Dark Chocolate Ice Cream (And Variations)

The only flavor better than chocolate is dark chocolate, and my family agrees. (Too bad. It means my dark chocolate stash disappears because everyone loves it!) This ice cream is a dark chocolate lover’s dream, both rich and silky smooth.

In a large pot, bring to a simmer:

2 1/4 c. whole milk

2 1/4 c. heavy cream

In a mixer, combine:

1 1/8 c. sugar

1 1/8 c. Dutch process cocoa (Important! Natural cocoa doesn’t give as good of a flavor here. Hershey’s Special Dark is now 100% Dutch process and you can find it at the regular grocery store.)

2 eggs

2 egg yolks

To temper the egg mixture, mix slowly while slowly adding several ladles of the hot dairy. Add back to the pot:

the tempered egg mixture

12 oz. bittersweet chocolate (I think I used a bag of semisweet chocolate chips. It worked great and was dark enough.)

Cook over medium until the mixture is slightly thickened. Strain (optional) and pour the mixture in a bowl. Stir in

2 t. vanilla (Omit for the mint Oreo variation.)

Once it’s reached room temperature, chill the mixture in the fridge for at least 4 hours. Churn until you reach soft-serve consistency. You can eat dark chocolate ice cream immediately or freeze it to a harder consistency for a few hours.

Fudge Brownie

5 minutes before churning is done, add

1 c. chopped brownies (Gooey ones work especially well here.)

Mint Oreo

Instead of vanilla, use

1 t. peppermint extract

5 minutes before churning is done, add and mix thoroughly:

12 mint Oreos, crushed

Freeze until hard so the cookies can soften. The dark chocolate ice cream will stay luxuriously smooth, even when frozen solid.

Find more delicious ice cream recipes here.

dark chocolate ice cream
dark chocolate mint Oreo, my favorite!

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