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Easy Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe

Enjoy this easy homemade chocolate ice cream with our step-by-step guide. Have fun creating this delicious and decadent treat.

It’s official, chocolate ice cream is the world’s favourite flavour ice cream! And there’s a good reason for this. It’s a delicious blend of rich sweet chocolate with a creamy ice cream base.

In this article, we’ll discuss the combination of chocolate and ice cream, detail some very good news about chocolate’s health benefits, we’ll list a few ‘did you know’ facts about chocolate, and of course, we’ll show you step-by-step how you can make a decadent homemade chocolate ice cream yourself.

If you’d prefer, you can scroll to the end of the article to our homemade chocolate Ice cream recipe, or follow along to learn more about Chocolate and Ice cream.

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Chocolate and Ice Cream

Chocolate and ice cream, and why not? Who wouldn’t want to pair these two? Creamy, velvety ice cream and rich chocolate flavours combine to create a decadent ice cream dessert.

Our homemade chocolate ice cream enhances this classic combination, taking it to a new level of deliciousness. With every scoopful, you experience an exciting flavour and taste sensation, blending chocolate with the refreshing coolness of ice cream.

Did you know that Stressed spelled backward is Desserts? So if you are stressed, it’s likely you need to turn things around and have more desserts! What better than Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream? (We’ve got a few more ‘did you know facts about Chocolate’ listed below).

Chocolate is Good for you!

It’s good news after all, indulging in the rich, velvety goodness of chocolate isn’t just a delicious experience for your taste buds – it can also offer surprising health benefits.

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Dark chocolate, in particular, is full of antioxidants, like flavonoids and polyphenols, which have been linked to various health perks. These compounds can help combat oxidative stress, potentially reducing the risk of chronic diseases and supporting heart health.

Chocolate has been found to have a positive impact on mood, thanks to its potential to stimulate the production of serotonin – a neurotransmitter that contributes to feelings of happiness and well-being.

Chocolate might even offer a touch of relaxation by reducing cortisol levels, the hormone associated with stress. In addition, the flavonoids in chocolate have been connected to improved cognitive function, potentially aiding in better memory and focus.

Moderation is key, though, as chocolate is energy-dense. You’re better off opting for dark chocolate with a higher cocoa content, as it typically contains fewer added sugars.

So keep in mind – while savouring the velvety treat of homemade chocolate ice cream, you’re also treating yourself to a range of potential health benefits – a truly delicious win-win situation!

Naturally, moderation is key and of course, Chocolate is not a ‘health food’, however, it does have some positives and with the list of the health benefits that chocolate has to offer, we think it would be rude not to take advantage of goodness chocolate has to offer!

Did You Know Facts about Chocolate:

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  • Chocolate comes from cacao beans, which are the seeds of the cacao tree. These beans are processed to create cocoa solids and cocoa butter, the main components of chocolate.
  • The ancient Mayans and Aztecs were some of the first civilizations to cultivate cacao and make a bitter beverage from it.
  • Milk chocolate was first invented by combining chocolate with milk powder in the 19th century. This innovation made chocolate creamier and sweeter, leading to its popularity today.
  • Did you know that dark chocolate contains flavonoids, which are antioxidants that may have potential health benefits? These antioxidants are believed to help protect cells from damage.
  • Did you know Chocolate can affect your mood? It contains compounds like phenylethylamine (PEA), which is often referred to as the “love hormone” because it’s associated with feelings of happiness and pleasure.
  • Did you know that white chocolate is technically not chocolate at all? It’s made from cocoa butter, sugar, and milk solids, but lacks the cocoa solids that define true chocolate.
  • Chocolate has a rich history intertwined with European royalty. It was introduced to European courts in the 17th century and quickly became a luxury enjoyed by kings and queens.
  • Switzerland is renowned for its high-quality chocolate. Swiss chocolatiers are known for their precision and craftsmanship in creating some of the finest chocolate in the world.
  • Chocolate can be paired with a variety of unexpected flavours. From chili peppers to sea salt, creative combinations can enhance the complex flavors of chocolate.
  • Chocolate has inspired art, literature, and culture for centuries. It’s been featured in movies, books, and even as a medium for sculptors and artists to create stunning masterpieces.

Indulging in homemade chocolate ice cream is not only a delicious treat but also a fascinating journey through history, culture, and culinary creativity.

Let’s see how we can make this decadent, healthy dessert.

Decadent, truly irresistible, Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe

Here’s an easy-to-follow recipe for you to try out.

