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.
Maraschino cherries are high in sugar and contain significantly lower levels of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants and beneficial phytochemicals than fresh cherries.
The sulfur dioxide brine and food dyes may cause adverse reactions for sensitive individuals.
Canned fruit cocktail, frozen yogurt, ice crea, milkshakes
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
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