Chocolate-Covered Cherry Mice

Chocolate covered cherry mice recipe

The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

  • Total: 25 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Refrigerate: 60 mins
  • Servings: 36 servings

These chocolate-covered cherry mice are fun to create and make an adorable presentation for parties, bake sales, and of course, Halloween. Let the kids help by setting up a production line, and they will have a ball. These candy mice are almost too cute to eat.


  • 1 jar cherries with stems
  • 1/2 teaspoon butter
  • 1 ounce paraffin (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup almonds (sliced)
  • 1 tube red gel icing (clear)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for chocolate covered cherry mice
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  2. Line a cookie sheet with waxed or parchment paper.

    Line a cookie sheet
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  3. Rinse the maraschino cherries, drain thoroughly, and let dry on paper towels, turning often. The cherries must be completely dry or the chocolate will seize and get crumbly.

    Rinse cherries
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  4. Gently melt the chocolate, butter, and paraffin in a double boiler until smooth, stirring often to prevent burning. Once melted, turn off the heat, but leave chocolate in the double-boiler on the burner.

    Gently melt chocolate
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  5. Dip dry cherries in melted chocolate to completely cover up to the stem.

    Dip cherries
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  6. Place on lined cookie sheet. Immediately press on chocolate chip, flat side to the front of the dipped cherry, to form a head.

    Place on cookie sheet
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  7. While chocolate is still warm, wedge two sliced almonds between chocolate chip and cherry to form ears. Let cool.

    Wedge almonds in
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  8. Use a toothpick to dab beady red eyes on either side of the chocolate chip with the red gel icing.

    Use a toothpick to create eyes
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  9. Refrigerate to firmly set chocolate.​

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  10. Serve and enjoy!

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  • If fresh sweet cherries are in season, by all means, use them. If your cherries are exceptionally large, you may wish to use chocolate kisses for the heads.
  • Paraffin is sold in the canning supplies section, usually under the brand Gulf Wax.
  • You can use the giant chocolate bars for the semisweet chocolate, or semisweet baking squares, or chocolate chips.