With only three ingredients and about 10 minutes of time, these Red White and Blue Sugared Cherries will be the hit of any Memorial Day or 4th of July celebration!
When time is short but you want to whip up something fun and fanciful that everyone will love for the patriotic party you're attending, why not make up a tray of these fun and delicious sugared cherries?
This post is being updated from its original publication in May of 2017.
**Please Note - The printable recipe card with detailed instructions, complete ingredient measurements, and nutritional information for making Patriotic Sugared Cherries is available at the end of this post. OR you can hit the "jump to recipe" button (found above) to be taken directly to the recipe.
The ingredient list:
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Kitchen tools and equipment needed:
- colander (for washing cherries)
- paper towels
- medium-sized microwave-safe bowl
- baking sheet
- parchment paper
- small bowl (for sanding sugar)
Get the kids involved!
Dipping the cherries in chocolate and sugar is quite a bit of fun so call the kids into the kitchen to make some sweet memories.
Can sugared cherries be made for other occasions?
YES!! I love that idea!
Get creative and make them for any and every occasion when fresh cherries are in season.
You could even decorate the top of a cake or cupcake with them, which I think would be really fun and quite eye-catching!
Why this recipe works:
Honestly, this really isn't a recipe per-say, but it's more of a method.
Sugared Cherries are that fast, and that easy to make!
They're easy to pop into your mouth one after the other, and even though they're covered in chocolate, you can still feel good about eating them because under it all sugar and chocolate is fresh fruit.
Sugared cherries require no skill, no baking, and virtually no effort. NO kidding!!
You'll be thrilled when they're the hit of the party, and so are YOU for bringing them! 🙂
CAUTION: Fresh cherries contain pits! Please make sure to spit the pit out before swallowing as they can be a choking hazard (but you already know that)!!
Tips for melting chocolate in the microwave.
It's important to remember when melting chocolate in the microwave (which I did to make these sugared cherries) is to use the microwave on low power at short intervals, and stir the chocolate often until it's creamy and smooth.
Of course, you can always use a double-boiler to melt the chocolate, but why, when the microwave method works just as well and is a lot faster!
Want more patriotic recipe ideas?
*4th of July Frozen Bananas (pictured below)
Want something cold and creamy? Something that’s healthy and yet slightly decadent, too? These White Chocolate Covered Frozen Bananas are just the thing you’re craving!
*Red, White & Blue Bread Pudding (pictured below)
Fresh strawberries, blueberries, rhubarb, and white chocolate mingle with Italian bread cubes and then bathed in a rich and creamy custard sauce before baking. It’s simply the best Red White and Blue Bread Pudding you’ll ever taste.
*Red White and Blue Sugared Cherries (pictured below) THIS IS THE PLACE
Below is the printable recipe card along with the exact ingredient measurements and nutritional information for making today's easy sugared cherries.
Red, White, and Blue Sugared Cherries
- 40 fresh cherries approximately ½ pound, washed and completely dry
- 1 cup white chocolate chips
- blue sanding sugar
- In a small microwave bowl, melt the chocolate chips on low power in 20-second intervals.
- Remove the bowl, stir the chips and continue the process until the chocolate is smooth and creamy.
- Dip the cherries part way into the melted chocolate and then into the blue sanding sugar.
- Set on a parchment lined baking sheet until dry, OR on a baking sheet that has been lightly sprayed with cooking oil.
- Serve chilled or at room temperature.
I sincerely hope you've enjoyed today's fast and easy no-bake red, white, and blue sugared cherries as much as I've enjoyed bringing them to you!