Sweet on Trader Joe's: Pitted Amarena Cherries review

Trader Joe's Amarena Cherries review

Trader Joe's Pitted Amarena Cherries. This may be a first for our Trader Joe's reviews...I've actually used these in a recipe before reviewing them. More on that in a minute. 

Trader Joe's Amarena Cherries review

These cherries come in a 16-ounce jar; look for them on an endcap or near the jellies and jams. I believe they are seasonal, but I don't know how long their "season" is. 

The cherries are pitted with stems intact. Similar to Maraschinos, Amarena cherries are sweet and packed in syrup. A jar costs $4.49. 

Trader Joe's Amarena Cherries review

Trader Joe's Pitted Amarena Cherries review:

She says: Oh. My. These cherries are one of my favorite Trader Joe's finds. I thank Flavia for that. They're sweet and decadent in a thick, luxurious syrup. No artificial colors or flavors. As much as I love a Maraschino cherry, these are better. The cherries are more flavorful with a sumptuous syrup. Amarena cherries are like Maraschino's very sophisticated aunt who lives on the Amalfi Coast, wears red lipstick, a scarf, and big sunglasses.

Overall rating: 5 of 5 stars

He (Mr. E) says: I like cherries.  A LOT.  Mostly in pies, as a topping on ice cream sundaes, or in milkshakes.   But these were super rich in flavor, not like the cherries you normally come across.  I’m not much of a mixed-drink, adult beverage kind of guy (beer or whiskey, please and thank you), but I had cocktails on the brain after just two of these cherries. 

Overall rating: 4 of 5 stars

How to use Amarena cherries? 

  • in a drink or cocktail (hello, cherry Coke!)
  • in a recipe, like this Amarena Cherry and Chocolate Marbled Bundt Cake!
  • on a cheeseboard
  • to top an ice cream sundae
  • for a gift with a bottle of booze and some pretty glasses
  • ...right out of the jar

Trader Joe's Amarena Cherry Coke

Y'all. These cherries make for the most sophisticated cherry coke ever. 

Trader Joe's Amarena Cherries review + recipe

Oh, and here's that Amarena Cherry and Chocolate Marbled Bundt Cake I made last year. It's dreamy. 

Trader Joe's Pitted Amarena Cherries : Be sure to pick up a jar (or three!) while they're in stock! 

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  1. How ironic! I was just watching an old(ish) Great British Baking Show episode where these cherries were used in a recipe. Thanks for breaking them down for me! Hadn't heard of them before!

  2. I learned the hard way how seasonal these cherries are. This year, I stocked up and plan to make them last. My favorite use is a variation of Smitten Kitchen's blueberry scones; these cherries and dark chocolate chips are heaven. Glad to see you like them, too.

  3. Thank you so much for reviewing this! I've always eyeballed them when I've gone in and have yet to buy them, but you just sealed the deal!

  4. Both of your reviews cracked me up! Bridget, yours made me want to be that very sophisticated aunt! I think my little B would love these cherries in a special Christmas kids drink to start a new fun tradition.

  5. Unfortunately, these are NOT seasonal, but DISCONTINUED. I was at TJ's inquiring about when thet were getting them in. They looked it up and gave me the sad news...

    1. Interesting as my store had just gotten them in and the receipt says "HOL" which is indicative of Holiday Items. Either way, time to stock up!

  6. Wow these cherries tasted so luxurious! I’m so glad I tried them. It was so sweet and the right about o tart. I might throw a few in my dark chocolate chip cookies.

  7. If I remember well, TJ discontinued their Morello Cherries, not the Amarena Cherries. I just stocked up on these fabulous Amarena Cherries today, before they disappear... had been waiting for them to arrive in store.

  8. Just left Trader Joe's in Nashville to find that they have officially been discontinued. RIP Amarena Cherries!

  9. These cherries are wonderful cut in half and baked on spritz or chocolate spritz cookies.


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