Cheerwine Ice Cream

Hi everybody!

It’s been pretty hot here recently. (I just got back from a family reunion in southeastern Virginia and it was even hotter there!) Thank God our air conditioner isn’t having any more problems! Are y’all staying cool where you are??

Today’s recipe is Cheerwine Ice Cream. If Cheerwine isn’t available where you live, you can substitute Dr Pepper or any other cherry flavored soft drink. (Folks around here call it “pop”.)

My family and I first “discovered” Cheerwine when we moved to North Carolina back in 1994. (And, my oldest daughter Jenny is obsessed with it!) At that time, it wasn’t available everywhere. When on a trip, we even saw a Cheerwine billboard that said “It’s a Carolina thing”. Nowadays, its’ availability is widening.

LD Peeler started Cheerwine in 1917 in Salisbury, North Carolina (close to where we used to live). It’s wild-cherry-flavored goodness was immediately a big hit and the company is still in the family…LD Peeler’s great grandson runs the company today.

Don’t forget…if you don’t have access to Cheerwine, you can substitute another cherry-flavored soft drink. I may even try Mr Pibb one of these days! (I know it’s name is Pibb Xtra now but it’ll always be Mr Pibb to me~I’m stuck in the 80’s~ Hahaha!)

Have fun creating this yummy ice cream. I know you’ll love it!

Happy Cooking (or in this case, churning!),

~Renee

Oh.My.Gosh...The yummy goodness that we call Cheerwine! We "discovered" it when we moved to North Carolina. :-)

Oh.My.Gosh…The yummy goodness that we call Cheerwine! We “discovered” it when we moved to North Carolina. 🙂

So delicious...I can't wait to dig in! You can't really see them in this pic, but there ARE cherries in there...I promise! ;)

So delicious…I can’t wait to dig in! You can’t really see them in this pic, but there ARE cherries in there…I promise! 😉

The cold, super-delicious finished product! Pardon me while I go pig out!

The cold, super-delicious finished product! Pardon me while I go pig out!

Cheerwine Ice Cream

3 Eggs, beaten

1 1/2-2 Cups Sugar (depending on how sweet you like it)

1 1/2 Cups Milk

1 Pint (2 Cups) Heavy Whipping Cream

2 1/2 Cups Cheerwine

1 Quart (4 Cups) Half & Half

1 Jar (8-10 ounce) Maraschino Cherries, coarsely chopped

In a small bowl, beat the eggs; set aside.

In a medium saucepan, add sugar, milk, and cream. Heat on medium, stirring frequently, til the sugar is dissolved and the liquid is steaming (but NOT boiling).

To temper the eggs, ladle a small amount (about a cup, give or take) of the hot liquid into the eggs and stir it in. Slowly pour the eggs into the pan and stir. Heat for 2-3 minutes.

Remove pan from the heat. Allow it to cool about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Place a piece of plastic wrap directly onto the custard (yes, touching) to keep it from forming a “skin”. Place in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours til it’s super cold.

Pour custard into your ice cream maker. Add the chopped maraschino cherries. Freeze according to the manufacturers instructions.

When your ice cream maker is done, pour the ice cream into a container and put it in the freezer until ready to serve. ENJOY!!!

**RECIPE AND PHOTOS BY RENEE’S GOURMETS**

©Renee Norris 2016

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