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Chocolate Covered Cherry Fudge

Chocolate Covered Cherry Fudge |
I couldn’t tell you why, but I have been in a serious chocolate-cherry mood lately. Which may not seem all that weird to you. But as someone who knows me pretty well, I can say with the utmost assurance that I am not a cherry person. Not even when it’s covered in chocolate.

But I’ve had a jar of maraschino cherries sitting in my office since I made this Shirley Temple Punch. Passing by them day after day must have flipped a switch, because I have been dreaming of chocolate cherry desserts for weeks now. I’ve even taken to making Sally’s cherry smoothies with a huge scoopful of cocoa powder! It takes care of my chocolate cherry craving in a healthy way :)

Chocolate Covered Cherry Fudge |

Up until recently, the only cherry flavored dessert I liked was spumoni. In fact, I almost made this into Spumoni Fudge! But with pistachios being fairly pricey and me not wanting to keep them around the house (I’ll gobble the whole bag in a day), I decided to leave them out and use almonds instead.

But if you keep pistachios on hand, you should toss some into this fudge! I imagine it would be pretty fab.

Although this fudge is pretty spectacular already, even without pistachios. You know how chocolate covered cherries are best about a week or two after you make them? You have to wait so the centers can get all gooey and delicious. This fudge has that gooey deliciousness in every bite without waiting for two weeks!

It’s seriously divine. Each cherry is surround by this little pocket of ooey gooey chocolate cherry sauce that forms while the fudge is chilling. It’s completely incredible and addicting. (And reminder: I’m not even a cherry person!!)

Chocolate Covered Cherry Fudge |

The almonds give it a great crunch to balance out all the chocolate gooey-ness, and I think it’s absolutely perfect. And stunning too, don’t you think? I’m in love with the bright red in every piece.

Seriously. Heaven, I tell you!

Chocolate Covered Cherry Fudge


  • 3 cups melting chocolate
  • 14.5 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 10 ounces maraschino cherries
  • 1/2 cup chopped almonds


  1. Line an 8x8 baking dish with parchment or foil. Set aside.
  2. Drain the cherries and towel pat them dry (try to get them as dry as possible). Set aside.
  3. Over low heat, stir together the melting chocolate and sweetened condensed milk until completely melted and smooth. Remove from heat.
  4. Stir in the cherries and almonds. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Chill, uncovered to avoid condensation forming, in the refrigerator for 3 hours or until set. Cut into 2 inch squares to serve.
  5. Store, covered, in the refrigerator and serve cold.


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Ashton is the owner and author ofSomething Swanky. Although first and foremost a wife and mother, she considers herself an online entrepreneur, freelance writer and photographer, and brand ambassador.Her focus is in food styling, food photography and recipe development.
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15 Responses to “Chocolate Covered Cherry Fudge”

  1. Erin | The Emerging Foodie posted on January 20, 2014 at 6:50 pm (#)

    Yuuuuum. Ashton, this looks great! Chocolate cherry is the perfect combination for the quickly-approaching Valentine’s day. :) And fudge sounds like the perfect way to eat chocolate cherry goodness. Delicious!

  2. sally @ sallys baking addiction posted on January 20, 2014 at 7:10 pm (#)

    I’m so happy you love my smoothie recipe, Ashton! Reading that made me smile especially since you aren’t even normally a cherry person. This fudge looks fantastic. I had a craving for chocolate and cherry the other day and made some muffins. I’m a huge chocolate/cherry lover (as you know) and am considering fudge for dinner now.

  3. Averie @ Averie Cooks posted on January 20, 2014 at 7:16 pm (#)

    Those big ole glistening cherries in the middle of the fudge are calling my name!

  4. Laura @ Lauras Baking Talent posted on January 20, 2014 at 9:29 pm (#)

    This looks so rich and good. Perfect for valentines day :)

  5. Anna Lynn posted on January 21, 2014 at 12:15 am (#)

    This looks so yummy! My grandma makes chocolate cherry cookies at Christmas and I love them! Ps Target has a special edition dannon light and fit Greek yogurt that is chocolate cherry flavor. Only 80 calories and 7 grams of sugar! It’s so good and tastes like dessert for breakfast!

  6. Julianne @ Beyond Frosting posted on January 21, 2014 at 1:29 am (#)

    This is beautiful looking fudge!

  7. Anna @ Garnish with Lemon posted on January 21, 2014 at 10:01 am (#)

    Fudge is enticing all on its own, but tuck those little cherry jewels inside, and it’s simply irresistible!

  8. Mandy@Mandy's Recipe Box posted on January 21, 2014 at 11:57 am (#)

    Absolutely stunning photos, as always! These look yummy! I love maraschino cherries!

  9. dina posted on January 21, 2014 at 11:21 pm (#)

    cherry fudge sounds yummy!

  10. ATasteOfMadness posted on January 21, 2014 at 11:36 pm (#)

    This fudge look fabulous!!! I was thinking of making fudge, but didn’t have a recipe. This came at such a good time!

  11. Ashley posted on January 29, 2014 at 12:20 pm (#)

    I love the chocolate/cherry combo. I will be making this!

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle

  12. Katie @ Dip It In Chocolate posted on February 3, 2014 at 1:38 pm (#)

    I’m not really a fudge person, or a cherry person but these look divine! A must-make, for sure.

  13. Catharina posted on December 23, 2014 at 4:36 pm (#)

    I’ve tried this recipe and I love it. Huge portion, though that can’t hurt when I’ve got Christmas at my parents’ and in-laws. I’m going to rewrite it to add into my personal cookbook. 

    As someone used to the metric system your sizes took some research. After I’ve figured it all finally out I have to ask: why x cups if you can say fill your measuring cup to x oz? And why use ounces and oz separately?

    But it doesn’t matter – fighting with unknown measures is something I’ll do happily for delicious candy like this!

    • Ashton posted on December 23, 2014 at 7:20 pm (#)

      I know it must be so frustrating for those of you who use the metric system, and I’m so sorry! This is just the system I know and use. And so often, when I’m creating or re-vamping a recipe, I’m chaotically flying around the kitchen. And making metric conversions would require me to A) slow down, and B) write them down so I can remember the measurements for the post! Both of which I could TOTALLY do…. if I could ever remember in the moment. Maybe I’ll make a gigantic sign for my kitchen that says “DON’T FORGET METRIC!!!” lol :)

  14. Kellie posted on December 26, 2014 at 1:21 am (#)

    This fudge is Amazing !!!!! I used Ghirardelli Milk Chocolate Chips. I also used Almonds with Sea Salt. Once I cut it I had to wrap it up fast keeping only a few pieces out for me before I ate too much!! i’m so excited to try some of your other fudge recipes now :) Thanks so much for sharing.