The original cherry mash candy is sold both as small candy bars and as mini bites, so home bakers often choose between making a cookie bar style or individual candies in muffin cups. If making the candy in a pan, use butter to grease the bottom and sides. Otherwise, lay out 60 mini muffin liners on a cookie sheet.
In a saucepan, combine 1/2 cup butter with 2 cups sugar, 2/3 cup evaporated milk and 12 large marshmallows. Add a pinch of salt, and stir. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, and boil for five minutes. Remove the mixture from heat, and stir in 6 ounces of cherry chips and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Stir until the mixture is blended.
Pour the mixture into the prepared pan or muffin liners, and chill in the refrigerator. Chill the pan for 2 hours or the muffin liners for 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, melt 12 ounces of chocolate chips in a fresh saucepan. Add 2 cups chopped peanuts and 3/4 cup peanut better, stirring well. Spread the chocolate mixture over the cherry layer. Chill until the chocolate is firm. If using the pan, cut the candy into bite-sized squares.Learn more about Candy