Chocolate Ice Cream

Heavenly chocolate ice cream that’s super simple.

A quotation about chocolate saying "a balanced diet is chocolate in both hands".

Learn the secret to making amazing ice cream without eggs. It’s not that egg based French style ice cream tastes bad or anything; sometimes we all just want a dessert that’s a little lighter and this chocolate ice cream recipe doesn’t fail. I used a Philadelphia style ice cream base and added Dutch cocoa as well as dark chocolate.

Keep in mind that egg yolks work very well as stabilisers so you’ll find the freezer life is reduced for this ice cream.

To get more dessert ideas check out my ice cream recipes page.

Chocolate ice cream with mint garnish

Tips to make the ultimate chocolate ice cream

  1. Avoid cheap brands when choosing your Dutch cocoa and dark chocolate. There aren’t many ingredients in this recipe so poor quality products will have nowhere to hide.
  2. Add a dash of 40% vodka when you’re churning the ice cream to reduce the freezing point of your base. This allows the dessert to freeze faster and results in a creamier ice cream.
  3. Turn your freezer onto the coldest setting before churning. Once you add the churned ice cream to the freezer it will harden much quicker which also helps with ice cream texture.

chocolate ice cream recipe reduced

Want a chocolate ice cream recipe that’s got less calories?

You have a couple of options:

  • Reduce or remove completely the chocolate from the recipe. The cocoa will still provide a nice chocolate flavour without the extra calories.
  • Make this vegan chocolate ice cream and cut out the dairy as well. Still delicious!


Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe

Prep Time: 15 mins
Yields: 1L (1qt)


  • 2 cups thickened cream
  • 1 cup full cream milk
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • Pinch salt
  • 1/4 cup good quality Dutch cocoa
  • 200g (7oz) dark chocolate (broken into small pieces)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Add cream, milk, sugar, salt and cocoa to a saucepan and whisk while heating on medium to high.
  2. When milk is simmering reduce heat to low and add chocolate. Gently stir until chocolate has melted then remove from heat and add vanilla.
  3. Pour milk mixture into an airtight container and refrigerate for at least 3 hours or preferably overnight.
  4. Freeze ice cream in your machine as per manufacturers instructions.
  5. Pour into container and freeze at least 2 hours or until it is hardened.


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21 Replies to "Chocolate Ice Cream"

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    Marion July 10, 2017 (10:35 am)

    We do not enjoy dark chocolate ice cream. I would like to half the amount of hard chocolate you recommend and use Milk Chocolate along with the cocoa instead of any dark chocolate.
    Do you see any problem with that?

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      Nate July 11, 2017 (7:39 pm)

      Hi Marion,

      That should work fine. Feel free to send me a pic of your creation if you get a chance 🙂


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      Wayne January 2, 2019 (5:23 pm)

      What type of cream do you use for the Chocolate Ice Cream? The other recipes say Thickened Cream where this one say cream.

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        Nate January 2, 2019 (6:04 pm)

        Hi Wayne, use thickened cream for this recipe too. Thanks for your message, I have updated the recipe too. Kind Regards, Nate.

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    Bao Ngo February 1, 2018 (8:12 am)

    Hi Nate! Keep up the great work on your Ice Cream site! and thanks for visiting Triple Scoop Desserts.

    • comment-avatar
      Nate February 1, 2018 (8:29 am)

      Thanks Bao, you too 🙂

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    Maureen Cosgrave May 19, 2018 (6:11 pm)

    I love ice cream, had a recipe for a New Zealand made ice cream and it was delicious sooo creamy too, and didn’t have to use ice cream maker, just as well as I haven’t one, anybody know of a recipe they would share that doesn’t require ice cream maker, thank you.

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      Nate May 21, 2018 (6:32 pm)

      Hi Maureen

      You can still use this recipe. However, instead of using an ice cream maker, you simply add the ice cream mixture to a container and freeze. As often as you can, remove the ice cream, give it a quick whisk, then return to the freezer. If you can whisk it a few times (every half hour) before letting it fully freeze it’ll taste great.


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    Pryscilla July 29, 2018 (3:41 am)

    I am trying to develop an ice cream with olive oil (10% in the recipe), but everything that I did was terrible… and I am using LBG (stabilizer). Do you believe that it is possible to replace the cream fat to olive oil, in this case in the same proportion? What could I do? Thank you!!!

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      Nate July 29, 2018 (2:57 pm)

      Hi, I think you’d need too much olive oil to replace the fat in the cream and the taste would be unpleasant. Best to stick with dairy and add a smaller amount of oil. Good luck!

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    Courtney January 31, 2019 (6:46 pm)

    Hi Nate, I’m looking for a recipe for Nutella ice cream that can be made in the Breville ice cream maker, but I haven’t found one that would work. Could I use this recipe, but substitute some of the chocolate for Nutella or what would you recommend? Thanks😊

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      Nate January 31, 2019 (7:03 pm)

      Hi Courtney,

      You certainly could! Also, there is a Nutella ice cream recipe you could use here: It’s a no-churn recipe though so probably not what you’re after. I think I’d better make a recipe for an ice cream maker – there goes the New Years resolution haha.


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    Ella April 13, 2019 (11:34 am)

    Hey Nate!
    Going to start making ice cream but i have one of the older Breville ice cream makers, would it still work the same way the newer one would?

    • comment-avatar
      Nate April 13, 2019 (3:18 pm)

      Hi Ella,

      I still have an old ice cream maker that makes ice cream as good as the new ones. So you definitely can get started! If you need any help or have any questions feel free to shoot me a message here or on the socials.

      Good luck 🙂

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