Make Your Own Chocolate Ice Cream!

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Making your own ice cream is not too difficult and it is a very fun process that allows you to customize your ice cream to your preference. Here’s a recipe for chocolate ice cream, but you can adapt it as you like!


  • 2 cups of heavy cream
  • 1 cup of whole milk
  • 3/4 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4 ounces of dark chocolate
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • Chocolate chips or chunks (optional, for extra texture)


  1. In a saucepan, combine heavy cream and whole milk. Heat over medium heat until it just begins to simmer. Remove from heat. In a separate bowl, whisk together sugar and cocoa powder. Gradually whisk this mixture into the hot cream until well combined.
  2. Return the saucepan to the stove and heat the mixture over medium heat, stirring constantly, until it reaches a simmer. Place chopped dark chocolate in a heatproof bowl. Pour the hot cream mixture over the chocolate and let it sit for a minute to melt. Stir until smooth and well combined.
  3. In another bowl, whisk egg yolks. Gradually whisk in a ladleful of the chocolate mixture to temper the eggs. Pour the egg mixture back into the saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring continuously, until the mixture thickens and coats the back of a spoon. Do not let it boil.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract and a pinch of salt. Allow the chocolate ice cream base to cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  5. Once chilled, churn the mixture in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. During the last few minutes of churning, add chocolate chips or chunks if desired. Transfer the churned ice cream to a lidded container and freeze for at least 4 hours or until firm. Enjoy!