Cherry chocolate chunk ice cream. Who doesn’t love ice cream? And more importantly who doesn’t love Ben & Jerry’s ice cream? Ben & Jerry’s actually releases their most popular flavors at the end of every year and for the longest time Cherry Garcia was their most popular flavor. This past year, Cherry Garcia checked in at #2, behind Half Baked, which I can agree with.
Both Lauren and I are huge ice cream fans, which can be a problem. If there is ice cream in the freezer, we’re more than likely going to have some after dinner. Soooo, we do our best to not have it in the freezer too often, but as I said we’re big fans.
Homemade ice cream is actually easier than most people think, especially if you’re using something like a Cuisinart machine. While some say tempering eggs isn’t necessary, I always do to make sure we don’t get sick from raw eggs. As long as you have a thermometer it’s easy enough. So with that in mind, here is our take with our cherry chocolate chunk ice cream. Enjoy!
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Cherry Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 1 cup whole milk
- 2 large eggs
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate, shaved
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate, chopped
- 3/4 cup sweet cherries, pits removed and chopped in quarters
- In a medium saucepan, combine the milk and cream. Place over medium-low heat and cook, stirring occasional so a skin doesn't form. You want the temperature to reach 170F.
- While heating milk/cream mixture, whisk eggs in medium bowl. Gradually add sugar and whisk until mixture is thick and pale yellow. Temper eggs by slowly pouring 1 cup hot milk mixture, whisking constantly. Return egg mixture to the saucepan and place over low heat. Cook, stirring frequently with a wooden spoon until the custard reaches a temperature of 185°F. Stir in vanilla extract. Cool to room temperature, stirring every 5 minutes. Once room temperature, cover and place in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
- While mixture is cooling, chop and shave the dark chocolate. Remove pits from cherries and chop cherries.
- Pour mixture into ice cream maker and mix according to manufacturer's instructions. With about 2 minutes left, add the chocolate and cherries so it mixes thoroughly.
- Once desired consistency, pour ice cream into a container and freeze in freezer for 4+ hours to get a desired consistency. (Note: you do not have to do this step, but ice cream will be much softer and melt pretty quickly if you do not).