Ice cream is a favorite treat. This easy, no-churn ice cream loaded with dark chocolate and fresh cherries is my take on Cherry Garcia Ice Cream.

Fresh cherries and chocolate are a delicious way to dress up ice cream, and adding a slice of cake makes it a perfect summer dessert.

close up photo of a scoop of ice cream

With summer upon us, I couldn’t wait to use Fresh California-grown cherries in the dessert I planned to make. Cherries are in season for such a short time, and I always buy loads of them because they are of the highest quality when they are in season.

I planned to make the ice cream from scratch – it’s an easy, no-churn recipe like my cookies & cream Nutella ice cream.

Homemade Cherry Garcia Ice Cream

  • I love making no-churn ice cream during the summer. It’s so much easier than using a machine. It’s rich, creamy, and just as good as premium ice cream from a shop.
  • Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia Ice Cream is one of my family’s favorites, but when you make it homemade you can add as many chopped cherries and chocolate as you want. Sometimes, we add a fudge swirl, too, using my homemade hot fudge sauce.

How to Make No-Churn Ice Cream

To make the base, all you do is puree heavy cream, chocolate milk, sugar, a little salt, and vanilla until the mixture is creamy and smooth.

Place the blender in the refrigerator until the mixture is chilled. Transfer it to the freezer for 45 minutes. Remove it from the freezer and blend it for 15 to 20 seconds. Pour it into a serving container, cover it, and place it in the freezer for 45 minutes.

Photo of the ice cream base being poured into a container

For the add-ins, I just chop fresh cherries and dark chocolate. I like to pop them in the freezer so they’re nice and cold when I add them to the base.

Photo of the chopped chocolate and cherries in a jar

Remove the ice cream mixture from the freezer and whisk it. Add the chocolate and cherries and gently fold them into the base. Freeze for 45 minutes, whisk the mixture again, and then cover and freeze the ice cream until it’s firm and set.

Photo of the finished ice cream in a container

I hope you treat yourself to some fresh cherries this summer! This recipe is one of my favorite ways to use them.

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Copycat Cherry Garcia Ice Cream

Prep: 30 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 500 kcal
You don't need an ice cream machine to make this recipe. It's an easy no-churn ice cream recipe loaded with lots of chopped fresh cherries and dark chocolate. Be sure to plan ahead because the ice cream needs time to freeze and set before you make it. I think you will love this perfect summer treat.
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  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup chocolate whole milk regular whole milk will work, too
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup fresh California Cherries stems removed, pitted and coarsley chopped
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate (or milk chocolate or semi-sweet) finely chopped


  • In a small bowl, mix the chopped cherries and chocolate together. Cover the bowl and place them in the freezer until ready to use.
  • In a blender, puree the cream, chocolate milk, sugar, salt, and vanilla until creamy and smooth.
  • Put the blender in the fridge until chilled. Once chilled, place in the freezer for 45 minutes.
  • Remove from the freezer and blend for 15-20 seconds. Pour into the serving dish, cover, and place back in the freezer for another 45 minutes.
  • Remove from the freezer and whisk. Add the frozen chocolate and cherry mixture and gently mix in. Place back in the freezer for another 45 minutes. Repeat the process one to two more times, I usually just do once. Cover and leave in the freezer until completely set and ready to serve.
  • This ice cream will melt faster than your typical store-bought ice cream. Serve immediately when taken out of the freezer.
Calories: 500kcalCarbohydrates: 40gProtein: 4gFat: 37gSaturated Fat: 23gCholesterol: 114mgSodium: 65mgPotassium: 259mgFiber: 2gSugar: 34gVitamin A: 1207IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 109mgIron: 2mg
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  1. Can I make this in a gel ice cream machine? I have a Cuisinart machine which I am crazy about.
    Thanks. The recipe sounds yummy.

  2. 5 stars
    This ice cream looks like a delicious and refreshing treat that anyone will love. I will be whipping this up this weekend.

  3. Does it matter what type of cherries you use – sweet or sour? Thank you! Want to make this for my husband!

    1. Hi Janet! We used sweet cherries for this recipe. I am not sure how sour cherries would taste as we haven’t tried it, but if you prefer them you can give it a try! I hope you and your husband enjoy.

  4. 5 stars
    I’ve never had Cherry Garcia ice cream before, I really must try this recipe! As far as I’m concerned, chocolate and cherries are a match made in heaven. Adding them to ice cream is even better!

  5. 5 stars
    I don’t understand how people are rating this before they make it LOL but it was Delicious. The only issue is the chocolate. Cherry Garcia has thinner pieces of chocolate so I might try mixing in some magic shell next time just to compare. I did use my KitchenAid b/c that’s on the counter and the blender is buried in a cabinet. I used the whip to mud everything and then put on the ice cream maker attachment and it was perfect. Followed the directions…mixed for 20 min before adding the cherries & chocolate and let it go about 10 min after that. So creamy and smooth…just delicious. I will definitely make it again.

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