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Homemade Cherry Ice Cream {National Dairy Month}

Note: This post is sponsored by Illinois Farm Families. 

Homemade Cherry Ice Cream #DairyMonth

June is National Dairy Month and I realize it’s almost over, but who doesn’t want ice cream all summer long?! I want to first tell you a little about a family of Dairy Farmers from Illinois.

Dale is a fifth generation farmer, and Linda is a seventh generation farmer.  Dale began farming with his parents after high school graduation in 1970.  The partnership with Dale’s parents, George and Marcella, progressed until January 1, 2009, when Dale and Linda took over the farm completely as Lindale Holsteins.

Our farming philosophy

Farming is more about who we are rather than what we do. There’s more to our family than breeding good cows and winning the show ring. We’re committed to the registered Holstein breed and to promoting a positive image of agriculture.

The best thing about being a farmer

Working in the outdoors, being one’s own boss, no two days are ever the same, a sense of pride in helping to feed the world.

Below is a short video talking about how they feel about farming and showing local moms going on a tour with Illinois Farm Families. If you’re a local mom and are interested in going on some farm tours, you can sign up here.

Cherry Ice Cream #DairyMonth

Homemade Cherry Ice Cream Recipe


  • 4 cups heavy cream
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 Tablespoons Vanilla Bean Paste or 2 Tablespoons Vanilla Extract
  • 2 10 ounce jars of Maraschino Cherries with juice


  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a blender.
  2. Thoroughly blend until the cherries are chopped into tiny pieces.
  3. Add the vanilla and blend until everything is combined.
  4. Place it in your ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer’s directions.

That recipe makes 4 quarts of ice cream and is easily halved if your ice cream maker can’t handle that much at once. I use the Nostalgia Electrics 4-Quart Electric Ice Cream Maker to make my ice cream. My family loved this cherry ice cream and I’ll definitely be making it again since it was so simple. If you make it, let me know how you like it, too!
Have you ever visited a dairy farm? I’d like to take my kids to visit one. Maybe we can get a chance to visit the Drendel family that I told you about up above since they are in Illinois.

About Paula

Paula Krueger considers herself a "baby "chef, not because she cooks for babies, but because she's still learning how to cook. She started this blog after taking Wilton method classes and at that point was more interested in baking. She's since become more interested in learning to cook as her family has grown. She also covers product reviews and travel as well.


  1. We love ice cream! I didn’t know June was national dairy month, that’s so neat!

  2. This looks amazing Paula!!! Want to come make me some? 🙂

  3. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    That sounds amazing! I have never had cherry ice cream before.

  4. Three cheers for ice cream! My kids try and get ice cream everyday! We will have to try this!

  5. Wow, this looks amazing. I love cherries and of course love ice cream. What a fabulous combination.

  6. O…M…G… THAT LOOKS AMAZING! It’s so rich, and… cherries!

  7. mmm… icecream! 🙂

  8. I’ve been wanting to try my hand at some cherry ice cream, since they are in season right now. This would be great though for those off season months!

    • I would have made it with the cherries from my trees, but they didn’t seem to produce this year 🙁

  9. This sounds and looks so good! I totally need to make some for the kids… soon!

  10. That looks really good. Cherry is one of my favorite icecream flavors.

  11. I’ve never tried making ice cream before, I didn’t even know you could use a blender! I need to give this a try, I even think I have cream in the fridge!

  12. YUM! I think homemade icecream tastes delightful! I’ve never had cherry icecream, I’ll have to give it a try!

  13. I need to get out my ice cream maker! Haven’t used it yet this summer & that looks incredible!

  14. My dad loves cherries. I bet he would love this ice cream!

  15. Didn’t realize ice cream was so easy to make. I always thought that it had to go through a tedious process. I bookmarked this post for future use at home.

  16. When I was a teenager, I visited a dairy farm that belonged to one of my dad’s friends. It was such a neat experience! We try to show our appreciation for farmers by buying local.

  17. I can’t eat ice cream anymore but this looks so good. I might have to make it for my kids thought. They love their ice cream.

  18. Awesome recipe! I love a good homemade ice cream. We aren’t big cherry lovers, but we love ice cream so I may have to sub in strawberries! I love how simple it is.

  19. Honestly is there anything better then real ice cream. I think not and I have to be so careful its the one thing I can eat for hours lol 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

  20. this sounds amazing… hubby’s favorite is cherry and I have never thought of making it for him… bad wife, LOL!

  21. This sounds delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

  22. OK so confession…. The only way I like cherry flavor is if it’s muted by some kind of cream. This sounds FANTASTIC!!! (At sonic, I used to order a cherry limeade with no ice and a scoop of ice cream!)

