This perfect dessert is a sweet way to end a casual Valentine's Day dinner. It's unfussy and great for a weeknight. Plus, who doesn't love ice cream?
For extra deliciousness, scout out your local area for a dairy or creamery where you can buy homemade ice cream. I've been fortunate to live near a few excellent places. In the Rochester, New York area, try Pittsford Farms Dairy & Bakery; in the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania area, try Klein Farms Dairy & Creamery in Easton, PA. If you prefer, you can also use non-dairy ice cream and nondairy whipped topping.
Luxardo and Fabbri Amarena Wild Cherries in Syrup are the best for cocktails, but the juice that comes with them is liquid gold for an easy dessert recipe like this. You can use a few tablespoons of the syrup blended with vanilla ice cream, a little milk, and a little bit of ice to make a great milkshake, or with yogurt and ice for a smoothie, too. Substitute canned, dark cherries in syrup, if they are hard to find and you aren't able to order from Amazon or a specialty food store online. I wouldn't suggest using maraschino cherries for this, though; quite simply, they are not as good in this recipe.