Cherry Ripe Balls | No-Bake Recipe

Our favourite Cherry Ripe Balls are so simple to make and taste delicious! Made from glace cherries, coconut, sweetened condensed milk, pink food colouring and dark chocolate – the perfect dessert or sweet treat!

Cherry and coconut balls coated in dark chocolate.

If you love Cherry Ripe bars (and who doesn’t!?) then you’re going to love these quick 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!

A plate of dark chocolate, coconut and cherry balls.

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

The ingredients needed to make cherry and coconut balls.

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. 

Coconut, glace cherries and sweetened condensed milk in a bowl.

Cherry and coconut ball mixture.

Step 3 – Add food colouring

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

Pink food colouring being added to a bowl of coconut and sweetened condensed milk.

A pink mixture of coconut, sweetened condensed milk and chopped glace cherries.

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. 

Pink coconut balls mixed with sweetened condensed milk.

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. 

A pink cherry and coconut ball being dipped into a bowl of melted dark chocolate.

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. 

A piece of cherry ripe on top of a dark chocolate truffle.

More No-Bake Ball Recipes

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

 

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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A half-eaten Cherry Ripe Ball covered in dark chocolate.

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
Keyword: cherry ripe balls
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Chilling time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 35 balls
Calories: 288kcal

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

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 - I like to add food colouring 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 - I like to decorate the top of my 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 like Bounty 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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27 thoughts on “Cherry Ripe Balls | No-Bake Recipe”

  1. Alexandra says:

    Just made these for family Christmas! Besides the fact that I definitely should have read the method before allowing 15 minutes to make them (umm 30 minutes in the freezer!) they were super easy and although I used way too much food colouring and they came out bright pink, they will hopefully go down well tomorrow at the get-together, thanks for the inspo!

    1. Lucy Mathieson says:

      Hi Alexandra, hehehe pink is good!!! Have a great Chrissy party! xx

  2. Nic Lucas says:

    OMG. Divine. I doubled the amount of cherries and they were even more like a cherry ripe. Hubby reckons I could triple. They even travel. Made them up to the ball stage. Rolled in coconut, popped in freezer and covered in chocolate when we got where we were going. Thanks for the recipe.

    1. Lucy Mathieson says:

      Yay!!! I’m so thrilled to hear that you enjoyed them. xx

  3. Donna B says:

    I made these for Christmas and they have been a big hit with everyone who tried them. I doubled the cherry quantity to get a really big cherry flavour and bite. I only used 1 tablespoon of coconut oil with the chocolate. They are very easy to make and yield plenty. I thought it would take ages to get through them but they went quickly. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

    1. Lucy Mathieson says:

      Fantastic!!! Thank you so much for your feedback Donna! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas! xx

  4. Cassandra says:

    wondering if I can use frozen organic cherries instead of glazed?

    1. Lucy says:

      Hi Cassandra, I haven’t tried that sorry!

  5. Bill says:

    Hi Lucy, could I simply add a packet of crushed Marie biscuits to the mix to make a base for a slice? I remember seeing a recipe for a cherry ripe slice on your site a long time ago, but I can’t find it!

    1. Lucy says:

      Sure thing! You might find you need a little more condensed milk or a bit of melted butter as well as the biscuits if you want to make it into a slice. xx

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