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Ultra creamy and rich with pure chocolate flavor, this is the VERY BEST Chocolate Ice Cream. Made with whole ingredients and easy to whip up, this will be your go-to chocolate treat all year long.

Chocolate Ice Cream

I know this is a bold claim but I made the BEST Chocolate Ice Cream ever….if you haven’t gathered that from the title. Chocolate Ice Cream is, by far, my favorite flavor ever.

And when it’s done right…there’s just no turning back. I know a lot of you may observe lent and may have even done the unthinkable….gave up chocolate. God bless you but that’s not something I can ever give up.

I mean, chocolate helps me stay sane. Just a little square can melt away enough stress to allow me to proceed with my regular scheduled program for the remainder of the day. So…if you’re one of those who gave up chocolate…or ice cream…or dessert for that matter…Pin this one for later!

There’s a creamery in Strasburg, PA right smack in the middle of Lancaster County Amish Country that makes their own ice cream (and waffle cones…but we’ll talk about that another day). When you walk down the street you can smell the sugar caramelizing on the waffle irons and you just kind of get sucked into the little shop.

You have no self control at all and you MUST order a double dipped cone. Really, you don’t have a choice because it’s like a gravitational pull. And some say it’s a tourist trap but I say it’s a must visit establishment if you want to try the best ice cream ever made that’s not made in your own kitchen.

Their from scratch Chocolate ice cream is incredibly sinful in the best sense of the word. Rich, creamy and simple…that’s what I strived for in my very BEST Chocolate Ice Cream recipe.

And I nailed it (no…I didn’t hurt my arm while patting myself on the back.) This recipe is rich, creamy and simple.

How do you make Easy Chocolate Ice Cream?

Making homemade chocolate ice cream is really simple to do but for the best ever recipe some practice in patience must be exercised.

  1. In a large saucepan, whisk together the milk, cream and cocoa powder. Bring the mixture to a simmer over med-low heat and then turn the heat off. Stir in the chocolate and vanilla until the chocolate has melted.
  2. Add 3/4 cup of the sugar to the milk mixture and bring to a simmer, whisking occasionally to dissolve the sugar.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk the remaining sugar and egg yolks until the mixture is slightly thickened and light in color. Slowly, add 1/4 cup of the milk mixture to the eggs while whisking constantly. Continue adding the milk to the egg mixture 1/4 cup at a time until all the ingredients are combined.
  4. Prepare an ice bath in a large bowl and place a medium bowl in the ice bath. Place a fine mesh stainer over the bowl.
  5. Transfer the cream mixture to a large saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly and scraping the bottom and sides with a heatproof spatula until the custard thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon. Strain the custard into the bowl and allow to cool.
  6. Refrigerate the custard until cold or overnight.
  7. Pour the custard into the freezer can of an electric ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions. When the ice cream is the consistency of soft serve. Transfer to an airtight storage container and freeze.

What are the ingredients in Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream?

The best Chocolate Ice Cream starts with the BEST ingredients. Exploding with pure chocolate flavor is the direct result of high quality products like:

  • cocoa powder
  • chopped semi-sweet chocolate
  • milk
  • eggs
  • sugar
  • vanilla

That’s it. And it’s simple to make….BUT you do need to work ahead because coaxing out the best flavors ever does take time.

So, allow the base to chill out overnight as I did with my fabulous Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream and THEN, after churning, allow the ice cream to freeze overnight. Or not…I know…it’s hard but the best flavors develop over time. And you will be rewarded…I promise. But if you’re really in a hurry you can totally try this easy Snow Ice Cream recipe….that’s if you have actual snow on the ground.

And after all is said and done….and the very BEST Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream in the whole world is ready to dig into…take a seat. Because that first bite will make your knees buckle…and your heart flutter….and all your worries will melt away….because that first bite is a doozy.

And if you really did the unthinkable and gave up chocolate for lent like a crazy person….you should try this Vanilla Chai Ice Cream or this amazing Strawberry Ice Cream that tastes like summer in a bowl…or a cone…however you roll.

More Homemade Ice Cream Recipes

  • A seasonal favorite I love all year long, Pumpkin Ice Cream
  • Coffee Ice Cream might be your new favorite breakfast
  • Lavender Vanilla Ice Cream only sounds fancy
  • Cherry Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream made with fresh cherries is FAB!

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