On this date in 1987, Ben & Jerry Ice Cream & Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia announced their new ice cream flavor, Cherry Garcia. Cherry Garcia has a somewhat simple formula: cherry ice cream combined with cherries and fudge flakes. Considered to be the most famous of the Vermont’s finest family, the fan-favorite flavor continues to be widely available in Ben & Jerry’s scoop shops and local markets nearly three decades later.
Other pop culture influenced Ben & Jerry flavors are Willie Nelson’s Country Peach Cobbler, Elton John’s Goodbye Yellow Brickle Road, and Jimmy Fallon’s Late Night Snack which includes Fair Trade vanilla bean ice cream with a salty caramel swirl and surprisingly tasty fudge-covered potato chip clusters.
Ben & Jerry’s founders Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield recently shared with splendidtable.org the story behind Cherry Garcia and actually give up the recipe!
“A couple of Deadheads in Maine sent us a postcard with a name for a new flavor. They left the recipe up to us. We got to work with some fresh Bing cherries and threw in the chocolate flakes as a last minute inspiration.”
- 1/4 cup shaved plain chocolate (we prefer Hershey’s Special Dark Chocolate candy bars)
- 1/4 cup fresh Bing cherries, halved and pitted (you may use canned cherries, but be sure to drain the syrup)
- 2 large eggs
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 cups heavy or whipping cream
- 1 cup milk
From Ben and Jerry’s Homemade Ice Cream and Dessert Book, by Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, with Nancy J. Stevens.