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This is an instructable for Beck's chocolate-covered cherry mice - easy to make, and will have much more of an effect than those boxes of chocolates at extortion-level prices.

A whole mess of these will run you maybe $15

... Beck is the name of the elderly German woman who showed me this so long ago...
 
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Step 1: Ingredients:

Picture of Ingredients:
To create the little buggers you will need:

Stemmed maraschino cherries (I actually had to do some looking to find ones with stems)
Sliced Almonds
white decorative frosting (squeeze-tube applicators make it go MUCH faster)
Chocolate of your choice - I went to the local confectionery and scored some of theirs, chocolate chips will do... Cheaper chocolates will not melt as well
Hersey's Kisses or 'kiss'-shaped chocolate (not the fancy stripy kinds)

Stove
double burner

Step 2: Melting the chocolate

If you have a double boiler, great. If not, one can be improvised in any decently-stocked kitchen.

Alternatively, microwave at your own risk. It's possible but again, it needs interim stirring so you don't overcook it.

The basic concept is: one pot holds water, which disburses the heat to the second container, which nestles in the first pot and sits with its bottom in the water, but no direct contact with the larger pan's hot bottom. This process is a veritable must for well-dipped chocolates, since it burns easily.

Put the double boiler on the stove's lowest setting and give the water some time to heat up. Add the chocolate. Be sure not to get any moisture in the chocolate, since it makes little lumps which detract from the overall presentation.

Alternatively, microwave at your own risk. It's possible but again, it needs interim stirring so you don't overcook it.
Meursydotes1 month ago

I have made these several times before too. This year we decided to try pumpkin spice mice, which were sitting on pumpkin spice flavored oreos, had pumpkin spice hershey kiss heads, and pumpkin spice slivers of candy corn for ears. I've tried several things to replace the almond slivers for ears in the past (we have a nut allergy in the family), but so far slivers of candy corn is my favorite since the color change is kind of neat.

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I've also switched to using cherries that are already de-stemmed to make the whole mouse edible, which is why my mice have their tails drawn onto the cookies.

favrewife6 years ago
I make these every year, they're a huge hit, I saw it on some kids program. One hint to keep the chocolate from clumping or hardening to fast (in the pot) is to coat the bottom of the pan with oil (i use vegetable), like one cap full and then mix in the melting chocolates.
shortone6 years ago
This is great! I used this as the subject matter for my how-to speech in my speech class...definately a hit! a few variations for anyone interested: a way to make them even cuter is to 1st make white eye spots, then add dark or milk chocolate dots for the pupils...use a toothpick and be careful! I put mine near the top of the white spot-it gives the illusion of the mouse looking innocently up at you. On a few of my mice, I also drew eyebrows with white chocolate to make them look scared... they were diagonal lines that were higher in the middle and lower on the sides if that makes any sense. You can also double dip...just dip the cherry in one kind of chocolate (say, white chocolate), let it harden, then dip it in another kind (like milk chocolate) but only halfway and continue to finish decorating it to look like a mouse...gives the illusion of a mouse with a cute little white butt! haha my class loved those ones. And I haven't tried it, but for someone who likes white chocolate, I think it would be cute to find white-chocolate kiss-like candies and make an all-white mouse... Sorry, I'm sort of rambling on now...
Chomblebrown (author)  shortone6 years ago
hee hee white chocolate kiss like candies
Granny_Leah6 years ago
The green is melted green Wilton candy melts. They come in many colors, but all except the brown (chocolate) ones are vanilla. You can buy them at any Michael's, JoAnne Fabrics, or anywhere they sell cake decorating stuff for holidays. A little goes a long way.
Granny_Leah6 years ago
Well heck, how do I add the silly picture?
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Chomblebrown (author)  Granny_Leah6 years ago
well done! What may I ask is the green on the oreo?
Granny_Leah6 years ago
I make these at Christmas time, using Wilton's candy melts for dipping the cherries, and putting them on a dipped Oreo. Always a crowd-pleaser!
please remove from craft and place it in the food category where it belongs
Chomblebrown (author)  sensoryhouse6 years ago
um... food is first category, thanks
LinuxH4x0r6 years ago
Cute!
Squee! So cute! +1
Cute-- but yummy! Awesome job, very nicely done! +1 rating. (added to favorites)
acaz936 years ago
i'm perplex , definitely +1
JakeTobak6 years ago
Amazing, +1