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Homemade Cherry Ripe bars recipe

Make your own Cherry Ripe bars at home with this scrummy recipe. You'll save a whole heap of money and this version is much kinder to your waistline than the shop-bought variety. Yum!

Serving Size:

Makes 8 bars



  • 200g dried cranberries
  • 100g sultanas
  • 1 1/4 cups (100g) desiccated coconut
  • 200g good quality milk chocolate (not cooking chocolate)


In a blender or food processor, pulse cranberries, sultanas and coconut together until they form a well combined, thick and sticky mixture.

Scrape the mixture out onto a piece of baking paper, then gently press together to form a large disc shape. Cover with another piece of baking paper and use a rolling pin to shape into a rectangle about 10cm wide x 25cm long x 1cm thick (approx). Place in the fridge to harden – this may take up to an hour.

Remove from fridge and place on a large chopping board, then use a sharp knife to halve, then quarter and finally trim the rectangle into 8 even-sized bars.

Melt chocolate in a heat-proof bowl over a saucepan of boiling water, stirriing continuously. Dollop half of the chocolate on top of the bars and use a knife to smear evenly across all of them. Run a butter knife between each bar before putting them back into the fridge so the chocolate sets. This should take 30 minutes.

Once the first coat of chocolate has set, turn the bars upside down, reheat the remaining chocolate and repeat the coating process. Be sure to run the knife between each bar so that they don’t stick together.

Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.


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  • This recipe was created by Katie Rainbird for Kidspot, New Zealand's best recipe finder. You can follow Katie at Katie180.