Cherry Ripe Balls | No-Bake Recipes (2024)

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Our favourite Cherry Ripe Balls are so simple to make andtaste delicious! Made fromglace cherries,coconut, sweetened condensed milk, pink food colouring and darkchocolate - the perfect dessert or sweet treat!

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If you love Cherry Ripe bars (and who doesn't!?) then you're going to love thesequick and easy Cherry Ripe Balls!Whether you're making them as a Christmas treat, a sneaky late night dessert or for a special morning tea, this is going to become your new favourite no-bake recipe!

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Ingredients For Cherry Ripe Balls

  • glace cherries
  • desiccated coconut
  • sweetened condensed milk
  • pink food colouring
  • dark chocolate
  • coconut oil - optional (see recipe notes below)
  • Cherry Ripe bars - optional (for decoration)

*Please scroll down to the recipe card at the bottom of the post for ingredient quantities and method

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How To Make No-Bake Cherry Ripe Balls

These simple cherry balls take just 15 minutes to prepare! Scroll to the recipe card at the bottom for more detailed instructions and tips.

Step 1 - Chop the glace cherries

Finely chop glace cherries using a knife or blitz them in a food processor or Thermomix. Note: Glace cherries are sticky little things, so be prepared for sticky fingers if you're cutting them with a knife!

Step 2 - Add the coconut and sweetened condensed milk

Mix the coconut and sweetened condensed milk with the chopped glace cherries until sticky and combined.

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Step 3 - Add food colouring

To get that vibrant colour, mix through 4-5 drops of pink or red food colouring until well combined.

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Step 4 - Roll into balls

Roll the mixture into heaped teaspoon-sized balls and place onto a flat baking tray. If your mixture is too soft to roll into balls, add a little more coconut and mix again. Chill the balls in the freezer for 30 minutes.

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Step 5 - Dip into melted chocolate

Gently toss the chilled balls into melted chocolate using two forks or spoons. Allow any excess chocolate to drip off and then place back onto the baking tray. Decorate with a small chunk of Cherry Ripe bar and place into the fridge to set.

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Storing Cherry Ripe Balls

These balls can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. They can also be frozen for up to 3 months.

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More No-Bake Ball Recipes

Just like our Cherry Ripe Balls, these recipes are quick, easy, taste AMAZING... and they're no-bake!

  • White Chocolate Tim Tam Balls
  • Kid-Friendly Rum Balls
  • Bounty Balls (just like a Bounty bar!)
  • Christmas Mint Slice Balls
  • Baileys Tim Tam Balls

FAQ

What are glace cherries and where can I buy them?

Glace cherries are maraschino cherries that have had the stones removed and have been candied in sugar syrup. They are very sweet and sticky! You can buy glace cherries in packets in the dried fruit and nuts section of any supermarket. They are particular popular around Christmas as they are used in many Christmas cakes and recipes.

Do I have to use food colouring?

No, not at all! However, the food colouring gives the balls a beautiful vibrant colour. Without the food colouring, the filling in the balls will be white with a touch of red/brown from the chopped glace cherries.

Can these be made ahead of time and given as a Christmas gift?

Yes, these balls make a delicious addition to any Christmas hamper. They can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days or made ahead of time and frozen for up to 3 months. For more Christmas foodie gifts, check out my entire collection here.

The glace cherries are so sticky! What's the best way to chop them?

Personally I like to use a food processor or a Thermomix to chop/puree them as it avoids the stickiness involved with cutting them with a knife. However, if you choose to use a knife, place the glace cherries on a flat board and cut into small chunks using a sharp serrated knife.

I don't like cherries! Can I make these without them?

Absolutely! If you leave out the glace cherries you'll be left with balls that taste just like Bounty bars! Check out my Bounty Balls recipe here.

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Cherry Ripe Balls

Perfectly delicious no-bake Cherry Ripe Balls made from condensed milk, coconut, glace cherries and chocolate! These are the easiest little bites ever.

