January 3: National Chocolate-Filled Cherry Day
Check out these cheesy but cute critters: chocolate-cherry mice! Islander receives a lot of compliments when she gets creative with her cooking. She would study Internet images of funny foods and then adapt them with her own personal touches. She made the mice by looking at basic photos, set them on a square base (chocolate cookie) and added a cheese wedge (made of yellow banana taffy). Our
guinea pigs friends love them! Although chocolate-cherry mice appear as desserts around Halloween and Christmas time, they are also appropriate for Chocolate-Filled Cherry Day!
(Inspired by Internet photos)
- Maraschino cherries with stems (for the mouse body and tail)
- Hershey’s Kisses chocolate candies (for the mouse head)
- chocolate candy melts, semi-sweet baking squares or chocolate chips
- 2-3 tablespoons vegetable shortening (we used Crisco brand)
- almond slivers (for the mouse ears)
- white (vanilla) tube frosting (for the mouse eyes)
- black tube gel or frosting (for the mouse pupils)
- square fudge graham crackers (for the base)
- yellow taffy candy or fondant (for the “cheese”)
Drain the cherries from its juice. Let them dry on a paper towel. Unwrap the Hershey’s Kisses chocolate candies and set aside.
Melt the chocolate with a little bit of vegetable shortening until smooth. Carefully dip a cherry and coat it with chocolate. Set on a tray lined with waxed paper.
Attach a chocolate kiss to the cherry. Dip the ends of two same-sized almond slivers in chocolate and attach between the chocolate kiss and cherry. Allow to cool. Continue making the rest of the chocolate-cherry mice in the same manner.
Pipe little white circles for the eye balls using the vanilla frosting. Lightly touch with black gel to make the pupils and complete the eyes. Using a food-safe brush, paint the corner of a fudge graham cracker with the remaining melted chocolate.
Attach a chocolate-cherry mouse on top of the fudge graham cracker. Using a sharp paring knife, slice of tiny triangles from the yellow taffy candy or fondant. Paint a dot of melted chocolate to attach the “cheese” in front of the mouse. Refrigerate to set and until ready to serve.
- Substitute maraschinos for fresh, pitted cherries.