Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

02.26.2014

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream | Cooking Classy

If you know much about me then you know that ice cream is my favorite food, well at least one of them I do have a few. Let’s just say the ice cream maker I bought about 5 years ago has gotten plenty of good use. I’ve tried many different flavors and have have countless more flavors to go, because the flavor options are endless. Today I’m sharing a recipe I just tried making for the first time, homemade mint ice cream made with fresh mint. This isn’t just mint flavor here, this is made with the real deal. It gives it so much fresh, natural flavor. I did choose to cut back on the fresh mint by half, just because I didn’t want it to taste to earthy, then I replaced the amount I cut back with real mint extract (which has a less leafy flavor).

This ice cream recipe is definitely going to stay in my recipe book. It is amazing to say the least. The chocolate and mint combination is a classic and this ice cream proves just how well the two ingredients were meant to be together. You just can’t go wrong with an ice cream recipe like this. Enjoy!

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream | Cooking Classy

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Yield: About 1 quart

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup packed fresh mint leaves
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp light corn syrup
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 - 3/4 tsp mint extract, to taste*
  • Green and blue food coloring, optional
  • 3 - 4 oz chopped bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate

Directions

  • In a medium saucepan combined milk, 1 cup cream and fresh mint leaves. Heat over medium heat and bring just to a gentle bubble, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and allow mixture to steep, 15 minutes. Meanwhile in a bowl, whisk together remaining 1/2 cup heavy cream with granulated sugar, corn syrup and egg yolks until slightly pale and fluffy, about 1 - 2 minutes.
  • While whisking egg yolk mixture, slowly add about 1/2 cup warm milk mixture to egg yolk mixture (don't strain leaves yet). Add egg yolk mixture to milk mixture in saucepan and return to medium heat. Cook mixture, stirring constantly until thickened, about 5 - 8 minutes (mixture should coat the back of a wooden spoon. A light bubble is fine but don't let it boil). Remove from heat and pour mixture through a fine mesh sieve into a heat proof bowl. Using a rubber spatula, rub mint leaves back and forth in over sieve to strain oils and natural flavors from leaves into bowl (also scrap bottom of sieve once done and add that to bowl), discard leaves. Mix in a few drops green and blue food coloring if desired (about 4 green/2 blue) and mint extract. Cover with plastic wrap pressing directly against surface of mixture to prevent a skin from forming. Transfer to refrigerator and allow to thoroughly chill through, about 4 - 5 hours.
  • Once fully chilled, process mixture in an ice cream maker according to manufactures directions, adding in chopped chocolate during last few minutes of processing. Transfer mixture to an airtight container and freeze until nearly firm (I prefer this ice cream slightly soft for optimal texture. If you freeze it thoroughly, I recommend letting it rest at room temperature for a bit to soften. I like it the consistency of gelato).
  • *Add 1/4 tsp at a time to reach desired taste. I used mint leaves that were on the verge of withering so they may have lacked a little flavor compared to what fresh from the garden leaves would have.
  • Recipe Source: adapted slightly from Williams Sonoma
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35 comments

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar: This looks so good!! February 26, 2014 at 6:12pm Reply

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks: So gorgeous! And I know what a pain & how HARD it is to shoot ice cream so it doesnt melt and just turn into a total hot mess LOL. The recipe and the photos are just perfect! :) February 26, 2014 at 6:13pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Averie! And yes ice cream is a pain to get pics of indeed. February 26, 2014 at 9:18pm Reply

  • Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen: Beautiful ice cream, Jaclyn! One of my all-time favorite flavors. I love that you used part fresh mint and part pure mint extract for just the perfect flavor. Thanks for sharing. Pinned! February 26, 2014 at 7:10pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Stacy! February 26, 2014 at 9:15pm Reply

  • Laura @ Lauras Baking Talent: Love mint ice cream. Absolutely delicous! February 26, 2014 at 7:13pm Reply

  • Serena: Beautiful pictures! Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream is my absolute favourite ice cream by far, and I wish I had an ice cream maker so I could try out this recipe. Until I get one I’ll just settle for drooling over the pics of your ice cream! February 26, 2014 at 8:38pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Serena! February 26, 2014 at 9:14pm Reply

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci): Mint chocolate chip is my favorite ice cream and I love that you used fresh mint to infuse the milk and cream. Gorgeous! February 26, 2014 at 9:00pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Laura! February 26, 2014 at 9:14pm Reply

  • Jessica @ Portuguese Girl Cooks: Gorgeous ice cream! Your pics are gorgeous and you make shooting ice cream easy! February 27, 2014 at 8:12am Reply

