Healthy Homemade Maraschino Cherries
These Healthy Homemade Maraschino Cherries are perfect in drinks like Shirley Temples and boozy cocktails, desserts like Banana Splits and creamy Homemade Vanilla Frozen Yogurt, or even regular yogurt, parfaits and more! No need for the alcohol, artificial food dyes, high fructose corn syrup and preservatives whatsoever.
While I was sad that these Homemade Maraschinos didn’t turn out bright red like the storebought stuff, I did some research on how Maraschino Cherries are made. It’s actually a very long and complicated process (longer than DIY Vanilla Extract!). I’m pretty impatient so no way on earth was I going to buy a special tool kit and start from scratch… oh yeah, did I mention that we’d have to brine a bunch of cherries for a month and a half? I would probably forget about it in the very back corner of my fridge and they would stay there for eternity. I’ll settle with dark reddish-purple cherries that still have a bit of “crunch” and burst with every bite. At least the Maraschino juice ended up a vibrant red! And packed full of flavor too, I could drink it straight
I like this ingredient list much better than the jars you can get at the store. Storebought Maraschino Cherries are typically made with the following ingredients:
Cherries, Water, Corn Syrup, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Citric Acid, Natural and Artificial Flavor, Potassium Sorbate and Sodium Benzoate (Preservatives), FD&C Red 40, and Sulfur Dioxide (Preservative).
Sugar, Preservatives, Food Coloring.
Hmmm… I’ll skip all that, thanks. Not only because it’s unhealthy but because the process of making your own Maraschinos is fun! And super easy, too.
So now that you’ve seen the ingredients in both the storebought vs. homemade cherries, I’ll show you the nutrition labels for the two. On the left is the nutrition label for storebought Maraschino Cherries and on the right is the nutrition label for the healthified Desserts with Benefits Maraschino Cherries:
As you can see, there isn’t much of a difference between the two labels. But it isn’t all about calories and carbs and sugar, it’s about the quality of the ingredients used, the nutrients in the ingredients used, and of course the flavor!!
I’m going to try this recipe again once sweet cherries are back in season!