Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Cherry Chocolate Cherry Chunk Ice Cream

Always screaming for ice cream!
Hot weather always calls for ice cream. Plus let's not forget that July is National Ice Cream Month.
I love making ice creams. They're so easy to make-- ice cream maker machine or not. A trusty blender is enough for me to make interesting concoctions.
In the mood for chocolate cherry, Trader Joe's signature vegan favorite on the Food Empowerment List, I created my own version with delicious fair trade Theo Chocolate. After all, it's one of my favorite brands and the chocolate cherry & almond bar (often sold out) is the best. I kept the bar refrigerated before using it in the ice cream-- to give coldness and similar stiffness to frozen dark sweet cherries.
The ice cream came out well. Bite sized cherries to chew on and chocolate cherry chunks to devour with a light crunch of almond. This is one I'll definitely make a lot over the course of summer. Try it out if you're a cherry chocolate fanatic!

Cherry Chocolate Cherry Chunk Ice Cream Ingredients and Preparation

2 1/2 cup frozen dark sweet cherries
1 15 oz. can full fat coconut milk
1/2 cup maple syrup
2 teaspoon vanilla
1 3 oz. Theo Organic Dark Chocolate 70% Cacao Cherry & Almond Bar

In a blender, pulse all ingredients together-- try not to liquify. Chunks are important!
Pour ice cream into a steel bowl or baking pan. Wrap tightly with cellophane.
Freeze for about 5-6 hours or overnight. I froze mine overnight.

Excited scoops of sweet cherry delight with chocolate pieces in every bite.
Tantalizing view.
If desiring more almonds, please feel free to add more as a topping. That's an idea for next time.


  1. Wow, that looks amazing! I never knew you could make ice cream without a maker! I've made banana soft serve of course, but this is a game changer!! And I love Trader Joe's cherry chocolate chip!

    1. Thank you!!! Yes. I make ice cream all the time during the summer sans an ice cream maker. Easy to do. :) I hope Trader Joe's uses fair trade chocolate soon-- that was my favorite vegan ice cream for flavor & price!