Thursday, December 8, 2011

Choco-Cherry Christmas Mice

Kids, and adults will squeal with delight when they bite into these merry little mice!  

I borrowed this recipe from another room-mother at the kids school, years ago.  They're Christmas mice, made from Hershey's Kisses, and maraschino cherries dipped in melted chocolate chips.  I must thank the folks in Hershey for their Cherry Cordial Kisses.  What an awesome mouthful!

You'll need:
1 bag of Kisses (we use the Cherry Cordials, but you can use whatever variety you'd like)
1 jar of maraschino cherries, with stems
1 small bag of sliced almonds (for ears)
1 tube of red gel frosting (we like Wilton's glitter gel)
1 cup of Nestle's milk chocolate chips

Drain cherries, and wrap them in paper towel to absorb the remaining cherry juice.  You want your cherries as dry as possible.  Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.  Measure a cup of chips into a small glass bowl, and microwave at 70% power for 60 seconds.  Stir, and microwave a few seconds more to completely melt chips.  Don't overcook or the chocolate with burn.

Hold each cherry by the stem, and dip into the melted chocolate.  Quickly attach the free end of the cherry to the flat bottom of a Kiss, and place on the cookie sheet.  Continue until you've matched all the cherries and chocolates.

Pick through the almonds to find the pieces that look most like mouse ears.  Simply slip them into the tacky chocolate between the cherry and the Kiss.  Finally, use the gel to apply two eyes and a nose (the gel never really sets, so be careful when handling your finished mice).  Refrigerate to set.

To dispose of the mice, grab 'em by the tail, dangle over your tongue, bite and swallow!  Yummy in the tummy!

Note:  If you'd like, make white mice with white chocolate chips, and white chocolate Kisses.

1 comment:

  1. my friend just made these and brought them to our book group a few weeks ago. didn't know they were one of your traditions. Not a big cherry fan, but these are just adorable!