Cherry Chocolate Ice Cream = SUMMER!

"Ice cream is exquisite. What a pity it isn't illegal!" 
~ Voltaire

Now it’s the hot part of the year that screams for home-made ice cream.  And Cherry Chocolate Ice Cream is a no-brainer for me.  It not only satisfies my ice cream addition, it takes care of my cherry addiction also while adding a little chocolate for good measure.   

The ripe juicy cherries combined with the cream, cherry liqueur and chocolate means it’s packed with good flavors and is a perfect treat on a hot day.

Let’s scoop a little ice cream trivia:

  •      What rock star had a flavor named after him?
Answer:  Jerry Garcia.  As in Ben and Jerry's flavor,  Cherry Garcia!

  •         Which US state once had a law that banned serving ice cream on cherry pie?
Answer:   Kansas.

  •         How many licks does it take to finish one scoop of ice cream?

Answer:  About 50 licks.

  •         What President liked ice cream so much he reportedly had a bill for $200 for ice cream one summer?

Answer:  George Washington.

  •         What’s one of the major ingredients in ice cream?

Answer:  Air, without it ice cream would be hard as a rock.

  •         Who does one out of every five ice cream eater share their treat with?

Answer:  Their dog or cat.

  •         What was the weight of the world’s largest ice cream sandwich?

Answer:   2,500 pounds!

If you’re slightly obsessed with ice cream and cherries like I am, you must try this! 

Cherry Chocolate Ice Cream


1½ cups pitted ripe sweet cherries (about ¾ pound)
¾ cup milk
1¾ cups cream, divided
½ cup sugar
A pinch of salt
1 teaspoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons cherry liqueur or Blackberry liqueur
4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, grated or chopped fine


Place cherries, milk and one cup of the cream, sugar and salt into a medium pan.
Heat on medium heat until the mixture starts to steam.
Lower the heat to warm and let sit for 15 minutes.
Remove from heat and carefully puree with an immersion blender, regular blender or food processor.  Remember, it’s hot so do this with care!
Pour mixture into a large bowl.
Stir in the remaining ¾ cup of cream.
Chill for several hours in the refrigerator until totally cold.
In the meantime, grate, chop or shave the chocolate.
Remove the cherry mixture from the refrigerator.
Add the lemon juice and liqueur.
Place mixture into the ice cream maker and churn according to manufacturer’s directions.
Once it is finished, gently fold in the chocolate.
Place in a freezer container in the freezer for several hours until it’s the consistency you like.
Makes one quart

ENJOY!!!  YUMMY!!!!!

Be sure to visit my friend, Linda’s blog @My Kind of Cooking for great tips, recipes.  


  1. THE MOST DANGEROUS MACHINE ever invented!...I love mine.

  2. Move over Ben and Jerry! I've been wondering why some of my food gurus hadn't been blogging delicious ice cream recipes. Thanks!

    We are a little cooler here. Very nice.


  3. HA! Ice cream in your back pocket. I wonder what the circumstances are to have these peculiar laws? Were there a lot of people with scoops of ice cream in their back pockets??? Puddling everywhere and someone decided they must make it stop???

    I love the ice cream Pam! YUM!

  4. Love the trivia.
    I think that I could live on ice cream...... this sound delicious. Diane

  5. Lovely Ice cream Pam!! For Christmas I want an Ice c ream machine!!! gloria

  6. I think I need to do another ice cream machine giveaway like last summer. ARen't they the most amazing thing ever! Your recipe for cherry chocolate sounds fabulous. We eat some almost every week during the summer. Lovin it!

  7. This is amazing; chocolate and cherris; my husband would go nuts with pleasure; I think I need an ice cream machine!

  8. Chocolate and cherry flavors go so well together. This sounds just wonderful!

  9. I'll have to try this next time...I just made strawberry!

  10. Que fresquito el helado, me encanta.


  11. Ice cream trivia is my favorite kind of trivia. This ice cream looks delicious! Love that flavor...fruity and still chocolatey--the best of both worlds.

  12. Cherries and ice cream remind me of my childgood!

  13. Mr. Bill, OMG! You said it! Ice cream is my fave "food" and I love my machine way too much!

    Bonnie, thanks! Maybe it will stay like this for a while!

    The Slow Roasted Italian, LOL!!!! Ice cream puddles! I would like to know what prompted that law. I can't imagine!

    Diane, thanks! I'm sure I could live on ice cream!

    Gloria, I hope you told Santa and that you get one! A perfect gift!

    Jacqueline, oh, I want to visit your house all the time. It's a wonderful thing!

    Rita, it's a great machine to have around the house. Love it!

    Karen, absolutely! They were made for each other.

    laurie, yum! Strawberry sounds good too! I haven't made that yet.

    jose manuel, gracias! Me encanta tambien. Que tengas un buen dia!

    Joanne, thanks! It's the best of both worlds for sure!

    bellini, great! Have a good day!

  14. I won't be breaking any rule, since I don't carry ice cream in my back pocket! :) Amusing!!
    Your cherry ice cream looks wonderful! Perfect anytime of the day, whatever the weather! Have a lovely Sunday, Pam!

  15. Oh delicious! This would go great with my crepe cups. I love ice cream. Thank you for sharing all these fun facts (and flavors).

  16. Yum! I love ice cream! Great flavor! I just got an ice cream maker...yay!

  17. kitchen flavours, I'm glad to hear that! Have a great Sunday!

    Monet, thanks! I'll have to check out the crepe cups.

    Raina, great! I bet you'll love it and all the different ice creams you can make with it.

  18. Pam, Looks and sounds luscious! Now I need an ice cream fix... Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  19. Dave, thanks! I could use an ice cream fix right now myself! Have a good Sunday!

  20. Great Ice cream Pam, and I love the trivia... 50 licks! I will count next time :-).


  21. I love homemade ice cream.. there really is nothing better... well except for homemade ice cream with homemade sauce over it :)

  22. Great trivia, Pam! Your blog is so much fun to read! And I can always count on finding fabulous recipes here!


Celery is as fresh and clean as a rainy day after a spell of heat. It crackles pleasantly in the mouth.... it should be eaten alone, for it is the only food which one really wants to hear oneself eat.
~ A.A. Milne, "A Word for Autumn,"

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