Cella’s Chocolate Covered Cherries Homemade Recipe


Homemade Cella’s chocolate covered cherries are a wonderful traditional candy. And they’re quick and easy to make with melted chocolate. Making them homemade gives you an end result that is even better than what you buy in the box at the store.

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Cella’s chocolate covered cherries. Photo by CookThink.

Cella’s Holiday Dark Chocolate Covered Cherries

In our opinion, these bad boys are perfect for any special occasion, not just Thanksgiving, Christmas and Valentine’s day. It seems like at the store they start putting them out in the fall before Thanksgiving. I remember when I was a kid, we used to buy these for my dad as a gift. And he still likes them. Who would have thought that someday I would be able to hand make them!

To make homemade dark chocolate covered cherries, just select good quality dark chocolate chips for this purpose. We like to mix our melted chocolate with a bit of coconut oil as mentioned in our recipe below. This helps to make it a nice, smooth consistency to work with. 

Cella’s Milk Chocolate Covered Cherries

Perhaps you’re someone who has a fondness for milk chocolate. And if that’s the case, there are so many good quality milk chocolate chips that can be used. Just select your favorite. Or chocolate melts can also be used for this recipe.

Cella’s Milk Chocolate Covered Cherries, 72-Count Box

Once you get the process down, making your milk chocolate or dark chocolate covered cherries will go quite quickly. You might find yourself thinking that you’re ready to create your own box of 72 count cherries. They make a great gift to give to a friend, neighbor or family member as a gift for a special occasion or any holiday celebration. If you make a 72-count box, be sure to send us a picture.  We’d love to see your work!

Cella’s Chocolate Covered Cherry Mystery SOLVED! – Look What I Found Inside My Dark Chocolate Candy?

Though Cella’s chocolate covered cherries are traditionally filled with a single cherry and the sugar paste, which if left to sit long enough will turn into liquid. But you might prefer to add something else to the inner portion of your chocolate covered cherry. Items such as sprinkles, nuts, coconut or literally whatever you want to add can be a fun variation to your chocolate covered cherry.

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When you’re trying to decide the best chocolate covered cherries or cherry cordial chocolates, what kinds of things do you take into consideration? Here are some thoughts:

Chocolate to cherry ratio. Is there too much chocolate and not enough cherry? Or is there too much cherry and not enough chocolate? These things are a matter of preference, but choosing the perfect ratio in a purchased chocolate covered cherry or in your homemade cherry cordial candies is an important aspect to get them perfect.

Dark or milk chocolate. Do you prefer dark chocolate or milk chocolate? If you’re making them at home with our recipe, you get to choose what kind of chocolate to use. But if you’re buying them from the store, be sure to note and consider the kind of chocolate you prefer.

Liquid or solid. Do you prefer solid centers or liquid centers in your chocolate covered cherries? This is another aspect to take into consideration. When you make our recipe, the longer you let the candy sit, the more liquid the center becomes. And in the realm of Cella’s chocolate covered cherries that equates to perfection.

Cella’s Chocolate Covered Cherries Review

We hope you’ll try our recipe for Cella chocolate covered cherries and make them homemade. If you do, please take the time to post a review in the comments below. We read every single one and appreciate them. Most of all, we trust your recipients will enjoy this wonderfully classic chocolate candy.

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Cella’s chocolate covered cherries. Photo by CookThink.

Frequently Asked Questions

Following are questions that are asked frequently about making Cella’s Chocolate Covered Cherries.

What kind of chocolate should I use?

You can use your favorite kind of chocolate. We recommend a higher quality chocolate for best results.

How long do chocolate covered cherries last?

Chocolate covered cherries can last for 2-4 weeks. In fact, the longer you let them set, the better the centers become. It takes time for the sugar paste to turn to liquid, so we recommend storing them for 2-4 weeks before serving them.

How do I store my cherries?

Once the chocolate is set up, we recommend storing them in an airtight container at room temperature.

Can I freeze chocolate covered cherries?

You can, but it will stop the process of the sugar paste turning to liquid. To allow it to ripen and for best results, store your candy at room temperature.

How to Make Cella’s Chocolate Covered Cherries

To make Cella’s chocolate covered cherries, you will mix the sugar paste dough and let it chill. Then wrap it around each cherry before dipping it in melted chocolate. The longer you let this classic candy sit, the better the centers become.


36 maraschino cherries (with or without stems)
3 tablespoons butter, softened
3 tablespoons corn syrup
2 cups powdered sugar
18 ounces of chocolate chips
1 teaspoon coconut oil


1. Place softened butter and corn syrup in a stand mixer. Mix thoroughly. Slowly add the powdered sugar and mix until a dough forms.

2. Refrigerate dough for two hours until it stiffens and is easy to work with.

3. Prepare cherries by draining their juice, rinsing them with water and drying them.

4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper so that cherries can be placed here to set up.

5. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler pan and stir in coconut oil until completely smooth.

6. Use about 1 teaspoon of dough and roll it out thin. Wrap it around each individual cherry. And place them back in the refrigerator.

7.  Dip each cherry into the melted chocolate, then place them on parchment paper to set up. If your cherries do not have stems, place them on a fork to dip them into the melted chocolate.

8. Allow the chocolate to harden. To speed up the hardening process, place the cherries in the refrigerator.

9. Once your cherries are set, place them in an airtight container at room temperature. All them to sit for 2-4 weeks. The longer they sit, the more liquified the center becomes, giving you the perfect Cella’s chocolate covered cherries.

Allergen Statement

This recipe contains chocolate and dairy. If you are allergic to chocolate or dairy, you will want to substitute ingredients accordingly.

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