Homemade chocolate covered cherries

The fondant dough is really fun to play with and so yummy!! 😛 It was suprisingly easy to do!

4 large jars maraschino cherries WITH STEMS
2 lbs. sifted powdered sugar
1/2 cup margarine, softened
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp. almond extract
additional powdered sugar
1 lb. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 block food-grade paraffin, shredded (like cheese) AKA Gulf Wax
Drain maraschino cherries well on paper towels.
Cream together sifted powdered sugar, margarine, almond extract and almost all of the condensed milk. You may or may not need the last tablespoon of condensed milk, depending on the weather and humidity, etc.
Mold this mixture in small amounts around the dried cherries to create a layer which entirely envelopes the cherry. Dip hands in powdered sugar to make easier when molding mixture around cherries. Place balls on a cookie sheet and freeze for at least 45 minutes.
Make the cover mixture of: chocolate chips and shredded paraffin. Microwave 5 minutes on high, stirring every half minute to keep chocolate from burning. This can be reheated in microwave if gets too thick.
Hold the cherries by their stems and dip them completely in the chocolate. Place on another cookie sheet on wax paper. Let sit overnight.
The caramel pecan pretzel candies were extremely easy!

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