These Sparkling Cranberries are so easy to make right at home and they’re a great addition to your Christmas and Thanksgiving desserts or you can just pop them like candy!
Now, I don’t know about you guys, but I love cranberries! For me, cranberries are the food of the holiday season, not pumpkin or peppermint, but tart red cranberries. They’re such a versatile fruit and I love the way they can make any dish POP! But considering how much I love them, I’ve only ever posted two cranberry recipes before now, my Cranberry Raspberry Turnovers and my Cranberry Dark Chocolate Brownies. But that’s all about to change because I’m declaring this week Cranberry Week here on Living Better Together. I’ll be sharing four great cranberry recipes starting with this basic how-to on making Sparking (or sugared) Cranberries.
Sparkling Cranberries are such a fun and easy way to glam up any holiday dessert, heck, they even make for beautiful decor! All you need is cranberries and a little water and sugar, does it get any simpler than that?
Okay, so here’s the thing, I had never actually had Sparkling Cranberries before these ones, but I’d seen them in magazines and they always looked so pretty. So I was pleasantly surprised when I finished making them and realized you could pop them like Skittles. Seriously, these sugared up and tart little berries are awesome all on their own, but they make for some pretty awesome cupcake toppers too which you’ll see on tomorrow’s post! Have you made Sparkling Cranberries before, what’s your favorite dish to use them in? I used them on my White Chocolate Cranberry Cupcakes!
- 2 cups Water
- ½ cup Granulated Sugar
- 2 cups Fresh Cranberries
- 1 cup Caster Sugar (You can use granulated sugar too)
- Combine water and sugar in a small saucepan and heat on medium heat until sugar dissolves, about 2-3 minutes. DO NOT let the water boil, just bring it to a light simmer.
- Once sugar has dissolved, turn heat low and add clean cranberries to the water/sugar mix making sure they are well coated. Let them set in water for 2-3 minutes. You can do this in portions if it's easier.
- Transfer cranberries to a wire rack to dry using a slotted spoon, try to keep them separated as much as possible so they don't all stick together.
- After about 30 minutes, rolls the cranberries in the caster sugar.
- Use the cranberries to dress up your holiday desserts or just eat them straight up.