We took this tray to our neighbors today.
My kids like to make these chocolate cherry mice each Christmas. It's an annual tradition. I'm not sure why, but something about chocolate covered cherry critters with almonds for ears just says Christmas to me.
Here are the items you will need to make your own chocolate cherry mice.
- Maraschino cherries with stems
- Hershey's kisses
- almond slices
- black decorating gel
- chocolate chips (for dipping cherries)
- wax paper (for a work mat)
First, melt the chocolate chips in the microwave on 50% power. I put about 1/3 of a bag in this measuring cup and it took a couple of minutes to melt them. Don't let it get too hot too quickly or the chocolate will seize and won't be creamy and smooth.
Then dip a cherry in the melted chocolate. Swirl it around so it gets completely covered.
If there's a three year old involved, that won't be the only thing that gets completely covered. Trust me. this was early on in the process.
While the melted chocolate is still warm, press a Hershey's kiss onto the body.
Slip some almond slices in between the body and head for the ears,
and use the decorating gel to add the eyes.
We like to leave "Three Blind Mice" in every batch we make. They never see it coming when we devour them. We feel it's more humane that way.
This little fella was Herbert. We had a special bond. Pay no mind to the past tense of those sentences. I feel it's more humane if you don't think about his fate.
This was Anthony. I think he was onto us. He seemed real nervous right from the start.
We felt it was best to put him out of his misery.
After your mice have cooled and the melted chocolate is hardened, peel them from the wax paper and place them on a pretty tray to take to your neighbors.
Or just gobble them right up. Either way.
Be sure to check out these gift ideas and festive holiday treats:
- Homemade lotion bar 
- Olive penguins and cheese ball igloo 
- Brown sugar scrub 
- Cookie mix in a jar
*See more homemade holiday treats at Southern Savers .