Copycat Recipe Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia Ice Cream

dish of cherry chocolate ice cream

We LOVE ice cream at our house and Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia is one of our favorites.

Since we try to eat in a healthier manner, I make our own ice cream and try to reduce sugar and/or cream to help a bit! I’ll admit ice cream is an indulgence, but one we can live with occasionally.

We love to serve home made goodies when we entertain and this recipe has become a favorite for birthdays, 4th of July and other celebrations.

Several years ago we took the Ben & Jerry’s Factory Tour up in Waterbury Vermont. Awesome tour and little town. Make the visit if you can. And at the end of the tour you get to sample ice cream. Yummy.

After we got back home I started craving Ben & Jerry’s ice Cherry Garcia ice cream again. So I made a copycat version – my own Chocolate Cherry Ice Cream. They have a great recipe in the book and I adapted it to make one we love.

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Now that cherries are in peak season, I have just pitted a bunch of cherries (using this handy pitting gadget) and Cherry Garcia Copy Cat Ice Cream is on the agenda for this weekend.



  • 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate bars, shaved or chopped
  • 1/3 cup fresh halved and pitted Bing cherries
  • 2 eggs, large
  • 3/4 cup sugar*
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy or whipping cream**
  • 1 1/2 cup 2% milk**

* Reduce sugar if you like. The recipe calls for 3/4 C sugar, but I use only 1/2 C sugar

** The original recipe cals for 2 C heavy cream and 1 C milk, but I reduce it for health’s sake. So use the combination that you wish as log as it adds up to 3 cups.

=> Use Gluten free Chocolate Bars to make this recipe gluten free



  • Using two separate small bowls, place the shaved or chopped chocolate in one and the cherries in the other. Cover the bowls and place in the  refrigerator.
  • In a mixing bowl, whisk the eggs for 1 to 2 minutes, or until light and fluffy. Whisk in the sugar, a little at a time, and continue to mix about 1 minute more, or until completely blended. Whisk in the cream and milk and stir well to blend.
  • Return this mixture to the refrigerator for 15 to 30 minutes to chill it down again
  • Transfer the chilled mixture to your ice cream maker. Freeze following the manufacturer’s instructions. Once the ice cream stiffens, or as instructed by the manufacturer, add the chocolate and the cherries.
  • This makes approximately one generous Quart of ice cream
  • Scoop ice cream into a container with spatula.
  • Put back in the freezer until the ice cream is ready. Take out a few minute before scooping out.

Here is what I use for making and serving awesome ice cream:

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And I use this handy gadget to easily pit the cherries

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