Come summers, come the time for ice creams! And it’s not “I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream,” but much more than that when its specially the Chocolate Ice Cream. This is just that easy-peasy, fuss-free, creamy, smooth and scrumptious Chocolate Ice Cream recipe that you must give a try at home.
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More on this Chocolate Ice Cream
I had been getting recipe requests for adding ice creams since a long time. So, I worked on a few of them and to be honest, this Chocolate Ice Cream recipe was a personal favourite. Not just that, even at home everyone loves it.
This Chocolate Ice Cream does not need a special ice cream maker and gets done without getting whipped twice or thrice. Just make once, freeze and then enjoy. A similar ice cream is this Chocolate Chip Ice Cream.
That’s really saving sometime for you and the best part is you can dive right into a decadent yet gluten-free bowl of ice cream, much faster!
Another good thing about this Chocolate Ice Cream is that this recipe does not form any ice crystals while setting. Prepare and serve this ice cream whenever required.
This Chocolate Ice Cream recipe yields a large block which you can use to make gorgeous sundaes or sinful desserts too.
How to make Chocolate Ice Cream
Make Chocolate Mixture
1. First, take all the ingredients – 2 to 2.25 cups cream (25% to 50% fat), ¼ cup milk, ½ cup cocoa powder, ½ cup sweetened condensed milk and ½ cup tightly packed brown sugar. You can also use regular sugar or half-half of both regular or brown sugar.
2. Now, take milk in a pan and add the brown sugar.
3. Keep this pan on a stovetop on low heat and with a whisk or spoon, stir continuously till the sugar dissolves.
4. Once all the sugar is dissolved, keep the pan on the kitchen counter-top.
Remember not to boil or heat the milk too much. Once all the sugar is dissolved remove the pan from the stove-top and set aside.
5. Add cocoa powder.
6. Mix very well.
7. Add the sweetened condensed milk.
8. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.
9. Mix very well and keep this mixture aside. Let this chocolate mixture cool at room temperature.
10. Take chilled cream in a stand mixer and begin to whip it on high speed. You can also use an electric beater to whip using a bowl. Make sure to refrigerate the bowl so that it is cold.
11. Whip till you get stiff peaks. The cream will increase in volume and when you turn the bowl down, the cream shouldn’t fall. Or when you take the whipped cream in a spatula or spoon and turn it down, the cream shouldn’t fall.
Make Chocolate Ice Cream
12. Then, add the prepared chocolate mixture.
13. Now, gently and with light hands, fold the chocolate mixture in the whipped cream. Do not mix, just fold it.
14. The cream should not loose its peaks or volume and fall flat. So, fold gently and slowly.
15. Fold very well.
16. Now, add the ice cream mixture in a container or box.
17. Close the container or box tightly with a lid and keep it in the freezer.
18. Freeze for 8 to 9 hours or overnight or till the ice cream is set.
19. Before serving, remove the ice cream box from the freezer and let it sit at room temperature for a few minutes. Then, scoop out Chocolate Ice Cream with an ice cream scooper.
If you are not able to scoop the ice cream easily, then let the ice cream be at room temperature for 5 to 6 minutes. If its too hot where you live, then a couple of minutes is fine.
20. Serve Chocolate Ice Cream in bowls or cups. If you want, you can also drizzle some chocolate sauce on top.
- You have to whip the cream till stiff peaks. The cream should increase in volume and shouldn’t fall from the bowl, when turned upside down. Another way to check is: Take the whipped cream in a spatula or spoon. When you turn it, it shouldn’t fall.
- This recipe uses whipping cream which is 35% fat and does whip till stiff peaks. If using 25% to 30% fat cream, then you can whip it till soft peaks. If you add icing sugar in this cream, then you can whip till stiff peaks.
- You can use the homemade clotted cream (malai) from milk to make the whipped cream. Remove the clotted cream from freezer and thaw it for some hours. The cream should be chilled before you start whipping. Take everything in the blender jar and whip with the whipping blade till you get smooth cream. If needed, you can add some water while whipping. To use immediately, keep whipping till stiff peaks are formed. If not, then refrigerate the smooth, flowing cream, whip later and use as required. The whipping cream from homemade clotted cream is extremely rich because of high fat content. This results in whipped cream within minutes.
- The same recipe can also be made in an ice cream maker and can be made with regular sugar too instead of the brown sugar.
- You have to fold the chocolate mixture with the whipped cream gently. Don’t mix it as this might cause the cream to fall flat after losing its peaks.
- In case you can’t scoop out the set ice cream, keep it at room temperature for 5 to 6 minutes. If you live in a place where it’s too hot, then only a couple of minutes is fine.
The cream has to be chilled while you are whipping and you can whip for some more time to get the desired result. Soft peaks are also fine.
No. Both are different. Vanilla extract is a liquid and the other one is a powder.
You can use sweetened liquid evaporated milk. In case you don’t have a sweetened one, you can add sugar.
