here's what you do when you live three hours from a store that stocks ben and jerry's. ya make your own. here's my take on cherry garcia: the addition of finely chopped pecans and chocolate chips makes this ice cream so spectacular.
homemade cherry garcia ice cream
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup milk
3/4 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon vanilla
2 cups fresh sweet cherries, pitted, chopped
10 drops red food coloring
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
1/2 cup pecans, finely chopped
Combine cream, milk and sugar. Mix until sugar is dissolved. Stir in vanilla and cherries. Chill for one hour before freezing in ice cream freezer. Pour into ice cream freezer and churn about 20 minutes total, adding chocolate chips and nuts after about 10 minutes, after ice cream has enough bulk to float the toppings without them sinking to the bottom. Put into a storage container and freeze (bloom) for at least 2 hours or overnight.
*next time i'm going to try adding cherry flavoring. try marachino cherries or cherry pie filling if you can't get fresh cherries.