Just the thought of cherry and coconut together makes me giddy. Add fudge to that and I need a minute to compose myself.
Last year when I made my Cinnamon Heart Sugar Cookie recipe, I was determined to make a follow up cherry-flavoured treat for this year. Here is a little unknown fact about me. I absolutely love maraschino cherries. LOVE. It’s an inappropriate love really.
So I thought my recipe definitely needed maraschino cherries. A whole jar of them. But then I wanted something to offset all of the maraschino cherries or I’d probably just devour them in an awkward display of pure gluttony and I’d regret that life decision for days to come.
So in came the coconut. I love coconut in small amounts (or in my Piña Coladas, ba-dum-tsh) so I knew I would eat them more responsibly.
Unlike my Pumpkin Spice Latte Fudge recipe, this one only took one try and I was happy with the results.
Of course I had to eat
one two five to make sure they tasted good, and they do.
These make a great sweet treat for Valentines Day as well. I hope you like them.
- 1 jar maraschino cherries (approx 20 cherries) in heavy syrup (drained, syrup set aside)
- 5 cups white chocolate chips
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk
- 2 tbsp maraschino syrup liquid
- 1 tbsp coconut extract
- Sweetened shredded coconut (optional)
- Separate maraschino cherries from liquid and set liquid aside.
- Line the bottom of a 6 X 9 baking dish with wax paper.
- Finely chop cherries (cut one cherry into at least 8 pieces) and place in a single layer on the wax paper.
- In a microwave safe bowl, combine the white chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk and heat on high for two minutes. Remove from heat and stir. Reheat in 30 - 60 second increments until your mixture is smooth.
- Add the maraschino liquid and coconut extract and mix well until the liquid is gone.
- Pour over cherries.
- * If you want to add shredded coconut, pour a thin layer over top of fudge.
- Place in fridge for a few hours to cool.
- Remove from dish and cut into desired sizes.
- When placing the cherries at the bottom of the baking dish, make sure there is a little bit of space for the fudge to surround the cherries.
- Can be stored in the freezer.
- Since not everyone loves the texture of dried coconut. I put the shredded coconut on half of the fudge.