Here’s a great recipe for Copycat Cherry Garcia Ice Cream I discovered two years ago during my Summer Ice Cream Experiment (I spent the summer experimenting with many homemade ice cream recipes in my Cuisinart Ice Cream maker). I managed to get one picture of the ice cream before we dove in….YUM! I love it when I can experiment and make “copycat” recipes.
This is a knockoff recipe for one of the most famous (and wildly popular) of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream flavors. If you love the original, you will love this simple to make version, filled with juicy Bing cherries, sweet cream, and chocolate. Summer is just around the corner, and I hope you will give this recipe a try…perfect for a hot summer evening (or let’s get real…ANYTIME you require ice cream…stat!).
Recipe source: My regular vanilla base (from Cuisinart book) + experimenting
- ½ cup dark chocolate, grated finely, then covered & refrigerated (to keep it cold)
- ½ cup fresh Bing cherries, pitted, halved, & then covered & refrigerated (to keep them cold)
- ½ cup Egg substitute
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups heavy whipping cream
- 1 cup milk
- Prepare the chocolate and the cherries as indicated in ingredient list. Place them in separate bowls; cover and keep refrigerated until just before ice cream has finished freezing.
- In a large bowl, whisk the egg substitute, sugar, and vanilla together until the sugar has dissolved (a couple minutes). Pour in the whipping cream and milk; continue whisking until fully blended.
- Transfer the ice cream mixture to your ice cream maker, and freeze according to the manufacturer's instructions. About 5 minutes before the ice cream is done (and has thickened), add the grated chocolate and cherries to the ice cream mixture. Continue churning the ice cream for remainder of time indicated for your machine. When done, transfer mixture to a container suitable for a freezer, and let it continue to "ripen" (i.e. firm up) in the freezer. When ready to serve, grab an ice cream scoop and dig in!