The pros: Trader Joe’s Pitted Amarena Cherries are new and perfect for the cherry lover in your life. This jar is a nice size. Would make for a good stocking stuffer.
The cons: This is a seasonal item and there is no telling if this will be back next year.
The verdict: It’s that time of year where there are more products that you know what to do with. I picked this item up and had no clue what to do with it. I had even read a few online conversations about these comparing them to the ones that Williams Sonoma sells called Luxardo Maraschino Cherries. Now, I haven’t tried those. Based on the nearly $20 per jar price tag, I don’t think I will be trying them any time soon to compare these to them. But I can compare them against something that more of us are more familiar with: maraschino cherries.
Maraschino cherries are the type of fruit where you question if they are fruit at all. They’re a strange yet kid-friendly color. I’ve seen maraschino cherries sold in almost every color of the rainbow. However, they taste nothing like the variety that nature provides. These, however, are what maraschino cherries should be like. Now, I’m not a big cherry fan, but I really liked these. Out of the jar, most of these had their stems. A few did not, but I’m not sure if me using a spoon to get a few out had anything to do with it. The syrup was so dark that I couldn’t pursue that answer any further. These cherries are dark in color.
Biting into them there still enough texture to let you know that this is real fruit. The cherries are almost as dark as the cherry cola that I made these with. The syrup is also a very deep purple-red color and intense in flavor. The taste is a pure cherry that is both sweet, tart, and a touch sour. But somehow that makes for a really good combination. These aren’t exactly diet-friendly, but they make for a great treat.
For $3.99 this jar has so many possibilities. Yes, you can eat these straight from the jar, use them to top a sundae, make a really cherry cola, make a nice cocktail, probably even bake a dessert with these. This is versatile and tasty. Best of all, the juice is worth saving and repurposing as well. A really good find. It’s priced right and would make for a nice stocking stuffer too.
If these are out of season at your local Trader Joe’s, then you might be able to find them through third-party sellers on Amazon.
Here is the visual rundown of what you get if you buy this product:
The jar of Trader Joe’s Pitted Amarena Cherries:
The nutritional information:
How Trader Joe’s describes this:
I used mine to make a home made cherry coke. But there were a number of these that were sampled too.
Would I buy this again? It’s going to take a while to use entire jar of Trader Joe’s Pitted Amarena Cherries. If it’s still around when this is done, I’m happy to pick up another one. These were tasty and delicious.
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