Cherry Tapioca


I have been eating cherry tapioca for years.  The recipe originally came from my Grandma on my dad’s side of the family.

I love this dessert that is beaming with red cherries.  It’s easy peasy to make too.

I know how you like a cherry on top of your sundae, but these cherries are not maraschino cherries.  These are sour, pitted, frozen cherries.  And you’d like them too on top of this tapioca and jello dessert concoction 🙂  My mom gets a 5 gallon container of these red sour pitted cherries every year from Michigan.  They come frozen in a big container and she divides them out in to freezer tupperwares and always gives me some.  Thanks Mom!

Oh how I wish I had a bountiful cherry orchard in my back yard!


I have always loved tapioca.  I call them lil fish eggs, even though they are nothing like that.  Some people don’t care for it’s texture, but I happen to like the beady starch obtained from the root of the cassava.


This is how the tapioca looks when it is boiling in water.  It is sticky.


Jello.  Sugar.  Frozen cherries.  Together this team makes a fabulous dessert!

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It’s red.  It’s gooey.  It requires a spoon to eat.   It’s scrumptious!

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This fantastic dessert will brighten your day!

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Cherry Tapioca

  • 5 cups water
  • 1/2 cup large pearl tapioca
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 small pkg. cherry jello
  • 2 cups pitted cherries (I used frozen sour pitted cherries in a 5 to 1 sugar ratio)

Boil tapioca and water for 25 min.  Remove from heat and add in jello, stir until combined fully.  Then stir in sugar and cherries.  Let cool before serving.

I used Splenda sugar blend and sugar-free jello.


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Yummy, sweet and smooth!

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A cherry jello sundae with cherries on top and mixed in!

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A cherry sundae!

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See the little pearls of squishy tapioca!

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Mmm, a bite full of cherries, tapioca and jello!

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Love this stuff, it is so refreshing!

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I am a dessert person.  As if you haven’t noticed.  And this is just another one of my favorites~!

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The picture above is from our trip to Napa Valley California where we stopped at a road side stand to get some fresh cherries.  Man were these good! 






Have you ever tried tapioca?  What did you think?


Do you eat cherries?  What is your favorite thing to make with cherries?

About TheSceneFromMe

Wife, Foodie, Traveler, Shopaholic. I am a thirty-something tactfully-opinionated nurse living in the Midwest. I believe shopping counts as cardio, tea cannot be too sweet, anything orange (and sparkly!) can cure a bad mood, and no one can have enough clothes, accessories or shoes. I love to bake, indulge in celebrity gossip, cupcakes, reality tv, photography, travel anywhere new or places that I've already graced, spend time with my family and live life the way I am meant to. I am in love with my iPhone, husband and 2 wrinkly shar-peis. Join me on the journey of my candy coated life. Fasten your seatbelts! This is the scene from ME!
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8 Responses to Cherry Tapioca

  1. This looks delicious and fun!

  2. I think I’ve tried tapioca and liked it 😉 Love the addition of cherry…thinking blueberry would be tasty too!

  3. I didnt even know you could buy tapioca! Did you get that from the farmers market?

  4. I don’t know if I’ve ever tried tapioca–I certainly have never tried the homemade variety. You make it look easy and delicious!

  5. Jess says:

    This looks delicious! I love tapioca and cherries!!

  6. Monique says:

    YUM!!! What is that font btw?! It’s super cute 🙂

  7. pawsitivelife says:

    Perfect timing! My bf is obsessed with bubble tea and recently bought a ton a tapioca not ralizing that it expends so much when cooking. So now we have too much tapioca than we know what to do with..until now!

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