Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Not Princess Stephanie's Chocolate Cherry Chunk Ice Cream for Ice Cream Tuesday

HRH, like many young girls her age, loves Olivia the Pig.
We have all of the original book series by Ian Falconer as well as a few of the Nickelodeon series DVDs and the books from those series.
In fact, for her first Halloween, HRH wore an Olivia costume. She hated everything about it.
One of her favorite Nickelodeon episodes/books is "Princess for a Day, in which Olivia and Princess Stephanie of Poshtonia switch places; hilarity, naturally, ensues.

The complicating incident in this plot takes place in the local ice cream parlor, where both Olivia and Princess Stephanie enjoy some cherry chocolate chunk ice cream. Every time she reads the book or watches the episode, HRH has asked for us to make cherry chocolate chunk ice cream.
Except for the part where she's not a huge fan of cherries, this is a great idea.
So, I simply switched the main and supporting flavors, and now, she can't get enough.
Neither can I.

Imagined when making my dark chocolate orange concoction earlier this month, this ice cream combines dark chocolate, cherry puree, and chunks of both chocolate and cherries to make a rich and delicious treat that princesses and non-princesses alike will enjoy.

Not Princess Stephanie's Chocolate Cherry Chunk Ice Cream
Inspired by this recipe from Scoop Adventures

For the syrup:
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened dark cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup cherry juice
  • 1/8 tsp salt 
  • 1 1/2 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped
For the ice cream base:
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 1/2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp cherry extract
For the cherries:
  • 2 cups fresh sweet cherries, pitted and chopped
  • 2 Tbsp cherry vodka (you could use regular vodka if you want)
  • 1 Tbsp granulated sugar
Additional mix-in:
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips or your favorite chocolate chunks (optional)
Combine cocoa powder, sugar, cherry juice, and salt in a small saucepan over medium heat. Heat to a boil until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and pour over chopped chocolate. Let sit for five minutes, and then whisk to combine fully. Set aside.
In a medium saucepan, whisk together ice cream base ingredients, and cook over medium heat, whisking constantly until boiling. Boil for ten seconds, and then immediately strain through a fine mesh strainer into the chocolate mixture. Whisk to combine fully.
Cool over an ice bath (I use a larger bowl filled with ice water) until mixture registers about 50°, and then cover and transfer to the refrigerator to cool overnight. If you don't have a ton of horizontal room in your fridge for the bowl, use two quart jars (this makes a little over one quart).
Macerate the cherries in the sugar and vodka in a covered bowl in the refrigerator overnight.
Once the ice cream mixture is completely cooled, add to your ice cream maker and churn according to directions.
When ice cream is just about at soft serve consistency, drain the cherries and add them, along with the chocolate chips/chunks, to the ice cream maker. Churn until well mixed, and then transfer the ice cream to a freezer-safe container. Press plastic wrap down on top of the mixture, cover with the lid, and freeze for at least 4-6 hours before enjoying as you watch your favorite Olivia episode.


  1. This might be my perfect ice cream - chocolate & cherries. Love it.

    1. It was divine. I'd do it again in a heartbeat.

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    1. Thank you! I am learning from the most bestest!

  3. I look forward to the days of motherhood when I can share the intricate plot details of Nickelodeon episodes. This looks delicious!

    1. Understanding complex episodes of visiting royalty is a talent all parents need to have.

  4. These look awesome, I am going to make them and eat them all myself!