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Cherry Cola Ice Cream for the Dog Days of Summer

Cherry Cola Ice Cream: because summer isn’t over yet, because we don’t want school to start. Just because.

Cherry Cola Ice Cream by FamilySpice.com

August is here and school is looming on the horizon. But the kids and I are still in full summer mode. I am not ready to start the chaos of school and homework. The carpooling, the volunteering, the heaps of paperwork that seems to fill my house. So we will focus on squeezing out as much fun as we can during the last weeks of summer vacation. That also means easy dinners, buckets of fresh fruit, a bit more junk food and plenty of cold treats to chill out from the heat.

Cherries for Cherry Cola Ice Cream by FamilySpice.com

I do my best to feed my kids healthy foods. Really, I do, but I am totally guilty for introducing a few vices to my munchkins. The first was root beer followed quickly by the root beer float. Oh yeah, thank you, Mommy.

The other vice my kids fell for was Cherry Cola. Middle Child declares it to be just as delicious as root beer. Oh yeah, I’m a bad, bad Mommy.

So it wasn’t that much of a leap for me to take my kids further down the junk food path with this Cherry Cola Ice Cream. Because, well, it’s still summer. And we refuse to give it up just yet!

Cherry Cola Ice Cream by FamilySpice.com

I am also writing this post not just to push school from our radar, but to help out my friend, Stephanie/Recipe Renovator. You have read my review on the ebook she wrote, Golden Angels, about the loss of her beloved golden retriever, Buddy Girl, and opening her heart to love again with her new dog, Daisy. It’s a beautiful book and Stephanie has started a kickstarter campaign to raise $12,000 so she can get print up 2000 copies of her book and start a book tour. A simple donation of $5 can help her reach her goal. Check out her campaign, watch her video and decide for yourself.

Golden Angels Kickstarter Campaign

Celebrate the Dog Days of Summer with me. Go take a swim, lounge by the beach, drink a cold cocktail or enjoy a heaping scoop of Cherry Cola Ice Cream.

Cherry Cola Ice Cream


Laura Bashar

Two great favorites of summer come together in a cherry-ific frozen treat! Recipe by Laura Bashar of Family Spice


  • 1 lb cherries
  • 2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup milk, low-fat
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 tsp coke syrup, *


  1. Wash, remove pit and quarter:
    • 1 lb cherries
  2. In a medium saucepan over medium heat stir together:
    • 2 cup heavy cream
    • 1 cup milk, low-fat
    • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
    • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  3. Stir until sugar has dissolved. Continue warming milk until just before bubbly, about 10 minutes.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together:
    • 4 egg yolks
  5. Slowly stir in 1/4 cup of warm milk into the egg yolks and whisk until smooth.
  6. Slowly stir in egg yolk mixture into the milk. Continue stirring and heating until custard thickens and can coat the back of a spoon.
  7. Remove from heat and stir in:
    • 1 tsp coke syrup , *
  8. Refrigerate ice cream mix until cool, about 2 hours, and pour into a blender.
  9. Add cherries and pulse two times. You do not want to purée the cherries.
  10. Pour ice cream mixture into your ice cream machine and follow manufacturer's directions.
  11. If you prefer soft-serve ice cream, serve immediately. Otherwise, transfer to a freezer-safe container, cover and freeze for 8 hours.


Cooking Tips: * Depending on the quality of coke syrup used, the amount you need may vary. This version used the coke syrup made by Soda Stream and created a mild cola flavor. Increase the amount to your taste.

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