Yes, you can definitely do that. Refer to the Expert Tips above to know how to go about it.
This simply means that the cream has not enough fat content to form stiff peaks. Alternatively, keep the whipping bowl in the refrigerator for about 30 to 40 minutes and then start whipping again.
In case you see liquids or buttermilk in the whipped cream, then continue to whip till you see the water (whey) and butter separate. Remove the butter with a slotted spoon and keep it covered in the refrigerator. Use this as homemade butter.
In place of a stand mixer or electric beater, you can use a food processor with a whipping attachment or a blender/mixer/grinder with a round, unsharp whipping blade.
Ice Cream, like you’ve not known before
While you get ready to make a batch of this luscious and quite dreamy Chocolate Ice Cream, read on to know some really ‘cool’ ice cream trivia.
- Though vanilla is the world’s most popular flavor, it was invented after Chocolate Ice Cream.
- The first recipe of an ice cream was found in a recipe book from the year of 1665.
- Countries that consume the most ice creams are USA, New Zealand, Australia and Norway! The Italian version of an ice cream is ‘gelato.’
- ‘Inga Feuillei’ is a Hawaiian fruit that tastes like vanilla ice cream. Thus, it is also called as the ‘ice cream bean’ by the locals there.
- Some unique ice cream flavors across the world are chili, hot-dog, bacon, licorice, garlic, avocado and Stilton cheese. The most loved ice cream topping in the world is chocolate chips and chocolate syrup.
- There are professional ice cream tasters who use a golden spoon to try a new flavor. This metal doesn’t react or impact the taste of the ice cream.
- There are over 1000 ice cream flavors in the world, and the ice cream parlor Coromoto, Venezuela holds the Guinness World Record for serving 860 flavors.
- While you might love your ice creams, watch out for a ‘ice cream headache’ or ‘brain freeze.’ It occurs when the nerve endings in your mouth roof send a message of loss of heat to the brain!
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Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe
- 2 to 2.25 cup cream – 25% to 50% fat cream
- ¼ cup whole milk
- ½ cup cocoa powder
- ½ cup sweetened condensed milk
- ½ cup brown sugar (tightly packed) or regular sugar or half-half of both regular sugar or brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or ½ teaspoon vanilla essence
Making chocolate mixture
- First, prep all the ingredients and set them aside – cream (25% to 50% fat), milk, cocoa powder, condensed milk and tightly packed brown sugar. You can also use regular sugar or half-half of both regular sugar or brown sugar.
- Now, take milk in a small pan and add the brown sugar.
- Keep this pan on stovetop on low heat and with a whisk or spoon stir continuously till the sugar dissolves.
- Once all the sugar is dissolved, keep the pan on your kitchen counter. Do not boil the milk or heat it too much. Just lightly warm it or heat lightly to help the sugar dissolve. When you see that all the sugar granules dissolve, remove the pan from stove-top and place it on your kitchen counter.
- Add cocoa powder and mix thoroughly ensuring that there are no lumps.
- Add the condensed milk and vanilla extract.
- Mix thoroughly again set this mixture aside. Let this chocolate mixture cool at room temperature.
- Take chilled cream in a stand mixer and begin to whip it on high speed. You can also use an electric beater to whip.
- Whip till you get stiff peaks. The cream will increase in volume and when you turn the bowl down, the cream should not fall. Or when you take the whipped cream in a spatula or spoon and turn it down, the whipped cream shouldn't fall.
Making chocolate ice cream
- Now, add the chocolate mixture to the whipped cream.
- Gently and with light hands, fold the chocolate mixture in the whipped cream. Do not mix, but fold it.
- The cream should not lose its peaks or volume and fall flat. So, fold gently and slowly, but very well to get an even mixture.
- Next, add the ice cream mixture in a container or box.
- Close the container or box tightly with a lid and keep the ice container or box in the freezer.
- Freeze for 8 to 9 hours or overnight or till the ice cream is set.
- Before serving, remove the ice cream box from the freezer and let it sit at room temperature for a few minutes. Then scoop out the ice cream with an ice cream scoop.
- If you are not able to scoop easily, then let the ice cream be at room temperature for 5 to 6 minutes. If its too hot where you live, then a couple of minutes is fine.
- Serve Chocolate Ice Cream in bowls or cups. If you want, you can also drizzle some chocolate sauce on top.
- Use whole milk and not toned or low-fat milk as these can split when mixing it with brown sugar.
- Instead of brown sugar you can use white sugar or confectioner’s sugar (powdered sugar).
- Skip vanilla extract if you do not have it.
- To make the recipe, you can easily use light cream with 25% to 30% milk fat or heavy or whipping cream with 35% to 50% fat.
- Scale this recipe to make a big batch.
- Note that the approximate nutrition info is for 1 medium-sized chocolate ice cream scoop.
Nutrition Info (Approximate values)
This Chocolate Ice Cream recipe from the archives first published in November 2016 has been republished and updated on 7 May 2022.