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mama's cheery cherry ice cream

(17 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Pat Morris
Augusta, GA

Today is my birthday and summer is almost here - ice cream time! This ice cream is delicious and brings happy memories to me. My mother told me that when she was carrying me, she craved cherry ice cream. She laughed and said, "It is a wonder that you didn't come out blue from all the cold ice cream I ate." She made her scrumptious ice cream using evaporated milk instead of sweetened condensed milk, and Mama didn’t use the lime juice and zest, but I like cherry and lime together. You can use lemon if you wish. Celebrate with me with a dish of Mama's Cheery Cherry Ice Cream.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

This no-churn cherry ice cream is easy to make and so good. It has little chunks of cherries throughout. There's just a hint of lime to contrast the richness of the ice cream. Easy to scoop, the texture is light and creamy. A delicious summertime treat.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(17 ratings)
yield 8 cup(s)
prep time 23 Hr 15 Min
method No-Cook or Other

Ingredients For mama's cheery cherry ice cream

  • 12 oz
    maraschino cherries, cut into fourths or smaller, plus their juice
  • 1 can
    sweetened condensed milk (14 oz)
  • 3 Tbsp
    lime juice
  • 1 tsp
    grated lime zest, optional
  • 1 c
    heavy whipping cream

How To Make mama's cheery cherry ice cream

  • Cut up maraschino cherries, condensed milk, lime juice, and lime zest in a bowl.
    Combine the maraschino cherries and their juice, sweetened condensed milk, lime juice, and lime zest in a large bowl.
  • Whip heavy cream until peaks form.
    Whip the heavy cream in a medium bowl until stiff peaks form.
  • Fold whipped cream into cherry mixture.
    Fold the whipped cream into the cherry mixture.
  • Pour cherry mixture into a loaf pan.
    Pour the mixture into a 2-quart freezer-safe container or a 9x5-inch loaf pan. (My mother used ice trays - with the inserts removed - to freeze her ice cream.)
  • Cover dish and freeze until firm.
    Cover and freeze until firm or leave to set overnight.
  • Scoops of Mama's Cheery Cherry Ice Cream.
    The longer you leave it in the freezer, the firmer it gets.