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Copycat Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia Ice Cream Recipe

Make your own Ben & Jerry’s style Ice Cream at home with this Copycat Cherry Garcia Ice Cream Recipe. Easy and Incredible!

Cherry Chocolate Chip Ice cream in bowl

Ice cream is one of those desserts that can give immediate comfort. Whether it is cooling on a hot day or relaxation after a long day, ice cream is one of those go-to stress soothers that is just refreshing. This Copycat Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia Recipe is simply divine. The vanilla base with cherries and chocolate chunks throughout is enough to make your tastebuds dance.

Note: This recipe came from this Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Ice Cream & Dessert Book. It’s legit!

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Supplies

cherry Garcia ingredients ( milk, cream, eggs, sugar, chocolate, & cherries)

To make this recipe, you need just a few ingredients and an ice cream maker. There are so many ice cream makers on the market now, and some are very affordable. Check your local thrift store too. They always seem to have them in the small appliance section.

  • Milk
  • Cream
  • Eggs
  • Sugar
  • Cherries (fresh or frozen)
  • Dark Chocolate chunks

Instructions

beaten eggs in bowl

Heat Milk

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, warm the milk and heavy cream to 140 degrees.

Beat Eggs

As the milk heats, in a separate bowl beat the eggs until smooth and creamy, about 3 to 5 minutes. Very slowly add the sugar to the eggs and beat until the sugar is dissolved.

Temper eggs

While beating the eggs and very slowly, temper the eggs by adding about ⅓ of the heated milk to the eggs. Then, whisk the egg mixture to the remaining milk in the pot.

Chill

Heat the liquid until 175 degrees, stirring often. Remove from heat and refrigerate overnight. If you are impatient…pop it in the freezer for an hour or so and check the temperature.

Basically, you want the mixture chilled so it freezes well in the ice cream maker.

Copycat cherry Garcia in ice cream maker

Freeze

Pour the mixture into the ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

When the ice cream is almost completely set, stir in the chocolate and cherries.

Copycat Cherry Garcia being scooped

Soft: If you like a softer consistency ice cream you can enjoy it right out of the ice cream maker.

Firm: For firmer ice cream, transfer ice cream to a freezer-safe container and freeze for 4 to 6 hours.

Gluten Free

Copycat Cherry Garcia Ice Cream in bowl with pink napkin and chocolate on top.

This Copycat Cherry Garcia ice cream recipe is gluten-free, just double check your chocolate for hidden gluten.

Storage

Store this ice cream in an airtight container in the freezer until ready to enjoy.

Copycat Cherry Garcia Ice Cream

Make your own Ben & Jerry's style Ice Cream at home with this Copycat Cherry Garcia Ice Cream Recipe. Easy and Incredible!
Print Recipe
Prep Time:5 mins
Cook Time:15 mins
Freezing Time:8 hrs
Total Time:8 hrs 20 mins

Equipment

  • Ice Cream Maker

Ingredients

  • ½ cup dark chocolate shaved
  • ½ cup fresh cherries pitted, quartered and frozen
  • 4 cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 4 eggs large
  • 1 ½ cups sugar

Instructions

  • In a medium saucepan over medium heat, warm the milk and heavy cream to 140 degrees.
  • As the milk heats, in a seperate bowl, beat the eggs until smooth and creamy, about 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Very slowly add the sugar to the eggs and beat until the sugar is dissolved.
  • While beating the eggs and very slowly, temper the eggs by adding about ⅓ of the heated milk to the eggs. Then, whisk the egg mixture to the remaining milk in the pot.
  • Heat the liquid until 175 degrees, stirring often. Remove from heat and refrigerate overnight.
  • Pour the mixture into the ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • When the ice cream is almost completely set, stir in the chocolate and cherries.
  • For firmer ice cream, transfer ice cream to a freezer-safe container and freeze for 4 to 6 hours.
  • Makes about 2 quarts frozen.

Notes

Note: Frozen or canned cherries can be substituted but should be drained first. One batch of ice cream was too much for the Cuisinart 2 quart machine, so I removed some of the ice cream as it froze and began overflowing.

Nutrition

Calories: 344kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 112mg | Sodium: 45mg | Potassium: 167mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 988IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 88mg | Iron: 1mg
Servings: 16 1/2 cup servings
Calories: 344kcal

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