no stems around 25
2 pounds good grade chocolate
Condensed milk or corn syrup will work as well
red food coloring
For the fondant:
1/3 cup butter
1/3 cup sweetened condensed milk or corn syrup
1 teaspoon almond extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
red food color
Blend together the milk, one drop of red food coloring, extract, salt and butter. Add the sugar mixing on a cutting board and knead until well blended.
Melt the chocolate in the microwave stirring frequently every minute intervals until free flowing.
Pour a little chocolate into each candy mold gently shaking to level the chocolate and to line the mold as a shell not too much around a teaspoon per candy. Tipping it back and forth will work perfectly. Refrigerate until hardened.
Take a small piece of fondant around 1 teaspoon roll half a cherrie into the middle add two or three whole pistachios and place in the center of the molded chocolate for this is the filling. Add more chocolate on top. Do this to all the molds and then refrigerate until firm around 25 minutes.
These will pop out freely once hard. You can put them in festive candy wrappers.
Store in the refrigerator until ready to eat them and take out around 1/2 hour before your ready to serve at room temperature.
Tips and Notes:
I have made these without molds as well a little messy but you can roll the fondant around the cherries inot balls. Freeze them and then dip into chocolate with a fork to let the chocolate drip off and lay them on wax paper or you can also use the stemmed cherries and dip them in the chocolate and let them dry on wax paper, those look prettier!
So don''t let not having the molds stop you from making these candies!
+claudia lamascolo Author