Chocolate Cherry Ice Cream

Rich and incredibly decadent, this Chocolate Cherry Ice Cream recipe is the perfect sweet treat to cool you down this summer! 
Rich and incredibly decadent, this Chocolate Cherry Ice Cream recipe is the perfect sweet treat to cool you down this summer!
 Who doesn’t love the combination of cherry and chocolate?  Admittedly, I’m not a huge fan of chocolate or cherry alone, but add them together and I can’t resist.  My hubby is ALL about cherries so I made this for him one day spontaneously.  Rich, chocolatey ice cream with the added bonus of seasonal tasty cherries.  The cherries are just perfect this time of the year so I highly encourage making this Chocolate Cherry Ice Cream soon!

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It takes a bit of a time investment to make this Chocolate Cherry Ice Cream but the end result is rather impressive.  Next time I have chocolate lovers over my house this is being made again so that it can TRULY be appreciated (unlike my non-loving chocolate self).  It is the perfect treat for your summer barbecues and parties.

Rich and incredibly decadent, this Chocolate Cherry Ice Cream recipe is the perfect frozen sweet treat to cool you down!
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Chocolate Cherry Ice Cream
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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Cook time: 
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Serves: 6
Rich and incredibly decadent, this Chocolate Cherry Ice Cream recipe is the perfect sweet treat to cool you down this summer!
  • 1⅓ cups halved pitted cherries (about 13 ounces whole cherries)
  • ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ½ cup dark rum (or you can use water)
  • 1½ cups whole milk
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 3 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 ounce unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  1. Put the cherries, 2 tablespoons sugar and the rum in a medium saucepan and cook over medium-high heat until syrupy, about 15-20 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool, then refrigerate until very cold, 2-3 hours.
  2. In the meantime, heat the milk and the remaining ½ cup sugar in a saucepan over medium-low heat, whisking so the sugar dissolves.
  3. Whisk the egg yolks in a small bowl.
  4. Gradually whisk about ½ cup of the warm milk mixture into the eggs, then whisk the egg mixture into the saucepan. Cook and stir constantly, until the mixture coats the back of a spoon and registers 168 degrees F on a candy thermometer, about 15 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat; add the semisweet and unsweetened chocolate and the butter and set aside until the chocolate melts, about 5 minutes.
  6. Transfer the chocolate mixture to a blender and puree until smooth. Pour into a large bowl and stir in the heavy cream and vanilla. Refrigerate until chilled, 2-3 hours or overnight.
  7. Churn the chilled chocolate mixture in an ice cream maker.
  8. Strain the cherry mixture while reserving the syrup. When the ice cream is very thick, add the cherries and continue churning until incorporated. Transfer to a freezer-safe container.
  9. Drizzle in the reserved cherry syrup and swirl with a spoon. Cover and freeze until firm, at least 4 hours.

Recipe source:  Food Network Kitchen


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12 Responses to “Chocolate Cherry Ice Cream”

  1. July 19, 2016 at 8:29 AM #

    I hope you don’t mind if I invite myself over. I will happily consume all the chocolate in your house! Love this refreshing chocolate cherry ice cream. I’ll be right over! 🙂

  2. July 19, 2016 at 9:31 AM #

    My husband also loves cherries and I’ve been loading up for him! This ice cream is perfect – he would flip over it.

  3. July 19, 2016 at 11:28 PM #

    Mmmm, what a great flavor combination! And the addition of rum, yummy!!

  4. July 20, 2016 at 7:26 AM #

    Cherries are definite favorite summer fruit of mine! Super fun idea to combine with chocolate in a luscious ice-cream!

  5. July 20, 2016 at 9:07 AM #

    Chocolate and cherry is such a classic combination. Your ice cream looks rich and creamy and I love all those large hunks of cherries I see.

  6. July 20, 2016 at 10:08 AM #

    Chocolate cherry ice cream is my favorite! Love the rum — it’s so nice with chocolate. This looks great — thanks!

  7. July 20, 2016 at 10:48 AM #

    This is the perfect treat for the long hot days, I mean I love to eat ice cream all year long but there is something wonderful about eating during the summer. Chocolate and Cherries, YUM!!

  8. July 20, 2016 at 12:16 PM #

    I love chocolate AND I love cherries. I wouldn’t know what rondo with myself if I combined the two. Probably be transported to and fro by crane from all the weight gain.

  9. July 20, 2016 at 6:41 PM #

    YES PLEASE!! I love homemade ice cream and this chocolate cherry one is perfect!

  10. July 21, 2016 at 9:25 AM #

    Chocolate and cherries just belong together! This looks fantastic!

  11. July 22, 2016 at 12:52 AM #

    Chocolate and cherry are my favorite combo!

  12. July 22, 2016 at 9:16 AM #

    This looks so creamy and delish! Would you believe me if I told you I never had a “real” fresh cherry until I was THIRTY?!?!!? We just never had them growing up. Now my daughter and I eat them by the bowlful allllllllllllll summer long!

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