Chocolate Covered Cherry Mice
with handmade gift box
- a jar of maraschino cherries with stems
- a bag of Hershey’s kisses
- a bag of almond slivers
- a bag of chocolate chips
- either wax paper, powdered sugar or shredded coconut on a cookie sheet (the coconut tastes YUMMY with the mice)
Empty the cherries from the jar carefully and rinse them off. Then blot as dry as you can get them.
Melt the chocolate chips according to the package directions.
grasp the cherries by the stem (close to the cherry so it doesn’t break off) and dip them in the melted chocolate.
With your free hand pick up a Hershey Kiss & dip the point in the pink icing. Hold it upside down and place the bottom of the cherry on the bottom of the kiss. Hold it for a second or two for the chocolate to begin to set.
Place on cookie sheet.
Place two slivers of almonds between kiss & cherry before chocolate gets too hard and position as ‘ears’.
Repeat for the remaining cherries until you have a tray full of mice 😉
Now you could totally stop here and just devour but I saw this awesome post in 2008 (I actually read it then and thought it was neat she made the mice too! but then forgot about it lol) that indicates how to create a box to hold 2 mice as a mini gift. I was a little unclear about the folding for a little bit but with some fiddling I got it. I wanted to share with you a photo tutorial so that you can re-create the box too for neighbor gifts or teacher gifts!
Cut one piece of regular sized cardstock (the 8.5 by 11 size) to 7 & 1/2 by 7 & 1/2 inches square.
Then score at 2 & 1/5 inches, rotate the piece and score again at 2 & 1/2 inches. Continue until you’ve gone all the way around.
This is what you should have:
Now cut in on two opposite sides up to the first score line. This is what that should look like:
Now this part I couldn’t take photos and do it so I’ll try and explain. Fold in on all the score lines. Then take the four corners and overlap them on the middle tab (in between where you cut). This will create your box. (The photo below shows it with an insert U shaped piece of cardstock inserted to hold up the mice for the ‘pretty’ factor 😉
Now you can just stop there and put your shredded coconut bed in & then the mice and wrap with cling wrap but I liked what Lisa did by creating a clear ‘lid’. I used a piece of projector sheet (the clear sheet teacher’s used to use with the projectors 😉 Am I dating myself?) to create mine.
The lid is 5″ by 5″ square and you score 1 & 1/2″ in from one edge, turn the sheet score 1 & 1/2″ in again and repeat until you’ve gone all the way around. Cut in on 2 sides on the score lines, like we did for the bottom. Then fold it all up for the box shape. I used double sided tape to secure it and keep it pretty clear.
If you haven’t already: put some shredded coconut in the box, arrange 2 chocolate covered cherry mice on top & place the lid on. I used a bit of ribbon to ‘dress up’ the seam where the lid and bottom meet & then used double sided tape to affix my ‘Twas the Night tag.
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Have a happy day,
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