This a something I did for part of my Daddy’s birthday. The theme (I always have a theme) is Life’s a Bowl of Cherries. One of Daddy’s favorite candies I like to make is cookie dough candy (recipe below). I have made chocolate dipped maraschino cherries but that would have been too obvious.
I began by making the bowl. I took a plastic bowl that is 5 inches tall and about 4 inches wide. Then taking a bag of white melting chocolate I microwave for one minute, stirred then microwaved for another 30 seconds stirring to make sure there are no solid pieces. I poured about half the chocolate into my bowl and rolled it around to coat the inside of the bowl the let set in the freezer for about 5 minutes. I repeated this about 3 times to make sure I had a good thickness for my chocolate bowl. I stuck this into the freezer to make it easy to pop out of my plastic bowl.
After my bowl was in the freezer for about 30 minutes I turned it upside down on some wax paper and lightly pushed on the bottom until the chocolate released. To make the bowl uniformed I took a sharp paring knife and shaved the top till the sides were all the same and the bowl had a good shape.
To give the bowl a little color I turned it upside down on wax paper. I put some green melting chocolates in a Ziplock bag and microwaved for one minute, took out and kneaded, microwaved for another 30 seconds and kneaded till there were no solid pieces. I cut a small tip off the corner of my bag and piped little dots along the edge. When that was set I added more green dots to finish out the look.
Next, I began my cherries. This can be done with any truffle or fudge as long it can be rolled into a ball and dipped in chocolate. After making the my cookie dough candies and let them set in the refrigerator for a couple of hours then melted my red chocolates. Colored chocolates sometimes are too thick so I added a tablespoon of vegetable oil to my melted chocolate and stirred well.
I wanted to make some stems with green chocolate but they are too fragile and could break. I had a box of colored toothpicks so I took several of the green ones to use as the stems. I took my green chocolate I used for the trim of my bowl and remelted it for about 30 seconds, kneaded the bag and microwaved another 15 seconds to make sure I didn’t have any solids. I made little leaves with my green melted chocolate, added toothpicks, then used another toothpick to score lines of the leaves and let set. Then, once all this was set I stuck a few stems into my cherries and was done.
I made some sugar cookies and Coconut “strawberries” to look like fruit to go with this bowl of cherries. Then some sugar and cinnamon pecans and made my card of put it all together. I made the ear of corn (click link to get full recipe) because I thought it was a fun thing. Not really fruit and nuts but still good for a laugh!
Cookie Dough Candy
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar till light and fluffy. Add the flour, milk and vanilla; mix well. Stir in the chocolate chips and pecans. Shape into 1-inch balls (or your desired shape or size); place on waxed paper-lined baking sheet or plate. Loosely cover and refrigerate for 1-2 hours or until firm. Use your desired melting chocolates, melt and dip balls into chocolate and let set. Decorate!!
- 2 (3 ounce) packages strawberry flavored Jell-O®
- 1 cup ground pecans
- 1 cup flaked coconut
- 3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 (2.25 ounce) jar red decorator sugar
Combine gelatin, pecans, and coconut. Stir in milk and vanilla; mix well. Chill one hour. Shape into strawberries. Roll in red sugar.