Cherry Ice Cream – Barefeet in the Kitchen


This sweet and slightly tart Cherry Ice Cream is made with just a handful of easy ingredients.

No custard base, no eggs, no cooking time, just a quick whirl in the blender with sweet cream, sugar, and cherries.

Homemade Cherry Ice Cream - get the recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.com

Cherry Ice Cream

Fresh, sweet cherries are one of my favorite fruits, but the hassle of removing the pits, combined with their limited availability makes their frozen counterparts perfect for this quick and easy ice cream recipe.

Homemade Ice Cream is the perfect dessert for any occasion and as any of my friends will attest, I’ll use any possible excuse to make a fresh batch. 

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The most popular question I get is whether it’s possible to make ice cream without a machine. The answer is YES. You can make ice cream without a machine. Find the full directions here!

Cherry Ice Cream Recipe

  • frozen sweet cherries
  • heavy cream
  • milk
  • sugar
  • kosher salt
  • vanilla extract

I make this ice cream both with and without the chocolate swirl. The chocolate is optional, but I highly recommend it. Isn’t everything better with a chocolate swirl?

Cherry Ice Cream

My favorite homemade ice creams are the ones that require very little effort on my part. At least half of the reason I love making my own ice cream is because it is often easier than a trip to the grocery store.

Stir together the cream and sugar along with whatever flavors you are craving and just pour it into the machine. Nothing beats a batch of homemade ice cream straight out of the machine.

Here are a few more of my favorite easy ice cream recipes:

Oreo Ice Cream is not your everyday cookies and cream ice cream. (Although don’t get me wrong, I LOVE a batch of Cookies and Cream Ice Cream too!) The base of this ice cream tastes just like Oreo cookies, not like vanilla ice cream with chunks of Oreos.

Fluffy, creamy Berry Banana Ice Cream is filled with strawberries and bananas. It is the perfect way to cool off this summer.

Chocolate Chip Toffee Bits Ice Cream is exactly that – a homemade vanilla ice cream fully loaded with miniature chocolate chips and toffee bits. This is the best ever chocolate chip ice cream. You’re going to love it.

Chocolate Swirl Cherry Ice Cream - get the recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.com

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With over 70 ice cream recipes here to choose from, there’s sure to be an ice cream for everyone! If you’re new to making ice cream, the best and easiest vanilla ice cream is a great place to start.

These are my favorite inexpensive containers for storing ice cream. They’re perfect for gifting (who doesn’t love homemade ice cream?) storage, re-using, etc. I write the flavors on the lids with a sharpie and it washes off with dish soap.

I have more ice cream scoops than I can keep track of at this point and I definitely play favorites. This ice cream scoop does the best job ever of cutting through firm ice cream and still delivers a pretty scoop. It gets bonus points for being one of the least expensive scoops I own as well.

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Servings: 6 servings

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Chocolate Swirl Ingredients

  • Combine the cherries, cream, milk, sugar, salt, and vanilla in the blender. Puree until completely smooth. Serve immediately for soft-serve ice cream or pour into an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Chocolate Swirl Instructions

  • While the ice cream is churning, combine the chocolate chips and coconut oil in a small glass bowl. Microwave for 1 minute. Remove from the microwave and stir until smooth. If needed, heat an additional 20-30 seconds. Stir until smooth.

  • Let cool a bit at room temperature while the ice cream finishes churning. (If it solidifies too much to drizzle while waiting, reheat for 10-15 seconds and stir again.)

  • When the ice cream finishes churning. Transfer about a third of the ice cream to an airtight container and drizzle generously with about a third of the melted chocolate. Repeat twice. Freeze until ready to serve.

I make this ice cream both with and without the chocolate. The chocolate swirl is optional, but I highly recommend it.

Calories: 350kcal · Carbohydrates: 34g · Protein: 4g · Fat: 23g · Saturated Fat: 14g · Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g · Monounsaturated Fat: 6g · Trans Fat: 1g · Cholesterol: 51mg · Sodium: 125mg · Potassium: 353mg · Fiber: 3g · Sugar: 29g · Vitamin A: 705IU · Vitamin C: 6mg · Calcium: 96mg · Iron: 1mg

{originally published 5/31/15 – recipe notes and photos updated 7/6/22}

Homemade Cherry Ice Cream
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