Maraschino Cherry Ice Cream

Before I start in with this recipe "goodness", I have great news!! This blog has been named one of's Top 100 Mom Food Blogs of 2012. I am so honored to be included with so many amazing women who create such beautiful meals! Thank you to all of you who visit here daily and make this all possible. I can't imagine cooking or eating something and not sharing it here, or on Facebook or Twitter or Instagram...what the heck would we do without all of it...especially Instagram....?! Love. Go check out all the amazing bloggers over at Babble, you will find some great new blogs to read, I know I did.

Anyway, this ice cream made me feel like a kid again, a kid at a birthday party eating ice cream out of cute paper cups and playing silly games. It made me feel like I was at Farrell's. (If you haven't been to Farrell's, then this next sentence won't make any sense.) I wanted this ice cream to be full of plastic animals as a GIANT bowl of it was run around the room on a stretcher, with a banging drum in tow. I told you that would sound weird. It's a Farrell's thing.

It was hot tonight as we sat on the back deck slurping this frozen treat away. As you can see, it was already getting a bit drippy. Summer has definitely arrived, which is a good thing in my neck of the woods. The grapevines are growing and we are hoping for a another amazing harvest this October.

In all honesty, since I made the coconut ice cream, my ice cream maker has been going nonstop. Thank goodness we have two ice cream freezer bowls in rotation. It kind of guarantees that some type of frozen delight will be churning away.  It's worth giving up the freezer space.

Here are the stars of the show. The cherries of course, and then I made the ice cream using sweetened condensed milk, instead of making a custard. So easy!! You just want to make sure your ingredients are cold when you start. Throw everything into the fridge the day before or the morning of and you will be good to go.

The ice cream is sweet and yummy. And, if "pink" was a flavor, this is what it would taste like. I just know it.

I wish there was more left.

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Maraschino Cherry Ice Cream

Recipe from: Created by Noble Pig | Serves: 1 quart


  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk, cold
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • juice from two (8 oz) or one (16 oz) jar(s) of maraschino cherries, cold
  • 1 cup chopped maraschino cherries


  • Add all ingredients, except the chopped cherries to the bowl of the ice cream maker (make sure everything is cold). Freeze according to manufacturers directions. Add chopped cherries the last couple minutes of freezing.
  • Add ice cream to a container and freeze in the freezer for another 4 hours.
  • Serve in cute little cups!

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27 Comments and 19 Replies

  1. Farrell’s was so awesome!! I haven’t thought about them since I was a kid!

    PS. This ice cream looks amazing. Have you ever tried to mod this recipe to be vegan? I’m intolerant of lactose so I’ve given up cow milk products as I can.

  2. Congratulations on the award Cathy! Very well deserved. And this ice cream looks fabulous.

  3. Judith - Texas 5

    …you are so deserving to be honored in Babble…congratulations. I subscribe to many blogs but a big smile comes on my face when I see you have posted an entry; always entertaining and delicious goodies to make.

    Definitely will make this ice cream – thanks for sharing.

  4. April 7

    Looks fantastic! I have a question though. The coconut ice cream was delicious, but a little too sweet for my taste. Is this as sweet? And if so, do you have any suggestions for making it a little less sweet?

    And did you think of maybe adding some mini semi sweet chips in there?

    • Cathy 8

      I do not think it’s as sweet as the coconut ice cream and I also thought about adding mini chocolate chips. I think it would be perfect.

  5. Lynn 9

    congratulations Cathy on the blog honour. It is well deserved. Your recipes are delicious with readily available ingredients – so “doable” . Thank you for sharing.

  6. You make it sound do easy! I’ve made ice cream with custard but never condensed milk. I’ll have to give it a shot!

  7. Jan 13

    Yum! Now I need a ice cream maker asap!!! All it needs is some flecks of chocolate! Congrads on your award!

  8. Just throw all the ingredients into the maker? I love it! Usually there’s some stove action when i make ice cream.

  9. Congrats! Love all your unique recipes :)

  10. Huzzah! Congrats!!!! (Totally not surprised you’re on the list—it’s true, your site is FAB.)

    And…I was just gifted an ice cream maker; squeeeeeeeaaaaaallllll! So, I am going to try this recipe ASAP. And I need to schedule my mini road trip down to you. Because the summer is melting away before our very eyes! xo, alexis

  11. Barbie with a T 21

    Congratulations! Your site deserves to be #1. I’ll take a small serving of that ice cream right now!

