July 30, 2013

Vegan Cherry Ripe Balls Recipe

Ever since making our delicious vegan bounty balls, I have been on the lookout for more popular chocolate bars to "veganise" and make into balls. The other day, Jerome and I were in the supermarket and I saw a shelf of cherry ripes. We were talking about how much we enjoyed them in the past so I decided to make our own version of the chocolate bar and it turned out amazingly! These are easy, delicious, taste like a cherry ripe and only contain 4 ingredients! How exciting and amazing! I was so excited for Jerome to come home and try these as I knew that he would be in love with them. I watched him take a bite and saw his eyes light up while saying "Wow they really do taste like a cherry ripe".  So, I am really happy to post this recipe to you all and I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

makes: 15 balls

Cherry centre:
   2 tablespoons icing sugar (confectioners sugar)
   1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
   200g glazed cherries (glacĂ© cherries)

   200g vegan dark chocolate
   shredded coconut for rolling (optional)

  1. Add the glazed cherries to a food processor and pulse until finely chopped.
  2. Scoop the finely chopped cherries into a bowl.
  3. Add the icing sugar and shredded coconut to the bowl and stir until combined.
  4. Use two-teaspoon portion measures of the coconut mixture and roll them into balls. Repeat this step until all of the coconut centre mixture has been used. Set the balls aside.
  5. In another bowl, melt the dark chocolate. 
  6. Dip each of the balls into the dark chocolate and roll around until completely coated.
  7. Roll the balls around in extra coconut if desired or sprinkle with coconut from afar.
  8. Place the freshly dipped balls onto a plate. Repeat until all cherry ripe balls have been covered in chocolate and rolled in coconut.
  9. Refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours until the chocolate has hardened.
  10. Serve immediately or place in a glass jar for a cute little gift. Enjoy!

  • If the coconut centre is a little bit too soft to roll, place the mixture in the freezer for 15 minutes or so until slightly firmed up. This will make them easier to roll.
  • I don't roll my cherry balls in coconut. I just sprinkle with coconut from afar which looks quite cute. 
  • Glazed/glacĂ© cherries are packaged sticky candied cherries that are coated in a sugary syrup. You can find them at your local supermarket in the baking section or dried fruit section. Your cherries will be coated in a sticky syrup and should not be packaged in a large amount of syrup. If they are stored in a large amount of syrup, drain them before adding the cherries to the processor. 
  • Add more glazed cherries for that extra cherry hit.
  • For a brighter red centre, purchase the more brightly coloured cherries. Some will be dark and others will be a bright red. 
  • Taste and adjust the sweetness if necessary by adding a little bit more icing sugar until the desired sweetness is attained.

  • Gift them in a cute little jar with a bow for a sweet present.
  • Serve them on a platter at a party or BBQ for an easy-to-eat dessert.
  • These would be lovely as a Valentines Day gift or Christmas dessert.

The nutrition information above is an approximate guideline.


  1. Thanks for the recipe. I will make these for a birthday party I am going to on the weekend. =]

  2. Love Cherry Ripes! Loaded up the suitcase full of them the last time I visited Australia and my friends bring them to me when they visit. Love them even more than Tim Tam's...and that's saying A LOT!

    Can't wait to make these.

    1. Hello! Oh really? Haha Tim Tams are very popular here. Oooo, you just gave me an idea for our next "Veganise" project :)

      Thank you!

  3. you both got married?!!! oh my gosh, congrats!!! please post a photo or something - your loyal readers deserve at least that much ;)
    as usual a wonderful, creative and easy to follow recipe - you're an amazing cook Madison, this is clearly something you were meant to do. thank you so much for sharing your creative recipes, it's appreciated more than you know. you are inspiring many people and will continue to do so.
    will buy your (very reasonably priced) ebooks soon, can't believe I haven't already done so!
    congrats once again, wishing you both all the best :)
    (and photo please!)

    1. Hi Shani! Hehe yes we did. We posted a video on our Facebook page! Here is the link to the video: http://youtu.be/pg4vStla7ng

      Thanks so much for your kind words. You really made me smile :) I am so glad that our recipes are being appreciated and are being used. :)

  4. I've never heard of cherry ripes (don't think they've ever been on the shelves in the UK) But I adored the bounty ball recipe of yours so this must be just as yummy! Congrats again on the wedding! Very exciting! :)

    1. Hi Elizabeth! I think they must be an Australian thing. They tastes quite similar to the bounty balls so you will probably really enjoy these. Oh thanks so much :)

  5. Just made these this morning, can't wait to try! Looks delicious :)

    1. Delicious!! I took them to work, they were gobbled up in a flash! I'm making the bounty balls now... Slowly eating my way through the sweets list hehe :)

  6. Hello

    Just made these today . . . delicious and a doddle to make. Thank you for creating and sharing this fun recipe . . . http://karmaquinta.com/2013/08/09/chocolate-melting-hot/

  7. My boyfriend's favourite candy bar when he lived in Australia were Cherry Ripes... we don't have them in Canada so I've been making him these for his birthday and for Christmas, and they're always a hit with his whole family! I didn't tell him what they were the first time, and as soon as he bit into one he said, "It's a Cherry Ripe!" So I guess the taste is very close to the original :) Thank you so much!

    1. Hehehe yay! I am so glad that you both love them as they are soooo delicious!!

  8. These are (((wait for it))) AMAZEBALLS. Absolutely love these. Made them and the Bounty Balls and man am I popular at work :)