These ganache-drenched bonbons are conveniently kid-sized but fancy enough for all ages. In February, I look forward to having them in the fridge each day when I get home from work — the perfect little dessert to satisfy me without making me stress over my blood sugar. If your Valentine lives with diabetes (and/or celiac disease), I can’t think of a better way to show you care!

Nutritional Information

Serves: 12

Serving Size: 1 cheesecake ball

  • Calories: 159
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Total Fat: 14g
  • Protein: 2g
  • Total Carbohydrate: 7g


  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅔ cup erythritol powdered-style sweetener, such as Swerve Confectioners (do not use a granular sweetener)
  • 12 maraschino cherries, pitted and well drained
  • ½ cup extra-dark chocolate baking chips
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream

How To Make It

  1. In a medium freezer-safe bowl, beat cream cheese, butter, vanilla extract, and powdered sweetener with an electric mixer (start your mixer slowly to avoid a mess).
  2. Place the bowl in the freezer for at least 1 hour, until firm.
  3. Roll cheesecake mixture into balls, working quickly while the mixture is still cold (each ball should be about a heaping tablespoon or so). Push a cherry into the center of each ball and form the cream cheese mixture around it. Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  4. Place the cookie sheet in the freezer for 30 minutes.
  5. Melt chocolate chips in the microwave, 20 seconds at a time, stirring after each time until smooth, to avoid burning. (It should take about 1 to 1½ minutes total.) Add the heavy cream and stir until completely incorporated (this will also help the chocolate to cool slightly).
  6. Roll each cheesecake ball in chocolate. This step is messy; using a fork or two spoons can help. Set the chocolate-coated balls back on the parchment-lined cookie sheet.
  7. Place the balls in the refrigerator for a few hours to firm up. You can eat them after about 15 minutes of chilling, but they set up better if left to chill thoroughly. Serve cold.

Disclaimer: The experiences and suggestions recounted in these articles are not intended as medical advice, and they are not necessarily the "typical" experiences of families with a child who has type 1 diabetes. These situations are unique to the families depicted. Families should check with their healthcare professionals regarding the treatment of type 1 diabetes and the frequency of blood glucose monitoring.