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The Sweet and Sour of Dried Cherries

Fine Cooking Issue 55
Photo: Scott Phillips
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While testing the recipe for Individual Cinnamon Coffee Cakes with Chocolate-Cherry-Almond Swirl, we snacked on quite a few packages of dried cherries. We found that some were mouth-puckeringly tart (great for snacking); others tasted only of sugar, no hint of cherry. For baking, we liked those that fell somewhere in the middle—sweet-tart and with a definite cherry flavor. The dried cherries we bought from the bulk bins of nearby health-food stores (bottom bowl in the photo) were significantly better than the packaged varieties in the supermarket. The latter were overly sweet and looked like they’d been run over by an 18-wheeler (top bowl). We also like both the sweetened and unsweetened dried cherries from American Spoon Foods.

American Spoon Foods sells sweetened and unsweetened dried cherries; a 6-ounce bag of either is $5.25. Another good sources for dried cherries is Cherry Republic.


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