Okay, CUTEST IDEA EVER! "Chocolate Covered Cherry Mice!" Way cool and way easy to make. They're the hit of the party every time!
-Jar of maraschino cherries WITH STEMS ATTACHED, drained and patted dry
-Bag of chocolate chips (semi-sweet for darker chocolate, milk chocolate for lighter color, or white chocolate chips for a white mouse)
-Hershey’s Kisses, unwrapped (Dark chocolate kisses if dipping cherries in semi-sweet chocolate chips or milk chocolate kisses if dipping cherries in milk chocolate chips – the colors match better)
-Small bag slivered almonds (or flattened raisins if there is a nut allergy)
-Optional: Gel or white frosting for eyes and nose
-Drain maraschino cherries (leave stems attached for the tails).
-Dip cherries, one at a time, in melted chocolate (can melt chocolate chips in a double boiler or the microwave).
-Place on waxed paper-lined pan with stem pointing to the side. Wait a minute for chocolate to set slightly and then stick a Hershey's Kiss on the front of the cherry. Hold them together a few seconds until the chocolate cools enough to stay when you let go.
-Place two slivered almonds for ears between body and head before the chocolate cools completely (can use flattened raisins if allergic to nuts).
-Cool in fridge after all are finished.
-Can add dots of frosting or gel for the eyes and nose.
NOTE: If you have any melted chocolate left over after all the mice are formed, throw some whole nuts or pretzels or firm berries into the chocolate. Gently stir to cover them with the chocolate before placing them on waxed paper and then in the fridge for an extra chocolate-covered treat.