Maraschino cherries are sweet cherries that have been preserved and sweetened. The process typically includes bleaching in a sulfur dioxide and calcium chloride solution, then soaking in a sugar syrup with food coloring and an almond flavoring.

Health considerations

Maraschino cherries are high in sugar and contain significantly lower levels of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants and beneficial phytochemicals than fresh cherries.

Keep in mind

The sulfur dioxide brine and food dyes may cause adverse reactions for sensitive individuals.

May be found in

Canned fruit cocktail, frozen yogurt, ice crea, milkshakes


U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Cherries and Health: A Review

Alternative Spellings and Names

Cocktail cherries

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