Sugared Cranberries

Originally, I planned on calling these "sparkling" cranberries.  But, either I don't have the proper camera and photography skills to capture that sparkle or I didn't follow the recipe correctly because they didn't come out as glittery as I had hoped. Nevertheless, they are winter-y and festive, perfect for the holiday season (and I've decided that things don't need to look perfect before I post them on this blog).

These sparkly tiny ornament-like jewels have caught my eye in various holiday magazines and blogs for a while now and even though I had no plans for how to utilize them, I just had to make them.  I'm all about simple these days, and you can't get simpler than fresh cranberries, sugar, and water.

Aside from wanting a bowl of pretty sparkly cranberries to decorate my coffee table, I was curious as to how they would taste - since raw cranberries are extremely tart. Soaking them overnight in a sugar syrup and coating them twice in sugar obviously helps with that tartness - resulting in just the right amount of sweet and sour.  I loved the pop and crunch so much that I ate a few handfuls before I decided I should probably save some to garnish my holiday desserts.

Source101 Cookbooks' Sparkling Cranberries