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I love when cherries start showing up in the grocery store and what better way to enjoy nature’s gift than with some cool, sweet, tasty Black Cherry Ice Cream. This simple no-churn ice cream recipe brings homemade ice cream to anybody with a freezer and a bit of time. Give this No-Churn Black Cherry Ice Cream recipe a try today.

Three Scoops of No-Churn Black Cherry Ice cream in a bowl with fresh cherries to the side.

No-Churn Black Cherry Ice Cream Summary

This isn’t my first rodeo with homemade ice cream, but it is the first time I am sharing a no-churn recipe. All you need for this recipe are one pound of cherries (preferably fresh black cherries), a can of sweetened condensed milk, and a few cups of heavy whipping cream.

Pouring sweetened condensed milk into a bowl of chopped cherries.
Sweetened Condensed milk is going to add most of the sweetness to our No-Cherry Black Cherry Ice Cream.

First, I blend ¾ of the pitted cherries with the sweetened condensed milk and a little heavy cream. This helps to infuse the flavors and colors of the cherries into the ice cream while leaving the last ¼ of the cherries to be chunks of fruit throughout the ice cream.

Cherries, heavy cream, and condensed milk being blended with an immersion blender.
Blend ¾ pound of cherries with heavy cream and one can of sweetened, condensed milk.

Setting that aside, I whip the rest of the heavy cream to stiff peaks. Then, fold in the condensed milk and cherry mixture and whip on medium for just a minute more. 

Whipped heavy cream in a KitchenAid stand mixer.
Whip the heavy cream to stiff peaks. Next, fold in the berry and condensed milk mixture.

Once everything is mixed together well, spread in a 9 by 14 dish, mix in the remaining cherry chunks, cover and freeze overnight.

A 9x13 baking dish filled with unfrozen ice cream and a blue spatula mixing in chopped cherries.
After adding cream mixture to 9 by 13 dish, mix in remaining chopped cherries.

The next day, place the ice cream in your refrigerator for 30 minutes to soften it up a little and serve!

Black Cherries vs Cherries

While they are often explicitly labeled as black, many cherry varieties are just that. What makes them ‘black’ is essentially the color. Bing, Lambert, or Sweetheart varieties are some of the varieties that will work with this recipe.

To be honest, most tasty cherries will work well with this recipe, but I only experimented with sweet, dark cherries. Use what you have, but look for sweeter and darker cherries.

Can I Use Frozen Cherries?

Frozen cherries will work fine for this recipe, but I would suggest allowing the cherries to thaw before including them in the recipe. It could be argued that frozen cherries are picked and frozen at optimal ripeness, so take that for what it is worth.

For me, part of the special nature of cherries is that they are truly seasonal. I love enjoying fresh, tasty cherries.

Pitting Your Cherries

You can use a paring knife and pit each of the cherries, but it does take some time. You could use a cherry pitter [Affiliate Link] that can help make this easier. Finally, many of the frozen cherries are already pitted. 

It takes a little work to pit cherries, but the ice cream is well worth the effort.

Icy Ice Cream

One of the biggest obstacles I encountered when working on this recipe is icy ice cream. Seems counter intuitive, right?

Churning ice cream is the best way around this, but not all of us have an ice cream maker or have the time to properly churn an ice cream. I worked on this to help bring you a delicious ice cream that doesn’t need the churning. 

The combination of whipping the cream, folding in the cherries, using a 9 by 13 to freeze, and allowing the ice cream to thaw, combine together to make a great no-churn ice cream.

No-Churn Black Cherry Ice Cream Tips

  • Use fresh dark sweet cherries for the best results
  • If you can’t find fresh cherries, frozen cherries are fine.
  • A 9 by 13 container is recommended to freeze this in
  • Allowing the ice cream to thaw in the refrigerator for 30 minutes helps soften this treat

Products Used In This Recipe

One bowl of black cherry ice cream on a silver platter that is covered in fresh cherries.

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Thank you so much for giving this ice cream recipe a try! You could really do us a favor by letting us know in the comments area below on how it went and giving a rating for our No-Churn Black Cherry Ice Cream recipe. Most of all, much gratitude for your visit to Ramshackle Pantry. 

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Three Scoops of No-Churn Black Cherry Ice cream in a bowl with fresh cherries to the side.

No-Churn Black Cherry Ice Cream

  • Author: Ben Myhre
  • Prep Time: 13 hours
  • Total Time: 13 hours
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: No-Churn
  • Cuisine: American
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Description

Do yourself a favor and make this easy, creamy, and sweet No-Churn Black Cherry Ice Cream recipe. Fresh cherries and a creamy dessert that is perfect for a hot day or just a weeknight treat. 


Ingredients

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  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 14 Ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 Pound pitted, destemmed cherries, chopped

Instructions

  1. Add sweetened condensed milk, ¾ lb cherries, and ¼ cup heavy cream to container
  2. Using immersion blender, blend until well mixed and cherries are mixed in
  3. Take 1 ¾ cup of heavy cream and whip until stiff peaks, about 3 minutes
  4. Fold in ¼ cup of condensed milk mixture into whipped cream
  5. Add in rest and whip for 1 more minute
  6. Add to 9 by 13 dish, cover, and freeze for at least 12 hours
  7. Remove from freezer 30 minutes before serving

Notes

  • Use fresh dark sweet cherries for the best results
  • If you can’t find fresh cherries, frozen cherries are fine.
  • A 9 by 13 container is recommended to freeze this in
  • Allowing the ice cream to thaw in the refrigerator for 30 minutes helps soften this treat

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: ½ cup
  • Calories: 451
  • Sugar: 44 g
  • Sodium: 105 mg
  • Fat: 26 g
  • Saturated Fat: 18 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 8 g
  • Carbohydrates: 49 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 6 g
  • Cholesterol: 103 mg

Keywords: black cherry ice cream

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1 Comment

  1. What a great dessert. I am never going to say no to ice cream and happy I stumbled across this recipe. Easy enough and it tastes really good.