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Edible Mason Jar Gift: Brandied Cherries

November 29, 2020 2 min read

A mason jar filled with brandied cherries and festooned with a pretty red ribbon and homemade gift tag.

Cherries. Brandy. Sugar.

That’s all you need to make this yummy edible gift, which is both naughty and nice at the same time.

Brandied cherries can be used to add elegance to any cocktail — or to liven up a simple bowl of vanilla ice cream or plate of crepes. And they look stunning in a mason jar with a homemade tag and a ribbon fastened with a button.

How to Make Brandied Cherries

Start by stemming and pitting one pound of cherries. Mix ¾ cup sugar, ¾ cup water and a tablespoon of lemon juice in a small saucepan. Heat to boiling, then reduce heat to low and simmer 8 to 10 minutes, or just until the mixture slightly reduces and thickens. Remove from heat and stir in the cherries and one cup of brandy or cognac.

The above recipe is courtesy of Betty Crocker. A printable version can be found below.

Mason Jar Gifts for Friends and Family

The great thing about edible gifts is that you know there’s a good chance they’ll be appreciated, used and enjoyed — unlike the slippers, candles or ties we buy just to have something to give.

 Brandied cherries are also an excellent alternative to giving holiday cookies to neighbors. They last longer, are fabulous in cocktails and don’t contribute (as much) to holiday weight gain.

 Preparing your Unique Mason Jar Gift

Don’t bother with a box or wrapping paper. Brandied cherries look lovely all on their own. You could also take your gift up a notch by using a JarJackets jar protector as the “wrapping.” These sleeves make it easy to take your drink, smoothie or even your lunch on the go in a Mason jar, protecting it from the bumps on the road and making it easy to grip.

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