This cherry chip ice cream is a favorite old fashioned ice cream stuffed full of fresh cherries, and mini chocolate chips. The perfect fruity chocolate mix!
“You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream” – this cherry chip ice cream will have you screaming for more. Cherry chip ice cream will always have me reminiscing about the role ice cream played in my life. So with each spoon of this cherry chip ice cream you can think of my inspiration or your own.
Growing up if you asked me what my favorite flavor of ice cream was I would tell you vanilla ice cream. I know that sounds boring, but listen to my reasoning; vanilla ice cream allows you to add any topping or mix-in and it changes the flavor. Now your ice cream becomes fudge or caramel or even raspberry or strawberry. With the simplest addition you can have pretty much any flavor you can imagine or desire. A favorite of mine was to take a bowl of ice cream pour strawberry or raspberry jam all over it and swirl it together. All of sudden I had soft serve strawberry ice cream and it was the best, so perfectly smooth and delicious. Often that would be my Sunday evening treat, that or a bowl of cereal.
Now when my family would go out for ice cream, that was a different story. There was only really only one place for ice cream and that was the Baskin Robbins on 17th Street in Idaho Falls, of course you know the place and their 31 flavors. Back then I’m not sure that they actually had 31 flavors. It was a small little place (and it is still there), but it was always such a treat.
My dad would get in the mood for ice cream and we would all pile in the car and driver there together. Or sometimes we’d go after a visit to my grandparents. It occurred just enough to keep us happy, but rarely enough that it always felt like a special occasion.
Everyone in my family had different ice cream favorites that they would always choose. My mother, I believe chose strawberry ice cream, my dad was always pistachio ice cream. Mine was always something fruity, maybe black raspberry, or strawberry, or cherry. Now I often order some chocolate and peanut butter combo.
That little Baskin Robbins did not always have cherry, but another store in Swan Valley, Idaho did. Swan Valley was not somewhere we went often, maybe once or twice a year if we took a drive to Palisade’s Lake or a visit to my uncle’s farm outside of Ririe, ID, or a drive to Yellowstone. Swan Valley is just a valley in the middle of nowhere. They sold gas, fishing gear and bait, snacks, and ice cream.
They had delicious fresh church ice cream that was scooped into your cone using a square scoop. I’m quite sure their ice cream tasted so good because of that square scoop. If we went there I always ordered cherry. It was such a delight to bite into the ice cream and taste the fresh cherries.
Do you have any special memories revolving around ice cream, from growing up?
This sweet and amazing cherry chip ice cream totally hits the spot. It’s a sweet cherry and vanilla and almond based ice cream, stuffed full of actual cherry pieces and then chocolate chips. The chocolate and cherry combination is like a chocolate covered cherry and this delicious ice cream is the perfect summertime treat.
Looking for more Cherry Desserts?
- Mini Cherry Pies
- Cherry Cheesecake Bars
- Cherry Bread on Tastes of Lizzy T
- Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies on The First Year
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Cherry Chip Ice Cream
- 2 cups cherries (pitted and chopped)
- 2 cups heavy whipping cream
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp almond extract
- 1/2 cup mini semi sweet chocolate chips
- Wash, pit, and chop your cherries - I happen to have a cherry pitter but I understand a frosting tip can do the job
- Put your cherries, cream, milk, sugar, and extracts all into a bowl
- Stir together
- Add to your ice cream maker and follow directions according to your machine
- Once it is mostly thickened, add your chocolate chips for the last 10 minutes or so
- Serve for a creamy, soft ice cream or freeze for later
Recipe first published on July 8, 2014. Photos and text updated on July 15, 2019.