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Copycat Cherry Garcia Ice Cream Recipe: Easy to make in a Cuisinart!

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When it comes to summer treats, Ben and Jerry sure do know how to make ’em! Ice cream has long been a staple dessert for all year round, but especially in summertime. There are so many delicious Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavors to choose from. My favorite most definitely pays homage to Jerry Garcia, the late and great guitarist for the Grateful Dead, and I’m not even a fan of that particular band. Just love that flavor of Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia ice cream. Ha! Those sweet cherries and chocolate chunks… It’s the perfect combination of cherry flavor and chocolate chips. Good thing it’s so easy to make copycat Cherry Garcia ice cream at home!

Copycat Cherry Garcia Ice Cream recipe

Copycat Cherry Garcia Ice Cream Recipe: Easy to make in a Cuisinart!

It’s no secret that I love ice cream and frozen yogurt. Like I could sit down with a bowl of it every evening if my diet and waistline allowed it. I mean you all know that I do rent soft serve ice cream machines here in St. Louis, right?! That being said I do have many favorite soft serve flavors… Pineapple Dole Whip and chocolate being my very favorite. Separate from each other of course. Pineapple soft serve would taste soooo sour with the chocolate!

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Is it safe to put raw eggs in homemade ice cream?

The answer is no. Most definitely no. Consuming uncooked eggs is dangerous because they may contain salmonella and that bacteria can make you very sick. With this particular homemade ice cream recipe you will use a process to cook the eggs, making them safe to eat.

What is the most popular ice cream in the United States?

My favorites? In addition to soft serve variety, I love, love, love regular ice cream. There are just so many favorite ice cream flavors to choose from. Particularly mint chocolate chip, rocky road, pistachio and the famous Cherry Garcia ice cream.

When was Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia first made?

The Cherry Garcia ice cream is not a new flavor. It has been around for quite a while as it was first served in 1987.

homemade cherry garcia ice cream

Homemade Cherry Garcia Ice Cream

Such an easy way to make this sweet treat at home! The best part is it’s a churn recipe (with the use of an electric ice cream machine) so it’s even more simple to make and so delicious!

What you’ll need to make this copycat Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavor:

½ cup shaved dark chocolate (frozen overnight)

½ cup fresh bing cherries (pitted, quartered and frozen overnight), but you could also make this recipe with maraschino cherries

4 cups heavy cream

2 cups whole milk

4 large eggs

1 ½ cup sugar

Cuisinart ice cream maker (you can also use a KitchenAid ice cream maker or other churn type ice cream machine)

1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)

1 tsp cherry extract (optional)

cherry garcia ice cream ingredients

Copycat Cherry Garcia Ice Cream Making Tips:

  • You can substitute with frozen cherries or even canned cherries, but just make sure to drain off the extra liquid.
  • This recipe will make a little bit over one batch of ice cream to fit in the Cuisinart 2 quart machine. You can simply remove some of the ice cream as it freezing (before it begins to overflow).
  • It will take about 30 minutes to freeze the mixture into ice cream.
  • This recipe makes about 2 quarts frozen.

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What you’ll need to do to make copycat Cherry Garcia ice cream:

Step 1: In a medium saucepan, and over medium heat, warm heavy whipping cream with the milk stirred in to 140 degrees.

Step 2: As the milk mixture heats up this is a good time to beat the eggs until smooth and creamy. You beat the eggs for about 3 to 5 minutes.

Step 3: You’ll want to then very slowly add the sugar to the eggs. Beat together until the sugar is fully dissolved.

Step 4: Before finishing 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 into the remaining milk in the pot.

Step 5: Heat the liquid until 175 degrees, stirring often. This will cook the eggs.

Step 6: Remove from heat and refrigerate overnight.

Step 7: Pour the mixture into the ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Step 8: When the ice cream is almost completely set, add the chocolate and fresh cherries.

Step 9: For firmer ice cream, transfer ice cream to a freezer-safe container and freeze for 4 to 6 hours.

Cuisinart ice cream recipe

This homemade ice cream is so easy to make and delicious. The perfect combination of cherry and chocolate. And a great summer dessert option!

More homemade ice cream recipes?

When it comes to this recipe you can easily use the main base mixture with other stir ins to create a totally different flavor. Now to make some more flavors of ice cream… I’m thinking mint chocolate chip is next!

Like this churn Cherry Garcia ice cream recipe?

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blog owner at Seeing Dandy Blog
A mom blogger for over 15 years, Tara Smith lives in St. Louis, Missouri with her audiologist husband and four kids. Her blog has been featured on local media television shows like News 4 Great Day and Show Me St. Louis, as well as in the Farmhouse Style Magazine for Country Sampler. She loves to travel, explore the Midwest, make crafts and read.

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Tuesday 18th of April 2023

Why would you make a recipe that doesn’t fit in an ice cream maker? You say it makes more than 2 quarts, “so scoop it out when ir over flows”. That’s dumb.

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