Chukar Cherries Celebrates 30 Years

Chukar Cherries began in 1988 on the Alexander-Auld family orchard in Prosser. The dried and tart cherries are covered in dark and milk chocolate and are a Northwest tradition during the holidays.

The headquarters and tasting room are still in Central Washington, but closer to the Eastside is a Chukar Cherries store at Pike Place Market in Seattle. In addition to their famous chocolate-covered cherries, they offer a variety of specialty food products, from caramel corn to Northwest cherry pie you can have delivered.

Today Chukar Cherries is still family-owned. They still make their Chukar Cherries and other confections using local ingredients.

But the cherries put them on the map — and they are still made from locally grown Bing, Rainier, and Montmorency Tart cherries and nuts smothered with European pastry chocolate, melted in Old World copper kettles.

“All of our products are made with care in small batches, using ‘just in time’ manufacturing principles,” said founder Pat Montgomery.

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