Copycat Cherry Garcia Ice Cream Recipe is easy to make at home for a rich cherry flavored dessert. This Ben and Jerry inspired recipe only has a few ingredients with tasty results.

Cone of Cherry Garcia ice cream.
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Cherry Garcia ice cream is one of our favorite ice cream recipes. It is a popular Ben and Jerry flavor. Everyone goes crazy over this ice cream with cherries and shaved chocolate.

The name originates from a tribute to guitarist Jerry Garcia and also became the ice cream chain’s first flavor to be named after a rock legend. It is one of the Best Cherry Desserts.

I have been making homemade ice cream for years and also make Birthday Cake Ice Cream Recipe , Hot Chocolate Ice Cream and Lemon Shortbread Ice Cream. We love trying new ice cream flavors.

Why We Love This Recipe

The combination of cherries and chocolate make a delicious and decadent ice cream. Each bite of homemade Cherry Garcia Ice Cream is so rich and delicious. You do not need an ice cream maker and no eggs required.

It is hard to resist this treat and it is so easy to make. Another favorite is this Wendy’s Frosty Recipe.

Ingredients

Ingredients for Cherry Garcia ice cream - heavy whipping cream, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract, fresh cherries, chocolate chunks.
  • Heavy Whipping Cream. This needs to be chilled.
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk. Don’t substitute this as it gives the ice cream its sweetness.
  • Vanilla Extract. Pure vanilla is suggested.
  • Fresh Cherries. Pitted and roughly chopped.
  • Dark Chocolate Chunks. These should be chopped into large chunky pieces.

Get the complete ingredient list at the bottom of the page.

How to Make Cherry Garcia Ice Cream

  • Step 1. Beat the heavy cream. Use a stand mixer or handheld mixer, whisk together the heavy whipping cream and vanilla extract until soft peaks form.
Mixing bowl with sweetened condensed milk and whipped cream.

Step 2. Stir in the condensed milk. Then gently fold in the sweetened condensed milk. 

Chopped cherries folded into mixture.

Step 3. Then carefully add in the chopped sweet cherries and chocolate chunks.

Mixture spread into loaf pan.

Step 4. Spread the mixture into a freezer safe container with a spatula. Top with the remaining chopped cherry and chocolate chunks. 

Mixture spread into loan pan.

Step 5. Finally, freeze the mixture to harden the texture for 4 to 6 hours. Then serve and enjoy.

Pro Tips

  • Make sure you use a metal loaf pan when making this ice cream. 
  • Start with cold ingredients and cold supplies. The ice cream will freezer quicker if the mixing bowl is cold along with the ingredients. Just pop the bowl in the freezer for about 30 minutes prior to using.
  • You can use a cherry pitter to remove the pits from the cherries or use a straw or skewer to remove the pits from the cherries.  It does not take long and is very simple.
  • Some recipes call for a teaspoon of lemon juice in the ice cream mixture. Feel free to add based on preference.
  • Allow the ice cream to come to room temperature for a few minutes before scooping. This makes it easier than trying to scoop straight from the freezer.

FAQs

How long will it last?

This ice cream will keep in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 1 months. If you put a sheet of wax paper directly on the ice cream, it will help it to stay fresher. This will prevent ice crystals from forming on top of the ice cream.

Our family loves ice cream so it rarely lasts that long around here. We all eat it fairly quickly.

What kind of cherries are used in Cherry Garcia ice cream?

This ice cream uses fresh cherries in the recipe. Do not substitute this for maraschino cherries as the results will not be the same.

The fresh cherries in this ice cream give the recipe a unique flavor that is so fresh and delicious.

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Cherry Garcia Ice Cream Recipe

4.78 from 9 votes
Copycat Cherry Garcia Ice Cream Recipe is easy to make at home for a rich cherry flavored dessert. This Ben and Jerry inspired recipe only has a few ingredients with tasty results.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Freeze 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes
Servings 8
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 447

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Heavy Whipping Cream chilled
  • 1 can Sweetened Condensed Milk 14 oz can
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 cups Fresh Cherries pitted and roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup Dark Chocolate Chunks
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Instructions

  • With a stand up mixer or hand held mixer, beat together the heavy whipping cream and vanilla extract until the cream is whipped and can form soft peaks.
  • Then gently fold in the sweetened condensed milk.  Then carefully add in the chopped cherry and chocolate chunks (reserve some for topping).
  • Pour the mixture into a loaf pan.  Top with the remaining chopped cherry and chocolate chunks.
  • Freeze for 4-6 hours until set.
  • Then the ice cream is ready to serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

*This ice cream will keep in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 1 months.  
*Make sure you use a metal loaf pan when making this ice cream. 
*You can use a cherry pitter to remove the pits from the cherries or use a straw or skewer to remove the pits from the cherries. 

Nutrition Facts

Calories 447kcal, Carbohydrates 41g, Protein 7g, Fat 29g, Saturated Fat 20g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1g, Monounsaturated Fat 7g, Cholesterol 84mg, Sodium 91mg, Potassium 390mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 37g, Vitamin A 1030IU, Vitamin C 4mg, Calcium 219mg, Iron 1mg

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