Cherry Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Recipe is packed with sweet cherries, rich chocolate and absolutely delicious. No ice cream maker needed for this easy homemade ice cream.

Cone of cherry ice cream.
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This decadent ice cream recipe is a tasty combination of cherries and chocolate with a sweet and creamy ice cream base. The recipe only calls for 5 ingredients and it couldn’t be any easier. It is the Best Cherry Dessert and so easy that busy moms can make it.

I have been making homemade ice cream for years. We also like Twix Ice Cream Recipe and Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream Recipe.

Why This Recipe Works

It is the best treat to beat the heat or to enjoy year-round. Since you do not need any special equipment or ice bath, this can be made effortlessly. No egg yolks or cooking involved for this recipe.

This sweet vanilla ice cream with bittersweet chocolate and cherries tastes amazing.

Ingredients

Ingredients for Cherry chocolate chip ice cream - heavy whipped cream, red cherries, sweetened condensed milk, mini chocolate chips.
  • Heavy whipping cream. Make sure this is chilled before using.
  • Dark red cherries. Drain before using.
  • Sweetened condensed milk. This gives the ice cream the perfect amount of sweetness.
  • Mini chocolate chips. The miniature size is easy to fold into the ice cream and the best size.

Find the entire list of ingredients in the recipe card at the bottom.

Substitutions and Additions

  • Flavoring. The vanilla extract helps complement the fruity sweetness of the cherries. If you want to amplify the cherry flavor, you can substitute the vanilla extract for 1 teaspoon of almond extract.
  • Fresh Cherries. You can substitute fresh ripe sweet cherries with lemon juice in this recipe. Just make sure to pit the cherries with a cherry pitter and cut them in half.

How to Make Cherry Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Mixing bowl of heavy cream.

Step 1. Use an electric hand mixer to whip the cream in a large mixing bowl. Start on a low speed and increase the speed once the cream thickens and form soft peaks. 

Cherries added to mixture.

Step 2. Once the heavy cream forms soft peaks, add the prepared cherries, condensed milk, and vanilla extract. Stir until combined.

Chocolate Chips folded into ice cream base.

Step 3. Add the mini chocolate chips to the vanilla bean custard.

Ice cream mixture combined.

Step 4. Gently fold them into the ice cream mixture. Do not use the mixer for this step.

Mixture spread into loaf pan.

Step 5. Pour the ice cream mixture into a large plastic freezer container or a 9×5 inch loaf pan.

Mixture frozen and ready to serve.

Step 6. Allow the cherry ice cream to sit in the fridge covered with plastic wrap for 24 hours. Grab a spoon and enjoy. If you like it more of soft serve style, allow to sit before scooping.

Storage

You can store this ice cream in the fridge covered with plastic wrap for up to one month. I also recommend placing a layer of parchment paper directly on top of the ice cream to prevent ice crystals and freezer burn.

How long will homemade ice cream last?

As long as you cover it properly in the freezer, it will last up to a month.

Cherry chocolate chip ice cream in a bowl.

Pro Tips

  • Combining the Cherries. I like to add the cherries with the condensed milk instead of with the chocolate chips. This helps them to be broken up and to release the cherry juice throughout the ice cream mixture.
  • Mini Chocolate Chips. I like to use mini chocolate chips because they will not freeze as hard as normal sized chocolate chips. This gives you just as much chocolate flavor without worrying about biting into a frozen chocolate chip.
  • Adding the cherries and chocolate. You want to make sure the cream has reached soft peaks before adding anything. This will ensure the cherries and chocolate chips do not sink to the bottom of the container before the ice cream is fully set.
  • Good quality chocolate. Use the best quality chocolate you can. The ice cream will taste much better.

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Cherry Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

5 from 5 votes
Cherry Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Recipe is packed with sweet cherries, rich chocolate and absolutely delicious. No ice cream maker needed for this easy homemade ice cream.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Set Time 1 day
Total Time 1 day 10 minutes
Servings 6
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 681

Ingredients

  • 1 ¾ cups heavy whipping cream
  • 15 oz can dark red cherries drained
  • 1 ½ cups sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips
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Instructions

  • Use an electric hand mixer to whip the cream in a large mixing bowl. Start on a low speed and increase the speed as the cream thickens until it begins to form soft peaks.
  • Once the heavy cream forms soft peaks, add the cherries, condensed milk, and vanilla extract. Continue whipping the mixture on a high speed until the condensed milk is fully incorporated into the cream and the cherries are scattered evenly throughout the mixture.
  • Add the mini chocolate chips and gently fold them into the ice cream mixture.
  • Pour the ice cream mixture into a large plastic container or a 9×5 inch loaf pan and allow it to sit in the fridge covered with plastic wrap for 24 hours.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

I like to add the cherries with the condensed milk instead of with the chocolate chips so that they are broken up a little bit. This helps to release the cherry juice throughout the ice cream mixture.
You can store this ice cream in the fridge covered with plastic wrap for up to one month.
I like to use mini chocolate chips because they will not freeze as hard as normal sized chocolate chips. This gives you just as much chocolate flavor without worrying about biting into a frozen chocolate chip.
The vanilla extract helps complement the fruity sweetness of the cherries. If you want to amplify the cherry flavor, you can sub the vanilla for 1 teaspoon of almond extract.
You want to make sure the cream has reached soft peaks before adding anything to ensure the cherries and chocolate chips do not sink to the bottom of the container before the ice cream is fully set.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 681kcal, Carbohydrates 76g, Protein 10g, Fat 39g, Saturated Fat 25g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1g, Monounsaturated Fat 8g, Trans Fat 0.1g, Cholesterol 109mg, Sodium 136mg, Potassium 509mg, Fiber 2g, Sugar 72g, Vitamin A 1337IU, Vitamin C 8mg, Calcium 307mg, Iron 1mg

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