Cherry Garcia Frozen Yogurt
My family and I would take summer road trips to Long Island in New York when we lived in Philadelphia.
As we drove past NYC into the Hamptons, our eyes were glued to the window, hoping to spot a celebrity. We would keep going until we reached the easternmost point of Long Island, Montauk Point.
Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia frozen yogurt was my first encounter with Ben & Jerry’s during a camping trip in Montauk.
I did not order the flavor myself.
Chocolate Fudge Brownie is a must-have for any chocoholic.
My sister is not addicted to chocolate. She is also willing to share ice cream. She may have been a little sister who got used to my taking her cookies, chocolates, and candy.
She’s either super lovely or that.
As we ate our ice cream on the dock, I thought her Cherry Garcia cone was better than mine.
When we went out for ice cream the next day (we went to ice cream every day, of course), I chose Cherry Garcia over chocolate.
Cherry frozen yogurt ingredients list
You’ll need cherries, plain or non-dairy yogurts, vanilla extract, and sweeteners. Optionally, you can add shaved or mini chocolates.
Both regular and Greek yogurt work. If you prefer vanilla yogurt, omit the vanilla extract from the recipe.
You can use any liquid or granulated sweetener for sugar-free cherry frozen yogurt, such as honey, maple syrup, agave, or granulated Erythritol.
What can you do with frozen cherries
It is possible. You can. Frozen cherries are often already pitted.
You can skip this step to make frozen yogurt even faster and easier.
You can find dark, sweet cherries at most grocery or health food stores and Trader Joe’s or Walmart.
Bing, Lambert, or Sweetheart are my favorites when using fresh cherries. They tend to be sweeter and softer than red cherries.
I haven’t tried this recipe with wild cherries or sour cherries. Report back your results if you try it!
How to make Cherry Frozen Yogurt
Mix the yogurt with pure vanilla extract, sweetener, and a pinch of salt in an ice cream machine or airtight container.
Both versions are tasty; ice cream makers will produce a creamier texture.
Then, turn off your machine. Stir the ingredients together in the container. Stir in the chocolate shavings and chopped cherries.
This is when the ice cream version from the ice cream maker is ready for consumption. You can transfer the thick mixture into a container, freeze it for about 30 minutes, and then scoop it with an ice cream scoop to get a firmer texture.
You can use the “no ice cream machine” method. Freeze the container and stir it every 30 minutes for three hours.
Keep leftover frozen yogurt for up to one month in an airtight container. Let the frozen yogurt sit for 15 to 30 minutes before enjoying it.
If desired, 2 cups of plain yogurt can be substituted for non-dairy yogurt.
1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract (omit if using vanilla yogurt)
Sweetener to taste.
Chop up 1 cup of pitted fresh or frozen cherries
Optional: 3 – 5 tablespoons of shaved or mini chocolate chips
Combine the first five ingredients in an ice cream machine or large, airtight container. (An ice cream machine yields a creamier texture, but both ways taste delicious.) Add the cherries and the chocolate after the ice cream has been stirred or churned. Stir. If you don’t have an airtight container, transfer it to one. Seal the lid, and then freeze. If you are not using an ice cream machine, you can stir the contents up to three times per hour. If you don’t have an ice cream machine, stir the contents every hour for up to three hours. The leftovers can be stored in an airtight container for up to one month. Thaw them 15-30 minutes before eating.