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This Decadent Dark Chocolate Ice Cream will make all of your chocolatey dreams come true! It’s rich, creamy, and the best chocolate ice cream I’ve ever had.
There’s one word that comes to mind to sum up this dark chocolate ice cream recipe: AH-MAZING! It has the deep, silky-smooth richness of dark chocolate without any of the bitterness. When I made this ice cream, I gave my kids a little taste test. I seriously had to pry them away from the ice cream canister to get them to stop eating it before it was completely ready!
I love ice cream, like A LOT! I’ve been known to have a bucket list of ice cream shops to try. As a result of this small obsession of mine, I am pretty particular about how my ice cream tastes.
One thing that I love about this ice cream recipe is that it doesn’t leave that waxy film on the roof of your mouth, score! That waxy film that I have experienced after eating other homemade chocolate ice cream is no bueno. I am positive you will love this chocolate ice cream, too!
Common Ice Cream Questions answered:
What is Chocolate Ice Cream? What is chocolate ice cream made of?
According to Wikipedia, chocolate ice cream is in the top five favorite ice cream flavors among Americans! Who knew?! It’s typically made by combining the following ingredients: cocoa powder, eggs, cream, vanilla, and sugar.
How to Make Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream?
- Begin by mixing the cream and cocoa together.
- After bringing it to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 30 seconds while whisking continually.
- Then, remove from the heat and add in the chopped chocolate before letting it stand for 2 minutes. Next, stir in the remaining cup of cream.
- Pour the mixture into a bowl and set a mesh strainer on top of it. Next, warm the milk, sugar, and salt in the same saucepan.
- Then, in another bowl whisk together the egg yolks and then pour the warm milk into the egg yolk.
- Next, scrape the warmed egg yolk back into the saucepan. Stir the mixture constantly until the desired consistency is reached and then pour the custard through the strainer.
- Then, stir it into the chocolate and add in the vanilla.
- Finally, chill the mixture in the fridge, then freeze it in your ice cream maker, and then freeze it in your freezer before serving this delicious dark chocolate ice cream!
Best Way to Store ice cream?
- Store the ice cream in the freezer on a shelf and not on the door.
- Store the ice cream in an airtight container.
- One other tip is to press a piece of plastic wrap or waxed paper right on top of the ice cream before placing the lid on the container. Then, return the container back to the freezer right after scooping it for the best storage results.
What goes with chocolate ice cream?
Ooooohhh, want a chocolate overload? Use this dark chocolate ice cream recipe to make my homemade ice cream sandwiches! Looking for something a little simpler? I love sprinkling coconut on top of my chocolate ice cream. You could easily toast some coconut and serve it with this ice cream, too! Yummy!
- Use the best quality chocolate you can afford to get quality results with this recipe. (I used Ghirardelli).
- As long as you keep this ice cream in an airtight container in the freezer, it will keep for 2 months.
- You can easily turn this ice cream into rocky road ice cream by stirring in 1-2 cups of mini marshmallows and 1 cup of toasted and chopped almonds.
- Sometimes I add a couple of drops of orange, peppermint, or almond extract to add an additional flavor element to the dark chocolate ice cream.
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- medium saucepan
- mixing bowl
- fine mesh strainer
- ice cream maker or this ice cream maker
- ice cream container
Decadent Dark Chocolate Ice Cream
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 3 tablespoons unsweetened dark cocoa powder sifted
- 5 ounces bittersweet chocolate chopped fine
- 1 cup whole milk
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- pinch of salt
- 5 large egg yolks
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
MAKE THE CHOCOLATE MIXTURE:
- In a medium saucepan add 1 cup of the cream and the cocoa powder, whisk until the cocoa powder is combined. Bring the mixture to a boil, and reduce heat and simmer at a very low boil for 30 seconds, whisking constantly.
- Remove from the heat and add in the chopped chocolate, let it stand for 3 minutes and then stir until smooth.
- Stir in the remaining 1 cup of cream.
- Pour the mixture into a large bowl, scraping the saucepan as thoroughly as possible, and set a mesh strainer on top of the bowl
MAKE THE CUSTARD:
- Add the milk, sugar, and salt to the same saucepan and heat over medium heat until warm.
- Whisk the egg yolks together in a medium bowl. Slowly whisk in 1/2 cup of the warm milk into the egg yolks, and then whisk the yolk mixture into the saucepan with the remaining milk.
- Whisk the milk and egg yolk mixture CONSTANTLY over medium heat while scraping the bottom and edges of the saucepan as you stir. Keep stirring until the mixture reaches 170°F on an instant-read thermometer and it has thickened and coats the back of a spatula.
COMBINE THE CHOCOLATE AND CUSTARD MIXTURES:
- Pour the custard through the strainer into the chocolate mixture and whisk until smooth, then stir in the vanilla.
- Cover and chill the mixture in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours, or overnight.
FREEZE THE ICE CREAM:
- Next, freeze it in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Place the ice cream in containers and freeze for at least 2 hours before scooping and serving.
This post first appeared on Food Folks and Fun on August 21, 2012. I have since updated the pictures. Some of the original pictures are below.