Easy Cherry Chocolate Candy

Stir dried cherries and salted almonds into chocolate melting in the crock pot to make super Easy Homemade Cherry Chocolate Candy recipe.

These chocolate cherry almond clusters are a family favorite Christmas dessert or Valentine’s Day candy.

White plate piled high with the best almond cherry chocolate candy on a red and white polka dot napkin

If you like this recipe you may also enjoy our Cherry Cobbler for a Crowd, Chocolate Gooey Butter Cake or our Chocolate Chip Snack Cake!

Easy Cherry Chocolate Candy Recipe

Simple ingredients make a high quality and flavor packed DIY cherry and chocolate recipe!

To make the best cherry chocolate candy you want to see more filling than chocolate. Bumps from the nuts and cherries should be visible from the surface of the chocolate candy clusters.

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The cherries create soft spots with extra sweetness and juiciness. Almonds create a crunch and add a salted contrast to the chocolate that I crave.

Our Crock Pot Peanut Clusters make the best chocolate covered peanuts. We love the diversity of flavors in this homemade cherry chocolate version.

Close up stack of chocolate covered almond and cherry clusters

A more kid friendly candy like Almond Bark Cookies substitutes nuts for cheerios or cornflakes. 

List of Ingredients:

  • White chocolate chips
  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • German sweet chocolate
  • Dried cherries
  • Salted almonds 
5 easy ingredients to make chocolate covered cherries - white chocolate chips, semi-sweet chocolate chips, German sweet chocolate, salted almond and dried sweetened tart cherries

Easiest Way to Melt Chocolate

Low heat, lots of stirring and uninterrupted focus are keys to successfully melting chocolate without burning it. 

Growing up we always used a double boiler with water underneath or the microwave. I’ve found that using a slow cooker is the easiest way to melt chocolate for candy!

Chocolate melted in a crock pot ready to stir in dried cherries

Tips for Melting Chocolate in a Crock Pot

Use a crockpot where the chocolate is one to two inches thick on the bottom. If the layer of chocolate is too thin it will be difficult to stir together.

Cooking times vary based on your individual slow cooker. Many have hot spots, so I prefer to use the low setting and stir occasionally. If you chose to use the high setting frequent stirring is necessary.

When melting chocolate on low it will melt the quickest the more often you stir. The good news is that it won’t burn if you take and extra 15 – 20 minutes in between stirring.

Be sure to use a crock pot liner as this can be maneuvered to help stir the chocolate and get as much as possible out of the crock. Not wasting chocolate is important!

Close up view of combination of 3 melted chocolates to make cherry chocolate candy

How to Make Chocolate Cherry Almond Clusters

Line a 5 quart crock pot. Sprinkle white chocolate chips or chunks of almond bark evenly on the bottom. Next add semi-sweet chocolate chips in an even layer.

White chocolate and semi sweet chips in a lined crock pot

Then break up pieces of German sweet chocolate and sprinkle over the chips.

Chunks of German sweet chocolate on top of other chocolate in lined slow cooker

Set pot to low after 45 minute to an hour. Chocolate on the bottom and edges typically melts faster, so turn it in to the center while stirring the lesser melted chocolate to the warmer spots in the crock.

Chunks of German sweet chocolate on top of other chocolate in lined slow cooker

Continue to stir every 15 – 20 minutes until chocolate is melted. 

Chocolate for cherry chocolate melting in a crock pot

Line a couple large baking sheets with waxed paper or parchment paper.

Once chocolate is smooth and liquid sprinkle whole almonds and dried sweetened tart cherries over top and stir. 

Stirring cherries and whole salted almonds into melted chocolate

The crock pot may be turned off or to keep warm. Use a cookie scoop to create evenly sized scoops of chocolate. Transfer to the lined baking sheet leaving a little bit of space on all sides. 

Cherry Almond Chocolate Clusters on a wax paper covered baking sheet setting up to firm

Keeping sheet level place in the refrigerator or freezer to set up more quickly. Once chocolate is firm store in air tight containers or self-sealing bags.

How Long Does Chocolate Last?

These chocolate clusters can be kept fresh in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. They may be frozen for up to 3 months. 

Recipe Tips:

  • Bittersweet or dark chocolate can be melted to mix cherries and / or almonds into.
  • Maraschino cherries are best dipped individually in smaller batches of melted chocolate.
  • Cashews or peanuts make a fine substitute for almonds.
  • Kids often like to substitute cheerios, cornflakes or their favorite neutral cereal for nuts.
  • Two blocks of almond bark or white melting chocolate makes a good substitute for the white chips
  • Almond bark or white melting chocolate is easier to use, but white chips create a milkier, creamier flavor.
  • White chocolate chips take longer to melt than almond bark. They can take up to twice as much time.
Easy homemade cherry chocolate candy clusters on a white plate with red napkin underneath

More Delicious Chocolate Recipes:

Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup Brownies are made without cocoa and make a rich treat!

Chocolate Cherry Bundt Cake mixes cherry pie filling with a box of cake mix for a delightful dessert.

This Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie from my friend the Spiffy Cookie looks amazing!

Chocolate Chip Banana Bars satisfy your sweet tooth for breakfast or a nice snack.

Printable Cherry Chocolate Candy Recipe

Plate of easy chocolate covered cherries with almonds

Cherry Chocolate Candy

Servings 48 candy clusters
Author: Jennifer
Stir dried cherries and salted almonds into chocolate melting in the crock pot to make super Easy Homemade Cherry Chocolate Candy recipe.
These chocolate cherry almond clusters are a family favorite Christmas treat or Valentine’s Day candy.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 24 ounces White chocolate chips or almond bark
  • 12 ounces Semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 4 ounces German sweet chocolate bar
  • 2 cups Dried cherries
  • 2 cups Salted almonds

Instructions
 

  • Line a large crock pot and turn to low.
  • Add white chocolate chips or chunks of almond bark to the liner. Sprinkle semi-sweet chocolate chips on top
  • Break up pieces of German chocolate and spread on top. Cover and cook on low.
  • Use a long handled spoon to stir after 45 – 60 minutes. Continue stirring every 15 to 20 minutes until the chocolate is melted. This typically takes 1.5 – 2 hours.
  • Once chocolate is melted sprinkle almonds and dried cherries on top. Stir well.
  • Use a tablespoon or cookie scoop to drop onto a waxed paper covered baking sheet and chill to allow chocolate to set up.

Nutrition

Calories: 181kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 3gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 14mgPotassium: 123mgFiber: 2gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 187IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 53mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Plowing Through Life” is not a dietitian or nutrition professional. Any nutritional information shared is an estimate and can vary greatly depending on specific products are used. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator of your choice.

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4 Comments

  1. This recipe is called Easy Cherry Chocolate Candy, and the recipe calls for white chocolate, but the picture shows candy that is chocolate colored. I’m confused!
    I would like to make this candy but hope you can clarify whether it is white or chocolate or could you use either one for this recipe.

    1. Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life says:

      Hey There! Thanks for asking. At the bottom of the article with step by step pictures is a recipe card that list three types of chocolate that melt together – white chocolate chips or almond bark, semi sweet chocolate chips and German sweet chocolate. We love the depth of flavor from blending three types of chocolate. Hope you enjoy 🙂 ~Jennifer

  2. Can u melt the chocolate in the microwave – it would be quicker?

    1. Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life says:

      Yes! Microwave at :30 intervals, stir often and monitor closely to avoid burning. Hope you enjoy!

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