0 Cherry Chip Frozen Yogurt - Jerry Garcia FroYo Copycat

Love the taste of Ben & Jerry's Cherry Garcia frozen yogurt? Then you'll love making your own even frozen yogurt version even more.

If you are lactose intolerant, you may want to see how simple and easy it is to make your own lactose free yogurt using Fairlife milk. How cool is that?

This smooth and creamy yogurt is so much easier than making ice cream without the added steps of cooking the eggs and straining it. If you freeze yogurt and fruit together, you will get a solid, frozen popsicle. The addition of sugar helps keep your yogurt from freezing solid, which is especially true of using a low fat yogurt.

I have loved my Cuisinart 1.5 quart ice cream maker for many years, but you can make this without an ice cream maker. It will take a little more time, but after making your own delicious frozen yogurt, you will want to invest in an ice cream maker.

If you have a classic 4.5 qt Kitchen Aid stand mixer, you may want to check out their 2 quart Ice Cream Bowl attachment... It will not take up as much space as a dedicated 2 qt ice cream maker, and it will fit most 6 qt KA mixers, so you may want to see if your model will work.

You simply put the bowl in the freezer to chill overnight, pour your ice cream or frozen yogurt mixture in, and 20-30 minutes later, you are ready to eat and enjoy!
To make this Cherry Chip Frozen Yogurt, simply start with your favorite plain or homemade yogurt.

add some sugar, salt, and vanilla extract (check out this fast method of making vanilla extract!)
and pour it into your ice cream maker.

When you see the frozen yogurt begin to thicken after about 10 minutes, add your chopped cherries. You can use fresh or frozen. I had a bumper crop of cherries, so I washed, pitted, and froze them in a single layer on a cookie sheet. Once frozen, I labeled and bagged them. The frozen cherries were very easy to cut.

Next, add mini semi-sweet chocolate chips. You can use a vegetable peeler and use it to shave your favorite chocolate bar, but I found these mini chocolate chips perfect and easy to use. 

Perfect! Enjoy right away, or pack into the freezer. Bring your frozen yogurt out 15-20 minute to enjoy.

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My family gave this recipe an enthusiastic two thumbs up!! 

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3 cups whole milk plain yogurt - if your yogurt is super thick, add 2 Tablespoons of milk
1/8th teaspoon of salt - that's like a pinch of salt 
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups pitted cherries, chopped (fresh or frozen)
1/2 cup semi-sweet mini chocolate chips (or shaved chocolate - use vegetable peeler)

Combine yogurt, milk, salt, sugar and vanilla extract. 
Stir well to dissolve the sugar.
Pour into ice cream machine; freeze according to ice cream maker directions. 
After 10-15 minutes, add chopped cherries and chocolate chips.
Enjoy immediately or put into a freezer safe container.

No ice cream machine? Try this:
Put a shallow, freezer safe 9x13 pan with lid in the freezer to chill. (don't use anything that will break)
Mix together the first 4 ingredients. Make sure sugar is dissolved well.
Pour into your chilled container. Cover and freeze for 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes or when you notice the edges start to freeze, use a hand mixer or large spatula to blend.
Put mixture back in to the freezer for 30 min.

Stir in chopped cherries and mini chocolate chips.
Check again in 30 minutes, mixing until semi-frozen, about 2 hours.
Put in freezer and wait 30 minutes, until firm.

Bring your frozen yogurt out of freezer about 20-30 minutes before serving, to soften.
Ice cream will keep well in the freezer for 30 days. 


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