Summer is in full swing around my place and the weather is finally staying hot instead of being all over the place! Of course, everyone knows what that means.. delicious ice cream pretty much every week- at least at our place anyway. When it comes to ice cream, my family is pretty up there on the fan base; especially chocolate ice cream. One can never have enough of it!
This ice cream is uber easy to make and did I mention no ice cream maker is required! It’s so good too, especially when you bite into a fudge chunk(that has cherries!!). Of course, I had to give this chocolate ice cream some kick by adding some booze, because last time I made ice cream with bourbon it was amazing.
I can never get myself to drink bourbon straight. Sorry bourbon lovin’ folks, it’s just…. yeah, I can’t handle it by itself. Add chocolate or caramel though and it becomes like, THE best stuff ever. After I bought the bottle and got home, I realized one thing.. it was black cherry infused bourbon. Believe it or not, it was amazing tasting in this ice cream! If you want to use your own favorite bourbon though(that isn’t infused with any fruit flavors), then do it! It will taste just as good.
I was debating whether I should make these into milkshakes or not. I really wanted them to have fudge chunks in them and, well, it was totally NOT going to fit through a straw when I did it that way.. cause we all know a milkshake isn’t a milkshake if you can’t drink it with a straw. 😉 So, instead, I lightly hand stirred a couple two or three scoops till they were thick and chunky, then added a few layers of fudge pieces and ate them with a spoon. So it was close to a milkshake but not quite one, lol!
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 12 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
- 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
- 2 cups heavy whipping cream
- 3 tablespoons bourbon
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate
- 8 ounces sweetened condensed milk
- 1/2 cup *fresh or dried cherries(if using fresh, chop into pieces)
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- pinch of sea salt
- *Just a heads up if you use fresh cherries like I did; they will let off lots of juice into the fudge.
- hot fudge sauce
- fresh cherries
- *Place a large mixing bowl and a whisk (or beaters from an electric hand mixer) in the freezer until ready to use.*
- Fill a medium sized pot with about 1 inch of water and place a mixing bowl over the top(don't let bowl touch the water). Turn the heat on medium and place 3 tablespoons of butter inside the bowl, once it is melted, add the 12 ounces of chopped chocolate and stir till it's completely melted. Remove bowl from pot and pour into a bowl that is room temperature, so the chocolate can cool quicker.
- Remove the bowl and beaters/whisk from the freezer and add the two cups of heavy whipping cream, beat by hand or with an electric hand mixer till stiff peeks form ( do not over beat ). Drizzle the can of sweetened condensed milk over the whipped cream, then drizzle the cooled chocolate over it as well. Gently fold it all together till there are no more streaks throughout it. Gently fold in the vanilla and bourbon. Pour into a large glass bowl and cover tightly with plastic wrap or tin foil. Freeze 8 hours or over night (best to let it freeze over night ).
- Fill a pot with 1-inch of water and place a metal bowl over the top ( don't let the bowl touch the water ), and keep it on medium heat. Add the 2 tablespoons of butter, once melted, add the 8 ounces of chopped chocolate. Stir till completely melted, then add the 8 ounces of sweetened condensed milk, vanilla, and dried/fresh cherries. Stir till combined then pour into a small shallow pan, that is lined with lightly buttered tin foil. Evenly spread around Refrigerate till ready to use.
- Cut the fudge into small cubes and set aside.
- Now that the ice cream is ready, prepare 4 ice cream glasses(I like to drizzle fudge sauce around the insides). In a bowl, add 2-3 scoops of ice cream, then lightly stir with a wooden spoon till thick and chunky, but not entirely liquid; pour half of the ice cream into one glass then add a layer of fudge pieces then the remaining ice cream on top the fudge pieces. Drizzle more fudge sauce and fudge pieces/fresh cherries on top. Repeat this process till all glasses are filled. Enjoy!