“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. 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 one place for ice cream and that was the Baskin Robbins on 17th Street in Idaho Falls, you know the 31 flavor place. I not sure they really had 31 flavors at one time but maybe if you went each week there would be something new each time. The Baskin Robbins on 17th was a little place (and it is still there) but it was such a treat. My dad would get in the mood for ice cream and we would all pile in the car and drive there. Or sometimes we had been visiting my grandparents and drive over afterwards. It occurred just enough to keep us happy and to feel like a real special occasion. Our ice cream of choice there; my mother I believe was strawberry, my siblings I really don’t recall, my dad was always pistachio, always. Mine something with fruit – now I almost always order some chocolate and peanut butter combo – but then it might be black raspberry, or strawberry, or cherry. How I loved cherry.
Now Baskin Robbins did not always have cherry but the little store in Swan Valley, Idaho did. Swan Valley was not close enough for a quick trip for ice cream, it was even more special because we only went there a couple of times a year. Either we had taken a drive to Palisades Lake or a visit to my uncle’s farm outside of Ririe, Idaho or a drive to Yellowstone via Jackson Hole via Swan Valley. Swan Valley is just that, a valley in the middle of nowhere on the road to somewhere else. There is a little store – or at least there was in the 60s – at the intersection. They sold gas, fishing gear and bait, snacks, and they had ice cream. Not just any ice cream but a little counter with fresh churned ice cream that was scooped onto your cone using a square scoop. That is right, a square scoop – it was the coolest thing in the world. I am quite sure the reason their ice cream tasted so good was because of the square scoop. And I always ordered cherry, it was such a delight for me to bite into my ice cream and taste the cherries. Yummy, yummy – cherries.
- 2 cups pitted cherries (chopped)
- 2 cups heavy whipping cream
- 1 cup whole milk
- ⅓ cup sugar
- ¼ tsp vanilla extract
- ¼ tsp almond extract
- ½ cup chopped 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
- If you serve it right away it is the consistency of scooped ice cream - extremely creamy and good
Enjoy this delicious cherry and chocolate chip ice cream for a special treat!
That is what inspired this cherry chip ice cream recipe. I saw a post for cherry ice cream on this blog, I bought cherries, and I remembered what a treat cherry ice cream was for me growing up.
What memories do you have of ice cream treats?