Chocolate-Covered Cherry Ice Cream

Dark chocolate covered cherry ice cream (click through for recipe) Is there anything better than chocolate ice cream? Not only do I very sincerely love chocolate ice cream, but it’s nostalgic for me too. There are a lot (I mean, a LOT) of childhood pictures of me holding fudgesicles. What can I say? I’ve always had great taste in treats.

Dark chocolate covered cherry ice cream (click through for recipe) This ice cream combines the flavors of fresh cherries and dark chocolate. So this is a very grown-up dessert. It’s, like, totally sophisticated.

Also, you can control how chocolate-y you want this ice cream based on the type of chocolate you choose to incorporate into the batter. I’ll show you what I used, as it’s a local favorite of ours.

Cherries!Chocolate-Covered Cherry Ice Cream, makes about 1 quart (a 2/3 loaf pan)

6 ounces dark chocolate (I used Askinosie—it’s the best!) 
2 cups whole milk
1/2 tablespoon cocoa
6 egg yolks
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon Heering cherry liqueur (optional)
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup cherries, pits removed and chopped

First prep your cherry pieces. You can leave the cherries cut in half if you like larger chunks in your final ice cream, or you can chop them up more. I also reserved about 2 ounces of the chocolate (chopped) to add some texture to my ice cream as well. 

Askinoise ice creamMelt the dark chocolate and set aside.

In a pot, combine the milk and cocoa; whisk to combine. Heat over medium heat until the milk mixture is hot but not quite boiling. In another bowl, have your egg yolks ready. Add a few tablespoons of the hot milk to the egg yolks, and whisk to combine. Add another couple of tablespoons hot milk and whisk. You’ll begin to feel the egg mixture warm up a little; this tempers the eggs and helps prevent them from cooking too quickly.

Pour the egg mixture in with the milk, and whisk well. Add the sugar, cherry liqueur, and melted chocolate. Turn off the heat but continue to stir the mixture. It will begin to thicken a little, but not as much as custard or pudding. It will still be quite liquid, and that’s okay! Last, pour in the heavy cream and give it a good stir.

Homemade ice creamPour the batter through a fine-mesh sieve into a gallon-size ziplock bag. Place the bag into a bowl filled with ice to cool the mixture. Allow to cool for 10-15 minutes. Now you’re ready to add the mixture to your ice cream maker. Follow your maker’s instructions to make soft-serve texture ice cream. Stir in the cherries and chocolate bits, and then freeze overnight for a stiff, traditional ice cream texture.

Dark chocolate covered cherry ice cream (click through for recipe) Enjoy and happy summer! xo. Emma

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions

Chocolate-Covered Cherry Ice Cream

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces dark chocolate I used Askinosie—it's the best!
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 tablespoon cocoa
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Heering cherry liqueur optional
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup cherries pits removed and chopped

Instructions

  1. First prep your cherry pieces. You can leave the cherries cut in half if you like larger chunks in your final ice cream, or you can chop them up more. I also reserved about 2 ounces of the chocolate (chopped) to add some texture to my ice cream as well.
  2. Melt the chocolate and set aside. In a pot, combine the milk and cocoa; whisk to combine. Heat over medium heat until the milk mixture is hot but not quite boiling. In another bowl, have your egg yolks ready. Add a few tablespoons of the hot milk to the egg yolks, and whisk to combine. Add another couple of tablespoons hot milk and whisk. You'll begin to feel the egg mixture warm up a little; this tempers the eggs and helps prevent them from cooking too quickly.
  3. Pour the egg mixture in with the milk, and whisk well. Add the sugar, cherry liqueur, and melted chocolate. Turn off the heat but continue to stir the mixture. It will begin to thicken a little, but not as much as custard or pudding. It will still be quite liquid, and that's okay! Last, pour in the heavy cream and give it a good stir.
  4. Pour the batter through a fine-mesh sieve into a gallon-size ziplock bag. Place the bag into a bowl filled with ice to cool the mixture. Allow to cool for 10-15 minutes. Now you're ready to add the mixture to your ice cream maker. Follow your maker's instructions to make soft-serve texture ice cream. Stir in the cherries and chocolate bits, and then freeze overnight for a stiff, traditional ice cream texture.
  • It would be SUPER helpful if the recipe was in a print out form instead of between beautiful pictures. It was pretty sweet when I tried it.

