Wednesday, December 15, 2010

A mouse in the house

It was the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. Or was there? Are these not super cute! Baking time is in full swing at our house getting ready for Christmas. And these are one of the most requested candies I make. I've been making chocolate mice for years now and I had to share with you.

They look and taste amazing and surprising, they are super easy to make.

Here is what you need:
1 jar Cherries with stems
Hershey's Kisses - unwrapped
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
slivered almonds

First start by getting the chocolate chips melting. I toss mine in a double boiler. You can take a pot with a little water and a metal bowl on top too. Or just melt them in the microwave. Just know if you melt them in the microwave, you want to make sure you have everything ready to go as soon as the chocolate is melted because it will start to cool very fast.

Next start draining the cherries on paper towels and unwrapping the kisses.

Line a pan with parchment or wax paper. I'm all ready to go.

Take a cherry and hold it by the stem. Dip it in the melted chocolate. You can use a spoon or spatula to make sure the whole cherry gets covered in chocolate. Place covered cherry on lined pan and add kiss to the front to create the mouse head.

Once you get all the cherries coated, and a head in place it's time to add some ears. Dig though the slivered almonds and find some nice unbroken ones. Dip just the bottom of the almond in the melted chocolate and position behind the mouse head to form ears.

*Note: be careful handling the ears, they break very easy!

Now they are ready to pop into the freezer for a few minutes. After about 10 minutes, take them out of the freezer, pop them off the pan and into an air tight container. Make sure they stay back in the fridge or freezer until you are going to use them to keep them fresh.

Oh and do you know the best way to get rid of a mouse problem?

Bite their heads off!

Stop back soon. I'm going to get more of the yummy treats I've been making posted.

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