  • Beth @ bethcakes: This ice cream looks like the best mint chocolate chip ice cream I’ve ever seen! Gorgeous color. Wish I had a giant bowl of it right now. :) February 27, 2014 at 8:22am Reply

  • Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking: Never have I felt the pull for ice cream like I do now, pregnant! This is seriously calling to me, Jaclyn! February 27, 2014 at 9:20am Reply

  • DessertForTwo: This is my husband’s favorite thing in the world. He had it as his groom’s cake at our wedding. I need to try your version! February 27, 2014 at 7:39pm Reply

  • Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg: Beautiful photos! And mint chocolate ice cream in my opinion is the best. February 28, 2014 at 12:00pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Norma! February 28, 2014 at 3:01pm Reply

  • Zana@GreenGlobalTravel: This looks so refreshing and delicious! I’ve never tried to make ice cream before but I definitely want to try this once it warms up. February 28, 2014 at 1:20pm Reply

  • Kayle (The Cooking Actress): such beautiful ice cream!! This is Michael’s favorite flavor too! Mmm! February 28, 2014 at 4:21pm Reply

  • ball: Thank you for share.It very nice.I like to eat Ice Cream. March 4, 2014 at 1:34am Reply

  • Shari Kelley: I feel the same way about ice cream. I wish I could eat it every night. I would say it’s my favorite, but then I think about desserts with frosting, and I’m not sure. Fortunately you have both on your blog!:) Your recipe for chocolate mint ice cream looks wonderful. March 5, 2014 at 8:42pm Reply

  • Saria: I tried a mint chocolate chip ice cream recipe last year that only had mint leaves (it called for ALOT) and no mint extract. It was very earthy– interesting, but not really delicious. I am going to try your version and hope for the best!! Your ice cream turned out beautiful. March 6, 2014 at 12:49pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I hope you love it Saria! March 7, 2014 at 7:08pm Reply

  • Renee @ Awesome on $20: Mint chocolate chip has been my favorite since I was a kid. I can’t wait to try this recipe with fresh mint. March 12, 2014 at 11:38pm Reply

  • Mint Chocolate Ice Cream | Delicious desserts recipes: […]    First we prepare the chocolate to dip the cones.Melt the chocolate for about 30 seconds on medium heat.Then dip the cones,and then let it cool.Now for the ice cream combine the condensed milk with rum and mint extract .Add chilled whipped cream and mix again until peaks form.Now refrigerate the mixture 8 hours or more and then put the ice cream into chocolate dipped ice cream cones.Enjoy!Recipe Inspire by:http://honestlyyum.com/9374/no-churn-mint-chocolate-chip-ice-cream/http://www.nigella.com/recipes/view/ONE-STEP-NO-CHURN-COFFEE-ICE-CREAM-5550http://allrecipes.com/recipe/easy-mint-chocolate-chip-ice-cream/http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Fresh-Mint-Chocolate-Chip-Ice-Cream-15245http://www.cookingclassy.com/2014/02/mint-chocolate-chip-ice-cream/ […] May 2, 2014 at 6:56am Reply

  • Jocelyn: This was a big hit at our house! I must confess that I didn’t use the mint leaves and just upped the mint extract to 1 tsp. I also decreased the egg yolks to 2 and the heavy cream to 1/2 cup (remaining 1 cup replaced with just milk) to make the ice cream less rich. Really yummy! May 3, 2014 at 6:23pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked it Jocelyn, thanks for your tips! May 4, 2014 at 10:28am Reply

  • holly: Do u use peppermint extract or spearmint August 20, 2014 at 4:40pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I used mint extract for this not peppermint or spearmint. August 20, 2014 at 5:12pm Reply

  • trekking in nepal: Love ice cream!!! its really delicious, thanks for you post. August 28, 2014 at 11:08pm Reply

  • Lizz: I just made this and it was delicious! The store didn’t have any fresh mint so I just used extract but it was still phenomenal. Thank you for sharing! March 17, 2015 at 5:04pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked it Lizz! Thanks for your comment! March 18, 2015 at 12:06pm Reply

  • Catherine: I started to make this and realized the instructions don’t specify when to add in the mint extract. I added it with the heated mixture with mint leaves, but then I added more after adding in the food coloring because it didn’t seem minty enough. I think I ended up adding too much, but it was still incredible! My husband could not stop eating it! I am just curious when you added the extract as I will definitely be making this again! Thanks! March 23, 2016 at 11:35pm Reply

  • Katie: When do you add the mint extract? The instructions don’t specify. Thanks in advance! April 8, 2016 at 11:58pm Reply

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