Fresh cherries, shaved chocolate and a creamy vanilla ice cream base. Our black cherry chip ice cream is a family favorite! This post was originally shared in 2014 and now includes a step by step video!
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Black cherry ice cream is one of our absolute favorites. The combination of the fresh cherries and grated chocolate is to die for! Don’t have cherries? Not a problem. Simply substitute your favorite fresh fruit like peaches or strawberries. They would work great too!
Our Favorite Ice Cream Machine
We received an older version of this ice cream maker as a wedding gift 19 years ago and it still works like a charm. It’s one of those things we wouldn’t have purchased as newlyweds, but were so glad to have. It’s been so fun making our own ice cream throughout the years. I highly recommend investing in one—you’ll love it!
Don’t have an ice cream machine? My instructions below assume that you do, but if you don’t own one you can check out some of our no churn recipes!
Black Cherry Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Ingredients
- 2 cups pitted cherries
- 2 c. heavy whipping cream
- 1 c. whole milk
- 1/3 c. sugar
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla
- 2 chopped/grated Hershey bars (or 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips)
How To Make Black Cherry Ice Cream
Step 1: Begin by washing, pitting, and chopping up your cherries. Pitting cherries might sound like a nightmare, but I do it quickly by using a frosting tip or metal straw! Optional: Mash cherries until only a few chunks remain. This makes for a more smooth ice cream instead of having chunks from frozen cherries.
Step 2: Combine cream, milk, sugar, cherries and vanilla in a bowl. Stir. You can add a couple of drops of red food coloring if you’d like, but it’s totally optional. Pour into your machine and process until mixture thickens, about 25 minutes.
Step 3: Add chocolate (chocolate chips work great too) the last 10 minutes of churning.
Note: grated or shaved chocolate really is the best for this ice cream! You can use mini chocolate chips if you’d like, but once frozen they are harder to chew. I love how the grated chocolate spreads throughout the entire mixture and you get a little bit of chocolate in every bite.
When the ice cream thickens, it will be the consistency of soft serve ice cream. Perfectly delicious.
If you want something more the consistency of scooped ice cream, scoop it into a dish and freeze for a few hours.
Homemade ice cream tastes so fresh and delicious and since it is only made with a few ingredients, you know exactly what you are eating!
I had a fabulous little cleaning crew. She happily scraped that bowl clean and shared with her sister, but kept saying, “Leave some for me, Kaylee!”
Black Cherry Chip Ice Cream
Black Cherry Chip Ice Cream
- 2 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 cup milk
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 drops red food coloring optional
- 2 cups fresh cherries pitted
- 2 Hershey bars (or 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips)
- Combine heavy cream, milk, sugar, vanilla, and food coloring in a bowl. Stir.
- Optional: Mash cherries until only a few chunks remain. This makes for a more smooth ice cream instead of having chunks from frozen cherries. Add cherries to mixture.
- Pour mixture into ice cream machine and process according to manufacturer's instructions.While ice cream is processing, grate 2 chocolate bars. Pour into machine the last 10 minutes to allow chocolate to mix into ice cream.
- Remove from ice cream maker and eat right away for soft serve, or transfer to a dish and freeze 3 hours for scoopable ice cream.