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. 

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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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