Black Forest Ice Cream is a delightful mix of chocolate and cherry that will have you coming back for more. Plus, it’s the perfect way to cool down on a hot day.
Black Forest Ice Cream is a German ice cream flavor consisting of chocolate, cherry, and whipped cream. It is named after the Black Forest mountain range in Germany.
❤️ Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Black Forest ice cream is a rich and creamy flavor that is perfect for chocolate lovers.
- The mix of chocolate and cherry is delicious and goes well together.
- This ice cream is also very easy to make and only requires a few ingredients.
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- unsweetened chocolate
- whole milk
- large eggs
- heavy cream
- vanilla extract
- frozen cherries, roughly chopped
- hot fudge sauce
See the recipe card below for quantities.
🔪 How to Make Black Forest Ice Cream
In a double boiler, melt chocolate over hot water until smooth. Slowly add the milk, and whisk to combine. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.
Beat eggs with an electric mixer until light and foamy, about 1 minute. Slowly add the sugar and continue mixing until blended.
Add the heavy cream, vanilla, and salt, blending until combined. Stir the chocolate mixture into the cream mixture. Refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight.
Pour the ice cream mix into the ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Fold the frozen cherries into the ice cream.
Place the hot fudge sauce into a zip-top freezer bag with the corner snipped.
Transfer the soft-serve ice cream to a freezer-safe container, layering it with ribbons of fudge sauce.
Freeze the ice cream for 4 to 6 hours.
Hint: This recipe made about 1-quart liquid and about 1 ½ quart frozen.
Do you want to change up this recipe and make it your own? Here are some ways that you can do that!
- Add a layer of cherry pie filling in between the chocolate ice cream and fudge sauce.
- Use chocolate chips instead of chopped chocolate for a more intense flavor.
- Swirl in some caramel or butterscotch sauce for an added touch of sweetness.
- Sprinkle on some chopped nuts for a crunchy topping.
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- double boiler
- measuring cups and spoons
- electric mixer
- airtight container
- ice cream maker
- Ziploc bag or piping bag
This ice cream can be stored in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months.
- If you do not have a double boiler you can use a saucepan and a heat-safe bowl. Place the bowl on top of the saucepan making sure that it does not touch the water.
- Do not overmix the eggs or they will become tough. You want them just light and fluffy.
- Make sure that your chocolate is at room temperature before you add it to the egg mixture so that the heat doesn’t curdle or cook the eggs.
- Add the cherries while the ice cream is still soft so that they can mix in easily.
- Use an ice cream scoop that has been dipped in cool water for the perfect scoop.
- It takes about 30 minutes to churn this ice cream into soft serve in a two-quart ice cream maker.
- Make sure that you use pitted cherries, so that you don’t bite into a hard pit.
Do you have questions about this recipe? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions.
Black Forest is a flavor that consists of chocolate, and cherry.
Yes, but I recommend freezing them first. The coldness of the cherries really helps the ice cream firm up.
Yes, you can! Just pour the mixture into a freezer-safe container and into the freezer. Then, stir every 30 minutes until it is frozen. This will take a couple of hours. It’s important to stir so that the ingredients do not settle to the bottom. However, you will have the best results with an ice cream maker.
The Black Forest is a mountain range in southwest Germany. The region is known for its dark, dense forests and its delicious cherries. And, this sweet treat was named after the mountain range.
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Black Forest Ice Cream
- 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
- 1 cup whole milk
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 pinch salt
- 16 ounces frozen cherries roughly chopped
- ½ to 1 cup hot fudge sauce
- In a double bowler, melt chocolate over hot water until smooth. Slowly add the milk, whisking to combine. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.
- Beat eggs with an electric mixer until light and foamy, about 1 minute. Slowly add the sugar and continue mixing until blended.
- Add the heavy cream, vanilla, and salt, blending until combined. Stir in the chocolate mixture to the cream mixture.
- Refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight.
- Pour the ice cream mix into the ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Fold the frozen cherries into the ice cream.
- Place the hot fudge sauce into a zip top freezer bag with the corner snipped.
- Transfer the soft serve ice cream to a freezer safe container, layering with ribbons of fudge sauce.
- Freeze the ice creamfor 4 to 6 hours.