Happy news! Dairy Queen has decided to bring back its delicious cherry-dipped cone after choosing to discontinue it in 2023. If you’re like me, the cherry-dipped cone from Dairy Queen evokes memories of childhood summers filled with ice cream splurges, crunchy cones, and other tasty treats. Among its many delightful ice cream topping combinations, the Dairy Queen cherry dip has always been a favorite for me and Dairy Queen consumers nationwide. This explains the public outrage when Dairy Queen announced its decision to discontinue it. However, take note that although this decision has been reversed, the cherry dip will only be back for a limited time and only at specific participating locations.

Here's how to make DQ cherry dip at home.

This is a copycat recipe for the beloved Dairy Queen cherry dip sauce so you can access it 365 days a year! It also avoids most of the preservatives and additives included in the original Dairy Queen recipe. Last but not least, making this recipe in batches is always more affordable than buying it consistently at the store. This recipe is easy to make; it only has a handful of ingredients, that are easy to find in your local grocery store. A blender, stove, whisk, and pot are the only pieces of equipment that you will need for this copycat recipe, so why not try it and have it on hand for when you crave a delicious Dairy Queen treat?

Can I customize the cherry dip recipe and try other dip flavors?

Dairy Queen also features chocolate and confetti dip flavors. These can also be easily replicated at home, especially the chocolate, so get creative with your flavors and even try creating your own. Making this sauce can be a fun way to gather friends together for a fun night in or a quick study break. So, enjoy your sundae on a Monday, or a Tuesday, or a Wednesday…

Copycat Dairy Queen Cherry Dip

  • Prep Time:10 mins
  • Cook Time:10 mins
  • Total Time:20 mins
  • Servings:32
  • Easy


  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup refined coconut oil; see notes below
  • 6 tbsp maraschino cherry juice
  • Red food coloring optional; see notes below
Stefanie Trepper
  • Step 1

    Place the white chocolate chips in a glass or metal bowl over a small simmering pot of water. Mix the chips frequently with a spoon or a rubber spatula until entirely melted.

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  • Step 2

    Take the bowl off the heat and add the maraschino cherry juice. Using a whisk, mix the juice thoroughly into the chocolate. The mixture will gradually get thicker. Add the food coloring and mix until you reach the desired color.

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  • Step 3

    Add the coconut oil. Whisk continuously at this point. It will look like the mixture is completely separated, but it will eventually combine. Be patient; it will come together!

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  • Step 4

    Store your cherry dip sauce in a jar at room temperature. If it is too thick, heat it in the microwave for 10 to 20 seconds until the dip is runny but not piping hot. You can also place the jar in a pot of hot water to loosen it up. Enjoy!

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Make sure you use refined coconut oil for this recipe. Unrefined coconut oil has a strong coconut flavor.

The red food coloring is optional, but your cherry dip will appear pink instead of red. The cherry juice and food dye can stain. I’d avoid making this recipe in your favorite white t-shirt! I recommend a gel food coloring to reduce the amount of liquid in your mixture. Start with 1/8 of a tsp of red gel and add more until you reach the desired color. If you use liquid food coloring, begin with 3 to 4 drops and gradually add more from there. The maraschino cherry juice mentioned above can be taken straight from the jar. Use the cherries to top a sundae or your cone!

You can use a double boiler or a microwave when preparing the white chocolate chips. I prefer the double boiler method because it gives you slightly more control over the melting chocolate. If you choose to microwave your chocolate, use a glass bowl, fill it with the white chocolate chips, and microwave it for 20 to 30 seconds at a time, stirring completely between each session in the microwave. Continue to heat the chocolate until it is thoroughly melted.