This Cherry Chocolate Sorbet is rich and full of chocolate flavor with bits of sweet cherry. It makes a delightful decadent dessert!
Sorbets vs Ice Cream
Have you noticed that I don’t make a lot of ice creams on this site? It’s mainly because I’m pretty lazy and I don’t feel like doing the whole egg yolk tempered custard thing. That’s right – my technical term for making ice cream – “egg yolk tempered custard thing.” And, I wonder why no one has contacted me to write a cookbook.
My favorite way to get a quick frozen treat is a sorbet. Sorbets are usually crazy easy to make and crazy easy to change up. Last week, I shared Lemon Rosemary Sorbet. It was light and refreshing. A perfect palette cleanser – that is if I made the kind of meals that had a palette cleanser course.
Today I’m back with the opposite of that sorbet. This sorbet is rich and thick and decadent. Heavy on the chocolate, with dark sweet cherries. The stuff dreams are made of. If you’re dreams are of chocolate, and mine are.
Ingredients to Make Cherry Chocolate Sorbet
Let’s talk about what you need to make this decadent chocolate dessert!
Cocoa Powder – You want a good dark cocoa powder, I usually use a Raw Organic Cocoa Powder.
Sugar – white sugar is fine, but I usually use Organic Cane Sugar that is less processed.
Cherries – fresh, pitted. Frozen will work also.
Cherry Brandy – optional, but I like the flavor that it adds and that it keeps the sorbet from freezing too solid.
How to Make Chocolate Sorbet with Cherries
We begin by making a sort of chocolate simple syrup. In a small sauce pan, bring two cups of water to a boil. Whisk in the cocoa powder a little at a time until it’s incorporated. Then whisk in the sugar and stir until it’s dissolved and stir in the cherry brandy if you are using it.
Remove from the heat and pour into a bowl and chill in the refrigerator until nicely cold. I was in a hurry, so I put mine in the freezer for about an hour.
Remove from the fridge or freezer and process in your ice cream maker per instructions. I usually process mine for 30 minutes, checking at about 20 to see how it looks. I use a Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker that I’ve had for years and I love it.
When the sorbet is finished processing, fold in the cherries. Spoon into a lidded container and stir in the freezer.
Amazing Chocolate Sorbet!
This is so good, people! I mean seriously good! The cocoa powder gives it this rich almost fudge-like flavor. The texture is perfect, dense and rich. The cherries are sweet and pair so beautifully with the chocolate.
You can definitely pick up a bit of the cherry brandy flavor, making this a fantastic dessert for grown ups! If you want to omit the cherry brandy you can, it just might freeze a little harder. In that case, take it out of the freezer about 5-10 minutes before you want to serve it.
Even More Delicious Frozen Desserts!
Strawberry Buttermilk Gelato – tastes like a strawberry cheesecake!
Blueberry Frozen Yogurt – a healthy dessert that tastes delicious!
Triple Raspberry Sundaes – a quick elegant dessert to put together in minutes!
Watermelon, Lime and Tequila Granita – another frozen adult treat!
And for even more frozen treats, follow my Ice Cream, Sorbets and Frozen Desserts Board on Pinterest.
Cherry Chocolate Sorbet
- 3/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1 cup dark cherries pitted and diced
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 tbsp cherry brandy optional
- Heat 2 cups of water to a boil in a small saucepan.
- Whisk in the cocoa powder and when it is incorporated, whisk in the sugar and stir until it's dissolved.
- Remove from the heat and stir in the brandy.
- Pour into a bowl and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled.
- Process in ice cream maker per instructions.
- When finished, fold in cherries. Scoop into a lidded container and store in the freezer.