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Cherry Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream

July is National Ice Cream Month and I'm joining some blogger friends for a virtual Ice Cream Social! I had a recipe chosen months ago but then the June/July issue of Taste of Home magazine came and the Cherry Ice Cream caught my eye.

This is my first recipe that uses a cooked custard for the base and it comes together pretty easily. The thickened mixture is then put into a bowl and refrigerated overnight.

Then you take the cold custard and add it to your ice cream maker. I have the KitchenAid attachment and after a brief panic of not being able to find the churner parts I had it set up and mixing. This recipe makes two quarts so you want to divide the custard into 2 batches.

Cherries are added at the beginning of the churn and again at the end. This makes 2 quarts so I refrigerated the other half of the custard/cherry mixture while the first churned. In addition to the cherries called for in the recipe I added chocolate chunks during the last five minutes of processing.

I always either reserve some of the mix ins or have a little extra on hand to add to the top before I pop it in to freeze overnight.  I like the Tovolo Glide A Scoop containers because they stack easily in the freezer and it's so easy to get beautiful round scoops out of them.

I served this up in chilled vintage sundae glasses for the guys but I enjoyed it my favorite way- in a waffle cone. I also think it will make great milkshakes or even hot fudge sundaes.

Thanks to all of the bloggers who joined me for today's #IceCreamSocial, be sure to go and check ou their recipes using the links down below! 



Cherry Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream

Cherry Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream
Author: Jolene's Recipe Journal


  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 5 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups fresh or frozen pitted dark sweet cherries, thawed and cut into quarters
  • 11.5 oz semi sweet Chocolate Chunks


  1. In a large saucepan, whisk together egg yolks, sugar and salt until well combined. Stir in cream. Cook over low heat until it reaches 160 degrees and the mixture thickens, stirring constantly. Do not boil!
  2. Remove from heat and transfer to a large bowl. Place the bowl into a pan of ice water. Gently stir for about 2 minutes. Stir in extract. Press plastic wrap onto the surface of the custard and refrigerate for several hours or overnight.
  3. Place 1 1/2 cups cherries into a food processor, pulse until finely chopped. Stir the cherries into the custard along with the food coloring, if desired. Coarsely chop the remaining cherries and set aside.
  4. Pour custard into the cylinder of your ice cream maker, not filling more than 2/3rds full. Freeze according to the manufacturer's instructions. Add some of the reserved cherries and chocolate during the last 5 minutes of processing. Repeat with any remaining custard, cherries and chocolate.
  5. Move to freezer containers, being sure to leave some headspace for expansion. Freeze for 2 to 4 hours until the ice cream is firm and scoopable.


Makes 2 quarts

Source: Taste of Home June/July 2024

Cherry, chocolate chunk,
Ice cream, dessert


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  • Stracciatella Gelato by Art of Natural Living
  • Vanilla Bean No Churn Ice Cream by Blogghetti
  • No-Churn Layered Blueberry & Vanilla Ice Cream by Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice
  • Cherry Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream by Jolene’s Recipe Journal
  • Cognac Ice Cream by Karen's Kitchen Stories
  • Dragonfruit Kulfi by Magical Ingredients
  • Vegan Chocolate Nice Cream by Shockingly Delicious

  • Comments

    Wow, I can't believe this is your first time making a custard base...that's what I grew up with. Cherry and peach homemade ice cream were always a hit when I was younger. P.S. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Tovolo products...I have three different kinds of their ice cream containers in tons of different colors. You simply can't go wrong with them!
    Karen said…
    That is a very cool container for the ice cream! I love chocolate and cherry together - like a black forest cake in ice cream form!
    Love your flavor combo, and how cool is that slender container! I might need to get that. Thanks for putting this whole day together for our blogging friends Jolene.
    Inger said…
    This looks delicious and perfect for cherry season! And I got my first cherries on my cherry tree!
    Lisa said…
    Delicious flavors and one of my favorites! I love that container! Thank you for hosting the event, so many new recipes to make!
    Radha said…
    chocolate and cheery are a divine combination and this ice cream is the perfect treat for the summer.

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