Ingredients:

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  • 250ml double cream
  • 125ml whole milk
  • 80g granulated sugar
  • 60g unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 115g dark chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions:

  1. In a medium saucepan, whisk together the cocoa powder, sugar, and salt. Gradually whisk in the milk until the mixture is smooth and well combined.
  2. Place the saucepan over medium heat and bring the mixture to a simmer, stirring constantly. Remove from heat once it’s hot, but not boiling.
  3. Add the finely chopped dark chocolate to the hot mixture. Stir until the chocolate is completely melted and the mixture is smooth.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk the double cream and vanilla extract together.
  5. Gradually whisk the cream mixture into the chocolate mixture until well combined.
  6. Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or preferably overnight. Chilling the mixture thoroughly will help develop the flavours.
  7. Once chilled, give the mixture a good stir and then pour it into an ice cream maker.
  8. Churn the mixture in the ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions until it reaches a soft, creamy consistency.
    1. NB: If you don’t have an ice cream maker, you can still make this recipe. Pour the mixture into a freezer-safe container and freeze. Every 30 minutes, stir the mixture vigorously with a fork to break up ice crystals, repeating this process for about 3-4 hours or until the ice cream is firm. Please also check out our post – Homemade Ice Cream: Without an Ice Cream Maker to learn more.
  9. Transfer the churned ice cream to an airtight container and freeze for an additional 2-4 hours, or until firm.
  10. Serve the homemade chocolate ice cream in bowls or cones and enjoy the decadent and creamy treat!

You can also add mix-ins like chopped nuts, additional chocolate shavings, or chocolate chips to add an extra texture to your smooth, creamy decadent homemade chocolate ice cream, which you can add in the last few minutes of churning.

Feel free to get creative and adjust the recipe to your taste preferences. Homemade chocolate ice cream is a classic favourite that’s sure to satisfy any chocolate lover’s cravings!

Note: If you prefer a more intense chocolate flavour, you can use Dutch-processed cocoa powder (see below).

Dutch-processed cocoa powder

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Known as alkalized cocoa powder, Dutch-processed cocoa powder is treated with an alkaline solution to neutralize its acidity. This process offers several benefits that make it a popular choice for baking and cooking:

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  1. Milder Flavour: Dutch-processed cocoa powder has a milder and smoother flavour compared to natural cocoa powder. The alkalisation process reduces the sharp and acidic taste often associated with natural cocoa, resulting in a more balanced and less intense chocolate flavour.
  2. Improved Solubility: The alkalisation process also increases the cocoa powder’s solubility in liquids, making it easier to incorporate into recipes. This leads to smoother mixtures and less likelihood of forming lumps.
  3. Enhanced Colour: Dutch-processed cocoa powder tends to have a darker and richer colour compared to natural cocoa powder. This can contribute to a more appealing appearance in baked goods, ice creams, and other desserts.
  4. Reduced Bitterness: The alkalization process helps to reduce the bitterness of cocoa powder. This is especially beneficial in recipes that call for a higher proportion of cocoa, as it can help achieve a more balanced and palatable flavour.
  5. More Predictable Results: The consistent and controlled pH level achieved through alkalization makes Dutch-processed cocoa powder more reliable in recipes. It interacts more predictably with other ingredients, ensuring consistent results.

It’s important to note that while Dutch-processed cocoa powder has these advantages, it may not be suitable for all recipes. Some recipes, especially those that rely on the natural acidity of cocoa for leavening, may specifically call for natural cocoa powder. Choosing between the two types of cocoa powder depends on the desired flavour, colour, and overall outcome of the recipe.

Please click this link for a range of Dutch-processed cocoa powders.

We hope you have enjoyed this article celebrating chocolate and ice cream – a match made in dessert heaven.

If you have any questions, please drop us a comment below and we’d especially love to hear about your Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream making efforts and results.

And remember – When in Doubt, Simply add More Chocolate Ice Cream to your Life.

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4 Comments

  1. Hi, there! I absolutely LOVED reading this article! Most recipes are just a list of ingredients and instructions with a few alterations, but you took it to the next level! I love that you highlighted chocolate, how it’s made, and it’s health benefits. I also found it fascinating that you went the extra mile to discuss dutch-processed cocoa powder as well. This shows your wealth of knowledge in the subject and gives a great perspective of the education involved in cooking and baking. Thanks for sharing!

    • Hey Steph, 

      Thanks for your comment, glad you enjoyed this article.

      With all our recipes, we hope to not only provide clear instructions on how to craft delicious homemade ice creams but also give our readers the chance to learn about the ingredients and the health benefits each item offers.

      It’s interesting as Dutch-processed cocoa powder can make a huge difference to the finished product – particularly in regards to Ice Cream.

      Really glad you found value in the article.

      Cheers

      Cherie :o)

  2. Making chocolate ice cream at home? Most people love ice cream, especially with chocolate taste, and I am one of those people. It is a big dream to make it by myself. This great blog makes it easy for you to write about the positive point of chocolate and many exciting facts about it. I promise you do not know these facts, so read this excellent blog.

    • Hey Liam,

      Thanks for your comment.

      Really glad you enjoyed the post and that you found benefit from the information provided.

      We’ve got lots of hints and tips in our ‘how to make’ section if you find you are struggling with any aspect.

      Our post – How to make Delicious, Indulgent, Homemade Ice Cream – Frosted Fusions – gives you the basics on Vanilla Ice cream with a variety of different styles you can try. 

      Have a read and see how you get on. Of course, we’d love to hear of your results, so please keep in contact.

      All the best trying it out.

      Cherie :o)

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