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Food Product: Natural Maraschino Cherries

Maraschino cherries are odd. What strikes me about their oddness is the screaming colors of fire engine red and emerald green. We know that cherries do not look like that distorted in real life. It’s okay to dye your hair red but not your cherries.

Which is why I like Tillen Farms natural

Delicious Maraschino Cherries
Delicious Maraschino Cherries

 Merry Maraschino cherries. They’re the color of cherries not some screaming red patent leather.

Disclosure: Tillen Farms sent me two jars. But for the record, if I don’t like something — whether it’s free or not — I will share my opinions with my readers.

The Super Market Guru, Phil Lempert (I don’t know who he is) reviewed the cherries calling them “unbelievable” and gave them a rating of 96.

I cannot give them a grade or score but I will admit to eating the entire 14-ounce jar (cherries are 10 calories each) over three days. I really had to ration them. Then I poured some of the sweet cherry liquid into a glass of lemonade and then some more of the sweet cherry liquid into a glass of lemonade and vodka.

The third time, I skipped the lemonade and just mixed the vodka with the sweet maraschino cherry liquid and some cherries. It was a pretty red pink and very refreshing on a hot summer night.

I thought of freezing the liquid and making ice cubes but that didn’t happen because I consumed the “juice” in its liquid state.

What I liked about these Tillen cherries is they were a tad sweet and they tasted like real cherries unlike other maraschino cherries that taste plain weird.

Apparently Tillen Farms is a family business that has been around for 40+ years. I was not previously familar with the brand.  According to the press material, the Merry Maraschino Cherries are natural, have no preservatives, sulfites, artificial colors, or flavoring and are also sodium and gluten free.

The price of a 14-ounce jar is $6.99. Tillen Farms also offers nine other types of pickled vegetables including snap peas, peppers, and asparagus. Jars are sold individually and gift baskets are available for purchase as well. Tillen Farms products are available in specialty supermarkets and online.

Tillen Farms suggest using these cherries in your Manhattan (that would be good), as a sweet topping on sorbet or ice cream, and to place in the middle of a sugar cookie. That is all so traditional and these cherries are anything but. I suggest what I did above with lemonade and vodka or topping a cheesecake or cheesecake cupcakes, and definitely freezing the cherry liquid as ice cubes and dropping them into lemonade or sparking water. 

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  1. Now to find out if they’re available in my neck of the woods!

    I know they do seem a bit odd, but there’s also a tiny bit of nostalgia rolled into those bright red cherries (though the green ones have never appealed to me).

  2. The tagline on my jar of “bright red cherries” is something like “It’s not dessert until the cherry is on top.” I, too, love the nostalgic red cherries from my childhood, but these natural cherries sound delicious. My mature palate is always looking for authenticity.

  3. When I was a kid living in Ohio, we would go to Isaly’s for ice cream. One of my favorite flavors was whitehouse which was vanilla ice cream and big maraschino cherries.

    That was then and this is now and since I still have another jar, I may mix up and freeze a reduced fat vanilla with the cherries.

    Ah the possibilities…

  4. Where to find Tillen Farms cherries:

    First time internet shoppers, Tillen Farms is offering a one time 20% discount on line using the code # TFM89 when checking out.

    The cherries are now available at King’s Supermarkets in New Jersey, Stop ‘N Shop supermarkets in New England and New York State and Giant Foods stores in the Baltimore, Washington markets. They are also available in many divisions of Whole Foods in the Mid-Atlantic region, Southwest, Midwest, Northern California and Southern California. In addition, they are available in Kroger Divisions in Houston, Dallas and QFC (Quality Food Centers in Seattle). Locally, the cherries are available at Gourmet Garages in NYC, Zabar’s and many specialty retailers.

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