Chocolate Cherry Chip Walnut Ice Cream

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Chocolate Cherry Chip Walnut Ice Cream

If I keep making ice cream at this rate, Ben and Jerry’s might go out of business. I mean, I usually buy so much more from them. I wonder if they miss me.

Nah, they’re too popular to miss me. And when I pass a scoop shop, I walk in. But at home, I’m too busy concocting fun ice cream flavors. This one is perfect for your summer celebrations because I think it’s totally original, plus it’s easy. Three base ingredients, everyone! It takes about two minutes to throw together.

Chocolate Cherry Chip Walnut Ice Cream

You know what takes a lot more time? Like, a lot? Getting my hair done. Which is bizarre, because I have low-maintenance hair. It’s curly. But ever since the grays began popping out like overeager distant relatives who keep coming by to visit unannounced, I have to get it dyed every few months, which takes hours. And I should be doing it more often because the grays come back in a much shorter time. I’m just never up for sitting in a chair for hours on end.

Chocolate Cherry Chip Walnut Ice Cream

When I was getting my summer fun shade put in yesterday (eggplant, woohoo!), the hair washing person began giving me my scalp massage and head rub. I always dread this part of the appointment. I know a lot of people enjoy getting their heads rubbed, but I have never been one of them. I mean, they’re not massaging sore muscles. Can they put that pressure on my quads instead? Or if we’re keeping it close to the hair, my completely f-ed up neck muscles?

But I always wonder if it’s rude to ask the head rubber to stop her good work, so I sit through it quietly and try not to think about anything funny, like what it must look like for me to be reclining in a massage chair in sweats and sneakers while a bored-looking hair washer rubs my forehead.

Chocolate Cherry Chip Walnut Ice Cream

It’s awkward moments like this where I dream up ideas for baking, or even better, ice cream flavors. And this one is definitely worth trying.

To make this ice cream, you’ll need those Nestle filled chips, the cherry flavor. They’re so good. You’ll also need roasted salted walnuts. Those are your two mix-ins. But the ice cream itself is what I’m talking about here. Ready?

Chocolate Cherry Chip Walnut Ice Cream

Cool whip. Sweetened condensed milk. Cocoa. That’s all, folks. Mix, fold in your chips and walnuts, and freeze overnight. When you wake up in the morning, you’ve got amazing chocolate ice cream with the best crunchy bits! It’s like a summer miracle. Heck, summer itself is a miracle. Ice cream just makes it better.

You probably can’t do anything to control those grays replacing the color in your hair other than face the stylist. And you definitely can’t do much about awkward moments other than take your mind elsewhere. So free your mind, and the ice cream ideas will follow!


Chocolate Cherry Chip Walnut Ice Cream


14-oz. can sweetened condensed milk (I used fat free)
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
2 cups Cool Whip (I used light)
3/4 cup Nestle cherry-filled chocolate chips
3/4 cup dry roasted salted walnuts


  1. In a bowl, mix the condensed milk with the cocoa until well combined. Fold in the Cool Whip until no streaks remain.
  2. Add the cherry-filled chocolate chips and walnuts.
  3. Pour the mixture into ice cream containers or a baking pan. Freeze overnight. Do not leave on the counter for long: it melts faster than churned ice cream!


I fulfill many roles in life: wife, mother, teacher, everlasting learner. This site is dedicated to one role that expresses my creativity in ways that I find consistently challenging and rewarding: baker. Inventing new ways to enhance food, especially if that food involves chocolate or peanut butter (or both!), is a passion of mine. I look forward to sharing my ideas with you.

This Post Has 26 Comments

  1. Anu-My Ginger Garlic Kitchen

    What a lovely looking fruity chocolaty ice-cream! I bet roasted walnut must have added an awesome texture to this creamy beauty! YUMMYLICIOUS!

    1. Mir

      I love roasted walnuts. By themselves, in anything, every day. Thanks, Anu!

