6 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. Smooth and creamy,with chunks of fresh cherries mixed in with mini chocolate chips, this will quickly become a favorite!

You can even omit the cherries and chocolate chips and use this recipe as a base to create your own favorite frozen yogurt.

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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Cherry Chip Frozen Yogurt - Jerry Garcia FroYo Copycat
Sweet chunks of cherries with mini chocolate chips are a great pair in this vanilla based frozen yogurt. Choose a full fat yogurt for the creamiest texture and don't be afraid to add the sugar, as it will keep the yogurt from freezing solid into a popsicle. 
  • 3 cups whole, full fat plain yogurt; if yogurt is very thick, add 2 Tablespoons of milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups pitted cherries, coarsely chopped (frozen or fresh)
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet mini chocolate chips; or shaved chocolate - use a vegetable peeler
1. Combine yogurt, milk, salt, sugar and vanilla extract.2. Stir well to dissolve the sugar.3. Pour mixture into a 1.5 quart ice cream machine and freeze according to manufacture's directions.4. After 10-15 minutes, while machine is running, add the chopped cherries and chocolate chips.5. Enjoy immediately or put in a freezer safe container. Bring your frozen yogurt out of the freezer about 20-30 minutes at room temperature to soften before serving. Ice cream will keep for 30 days in the freezer
No Ice Cream machine? Try this.1. Put a shallow, freezer safe 9"x13" pan with lid in the freezer to chill. Don't use anything that will break.2. Mix together the first 4 ingredients. Make sure the sugar is dissolved well. 3. Pour into your chilled container. 4. Cover and freeze for 30 minutes.5. After 30 minutes, or when you notice the edges begin to freeze, use a hand mixer or large spatula to blend. Put mixture back int freezer for 30 minutes. Stir in chopped cherries and chocolate chips. Check again in 30 minutes, mixing until semi-frozen, about 2 hours. Put in freezer and wait 30 minutes, until firm. Enjoy!
Prep time: 10Cook time: Total time:Yield: 1 quart


  1. Hi Frida,

    Is there anyway to make frozen yogurt that is low calorie? A cup of sugar seems to be a lot of sugar. I buy Chapman's Frozen Yogurt and a cup of yogurt is only 240 calories.

    1. I agree that 1 cup of sugar is a lot, but it is what helps keep your frozen yogurt from turning into a rock-hard popsicle. You can experiment with some no-sugar alternatives and see how they work out for you. :-)

  2. Hi Frida, I am using your cold start yogurt with the Sweetened Condensed Milk added with Fairlife and the yogurt starter. For the Cherry Garcia, do I still need to add the sugar/

    1. That's a great question! I wouldn't include the granulated sugar, as your yogurt would already be sweet. The purpose for the granulated sugar is not only for sweetening, it's to prevent ice crystals from forming and preventing your frozen yogurt from becoming rock hard. You can try it and let us know your results. 🙂

  3. Hi Frieda! I'm very interested in trying out this recipe! A couple questions though...

    1) Do you think using 2% Fairlife would he doable? Or is the extra fat vital? I generally make my yogurt with 2%

    2) I saw above where you said you could omit the sugar if you use SCM. I only use 1/3 can per batch, and I assume that's not enough to serve the sugar's purpose in this. What would you recommend me try for the sugar amount? 2/3 c?

    Thank you very much, and I hope to try this soon! 😊

    1. You can use a lower fat milk, but it will change the texture of your yogurt and may be a more icy texture.
      The amount of scm use may be fine as well. You will have to experiment with varying amounts as scm is more sweet than granulated sugar. :-)


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