Chocolate, Coconut & Cherry Ice-Cream: Recipe

Cherry Ripe is one of my favourite chocolates so when summer arrived and it was time to make some ice-cream, and I was given a box of fresh cherries by CherryHill Orchards, I knew that I had to make my own version of this flavour combination. The result? This recipe for chocolate, coconut and cherry ice-cream. There are a few different ways that you can go about making this – some people like to boil down the cherries and turn it into a syrup that infuses all of the ice-cream, but I prefer to keep the cherries intact, for both textural variation and the maintenance of some of that freshness. Bottom line, it’s a really delicious ice-cream that captures the best of all of the ingredients.

chocolate coconut cherry ice-cream recipe

Preparation Time: 30 minutes / Cooking Time: 15 minutes + 1 hour churning / Makes 2L


  • 300g fresh cherries
  • 400ml milk
  • 800ml cream
  • 150g white sugar
  • 10g cocoa powder
  • 20g cocoa nibs
  • 150g 55% dark chocolate
  • 30g desiccated coconut
  • 10ml tokay/topaque/brandy


  1. Pit and quarter the cherries. You should have ~275g once done.
  2. Place all of the ingredients except the coconut into a large saucepan and stir gently on a low heat until lukewarm.
  3. Place the mixture into the fridge until cold.
  4. Pour the mixture into your ice-cream machine and add the coconut.
  5. Once it’s a thickshake-like consistency, transfer into a container and put into the freezer for at least two hours until it’s got the texture of ice-cream.


The cocoa nibs aren’t a necessity, but they do add some extra richness and textural variation to the recipe.

Paul founded The City Lane back in 2009 as a place to share photos of his travels around Europe with friends and family. The City Lane might have changed quite a lot since those early days but one thing that’s remained constant is Paul’s passion for food, travel and culture, and a desire to photograph and write about his experiences. Paul has a strong inquisitive nature that drives him to look beneath the surface in order to discover what really makes a city and its people tick, and what better way to do this than over a good meal or drink, with a city’s locals, at places that people who live in that city actually frequent. Paul is also a co-host of The Brunswick Beer Collective, a podcast that may or may not actually be about beer.


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