Chocolate Mice

Kids will love making this tasty craft!  You will want to supervise closely, but even preschoolers can do this one.  You can just eat the mice, or use them to decorate cupcakes or veggie and cheese trays.


You will need:

1.  About 20 maraschino cherries with stems, rinsed and dried

2.  About 20 chocolate kisses, unwrapped

3.  Sliced almonds

4.  1/2 c. chocolate chips

5.  1 Tbs. butter

6.  A double boiler or a small pot and a large pot

 Add the sliced almonds for the ears
 A pot of melted chocolate  1.  Melt the butter and the chocolate chips together.  If you don't have a double boiler, you can put a smaller pot into a larger pot.  Keep the water on a low simmer.
 A cherry being dipped into chocolate  2.  Dip the cherries into the chocolate.  Make sure they are dry, or the chocolate won't stick!    Put the chocolate covered cherries onto wax paper, with the stem on the side.  The stem will be the mouse's tail.
A kiss next to the chocolate dipped cherry
 3.  Gently press a kiss onto the cherry.  The kiss will be the head of the mouse.
Two almond make    4.  Press two sliced almonds into the chocolate right behind the kiss. They will be the ears of the mouse. Repeat with the remaining cherries. Store your mice in the refrigerator until you are ready to use them.

The first maraschino cherries were marasca cherries, preserved in maraschino, a liqueur made from marasca cherries.  They were introduced into the United States in the 19th century.  During the prohibition, they became illegal.  New methods of preserving the cherries had to be found, and they were.  Maraschino cherries became the bright red, sugary treat that we now know and love.


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