I chose this ice cream so that I'd stay the heck out of it, maraschino cherry and dark chocolate not EVEN close to trippin' my trigger. Great choice because I knew it would still be right up Hubs' alley. I scaled this to 8 servings to accomodate my 1-1/2 quart ice cream maker. For added richness, I used my preferred ratio of 2 c. cream to 1 c. of half and half. After I chopped the (high quality) chocolate it reaffirmed for me I had made an excellent choice to keep my spoon out of the bowl - TOO much chocolate, I thought! After mixing in the maraschino cherry juice (which kind of weirded me out) it wasn't quite pink enough for me so I added a couple of drops of red food coloring, just to make it a pretty, soft pink. I thought the amount of almond extract would be too much too, but I thought, "Oh, go for it. Who cares. You're not eating this anyway, and you'll stay true to the recipe for rating purposes." I plodded on. I knew the base would be good - rich, frozen egg custard, just what I grew up with in Wisconsin and adore. I mixed the chocolate and cherries into the ice cream AFTER it was churned, as my ice cream maker warns against any add-ins larger than a chocolate chip. I let the ice cream ripen in the freezer for several hours before I served Hubs his dessert tonight and, strictly because I had to rate it, tried a little spoonful. And then another. And another. Just like a creamy, chocolate covered cherry cordial I thought! This stuff is awesome good.
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I chose this ice cream so that I'd stay the heck out of it, maraschino cherry and dark...