  2. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    This could not have come at a better time. We hardly ever get really hot weather in the UK, but it has been really hot (for us) the past couple of days, so our ice cream consumption has increased and we are looking for new flavours to try. I love the cherry and walnut combo!
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    1. Mir

      Wow, it’s hot! Finally! I’m so happy for you, Dannii! Enjoy it!

  3. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    Homemade ice cream is the best! I love that you can create so many fun flavors. This looks fantastic, Mir! Chocolate and cherries were meant to be together!
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    1. Mir

      So true, Gayle. I need to play with this combo more! And congrats on quitting your job, BTW. I’m so happy that you can blog full-time now!

  4. Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks

    Girl, you are so spot on about the salon. It takes FOREVER to wash that gray right out of your hair. I’ve just recently discovered the no churn ice cream and it’s a total summer miracle! Why didn’t I think of Cool Whip? I lost 3 minutes of my summer whipping heavy cream! I love this chocolate cherry chip walnut combo!
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    1. Mir

      I know, right? People take issue with Cool Whip because it’s got chemicals, but really, I hate waiting for that cream to whip. It takes the joy out of a 3-ingredient base!

  5. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

    Mir!!!! I have to get my hair dyed every 6 to 8 weeks (more like every 6 weeks) to cover the grays. . it’s our dark hair! for me, since I have black hair, I feel like it’s so noticeable . . but yeah I feel you sister. . and now I feel kinda gipped because I don’t get the scalp massage and head rub. . . 😛 but yeah, I probably wouldn’t like to too much anyway! Cool whip. Sweetened condensed milk. Cocoa. Who knew?! this ice cream looks fabulous! Wishing you and the fam a great 4th!!! my sister’s family is here now! going to track down some sparklers today!
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    1. Mir

      Yep. Now I just want to become a natural blonde so that the grays stop shining through the SECOND they appear. Getting older is just so awkward. I loved 25. Why couldn’t that be forever?
      Have a great 4th, Alice. Good luck with that shindig you’re hosting! Mine starts in a couple of hours. Arg!!

  6. Medha @ Whisk & Shout

    This looks amazing! Love the cherry/walnut/chocolate combo, that’s super unique but sounds incredibly delicious!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Medha! It’s a fun combo. I’m glad I went there!

  7. Manali @ CookWithManali

    I have those cherry filled chocolate chips, yay so I might just make this! looks yum! Have a great weekend Mir 🙂
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    1. Mir

      They’re so addictive, Manali. I love baking with them! And you, too!

  8. Zainab

    Hahha you don’t even want to know how long it takes to get my hair done. Hours!!! But ice cream making, now that is what I want to spend my time on. This looks amazing!!
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    1. Mir

      So how do you kill all those hours getting your hair done, Zainab? You must have a ton of patience. I’m bad at that.

  9. Erin @ Miss Scrambled Egg

    Yum! I haven’t seen the cherry filled chocolate chips, but I need them in my life. 🙂
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    1. Mir

      They’re very tasty, Erin. Hunt around Target!

  10. Harriet Emily

    Yes Mir!!! This looks AMAZING! I love making ice cream at home too, it’s so much quicker and easier to make than you would originally think. I’m also so with you on the hair thing too – luckily my hairdresser gives me a neck massage too lol! But I quite enjoy taking the time to relax when I get my hair done as it manages to give my mind a bit of a break!
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    1. Mir

      I just need to work on the whole relaxing thing, Harriet Emily. I’m so restless and wound up. Help help help!

  11. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust

    That is totally something my husband would do. He’ll pay double for a haircut just for a good head massage!!
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    1. Mir

      In that case, I can recommend a great hair place for him, Dorothy! 🙂

  12. Michele @ Two Raspberries

    chocolate and cherries! you are seriously putting me in a dream land right now! YUMMY!!! pinned

    1. Mir

      Is that a fave of yours, Michele? I’m so glad!

  13. Aimee @ ShugarySweets

    I wake up with recipe ideas…I have to keep a notepad near my bed. I love this ice cream flavor….so yummy!!
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    1. Mir

      That’s so great, Aimee! I tell my writing students to keep a notebook at their bedside. They look at me like I’m crazy and tell me they can just write it on their phones.

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