Cherry mash candy is a sweet mixing cherry, chocolate and nuts. Cherry mash candy is made in St. Joseph, Missouri, and is mostly sold in the Midwest.
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.