For the Table — Coldbrook Farm Dried Sweetened Aronia Berries

Coldbrook Farm dried sweetened aronia berries make a tangy, high antioxidant snack, a change of pace from fruits sweetened with sugar or sucralose. They go right to the table in tasty dishes. Enjoy these dried berries for breakfast in an easy cereal you can make and store in the refrigerator. Combine dried sweetened aronia with other fruits, vegetables, nuts and coconut to create new blends, textures and flavors.

Serve them for lunch or dinner in desserts, salads, snacks, rice dishes, entrees, cheese dishes and appetizers.  Bake them in muffins or your favorite cookies. Indulge with melted chocolate.

Enjoy in:
 •  yogurts
 •  trail mixes
 •  granola
 •  pancakes.
Ripe Aronia berries
Ripe Aronia berries in late July.
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Photo by Coldbrook Farm, Inc.
Aronia field in springtime. Click on
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Photo by James M. Theuri.

The Original Enrobed Aronia

Coldbrook Farm dried sweetened aronia berries
Callebaut Classic Coating (milk or dark chocolate)
wooden toothpicks

Melt chocolate in a saucepan on low heat while stirring constantly to avoid scorching. Place aronia berry on a toothpick. Rotate it on its side while evenly coating. To cool drip-free, poke the toothpick upright into banana.


Directions by Stuart Garfield.

Chocolate Whispers

4 oz Ghirardelli 70% Cacao Premium Baking Bar
Coldbrook Farm dried sweetened aronia berries
small nut pieces, optional

Melt baking bar in heavy saucepan on very low heat. Stir continuously to avoid scorching. In individual candy cups, put 7 aronia berries and, if desired, 2 nut pieces. Cover with melted chocolate. Refrigerate until solid, about an hour.

Variations: Stir your favorite extract, such as banana or orange, into the melted chocolate. Or add a hint of cinnamon. Make aronia nut clusters by stirring berries and nuts into melted chocolate.

Drop into candy cups and refrigerate until solid.

CinnAronia Bar
The Ultimate Aronia Granola Bar

7/8 cup raw old-fashioned oats
2 Tbsp whole wheat flour
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/6 cup brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup pepitas
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup Coldbrook Farm dried aronia berries, sweetened
1/4 cup dried cherries
1/4 cup dried apricots, diced
1/3 cup Nestle's semi-sweet chocolate mini-morsels
2 Tbsp Canola
3/8 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup honey

In medium-sized bowl, mix thoroughly the first 3 ingredients and the brown sugar, broken up. Stir in seeds, dried fruits and chocolate chips.

Blend the remaining ingredients in small bowl. Drip over the granola. Stir to coat evenly.

Place on parchment-lined cookie sheet. Press into a rectangle until flat. Bake at 325 for about 20 minutes, until golden. Cool before cutting.

5-Star Aronia Trail Mix

1 Tbsp Coldbrook Farm dried sweetened aronia berries
2 Tbsp dried cherries
2 dried apricots, halved
2 dried apple rings, cut in chunks
4 banana chips
1 Tbsp Ghirardelli 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Premium Baking Chips
1 Tbsp raw old-fashioned oats, toasted
3 Tbsp pepitas

Mix and store in air-tight container until ready to use.

Create your own special trail mix by substituting other ingredients:

Dried fruits strawberries, papaya, mangoes or candied orange.

Nuts (chocolate-covered or plain) – peanuts, almonds, cashews, hazelnuts or walnuts.

Chips – peanut butter or butterscotch.

Yield: 1 cup

Whole Wheat Nibblers

1/4 cup butter or margarine
3/4 cup + 2 Tbsp. brown sugar, packed
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
3/8 tsp cinnamon
3/8 tsp nutmeg
1/2 cup yogurt, plain
1/2 cup Coldbrook Farm dried sweetened aronia berries

Cream butter or margarine and brown sugar in mixing bowl. Beat in egg and vanilla. Add remaining dry ingredients, blended, alternately with yogurt. Drop by teaspoonful onto greased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 for about 7 minutes. Remove to cool.

Yield: 3 dozen

Corn Cookies

1/2 cup butter or margarine
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 Tbsp milk
1 1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup corn meal
tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 cup Coldbrook Farm sweetened dried aronia berries

Blend butter or margarine and sugar. Add eggs and milk; beat well. Add remaining ingredients; mix well. Drop by teaspoonful onto greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 until brown on the bottom, about 12 to 15 minutes.
  Remove to cool.

Yield: 2 dozen

Aronia Jumpstart

1/2 cup old-fashioned oats, raw or toasted
1/4 cup Coldbrook Farm dried sweetened aronia berries
2 tsp flax seed (for an Omega-3 boost)
1 tsp sesame seed

Combine ingredients. If desired, make in advance and refrigerate in a tight container. Serve with milk.

Variations: Toss in some banana slices, peaches or strawberries.

Serves 1

Aronia Fruit Delight

1/2 cup peaches, sliced
1/2 cup pears, sliced
1 banana, sliced
1/2 cup raspberries
1 Tbsp Coldbrook Farm dried sweetened aronia berries

Mix all ingredients. Serve immediately.

