Ice Bucket Cherry Sundaes

Bing, tart, or sweet cherries work together to create a sweet sauce for vanilla ice cream. Whipped cream with a tiny touch of vinegar is the incredible over-the-top addition.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Grill Time:
8 mins
Total Time:
10 mins


  • 1 orange

  • 12 ounce mixed fresh cherries (Bing, tart, and Rainier), pitted (about 2 cups), or 2 cups frozen pitted dark sweet cherries

  • 2 tablespoon sugar

  • 1 pint vanilla ice cream

  • Freshly ground black pepper (optional)

  • Sea salt (optional)

  • Vinegar Whipped Cream (optional) see recipe

Vinegar Whipped Cream

  • ½ cup whipping cream

  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar

  • 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar


  1. Shred the peel from the orange (you should have about 3 teaspoons); set aside. Juice the orange (you should have about 1/3 cup). In a medium bowl combine orange juice, 1 teaspoon of the orange peel, cherries and sugar. Stir gently until combined. Transfer mixture to a large cast iron skillet or an 8- or 9-inch disposable foil pan.

  2. For a charcoal grill, place the skillet or pan on the rack of an uncovered grill directly over medium coals. Cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture thickens slightly, about 8 to 10 minutes. (For a gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Place the skillet or pan on the grill rack. Cover and grill as above.) Cool cherry mixture for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

  3. To serve, scoop ice cream into a large bowl. Top with cherry mixture and remaining orange peel. Top with pepper, sea salt and Vinegar Whipped Cream. Makes 4 servings.

Vinegar Whipped Cream

  1. In a chilled medium mixing bowl combine the whipping cream, powdered sugar, and white wine vinegar. Beat with chilled beaters of an electric mixer on medium speed until soft peaks form.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

344 Calories
18g Fat
43g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 344
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 98mg 33%
Sodium 68mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 43g 16%
Total Sugars 37g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 20.7mg 103%
Calcium 141.4mg 11%
Iron 0.7mg 4%
Potassium 359mg 8%
Folate, total 20.2mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.4mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.