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Ben & Jerry's Cherry Garcia Ice Cream

Packed with grated chocolate and fresh cherries! A delicious ice cream for all the chocolate and cherry lovers!
Course Ice Cream
Prep Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours
Servings 2 quarts
Author Allie Taylor


  • 1/2 cup shaved chocolate Hershey's Special Dark Chocolate Candy Bar
  • 1/2 cup fresh Bing cherries halved and pitted
  • You may use canned cherries, but drain the syrup first
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated white sugar
  • 4 cups heavy or whipping cream
  • 2 cups milk


  • Place shaved chocolate flakes and prepared cherries in separate bowls.
  • Cover tightly and refrigerate.
  • Place cream and milk in a medium saucepan and heat over medium-low heat on the stovetop.
  • Meanwhile, separately, whisk eggs in medium mixing bowl 'til light and fluffy.
  • Slowly whisk the sugar into the egg mixture, a little at a time until it's thoroughly combined, then 1-2 minutes more. Set aside.
  • When the cream/milk mixture reaches 140°, remove from heat.
  • Very slowly add in about 1/3 of the hot cream/milk mixture into the egg/sugar mixture, whisking quickly the whole time 'til blended.
  • (This "tempers" the eggs so they don't scramble when added.)
  • Once thoroughly blended, add in the remaining cream/milk mixture.
  • Return custard to sauce pan and heat on medium low heat until the mixture reaches 175°. (This kills off any harmful bacteria.)
  • Remove from heat.
  • Chill throughly until mixture is a minimum of 40°. (You want it very cold so it freezes well in the ice cream maker.)
  • Transfer mixture to an ice cream maker and freeze following the manufacturer's instructions.
  • After the ice cream stiffens (about 2 minutes before it's done), add the grated chocolate and cherries.
  • Continue freezing until the ice cream is ready.
  • Serve soft, or freeze for 6-8 hours for hard ice cream.
  • (We usually freeze ours hard because we like it on sugar or waffle cones.)


Hint: I added 1/4 cup extra cherries and 1/4 cup extra grated chocolate because we like our ice-cream loaded! :)