  23. Holy moly my mouth is watering! This sounds absolutely decadent!

  24. I love frozen pudding so I am wondering if this ice cream is like that? Looks so pretty too!

  25. Pinning for later! I go through phases where I love cherry ice cream so will definitely give this a try. Thanks!

  26. Oh my gosh, that looks so incredibly decadent and delicious! I want, want, want!!!

  27. That looks amazing!!! I love cherries!

  28. This sounds heavenly. Add a little hot fudge and it would be just like the Cherry Bon Bon shake I always used to order from a restaurant by where we lived in Los Angeles.

  29. I absolutely LOVE cherries! I am definitely going to have to make this very soon!

  30. Jaime Nicole says:

    I grew up in SW Kansas- so I have a special place in my heart for farmers- especially cattle, dairy and wheat farmers!

    That ice cream looks aahhhhhhhhhhmazing!

  31. Ice cream is definitely a summertime favorite. We don’t have an ice cream make I’ll have to invest in one for us.

  32. Oh now I really want an ice cream machine!! Such a fun summer treat!

  33. Holy crap, that looks AMAZING!!!!

  34. Maria Oller says:

    Omg it looks so yummy I need and ice cream maker tho, I been doing mostly frozen treats since our ice cream machine stopped working

  35. That looks SO good. I have never tried to make homemade ice cream. I love ice cream so I think I need to give it a go!

  36. Mmm, this ice cream looks delicious. And pretty simple to make! Thanks for sharing.

  37. That is a fun flavor and it sounds delicious! You are making me want to stray from my diet!

  38. Looks like fun! And simple too! Great recipe for the kids to tackle!

  39. Ohhh that looks amazing!!! I loove ice cream. It’s seriously one of my most favorite desserts.

  40. This looks so yummy!! Cherries in Manila are rare and expensive so I think if i do this I’ll substitute this with another fruit.

  41. I have the best childhood memories of growing up making homemade ice cream with my family. We never made anything but vanilla thought. This cherry ice cream looks really refreshing.

  42. YUM! Easy and delicious!

  43. I love homemade ice cream! I’ve never tried the cherry kind.

  44. I need an ice cream maker. We love ice cream in my house and this would be a fun way to get our ice cream fix.

  45. Homemade ice cream is awesome! We do not make it enough…

  46. YUM!!! IWe are going to make homemade ice-cream this weekend, I may just try this one instead of plain vanilla.

  47. I have never had cherry ice cream before. I would like to give making ice cream a try, I have only done it once.

  48. I’m not a huge fan of cherries, but still. It’s impossible to go wrong with ice cream.

  49. I love all things cherry related. This looks totally delicious and you’re right it sounds easy to make too.

  50. That ice cream sounds delicious. It’s not a flavour I’ve seen round much before. I never use our ice cream maker any more – such a hassle keeping it cold in advance in the freezer. Plus now we have our son and he’s lactose intolerant, so he eats sorbets while we have ice cream.

  51. Rebecca Swenor says:

    I love this idea of making my own ice cream. Today is so hot and muggy so it is perfect to make it. Thanks for sharing.

  52. Thanks for sharing this with me, honestly I’m too lazy to make my own ice cream. When I was young my Mom had an ice cream making machine. I don’t have too much time on my hands, I’m busy lol.

  53. What a great family legacy! 7 generations for the Moms family and 5 for Dad’s. The children must be super happy to have all those animals around them everyday. What a great career for the kids.

  54. This ice cream looks so good. Thanks for the tasty recipe. I really need an ice cream machine.

  55. Mmmm, that looks so tasty and refreshing for a nice hot day like today.

  56. This looks yummy! We have some cherries in the fridge, i bet my kids would love it.

  57. Ann Bacciaglia says:

    I’ve always wanted to make homemade ice cream. It sounds like such a decadent treat to make and enjoy.

  58. This looks SO yummy! I love cherry ice cream!

  59. Looks yummy. Why don’t we see flavors like this in stores?

  60. Ivory Glass says:

    I wish more places carried awesome flavours like this as I don’t have an ice cream maker 🙁

  61. That is one thing I pan on doing this summer – make ice cream!

  62. I have never had cherry ice cream, but it sounds delicious!

  63. This homemade cherry ice cream looks so tasty. I could go for a bowl right about now, lol.

  64. I am a big maraschino cherry fan so this flavor of ice cream sounds especially amazing!

  65. My daughter would love this – she eats Maraschino cherries in excess, lol! I gave my ice cream maker away when we moved, now I’m sort of regretting that.

  66. I would love to try to make my own icecream. Your version looks pretty easy to try.

  67. shelly peterson says:

    oh yummy! We love ice cream and eat a lot of it during summer. Would be fun to make it.