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Course: Dessert

Cuisine: Chocolate

Prep Time: 15 minutes minutes

Chilling time: 30 minutes minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes minutes

Servings: 35 balls

Calories: 288kcal

Author: Lucy - Bake Play Smile

Ingredients

  • 200 g glace cherries
  • 360 g (4 cups) desiccated coconut
  • 395 g sweetened condensed milk
  • 4-5 drops pink food colouring
  • 250 g dark chocolate
  • 2 tbs coconut oil optional - see notes
  • 55 g Cherry Ripe bar optional for decoration, cut into small chunks

Metric - US Customary

Instructions

Conventional Method

  • Finely chop the glace cherries into small chunks (or puree in a food processor).

  • Place the chopped cherries into a large bowl.

  • Add the desiccated coconut and sweetened condensed milk and mix until well combined and sticky.

  • Add the pink food colouring and mix until evenly distributed.

  • Roll mixture into heaped teaspoon-sized balls and place onto a baking tray.

  • Place the tray into the freezer for 30 minutes to firm up.

  • Place chocolate melts and coconut oil into the microwave.

  • Cook on 50% power in 30 second bursts until just melted (stirring each time with a dry metal spoon).

  • Using two forks, dip each of the coconut balls into the melted chocolate mixture, allowing any excess to drip off.

  • Place back onto the baking tray and top with a small Cherry Ripe square.

  • Repeat with remaining balls.

  • Keep refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Thermomix Method

  • Place the glace cherries into the TM bowl and puree on Speed 8 for 10 seconds. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.

  • Add the coconut and condensed milk and mix on Reverse, Speed 4 until completely combined.

  • Add the pink food colouring and mix on Reverse, Speed 4 until the colour is evenly distributed.

  • Roll mixture into heaped teaspoon-sized balls and place onto a baking tray. Place the tray into the freezer for 30 minutes to firm up.

  • Place chocolate and coconut oil into the TM bowl. Melt on Speed 2, 50 degrees for 4 minutes (scraping down the sides of the bowl partway through). Pour the melted chocolate into a small bowl.

  • Using two forks, dip each of the balls into the melted chocolate mixture, allowing any excess to drip off.

  • Place back onto the baking tray and top with a small Cherry Ripe square.

  • Repeat with remaining balls.

  • Keep refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Notes

RECIPE NOTES

Chilling -It's important to chill the balls in the freezer for 30 minutes before dipping in melted chocolate. This allows the balls to firm up and keep their shape when coated in chocolate.

Glace cherries - Glace cherries are maraschino cherries that have had the stones removed and have been candied in sugar syrup. They are very sweet and sticky! You can buy glace cherries in packets in the dried fruit and nuts section of any supermarket.

Chopping the cherries - A food processor or Thermomix will chop/puree the cherries without getting your fingers sticky (the best option!).Alternatively, if you choose to use a knife, place the glace cherries on a flat board and cut into small chunks using a sharp serrated knife.

Food colouring - Ilike to add foodcolouring to the Cherry Ripe Balls as it gives them a beautiful vibrant colour. Without the food colouring, the filling in the balls will be white with a touch of red/brown from the chopped glace cherries (still just as delicious but not as appealing to look at!).

Cherry Ripe bars - Ilike to decorate the top ofmy Cherry Ripe Balls with a small chunk of chopped up Cherry Ripe bar. Cherry Ripe is a brand of chocolate bar manufactured by Cadbury in Australia. They are long skinny bars of cherries and coconut coated with dark chocolate. If you can't buy Cherry Ripe bars, simply make the balls as per the recipe, dip them in chocolate and skip the final optional decorating step.

Christmas gifts - These make the perfect Christmas foodie gift for family and friends. They can be made ahead of time and given as part of a Christmas hamper.

Storing the balls - These balls can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. They can also be frozen for up to 3 months.

Alternative - These balls can be made without the cherries and they'll taste just likeBounty bars! Check out my Bounty Balls recipe here.

Nutrition

Calories: 288kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 23mg | Potassium: 209mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 30IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 1.9mg

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