Cherry Mash Candy

Cherry Mash is a Midwest treat. It used to me my sister’s favorite candy bar.  It has been a favorite Christmas candy in our family for decades!

Cherry Mash Candy

List of Ingredients:

1 can eagle brand milk (if you use the whole can it will take 5lbs of powdered sugar – Seriously – maybe not if you left the butter out? – I just use 2 TBs)
2 lb. powdered sugar
2 boxes instant cherry frosting mix (they don’t sell it – you either have to buy jiffy or Betty Crocker brand – hard to find and they only sell vanilla now)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon butter flavoring
Cherry flavoring or extract to taste
1 stick margarine, softened
1 (10 ½ oz.) jar of maraschino cherries (my recipe says 15 oz – drained and chopped fine (1/2 left in chunks, 1/2 processed in blender)

For Dipping:
12 oz semi – sweet chocolate chips12 oz milk chocolate chips2 oz paraffinlarge package (1 lb) finely chopped salted peanuts – (I didn’t use this much)
Melt chocolate chips and paraffin in double boiler, add nuts.  Dip well chilled balls until coated and place on waxed paper.

*Hint: Add red food coloring and Maraschino cherry juice (2 or 3 tablespoons) to mixture for richer taste and color. If extra juice is added, it will be necessary to add additional powdered sugar until stiff texture is obtained.

Mix together and roll into bite-sized balls; mixture should bestiff, if not, add more powdered sugar. Chill balls well. (some recipes say to freeze.)

To Dip: mix choc ingredients and melt in double boiler. Dip the balls in chocolate mixture. Place on waxed paper.

—–I melted some dark choc chips, shortening, and almond bark (ran out of choc and used vanilla but I added some dark choc chips and it was all yummy.

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