Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 15 mins

I finally found a recipe that thickens like syrup! Great on pancakes.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 3 cups chokecherry juice (see first step)
  • 6 12 cups sugar
  • 14 teaspoon almond extract


  1. Wash chokecherries, place in a large kettle, barely cover with water and cook, covered, for about 30 minutes till the cherries are soft.
  2. Mash gently and strain the chokecherry juice through a sieve or cheesecloth.
  3. Pour 3 cups juice into a large kettle; stir in the sugar.
  4. Cook on high, stirring constantly.
  5. Boil hard for 1 minute.
  6. Remove from heat and skim foam.
  7. Add extract if using (almond extract gives a stronger cherry taste).
  8. To can: Pour hot syrup into sterilized hot jars to within 1/8th inch from top.
Most Helpful

5 5

I did use the butter to reduce the foam and it worked! I just happened to have a leftover pancake from breakfast to do a taste test with what little syrup that didn't fit in the jar. Oh my...I really am going to enjoy this on my french toast some cold North Dakota morning!

5 5

Delicious!! With 8 gallons of chokecherry juice to use, I really appreciate a great recipe like this! I added 1/4 tsp real butter at step 3 from previous experience and it REALLY helps reduce the foam to almost nothing. Great recipe, thanks so much! ~TJ

5 5

I just finished making 5 batches of this syrup. For the first batch I was a little cautious and boiled for 1 1/2 minutes just to be sure it wouldn't be too runny and it was almost too thick! For the remaining batches I followed the recipe exactly and the result each time was a syrup of perfect consistency. Thank-you for this recipe.