Cranberries that have been sugared

Delicious cranberries coated in sugar create an easy, two-ingredient, no-bake holiday snack! Sugared cranberries are also an excellent garnish for any of your holiday recipes.

I’ve always liked candy that is both sweet and sour. Why? I’m not sure. But what about Sour Patch Kids? Ohhhhh. They are just up my alley.

Cranberries aren’t sour, but they are tart, which makes them ideal for my first sweet and tart candy, Sugared Cranberries. I’ve also heard them referred to as candied cranberries; the same thing, just a different name.

Can I use frozen cranberries?

You certainly can! I always have frozen cranberries on hand, and that’s what I normally use to make them.

Just place the required quantity in a bowl and let it at room temperature for approximately 10 minutes before tossing it in the simple syrup mixture.

Sugared cranberries are easy to make

I tried to keep this dish as easy as possible. Simple to make during the hectic Christmas season. Something that needs almost no thought since the post-Thanksgiving food coma is still present.

Fortunately, producing them was the first step in creating this lovely festive pavlova. However, this meant they had a function and I couldn’t just sit down and devour them all. As a result, I had to create a double batch.

[finger snaps] Oh, please.

You only need 2 ingredients

These are incredibly simple and just take two ingredients if you don’t include water (which I don’t):

  • cranberries (fresh or frozen) (fresh or frozen)
  • sugar, granulated
  1. Bring some water and sugar to a boil until the sugar melts, then toss in the cranberries to coat.
  2. Let them to cool somewhat on a wire rack before coating with sugar.

Voila! You now have sugared cranberries on your hands. They make a lovely garnish as well as a tasty snack. Even though they’re sugar-coated, the natural acidity of the cranberries keeps them from being excessively sweet.

How to use sugared cranberries

I keep them in a tiny bowl in my fridge since I like them cold, but theyre also the ideal little snack to lay out on the counter during a party and let your guests grab a couple if the whim strikes them.

You might garnish a drink with them, such as Cranberry Mimosas or Cranberry Champagne Margaritas.

You might also put them on top of:

  • Mascarpone Whipped Cream on Pavlova
  • Christmas Log Cake (Bche de Nol)
  • Roll of Gingerbread Cake with Eggnog Cream Cheese Filling
  • Simple Apple Strudel
  • Tart of Fresh Fruit with Lemon Mascarpone Cream
  • Bars of Sugar Cookie
  • Beet Chocolate Cake
  • Fruit Tart with Nutella

How to store sugared cranberries

Refrigerate them in an airtight container.

How long do sugared cranberries last?

They’ll keep in an airtight jar in the fridge for a few days. If they start to cry a little, simply roll them in additional sugar!

Sugared Cranberries

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Prep Time: 10mins
Cook Time: 10mins
Total Time: 2hrs20mins
Servings: 1cup
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Tart cranberries rolled in sugar make for a simple, 2-ingredient, no-bake snack for the holidays!


  • Sheet pan with a high side
  • Paper made with parchment
  • Cooling racks made of wire
  • Small saucepan
  • blending bowls


  • 1 cup granulated sugar (distributed)
  • cupwater
  • 1 cup cranberries, fresh


  • 2 cup of water
    2 cup sugar and water. Remove from heat after stirring continuously until the sugar has dissolved.
    1 pound granulated sugar 1
    Combine 1 in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  • Stir in the cranberries to coat. Let to settle for 5-10 minutes, stirring regularly to achieve even coating.
    1 cup cranberries, fresh
  • Cool the cranberries on a wire rack (placing parchment paper underneath to catch the dripping sugar syrup). Let for an hour of cooling.
  • In a large mixing basin, combine the remaining sugar and half of the cranberries. To mix, toss everything together. Transfer coated cranberries to clean parchment paper to set using a slotted spoon. Repeat with the second half. Let to sit for at least an hour before serving.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 820kcal | Carbohydrates: 212g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 10mg | Potassium: 89mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 204g | Vitamin A: 60IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg


Can you eat raw cranberries?

Consume them uncooked. You may eat them whole like blueberries, add them to salads, porridge, or combine them into a smoothie. If they’re too tart for you, cut them up and combine them with some sugar or agave syrup. Make a jelly or sauce out of them.

Do cranberries need to be sweetened?

To remove some of the acidity, these berries are customarily sweetened and boiled or sweetened and dried. Cranberries may be consumed raw, although the strong taste may not be to your liking.

How many calories are in sugared cranberries?

118 calories per serving; 0.1g protein; 30.4g carbs; 0.9g fiber; 0.1mg iron; and 2mg calcium.

What type of sugar is in cranberries?

Cranberries are mostly made up of carbohydrates and fiber ( 1 ). They mostly consist of simple sugars such as sucrose, glucose, and fructose ( 2 ).

Can you eat raw uncooked cranberries?

Cranberries are more than simply a delicious sauce ingredient. You may eat them whole or add them to smoothies or salads. While its harsh, bitter taste is not for everyone, eating fresh cranberries is safe and simple.

How do you sweeten raw cranberries?

In a medium saucepan, combine sugar and water.
Continue to boil and whisk the liquid until it is clear and the sugar has dissolved.
Take from the heat and set aside to cool.
After the syrup has cooled, pour it over the cranberries, ensuring sure they are well submerged.
Refrigerate for at least 24 hours.
Drain and serve the cranberries.
Jan 13, 2016

How do you dry and sweeten fresh cranberries?

Preheat the oven to 170 degrees Fahrenheit and prepare a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
Toss the cranberries with the maple syrup after cutting them in half.
Put the baking sheet in the oven to dry for 2-4 hours, or longer if your oven is large.
Remove from the oven and set aside to cool fully.
More to come…

Why can’t you eat raw cranberries?

Yes, raw cranberries are safe to consume, however you’ll probably want to incorporate them in a dish, such as a smoothie, sauce, or relish, since their intense tanginess may be off-putting to some people.

Are candied cranberries healthy?

Dried Cranberries should be treated as if they were candy.

While dried fruit sounds nutritious and, in moderation, may be, dried cranberries have a nutritional profile more akin to confectionery. Apart from the minimal quantity of fiber, they provide no vitamins or minerals and instead provide harmful added sugar.

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