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Cherry Vanilla Ice Cream Soda

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Active Time:  15 Minutes
Total Time:  15 Minutes
  Serves 4
Making your own cherry syrup is the secret behind this soda fountain classic. If good fresh cherries aren't available, use an equivalent amount of canned sweet cherries in syrup.
2 cups pitted fresh cherries or drained canned sweet cherries (see Note)
1/2 cup sugar

1 cup cold whole milk
1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream
1/2 gallon cherry or cherry-vanilla ice cream
One 1-liter bottle cold cream soda

Sweetened whipped cream
4 whole cherries
Cherry Vanilla Ice Cream Soda Recipe at
Chill four 11-ounce soda fountain glasses or other tall glasses in freezer.

Puree cherries and sugar in food processor until smooth. Transfer puree to heavy small saucepan; bring to boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes. Place fine mesh strainer over large glass measuring cup or small bowl. Strain puree, pressing on solids with back of spoon to extract 1 cup syrup. Cool.

Cherry syrup can be made 3 days ahead. Cover and refrigerate.

Spoon cooled cherry syrup into bottom of chilled glasses, dividing equally. Pour 1/4 cup milk into each glass; stir to blend. Add one scoop vanilla ice cream, then one scoop cherry ice cream to each glass. Repeat layering ice creams. Fill glasses with soda. Top with whipped cream and whole cherries. Serve immediately with straws and long soda fountain spoons.

If using canned cherries, reduce juice from can to 3 tablespoons. Add reduced juice to cherry and sugar puree, and proceed with simmering and straining.

Recipe created exclusively for by Ken Haedrich.

Recipe reprinted by permission of . All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
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Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   Serves 4
Calories: 1335
Fat. Total: 40g
Fiber: 6g
Carbohydrates, Total: 226g
Sodium: 473mg
% Cal. from Fat: 27%
Cholesterol: 144mg
Protein: 20g
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Rating: 5
by: PL Reviewed: 06/17/2009
In classic ice cream sodas the soda is added after the milk and syrup are mixed and before the ice cream is put in. The soda and milk/syrup mixture are mixed and then the ice cream is added, either in the glass or pressed onto the rim of the glass. Regardless, the recipe sounds marvelous and I can't wait to try it! "Ice Cream Soda Junkie"
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