Who says chocolate mint ice cream has to be green? This double chocolate dual scoop of goodness may not be green, but it definitely has the cooling power of mint. Considering that we’re in the season of heatwaves, any cooling effect is most welcome! Enjoy Chocolate Mint Ice Cream.
Oh Yes I Did …
Finally, I made chocolate ice cream! And not just any chocolate ice cream, but a quick and easy no-churn version. With mint. And chocolate chips for a double chocolate delight.
And it all added up to chocolate ice cream cone perfection.
Making Chocolate Ice Cream Summery
Don’t get me wrong. I love ice cream all year long. But in summer, I tend to go for ice creams with bright fruit flavours, leaving rich chocolate for the cooler months of the year. Does this logic even remotely make sense to anyone else out there?
So, when I was thinking of making chocolate ice cream for a chocoholic friend during a prolonged and intense spell of heat and humidity, I couldn’t help myself. I had to add the extra cooling note of mint to the mix.
Yes, ice cream itself is cold. But just imagine cold ice cream with an intense chocolate flavour and then a cooling hit of mintiness. That’s summery chocolate to me.
Chocolate Chips for the Double Chocolate Touch
And while I was at it, I decided to add some chocolate chips. And not just any out of-the-package chocolate chips. Oh no. I was concerned that commercial chocolate chips might freeze too hard and add an unpleasant texture, so I used homemade chocolate chips. I made them last year with my granddaughters and they’ve been stored in the freezer ever since.
It was a great decision. The homemade chips provided an extra hit of chocolate intensity, but they weren’t hard. In fact, I’d say they were the perfect, melt-away texture to use in ice cream.
The only problem is that I didn’t take any notes. I’m sure that’s because I was focused on having fun with the girls. And (prepare to laugh) I’m sure I thought I’d remember. I can tell you that the chips contain cocoa powder, cocoa butter, and coconut oil. If there’s anything else in there, I don’t recall, and I don’t know the proportions either. I just did a quick search and can’t find the recipe I used, so I suspect I probably looked at two or three and then came up with my own version. If I can recreate the recipe I’ll come back and share it here, because they’re the perfect chocolate chips for ice cream.
If I don’t get around to recreating my chocolate chip recipe, next time I’ll use my blogging friend Charmian’s crackle method from her No-Churn Chocolate Crackle Ice Cream recipe. As she puts it, the crackle has a “delicate crunch when suspended in cold ice cream.”
Chocolate Mint Ice Cream
Ice cream is good in a bowl, but in summer I prefer my ice cream in crisp and crunchy sugar cones. This Chocolate Mint Ice Cream is no exception.
It’s all part of the sensory experience of enjoying my favourite food group: ice cream.
This is a double chocolate ice cream with cooling mintiness. The recipe uses the no-churn method for quick and easy results. I enjoyed my first scoop only three hours after putting it into the freezer.
- 1 can (300 mL) condensed milk
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder (unsweetened)
- 2 cups whipping cream
- 1-1/2 tsp mint extract (the brand I use is a peppermint & mint extract)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
Pour the condensed milk into the bowl of your mixer and add the cocoa powder. Stir together on low speed. Add the whipping cream and the extracts and whisk on high speed until the mixture is expanded, fluffy and thick. Fold in the chocolate chips.
Decant into a glass loaf pan or other container that will hold about 6 cups. Cover well.
Freeze for at least 3 hours before serving, or 4 hours if you prefer firmer ice cream. If the ice cream freezes hard, you may wish to remove it from the freezer 5 to 10 minutes ahead of scooping to soften it up.
Looking for Other Chocolate Treats?
The possibilities of chocolate are seemingly endless. If you’re on the Keto diet, may I suggest these Keto Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies? Chocolate Whisky Maple Cake is a different spin on chocolate indulgence, as are Strawberry Chocolate Cupcakes. So much chocolate, so little time!