Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Recipe

 

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Recipe


Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Mint chocolate chip ice cream is easy to make at home, even for novices! This mint ice cream recipe uses fresh, everyday ingredients including real mint and your choice of semi-sweet or dark chocolate for a rich and creamy dessert.

Why Use Fresh Mint

Using fresh mint in your ice cream recipe provides a more natural and flavorful taste compared to using artificial mint flavoring. Fresh mint leaves also contain essential oils that add complexity and depth to the flavor of the ice cream.

Tip: Add Alcohol for Best Texture

The texture of the ice cream will be smoother and creamier if you add a tiny bit of alcohol (such vodka or rum) to the ice cream recipe to prevent it from freezing too hard. Alcohol reduces liquids' freezing points, so mixing in a little bit helps keep the ice cream creamy and scoop able even after it has been frozen.

The Best Types of Mint and Mint Extract

The best types of mint to use in ice cream are spearmint and peppermint. Both have a strong and refreshing flavor that pairs well with chocolate. For mint extract, it's best to use a high-quality brand that is pure and free of artificial ingredients

The Best Chocolate for This Ice Cream

For this recipe, it's recommended to use dark chocolate with at least 70% cocoa solids. Dark chocolate provides a rich and intense flavor that complements the cool mint flavor of the ice cream.




Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

PREP TIME20 mins
CHILL4 hrs
TOTAL TIME5 hrs
SERVINGS8 servings
  YIELDabout 1 quart

Ingredients

  •  2 cups heavy cream

  • 1 cup whole milk

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped

  • 6 large egg yolks

  • 1 teaspoon mint extract

  • 6 ounces semisweet chocolate or dark chocolate, chopped fine, keep in the freezer until used

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Recipe

Method


Step 1:


In a medium saucepan, combine the heavy cream, milk, sugar, and salt. Heat over medium heat until the sugar dissolves and the mixture starts to steam.

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Recipe


Step
2:

Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the chopped mint leaves. Cover and let steep for 1 hour. 

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Recipe


Step 3:

After an hour, strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a clean saucepan, pressing down on the mint leaves to extract as much liquid as possible.

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Recipe


Step 4:

In a separate bowl, whisk the egg yolks until pale yellow. Slowly pour in the mint-infused cream mixture, whisking constantly, to temper the eggs.

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Recipe


Step 5:

Pour the mixture back into the saucepan and heat over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens and coats the back of a spoon.



Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Recipe

Step 6:

Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the mint extract.

Step 7:

Let the mixture cool to room temperature, then cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, or overnight.

Step 8:

Churn the mixture in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Step 9:

In the last minute of churning, add the chopped chocolate and mix until evenly distributed.

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Recipe


Step 10:

Transfer the ice cream to a freezer-safe container and freeze for at least 4 hours, or until firm.

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Recipe



Additional Tips:

  • Using fresh mint in this recipe will give the ice cream a more vibrant and authentic mint flavor compared to using mint extract alone.

  • Adding a small amount of alcohol (such as vodka or rum) to the ice cream base can help prevent it from freezing too hard and result in a creamier texture.

  • The best types of mint to use for this recipe are spearmint or peppermint. For mint extract, make sure to use a high-quality brand.

  • For the chocolate, use a dark chocolate with at least 70% cocoa solids for the best flavor and texture.


NUTRITION FACTS(PER SERVING)
463CALORIES
33gFAT
34gCARBS
9gPROTEIN
IngredientServing sizeCaloriesFat (g)Carbs (g)Protein (g)
Heavy cream1 cup (240 ml)8218865
Whole milk1 cup (240 ml)1498128
Granulated sugar1 cup77402000
Salt1 pinch0000
Fresh mint leaves2 cups10021
Egg yolks6 yolks35830518
Mint extract1 tsp0000
Dark chocolate (70% cocoa)4 ounces56043386

Note: These values are approximate and may vary depending on the specific brands and measurements used.

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