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Chocolate Covered Cherry Mice

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These Chocolate Covered Cherry Mice are always a hit when we give them to neighbors and friends. They’re a blast to make as a family too!

Chocolate Covered Cherry Mice on various bowls with title text reading Chocolate Covered Cherry Mice

Every year when we do our holiday baking, my kids look most forward to making the chocolate covered cherry mice. We discovered this recipe courtesy of Family Fun magazine and it has been a hit with everyone we share them with each year.

Chocolate Covered Cherry Mice on various bowls and on a table

How to Make Chocolate Covered Cherry Mice

Normally, I’m all about the easiest recipes possible. I’m a big fan of 3-ingredient dump cakes that only take 5 minutes of hands-on time.

But, I make an exception for these mice because the kids love making them, everyone loves to receive them, and they’re simply adorable! If you like cherry desserts, you should try these Cherry Cheesecake Dessert Wontons too.

overhead view of Chocolate Covered Cherry Mice on various bowls and on a table

Thankfully, you only need a few simple ingredients to make them. You’ll need maraschino cherries, melting chocolate, sliced almonds, Hershey’s kisses, and some frosting.

ingredients needed to make Chocolate Covered Cherry Mice

Step 1: Melt the Chocolate

To start, we have to melt the chocolate. I usually melt mine in the microwave. Be very careful not to overheat it, otherwise it gets thick and goopy.

melted chocolate in a glass bowl

Step 2: Coat Each Cherry

Next, you’ll dip each cherry into the chocolate (holding onto the stem).

a cherry being dipped in a glass bowl of melted chocolate

Make sure the cherry is coated completely in chocolate.

a cherry dipped in chocolate above a glass bowl of melted chocolate

Step 4: Attach the Head

The cherry is the mouse’s body. Now we need to attach the Hershey’s kisses for the mouse’s head.

Lay the chocolate covered cherry down on wax paper with the stem out to the back and press a Hershey’s kiss onto the opposite side.

a Hershey's kiss on a chocolate covered cherry

Step 5: Add the Ears

Quickly, before the chocolate sets, add two sliced almonds to each mouse as its ears. The almonds should slide between the Hershey’s kiss and the cherry. Once the chocolate hardens, it will hold the ears and head in place.

almonds as ears on chocolate covered cherry mice

Step 6: Finishing Touches

Finally, we just need to add a couple of finishing touches. Add two dots of blue or green frosting to give each mouse a pair of eyes. And add a small dot of red or pink frosting to the tip of the Hershey’s kiss for the nose.

frosting used to make blue eyes and a red nose on chocolate covered cherry mice

How cute are these little guys? As soon as the chocolate sets, you can safely move them to a storage container or serving plate.

Chocolate Covered Cherry Mice on various bowls

Chocolate Covered Cherry Mice Recipe

Here’s the recipe card for the chocolate covered cherry mice recipe so you can print it off to follow along if you prefer.

📋 Recipe

Hershey Kiss Mice, with almond slice ears and candy eyes, rest on a wooden surface. The charming chocolate-covered cherry mice add a sweet touch to any treat table.

Hershey Kiss Mice

Corinne Schmitt
These Hershey Kiss Mice are always a hit when we give them to neighbors and friends.
5 from 16 votes
Prep Time 50 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 36
Calories 99 kcal


  • Microwave safe bowl
  • Wax paper


  • 8 ounces almond bark
  • 2 jars maraschino cherries preferably WITH stems
  • 12 ounce bag Hershey's kisses
  • 4 ounce bag sliced almonds
  • red decorator's frosting
  • blue decorator's frosting


  • Unwrap Hershey's kisses and set aside.
    12 ounce bag Hershey's kisses
  • Drain cherries and pat with paper towels to dry.
    2 jars maraschino cherries
  • Melt almond bark according to package directions.
    8 ounces almond bark
  • Dip cherries in chocolate one at a time and set on wax paper.
  • Immediately press a Hershey's kiss against the front of the dipped cherry (the side opposite the stem) and insert 2 sliced almonds between the kiss and the cherry.
    4 ounce bag sliced almonds
  • After all of the mice are assembled, dab a dot of red decorator's frosting on the tip of each kiss to make the nose and add two dots of blue to make the eyes.
    red decorator's frosting, blue decorator's frosting


Makes approximately 60 mice.

Pro Tips

  • Besides just draining the cherries, you can also rinse them and then pat them with paper towels to dry. This helps make it so the chocolate will be able to stick to the cherries when you dip them.
  • It’s much easier and less messy to dip the cherry in the chocolate if there are stems on the cherries.
  • You can put each chocolate covered cherry mouse on half of a double stuffed Oreo, or on a white chocolate covered Oreo, so it looks like it’s on the snow.
This dessert is much easier to put together if you do it in an assembly line. Just go down the line putting the treat together and the assembly will be quicker.

Recipe FAQs

How long does it take for the chocolate to set?
It usually takes about 15-30 minutes for the chocolate to set at room temperature, or you can refrigerate them so they’ll set faster.
How should I store these chocolate covered cherry mice?
Store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They should last for up to a week.
Are there any creative variations of this recipe?
You can experiment with different types of nuts, chocolate, and even add additional decorations like sprinkles.


Calories: 99kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 1gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 10mgPotassium: 22mgFiber: 1gSugar: 10gCalcium: 26mgIron: 1mg
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15 thoughts on “Chocolate Covered Cherry Mice”

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  3. these are sooooo cute! My kids would love to make these for sure. They would make a great classroom gift.

  4. Awe so cute! Looks fairly quick and easy to make. These must be really popular with kids as they look so yummy!

  5. When I first saw this, it was shared on someones page and I just saw the title. My first thought was – Wow I thought chocolate covered bugs were gross. Then I came to see the post and these are so cute.

  6. Those are too cute! I can attest to the fact that it is easier to dip the cherries with the stem on, but those turned out great!

  7. Oh how cute are those, I’m not sure I would want to eat them they look so nice, but they do also sound like they taste delicious.. x

  8. 5 stars
    These are adorable! Love the little blue eyes. I think my daughter would get a kick out of them.

  9. These are so cute! I planned to make these for my children but bought chocolate covered cherries from the store. I think the homemade ones will be much prettier. Thanks for the tip!

  10. 5 stars
    Those are almost too cute to eat lol! My boys would absolutely LOVE these and they sound easy enough for even me to make 🙂

  11. That’s one cute idea….I would love to do this one for sure!


  12. These little mice are too cute to eat! (But I’m sure everyone else in my family would be happy to eat these cute chocolate covered cherries right up). I love making frosted cut-out cookies each year with my kiddos at Christmas time.

  13. Hi Corinne – Oh my goodness – these little guys are too adorable! I love how you have this family tradition, and I’m sure your kids will carry on when they get older. Hugs, Holly

  14. I love these little mice! I bet they taste good and don’t last long in the house. I can see where having the “tail” would be easier, but I am glad you worked with what you had. When my daughter was young, I used to get Family Fun magazine – we still use recipes and ideas from it!

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