Pretty Please, With A Cherry On Top!

MC: Tell us a little about yourself and the company you own/run.

HF: We are three sisters, all grandmas, who grew up on a cherry farm on the Old Mission Peninsula. When we were young girls, our parents created our very first product, Herkner’s Original Cherry Topping. They created it for our father’s daily ice cream.

Herkner's Cherry Topping Project/ Sue Keegstra

MC: What is your location and when did you start/how long has the company been in business?

HF: Herkner Foods, LLC is based out of Traverse City, Michigan. We have been in business for 51/2 years.

MC: What makes your products special/unique?

HF: Our products are like none others. Each product is extremely versatile and can be used on and in many things from meats, fish, pancakes, on cheeses, ice cream and many desserts.

MC: What’s your favorite part about your job?

HF: We love meeting our customers and seeing their reactions when they taste our toppings.

MC: Where can we buy more of your products?

HF: All of our product are sold on our website: or There is a list of where we are sold on our website. (see above). We are also sold in all Michigan Meijer stores.

herkner's products

MC: What’s the best way to enjoy/eat/prepare/utilize your product?

HF: Each variety can be used for a different, but equally delicious purpose.

Cherry and cherry chipotle:

On ice cream is a great way . As a glaze on salmon (fish) , chicken, Pork, (baby back ribs, pork tenderloin, ham), Wonderful on cream cheese, warm brie or other cheeses on a cracker, pancakes or waffles and so much more.

Blueberry topping:

Ice cream, desserts, mixed with some chipotle on a grilled cheese sandwich, and more.

There are recipes on our web page.