Chewy dried cherries and crunchy almonds in a sea of smooth white chocolate. Quick, easy, three ingredients. As delicious as they are pretty, perfect for holiday food gifting.
My daughter loves white chocolate. Any type of candy that has a white chocolate version? That’s her favorite. So these are for her and the white chocolate lovers in your life.
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To be clear, for these cherry almond clusters I’ll be using Wilton candy melts. If you’re not sure what the difference is you can check out my post All About Chocolate. And, no, this isn’t a sponsered post. I just love the way the candy melts, well…melt. They’re easy to use, my candy always stores well, and the color stays true. You can easily use white chocolate chips or almond bark. But I highly recommend giving Wilton candy melts a try.
Melting chocolate needs to be done with care. You can use a double boiler if you want, but I have one and I don’t really like it. I prefer to use the bowl-over-simmering-water-method. Put a glass or metal bowl over simmering, not boiling, water. Don’t let the water touch the bottom of the bowl.
Give the dried cherries a quick chop and toss them into the melted chocolate along with the slivered almonds. Gently mix them until everybody is nice and coated.
Now here’s where you can get creative. You can drop them naked onto a parchment-lined baking sheet, you can scoop them into lined mini-muffin tins, or you can smooth it all out and make a pretty bark.
I decided to make them in mini muffin tins for the uniformity then I peeled off the liners so the lovely cherries would show. Cute holiday liners would be great, too. I used a #50 sized disher (the same size I use to make mini-muffins and cookies). With it I can get nice, consistent clusters. It holds just over 1 1/4 tablespoons so if you don’t have one you can get one here or use a heaping tablespoon.
Pop them in the fridge until they’re set. Then just bag ’em and tag ’em.
There are so many cute containers available these days! I opted for simple treat bags tied up in ribbon; love those red cherries! I put a few resources below to give you some ideas.