  12. j3nn 23

    Congrats on making Babble’s top 100!!

    This ice cream sounds SO good. I love the cute little striped paper cups! My mom is crazy about cherry ice cream, she’d definitely enjoy this. When you mentioned coconut ice cream it brought me back to childhood when we made coconut gelato at our stand. Haven’t had it in years! I might have to correct that. :)

  13. Carrie 25

    Farrell’s was a family fave growing up….I didn’t know they were still in existence! We are headed to SoCal in August and I got excited for a minute thinking I could take my kids to Farrell’s but alas there isn’t one near enough to our destination :(
    Your ice cream looks delish!

  14. katie 27

    yummmm! What a brillant idea and of course I love that its egg free which means you can churn it right away! I can’t wait to give this recipe a try and of course as always your photos are stunning!

    • Cathy 28

      Yes…faster is always betta’ when it comes to ice cream makin’.

  15. This looks soooo yummy! Wish I had some right now!

  16. CONGRATS on the award!! I absolutely love maraschino cherries, so I’ll have to make this!

  17. Beverly 32

    I made this tonight…..sitting in the freezer now firming up. I ran my ice cream maker for almost 25 minutes and the mixture never got very thick (but maybe it’s not supposed to?). I hoping it turns out! (Also, I got a pretty heavy “ring” around the bottom half of the ice cream container and had to chip it off but I ended up throwing it out.)

    • Cathy 33

      Yes, the ice cream is not one of those high-butter fat mixtures that gets really, really hard in the freezer. It’s a little softer making it easy to scoop but is still very much ice cream consistency. As long as you started with very cold ingredients you should be fine. As far as the bottom ring, did you let your ingredients sit in the mixer too long before turning it on? That’s the only time I’ve experienced something like that. Enjoy!

  18. Beverly 34

    Thanks Cathy for the reply! My ingredients were cold and I turned on the machine before pouring everything in. Maybe I just ran it too long. I can’t wait to taste test tonight!!

  19. Judy 35

    I made this today for the 4th of July celebration. Do you know calorie content &/or nutrition facts. We all really enjoyed it so much. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  20. Terry 36

    This is the best homemade ice cream ever!

  21. Kayla 37

    So easy and absolutely delicious!!! My kinda recipe ;)

  22. Susan C. 38

    The kids and I made this the other evening.
    Absolutely wonderful dessert.
    We plan to make this again as I had to adjust the recipe to make up for an absent pantry item.

  23. Spencer 39

    Hello there,

    I tried making this before with a custard base. I added granulated sugar and the juice from the cherries to the base. When I went to freeze it, it never froze. I think it was too much sugar. I noticed in your recipe that you don’t use granulated sugar so I’m thinking that is why yours froze and mine didn’t. If you have any comments or suggestions, my ears are open. Thanks…

    • Cathy 40

      I’m not really sure how to help. The recipe you made really isn’t this recipe so I don’t know how to troubleshoot the issues you had. Sorry.

  24. Deb Mays 41

    Just made this and it’s delicious but seems to be really loose rather than firming up in the ice cream maker. Wondering if you measured the liquid from the cherries and the brand I used had more liquid………

  25. Leslie 42

    This is my families favorite summertime treat! Thank you for sharing such a great recipe!

  26. Ravi Gupta 43

    I don’t have a ice cream maker, but I’ve seen and tasted my parents make mango ice cream using mango pulp many times before by just softening up the vanilla ice cream and adding canned mango pulp (and possibly sugar) and it’s divine.

    Anyway, can I use the same method they did by just using store bought vanilla ice cream and then using maraschino cherries and their juice per your recipe?

    I assume the rest of the ingredients you have listed is for a vanilla ice cream base, correct? Thank you!

  27. I have a big jar of cherries, not the 16 ounce one. My question to you is How much juice from the cherries do I need to use. I don’t want to go out and by more cherries just foir the juice when I have plenty. Thanks so much…Barb


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