Sparkling Cranberries

I only just made these candied cranberries for the first time this past week and I may now be completely obsessed. If I indulged in these little bursts of love earlier in life, I was either too young or had consumed one too many mugs of eggnog to remember. First time or not, I was sold.

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These pretty cranberries may look like they might be just for decoration, but they’re not – they’re like eating candy. Good for you candy! Put them out as part of your holiday spread this year and surprise your guests with their perfect blend of sweet and a little part tart.

Sparkling Cranberries

Sparkling Cranberries

recipe originally from Kleinworth & Co.

1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup water
2 cups cranberries
3/4 cup granulated sugar


1. Rinse cranberries & set aside.
2. In medium saucepan heat 1 cup water & 1 cup sugar until sugar is dissolved & liquid is warm. Do not boil.
3. Remove from heat & allow to come to room temperature. (cranberries will pop if the syrup is too hot)
4. Once syrup is cool- pour over cranberries & place something on top of the cranberries to hold them down in the syrup since they will naturally float.
5. Cover & refrigerate overnight.
6. Once your cranberries have soaked for allotted time – strain out cranberries in colander & reserve syrup for other recipes.
7. Pat cranberries dry with paper towel. They should be tacky not wet.
8. Work in batches of 3-4 cranberries at a time – roll in small bowl of granulated sugar to coat.
9. Allow sugar to harden onto cranberries on a baking sheet for several hours.
10. Store at room temperature.

12 thoughts on “Sparkling Cranberries

  1. I love this way to serve cranberries which I have never tried. In the past I have used them for decoration; dipping in egg white then rolling in sugar. Of course they become rather hard. Thanks for sharing your sweet cranberry recipe at Angie’s party 🙂

  2. These look like a great addition to Christmas gift giving ideas. How long will they keep? Can/should you store them in the fridge?

    1. They are and they’re so pretty too! These should be stored in an airtight container in a cool place for up to a week 🙂

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