Dark Chocolate Covered Cherry Frozen Yogurt

It is officially hotter than Hades here in Arizona.

And it’s only going to get hotter.

Then I remembered that waaaaay in the back of my cupboard I had an ice cream maker.

So I did the logical thing and made frozen yogurt.

Fro-yo is my all time favorite frozen treat. I’m kind of weird like that.

Ice cream is just too creamy sometimes and leaves me begging for a glass of water, and a treadmill.

But Frozen Yogurt is the perfect blend of creamy and tart, and virtually guilt free.

So here’s the thing, I love cherries, and chocolate. Chocolate covered cherries are amazeballs. My favorite guilty pleasure at DQ is their chocolate covered cherry blizzard. Have mercy. So when OXO graciously gave me their new Cherry Pitter to try out, I was more than happy to put it to the test.

I have spent several summers with a paring knife trying to get around that little pit, only to end up with a giant mess and red fingers.

Using this neat little contraption saved me so much time. It was uber simple to manage and worked like a charm.

It’s a definite must have for cherry season.

Now that I have this little tool, the cherry options are endless!

I desperately wanted to recreate my fave treat from Dairy Queen, but not feel so guilty about it, so that’s what I did.

The secret to getting that thin stream of chocolate into your ice cream or frozen yogurt?

Melt down just 1/2 cup of dark chocolate and when the ice cream maker is almost done churning your frozen treat, drizzle it in the top and watch it freeze into thin strips and evenly distribute itself. Magical.

With big chunks of sweet cherry, and ribbons of dark chocolate, this frozen yogurt treat is the perfect way to cool off any day.

It’s so hot right now.

You need this.

You reeeeeeeeeally need this.

Dark Chocolate Covered Cherry Frozen Yogurt

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of pitted Cherries
  • 1/2 cup superfine sugar
  • 3 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 2 cups plain low-fat yogurt
  • 2 cups plain Greek style yogurt
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Cut pitted cherries in half and place in a small saucepan over medium/high heat.
  2. Add sugar and corn syrup to saucepan and stir. Let cook for 5 minutes, until the cherries have softened and the mixture bubbles slightly.
  3. Remove from heat and let cool.
  4. In a large bowl combine the two yogurts with a whisk. Add the cooled cherry mixture.
  5. Follow your ice cream makers instructions to freeze the frozen yogurt.
  6. Once the frozen yogurt is almost done, and still churning, melt down the dark chocolate chip in a microwave safe dish. Heat at 50% power for 30 seconds, stir, and repeat until the chocolate chips are smooth and lump free. Let cool slightly.
  7. Drizzle into the ice cream maker slowly, while it's still churning the frozen yogurt.
  8. Enjoy immediately for a soft serve treat, or place in the freezer for an additional 2 hours to enjoy a more ice cream textured treat.
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Comments

  1. Oh, I do NOT envy you living in AZ now. I remember those hot summers…I hated them! But your froyo looks awesome and I want to break out my cherry pitter just to try it out!

  2. Wow the cherry pitter really does work! I was skeptical about that thing :) Chocolate and cherry work awesome together, great post for the summer!!
    Cheers

  3. Cherry pitter? What a cool gadget! I love chocolate and cherries. This is a fab summer recipe.

  4. Love that! Cherries are nearly in season too… Yummy!

  5. This looks sooo good! Cherry and chocolate is a beautiful combination. I love using my ice cream maker. I may have to give this a whirl, pardon the pun! I should get the Oxo pitter, I have a very cheap version.

  6. I think I just fell in love! My fav blizzard is choc covered cherry from DQ too. I will be making this soon!!!!

  7. This sounds wonderful and your photos have set my mouth to watering. What a perfect dessert! I hope you have a great weekend. Blessings…Mary

  8. I’ve been seeing so many ice cream posts lately and have scratched my head wondering why I haven’t made any recently. Then it dawned on me that it’s just too hot (yes, here too) to move! This would be perfect … a lighter, more refreshing version using yogurt. I Like!! Need to find a cherry pitter first ….

  9. Oh wow, that looks incredible. I’m a sucker for cherries and I agree with you, guilt will only really allow me a spoonful of ice cream, but I can enjoy a bowl of frozen yogurt and still feel good about myself (isn’t that C&B bowl adorable?). I don’t really have a DQ by me (I’ve been told that’s an atrocity), my cherry pitter for years has been a tiny thing that my mom’s mom used to use back in Russia (I’m scared of the OXO one), and my ice cream maker is so old that I have to ductape it to the table whenever I use it to prevent it from walking over the edge, but I’m tagging this recipe and will try it as soon as I can get my hands on some ripe cherries.

  10. This looks amazing; gotta love those cherry ‘pitters!’

  11. This looks super delicious! I live in Oklahoma and surprisingly our weather has been really mild (usually it’s close to breaking 100 degrees at this point), but we’ve been in the lower 90s for the past month. Sorry it’s so icky hot where you are. I will give this a shot sometime soon!!

  12. I strangely miss those insanely hot AZ summers… Maybe its the grey, damp English weather that has me over-romanticising the sun, but I do miss seeing her and feeling the heat!
    THIS looks amazing. And I feel the same way about Frozen Yogurt. Sometimes regular ice cream can be a bit too sweet and heavy. So, not that I get many days hot enough to enjoy it, I’ll be filing this away for next summer. Thanks!

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  16. This looks wonderful! Love chocolate and cherries :) This is my cherry pitter. . . 4 at a time and it works GREAT!!
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Progressive-International-4-Cavity-Cherry-It-Pitter-Dishwasher-Safe-/231006576996?pt=Kitchen_Tools_Gadgets&hash=item35c910a164

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