Maraschino Cherries are Full of Unnatural Ingredients? Yes, the ones you put in your sweet child’s Shirley Temple or Roy Rodgers drink or atop that perfect Ice Cream Sunday.   The ingredient statement on a jar of maraschino cherries reads: Cherries, Water, Corn Syrup, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Citric Acid, Natural & Artificial Flavor, Potassium Sorbate and Sodium Benzoate, FD&C Red #40, and sulfur dioxide.

Dangers of Maraschino Cherry Ingredients

Not many “real” ingredients there and none that promote health.  Red #40 is made from petroleum, the consumption of High Fructose Corn Syrup has been linked to obesity, and the rest of the ingredients are suspect (click on them to read more).

Why feed these to your children and yourself when truly all-natural maraschino cherries are available? These cherries have vegetable-based coloring and flavors and none of the other chemicals found in traditional maraschino cherries. Tillen Farms makes Merry Marashino Cherries which reatail for around $5 a jar. They also make a fun Badda Bing version.

Natural Maraschino Cherries without the chemicals

What are you giving up?  All the unnatural ingredients and the unnatural red color of the manufactured cherries.  These are more muted – ie, natural.  Plus, they’re grown and bottled in the US.  Check out the ingredient list – everything is recognizable as a food ingredient!

Ingredients Cherries, water, sugar, vegetable and fruit concentrate (color), natural flavor (Color is from radish and black carrot. Natural flavor is lemon concentrate.)

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