Cherry Ice Cream with Chocolate Chips

Homemade cherry ice cream made with fresh, sweet cherries, milk, cream, sugar, with shaved bittersweet chocolate folded in.

Cherry Ice Cream with Chocolate Chips
Elise Bauer

There is something truly glorious about standing in the shade of a cherry tree ripe with cherries, and picking them and eating them right there on the spot.

As kids we would have pit spitting contests to see how far we could make them fly. Do kids even do this any more?

They've already bred the seeds out of watermelons, I sure hope they don't breed the pits out of cherries. Call me old fashioned, but I don't mind working for my food, pits, seeds and all.

To make cherry ice cream, you do have to pit some cherries. Takes about 10 minutes with a paring knife, but it's a lot faster if you use a cherry pitter.

This recipe calls for regular sweet cherries, which are milder in flavor than their sour cherry cousins, but easier to come by.

Because of the mildness, this ice cream benefits from the addition of chocolate, and some berry liqueur.

Cherry Ice Cream with Chocolate Chips

Total Time 0 mins
Servings 8 servings
Yield 1 quart

You can also try making this ice cream with yogurt instead of cream. Heat the cherries, sugar, salt, and milk first. Then let cool. Add 1 3/4 cup of full-fat yogurt and purée. Everything else is the same except no need to add lemon juice.


  • 1 1/2 cups pitted ripe sweet cherries (from about 3/4 lb cherries)

  • 3/4 cup milk

  • 1 3/4 cups cream

  • 1/2 cup sugar

  • 1 pinch salt

  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

  • 2 tablespoons Amaretto, cherry liqueur, or rum (optional)

  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped fine, keep in freezer until used


  1. Heat cherries, milk, 1 cup cream, sugar, salt, then purée:

    Put cherries, milk, one cup of the cream, sugar, and salt into a medium saucepan. Heat on medium heat until the mixture is steamy, then lower the heat to warm and just let sit for about 15 minutes.

    Remove from heat. Pour mixture into a blender, or use an immersion blender, and carefully purée.

    (Careful because you are dealing with a hot liquid. Make sure you hold the cap down on the top of the blender while puréeing.)

  2. Stir in remaining cream and chill:

    Put mixture into a large bowl. Stir in the remaining 3/4 cup of cream.

    Chill for several hours in the refrigerator until completely cold. (Can also place bowl over an ice bath, to speed up the cooling process.)

  3. Stir in lemon juice and Amaretto:

    Before putting the mixture into your ice cream maker, stir in the lemon juice and the Amaretto or other liqueur if you are using. Note that you can skip the alcohol if you want, but the addition of it will help the ice cream from getting too icy, and the amaretto can add a nice flavor boost to the ice cream.

  4. Churn with your ice cream maker:

    Churn the ice cream in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's instructions.

  5. Fold in chocolate chips and freeze:

    Once the ice cream has completed churning, the ice cream should be pretty soft. Gently fold in the finely chopped chocolate.

    Put in an airtight container and place in the freezer for at least an hour, preferably several hours.


How to make ice cream without a machine - from David Lebovitz

Cherry Frozen Yogurt here on Simply Recipes

Cherry Ice Cream with Chocolate Chips
Elise Bauer
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
360 Calories
27g Fat
26g Carbs
5g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 360
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 27g 34%
Saturated Fat 17g 84%
Cholesterol 61mg 20%
Sodium 45mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 9%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 20g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 2mg 12%
Calcium 80mg 6%
Iron 3mg 15%
Potassium 262mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.