Chocolate Cherry Ice Cream

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Creamy, rich, chocolate cherry ice cream studded with bits of roasted cherries is a dream come true for anyone who loves both fresh sweet cherries and chocolate.

chocolate cherry ice cream in white bowl with cherries next to it

Cherry Chocolate Ice Cream

This was one of the very best ice creams I made in the first few years when I first started making homemade ice cream. And it has been in my ice cream-making rotation for almost ten years now.

Now that cherries are finally back in season, I’ll be making cherry ice cream every chance I get until the cherries are gone.

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fresh cherries halved on parchment lined tray

Roasted Cherries

Wondering how to roast cherries? It’s easy! Start by preheating the oven to 425°F. Line a baking pan with parchment and then wash and pit the cherries.

Slice the cherries in half and spread them across the baking pan. Roast for 20 minutes, until the cherries start to release their juices.

Remove from the oven and sprinkle with sugar to help the cherries release more of their juices. Stir and chill until needed.

sugar sprinkled over roasted cherries on parchment

Chocolate Cherry Ice Cream

You’ll need the following ingredients to make this recipe:

  • heavy cream
  • milk
  • sugar
  • kosher salt
  • dark chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • almond extract
  • roasted cherries
Chocolate Ice Cream with chopped cherries in white dish on wooden table

Cherry Ice Cream Recipe

To make the base for chocolate cherry ice cream, you’ll warm the cream, milk, sugar, and salt on the stove. Simmer for just a couple of minutes and then remove it from the heat.

Stir in the almond extract and the chocolate. Continue stirring until the chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth. Cool and then chill in the refrigerator until completely COLD.

Pour the chilled mixture into your ice cream machine and freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions. When it is almost finished churning, roughly chop the cooled cherries and add about a cup’s worth of cherries to the ice cream. Serve the ice cream with the remaining cherries spooned over the top.

chocolate ice cream with roasted cherries in small white bowls on table

Want some more cherry ice cream recipes to try this summer? This sweet and slightly tart Cherry Ice Cream is made with just a handful of easy ingredients. No custard base, no eggs, no cooking time, just a quick whirl in the blender with sweet cream, sugar, and cherries.

Smooth vanilla ice cream meets the vibrant flavor of sweet, ripe cherries in every bite of this Black Cherry Ice Cream. And, the second spoonful? Irresistible.

Sweet roasted cherries are a perfect match for the tartness of frozen yogurt. In case I’ve given you two minutes of ice-cream-free time to wonder about it, I’m still having a whole lot of fun making ice creams this summer. This Cherry Frozen Yogurt is a keeper.

close up of Chocolate Cherry Ice Cream in bowl with roasted cherries on top

Cherry Flop was my grandma’s claim to fame in the kitchen and it was her go-to dessert recipe. Grandma was not known for her cooking and baking skills, but she pulled this cherry dessert together for company for more years than I can remember.

And for a dessert that is sure to have everyone scraping their bowls clean, try topping a warm Cherry Almond Brownie with a generous scoop of this chocolate cherry ice cream!

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Chocolate Cherry Ice Cream

5 from 2 votes
Creamy, rich, chocolate cherry ice cream studded with bits of roasted cherries is a dream come true for anyone who loves both fresh sweet cherries and chocolate.
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients 

  • cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup dark chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 1 cup roasted cherries directions below, roughly chopped to 1/4″ size

Saucy Roasted Cherries

  • 1 pound cherries about 3 cups pitted and halved
  • 1 tablespoon sugar

Instructions

To Roast The Cherries

  • Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line a baking pan with parchment. Wash and pit the cherries. Slice the cherries in half and spread them across the baking pan. Roast for 20 minutes, until the cherries start to release their juices.
  • Remove from the oven and transfer to a bowl. Sprinkle with sugar to help the cherries release more of their juices. Stir and chill until needed.

To Make The Ice Cream

  • Combine the cream, milk, sugar and salt in a medium saucepan and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and allow the mixture to simmer for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and  stir in the almond extract and the chocolate until dissolved.
  • Let cool and chill in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours. (If you are in a hurry, an hour or two in the freezer will speed up the process.)
  • Pour the chilled mixture into your ice cream machine and freeze according to the manufacturer's instructions. When it is almost finished churning, roughly chop the cooled cherries and add 1 cup's worth of cherries to the ice cream.
  • When the machine finishes churning, serve immediately for soft-serve ice cream or transfer to an airtight container and freeze until firm. Serve the ice cream with the remaining cherries spooned over the top.

Nutrition

Calories: 483kcal · Carbohydrates: 53g · Protein: 4g · Fat: 29g · Saturated Fat: 18g · Cholesterol: 86mg · Sodium: 91mg · Potassium: 351mg · Fiber: 3g · Sugar: 47g · Vitamin A: 989IU · Vitamin C: 6mg · Calcium: 104mg · Iron: 1mg
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{originally published 6/19/14 – recipe notes and photos updated 7/28/23}

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Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. Laurie Caulley says

    This roasted cherry chocolate ice cream is 🔥! Best I’ve made so far since I got the Chef’n frozen slab ice cream maker. My favorite flavors – dark sweet cherries and dark chocolate mini-chips in chocolate ice cream!5 stars