It’s Friday, so lets celebrate with a classic ice cream flavor from Ben and Jerry’s tasty collection. Cherry Garcia has been one of our favorite flavors for as long as we can remember.
I (Marlee) remember countless summers at the Hollywood Bowl, where during intermission my dessert would be getting a Cherry Garcia Ice Cream Bar and thoroughly enjoying it. Christie was skeptical at first, she hates artificial cherries and cherry flavor, but loves fresh cherries.
When we first made this for our neighbor (at his request) we decided we needed to buy a small container of Cherry Garcia and break it down to be able to recreate the same flavors. Again Christie wasn’t even sure she wanted to try it because she was afraid of the artificial flavoring, but once she tried it, she was pleasantly surprised that the cherry flavor wasn’t at all artificial and she actually enjoyed it! It took a couple of tries, but after adjusting the recipe we came up with something really wonderful that allows the natural flavor of the cherries to shine through and and the chocolate perfectly accompanies it.
This is tart, sweet, chocolatey and creamy! You’ll feel like a regular Ben or Jerry when you make this, so get going!
Chocolate and Cherry Ice Cream
- ½ cup Dark Chocolate Chunks
- ¼ cup Cherries (halved and pitted)
- ½ cup Cherries (puréed)
- 2 large eggs
- ¾ cup white sugar
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 1 cup milk
Step 1: Roughly chop and place the dark chocolate into a freezer safe bowl and put in the freezer until ready.
Step 2: Using an electric hand mixer beat the eggs until they’re light and fluffy.
Step 3: In a saucepan, combine the sugar and milk and heat until just before it boils. Remove from heat.
Step 4: Making sure you are whisking constantly slowly pour half of the heated milk mixture into the eggs.
Make sure you are whisking constantly so the eggs don’t curdle!
Step 5: Add the egg/milk mixture back into the sauce pan and add the heavy cream and cook over a low heat until the mixture has thickened and coats the back of a wooden spoon.
Step 6: Remove the mixture from the heat and allow to cool and then move to the fridge to really get cold.
Step 7: When the mixture has cooled, add the cherry purée and mix together. Then pour the mixture into your ice cream makers and churn according to manufactures instructions.
Step 8: Before the last five minutes of churning, add the cherries and the chocolate chunks.
Inspired by Ben and Jerry’s Original Cherry Garcia Recipe