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Easy Chocolate Cherry Fudge
About 4 dozen pieces


  • 1/3 - cup finely chopped maraschino cherries, well drained
  • 1/2 - cup (1 stick) butter
  • 3-2/3 - cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 - cup Hershey’s Cocoa or Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa
  • 1/4 - cup evaporated milk
  • 1/3 - cup pecan pieces
  • 1 - teaspoon almond extract
  • Maraschino cherry halves, well drained (optional)
  • Slivered almonds (optional)


Line 8-inch square pan with foil. Lightly press chopped cherries between layers of paper towels to remove excess moisture.

  1. Place butter in medium microwave-safe bowl.
  2. Microwave at HIGH (100%) 1 minute or until melted; stir in powdered sugar, cocoa and evaporated milk until well blended.
  3. Microwave at HIGH 1-1/2 minutes; stir vigorously.
  4. Microwave at HIGH an additional 30 seconds at a time, until mixture is hot, slightly thickened and smooth when stirred. Do NOT boil.
  5. Stir in chopped cherries, pecans and almond extract.
  6. Spread mixture into prepared pan.
  7. Cover; refrigerate until firm.
  8. Remove foil; cut into squares.
  9. Garnish with cherry halves and slivered almonds pressed lightly onto fudge, if desired.
  10. Serve cold; refrigerate leftover fudge.

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