Cherry Mash Candy Recipe -
Cherry Mash Candy Recipe
  • READY IN 45 mins

Cherry Mash Candy

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"This is one of my favorite Christmas candies!"

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Original recipe makes 1 9x13 inch pan Change Servings
  • PREP

    5 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    45 mins


  1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, stir together sugar, milk, marshmallows, butter, and salt. Simmer for 5 minutes. Add cherry chips and vanilla; stir until melted.
  2. Pour mixture into a well greased 9x13 inch pan, and let cool until hard.
  3. In a microwave, or in a saucepan over low heat, melt chocolate chips and peanut butter. Pour over cherry mixture and spread evenly. Allow to cool before cutting.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 06, 2006

My favorite candy! If you're not from the midwest you may not be familiar with this one. It's very sweet and a nice addition to a candy plate at Christmas.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 19, 2008

First, I used double the chocolate chips and peanut butter. This is how I did it: I melted chocolate chips and peanut butter and spread this into a sprayed pan. Let set. Then I cooked butter, sugar, and milk until soft ball forms. Removed from heat. Add marshmallows, salt, vanilla, and cherry chips. Stirring until all marshmallows and chips are dissolved. Spread this on top of set peanut butter mixture. Then I melted more chocolate chips and peanut butter in microwave. Then I spread this on top of cherry chip mixture. This is like a Cherry Mash Candy Bar. It was delicious...


18 Ratings

Dec 11, 2007

I'm making this right now, the cherry layer is cooling. I have a feeling it's also not going to set up. As I was simmering the stuff I had a feeling it should be cooked to a certain "ball stage", wish I would have gone with my instincts. I'll be really upset if it doesn't totally set up.

Dec 15, 2008

Yes, as other comments have noted, 5 minutes of simmer is not correct. Boil for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. I looked at some other versions and they called for boiling so that is what I did. They turned out fine. I would also maybe put them in a 9 inch pan next time rather than a 9x13 and halve the chocolate topping. They were very thin. I would make them again and probably leave out the peanuts or even the chocolate as well. The cherry fudge layer was much better than I had expected. I made it for a lady at work who had requested it and I expected it to be disgustingly sweet. Turned out pretty good though.

Jan 16, 2013

I've search for years for my Grandmas cherry mash recipe and this is the closest I've come to duplicating hers. My family loves it. I have used a small scoop to form balls with the cherry mash and dipped in the chocolate mixture. This takes a bit longer but well worth it.

Dec 20, 2007

NOT cool. A good rendition of this would be: *Don't use a pan. The cherry layer WILL NOT set up. I had to take off the top chocolate layer, re-heat it, and make little balls of chocolate filled with the VERY STICKY middle. It was a mess. SUCH a mess.

Feb 11, 2013

Its great. Refrigerator to harden. I roll cherry mixture in balls and dip in the choc mixture--makes individual pieces...

Jan 11, 2012

I make this every Christmas. It's one of our favorites and I've never had a problem with the cherry layer not setting up. The trick is to refrigerate the cherry layer while you are melting the chocolate and peanut butter (I use creamy pb and add a small pkg of nut topping). It doesn't have to be completely set up when you pour on the chocolate mixture. Return to fridge til it hardens. Comes out perfect every time! Yum!


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  • Calories
  • 539 kcal
  • 27%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 69.5 g
  • 22%
  • Cholesterol
  • 24 mg
  • 8%
  • Fat
  • 28.9 g
  • 44%
  • Fiber
  • 2.9 g
  • 12%
  • Protein
  • 7 g
  • 14%
  • Sodium
  • 190 mg
  • 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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