  • I found this recipe to be WAY too sweet. Was your chocolate unsweetened dark? I bought regular dark, because it didn’t say differently.

  • Ice cream (derived from earlier iced cream or cream ice[1]) is a frozen dessert usually made from dairy products, such as milk and cream and often combined with fruits or other ingredients and flavours. Most varieties contain sugar, although some are made with other sweeteners. In some cases, artificial flavourings and colourings are used in addition to, or instead of, the natural ingredients.http://www.needithosting.com/

  • Chocolate and cherry is one of my favorite flavor combos! The best part is, my kids don’t care for cherries so I wouldn’t have to share. This is an awesome recipe, and I can’t wait to try it! Pinned 🙂

  • Ice cream heaven!! *drools*

    Lulu xx

    www.luluslittlewonderland.blogspot.com

  • Oh, yum! I wanna try these as fudgesicles too (how’s THAT for nostalgia)!

    xoxo
    Taylor

  • Wow, I really need to get an ice cream maker! YUMMO!
    Do you think this could be made without the ice cream machine (just putting it in a metal loaf pan and freezing)?

  • I was craving chocolate ice cream yesterday! UMM

    Have you tried yonanas? I love it!! I would love to see what kind

    of recipes you could come up with. I’ve been wanting to make it taste like chocolate.

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  • i love love love cherry ice cream and a good chocolate ice cream. this is the best of both worlds. yum!

  • This looks so good! I’m always in the mood for chocolate ice cream, thanks for sharing!

  • Omg this looks absolutely amazing. I’m on a very tight budget, but I think i can make room for this!!! Am I the only person who would rather have ice cream for dinner than real food?!

    xo Julianne
    http://reallifesurreallife.blogspot.com/

  • yummy! I wish we didnt need an ice cream maker though, as I dont have one 🙁

    http://imyownmuse.blogspot.com/

  • this recipe looks divine! can’t wait to try!

    love, arielle
    a simple elegance

  • wow i could definitely use a massive bowl of this ice-cream right now. love the flavour combination of cherries and chocolate. awesome recipe, thanks for sharing!

  • Chocolate and cherry? What a lovely combination, I can’t wait to try it out! 🙂

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  • On my blog I made a healthy and vegan ice cream that you can add any thing into. Too make this all you have to do is add dark chocolate into the mix instead of vanilla! Then replace the raw vegan cookie dough with cherries! I swear it’s delicious, check it out on my blog!
    Happy Eating, AnnCates xxxx
    anncates.blogspot.com

  • Chocolate is a year round essential, but when you add cherries it’s utter summer perfection. I love fruit in desserts! :] // http://www.itscarmen.com ☼

  • Oh my this looks amazing. And I love love cherries!

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  • Those are my grandmother’s favorite too. I kept thinking of her while I was writing this post. 🙂

    -Emma

  • This sounds decadent! I would have to hire someone to make it for me because I am too impatient! Yum!

  • I just posted a lovely quote explanation on my blog! If you have a moment could you check it out!
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    Thanks
    Laura

  • I love chocolate and cherries, they’re the perfect combo! And ice cream? Even better.

  • I think the idea of combining chocolate and cherry in an ice cream is inspired…I can never decide whether to go the ‘fruity’ route, or the decadent chocolatey route, and now I don’t have to choose 🙂

  • That looks perfect! It’s raining cats and dogs here in Germany, but still I’d love to have some!

    Love from Europe,

    Bambi

    http://lasagnolove.blogspot.de

  • This looks amazing! One of my favorite things in a box of chocolate is a chocolate covered cherry. There’s something so satisfying about popping on in your mouth and breaking the shell with the gooey, soft center! This ice cream sounds delish!

    Neha // http://nehasharmaphoto.com/blog/

  • Wow this looks amazing!! Can’t wait to try this 🙂

    Rxx

    www.peppermintdolly.wordpress.com

  • That looks delicious & it doesn’t seem very difficult either. I’d better bookmark this!

  • wow! this looks so delicious! chocolate and cherries are my favorite. this is so perfect for the summer.
    x
    Bobbi

    www.productdoll.com

  • Yum!! Chocolate and cherries are one of my fave combos 🙂

  • This looks so, co good! I love chocolate ice cream! I always try to use dark chocolate as I like that bitter taste. It will go very well with the cherries too!

  • I just found three cherry trees on my new house property, so your timing with this recipe Emma couldn’t be more perfect! cheers to summer desserts!
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