Variations: Substitute cherries for raspberries or sprinkle with coconut.

Serves 4

Aronia Waldorf Salad

2 apples, peeled and chopped
3 Tbsp Coldbrook Farm dried sweetened aronia berries
2 Tbsp dry-roasted sunflower seeds
mayonnaise (fat-free) to taste

Combine and serve as is or on lettuce.
Serves 2


1/2 cup brown rice, uncooked
1 egg
1/4 tsp cinnamon
3 Tbsp Coldbrook Farm dried sweetened aronia berries
2 Tbsp coconut flakes
1/4 cup dry-roasted sunflower seeds
pork or seafood, cooked and diced

Cook rice. Meanwhile, scramble the egg in a skillet with a bit of Canola. While letting the rice stand, stir in the cinnamon with a fork. When rice is ready, chop egg and add to rice with dried aronia berries, coconut, sunflower seeds and pork or seafood.

Serves 1-2

Turkey, Chicken or Beef Curry

1 cup brown rice, uncooked
leftover turkey, chicken or chuck, cubed or diced
leftover broth
1 Tbsp curry powder
6 Tbsp Coldbrook Farm dried sweetened aronia berries
1/4 cup coconut flakes
2 Tbsp hulled pumpkin seeds

While cooking rice, chop meat. Make sauce with leftover broth. Add curry powder. Toss in dried sweetened aronia berries, coconut and hulled pumpkin seeds. Serve on steaming rice.

Serves 2-3

VegAronia Shuffle

cabbage, sliced
carrots, sliced or cut in strips
broccoli florets, with stems diced
cauliflower florets, with stems diced
red bell pepper, diced
water chestnuts, sliced
onion, diced
butter substitute (optional)
sesame seeds
Coldbrook Farm dried sweetened aronia berries
spices and herbs of choice, including pepper and chives
no-sodium soy sauce (optional)

In large skillet, stirring occasionally, simmer vegetables for about 15 minutes or until almost done. If desired, blend in butter substitute for extra flavor. Stir in sesame seeds and dried sweetened aronia berries. Season with pepper, chives, and other herbs and spices. Serve with soy sauce, if desired, or accent with Ying's (all-natural) Kungpao Sauce.

Tangy Chicken Salad

leftover chicken, diced
sesame seeds
Coldbrook Farm dried aronia berries, sweetened
herbs of your choice
salad dressing

For an instant lunch, place salad greens on a plate. Mix all remaining ingredients except salad dressing. Place them on the greens. Pour your favorite dressing over all.

CheezAronia Bites

crackers, low-sodium, low-fat
Coldbrook Farm dried sweetened aronia berries
mozzarella cheese

Place several dried sweetened aronia berries on each cracker. Drizzle melted mozzarella cheese over fruit.

Variation: For an open-faced sandwich, substitute toast for crackers. Spread dried sweetened aronia berries evenly on toast. Cover fruit with mozzarella cheese, sliced. Broil or microwave until cheese melts.

Antioxidant-Rich Stuffing

corn bread, cubed
whole wheat bread, cubed
white bread, cubed
butter substitute
herbs to taste
Coldbrook Farm dried sweetened aronia berries

Melt butter substitute in a saucepan. Toss in bread cubes, Beginning with sage, season with your favorite Thanksgiving herbs. Stir gently. Fold in dried aronia berries, sweetened. Stuff a bird or serve as is.


Wake 'Em Up Carrot Salad

carrots, grated
Coldbrook Farm dried sweetened aronia berries
fat-free mayonnaise
dash of cinnamon
your favorite unsalted seeds or nutmeats

Mix first five ingredients to taste. Serve on lettuce.

ChocAronia Bark

1 12-oz. semi-sweet chocolate bar
cup walnuts, chopped
3-4 Tbsp Coldbrook Farm dried sweetened aronia berries

On low heat, stir chocolate in saucepan until melted. Remove from heat. Stir in walnuts, then aronia berries.

Pour onto wax-paper lined cookie sheet or baking pan. Spread the mixture so it’s as thin as possible. Refrigerate until solid, about an hour.


ChocAroon Wedges

3 squares unsweetened chocolate
1/2 cup butter or margarine
3 eggs, slightly beaten
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup flour
1 tsp vanilla
2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
2 cups coconut, shredded
1/3 cup (generous) Coldbrook Farm dried sweetened aronia berries

Stirring constantly, melt unsweetened chocolate and butter or margarine on low heat. Stir in the next four ingredients. Pour into greased 9" pie pan. In small mixing bowl, combine last three ingredients. Leaving a 1/2" border, drop the mixture on top of the chocolate. Bake at 350 for 25 to 30 minutes. Cool. Slice like a pie.

Chocolate Crackles

1 12-oz. package semi-sweet chocolate morsels
1 2/3 cup Cheerios or Spanish peanuts
1/3 cup Coldbrook Farm dried sweetened aronia berries

Stirring frequently, melt chocolate chips over low heat. Remove from flame and coat Cheerios or Spanish peanuts with melted chocolate. Fold in dried sweeetened aronia berries.

Drop by teaspoonsful on wax-paper lined cookie sheet. Refrigerate until solid.

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