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Chocolate Ice Cream

chocolate ice cream recipeNormally I do not go for chocolate ice cream. Definitely a vanilla base kind of girl. But we were having a party. And I had a brand new ice cream maker that was calling to me. “Bree, my bowl is frozen again, don’t you want to make something else?” Why yes, yes I do. Not only do I want to make something new, but so do my children. They are way into the ice cream making. They think that it is magic. You mix some stuff together, pour it into a really cool machine and 30 minutes later they have ice cream. I love this ice cream. It is not super chocolaty, not super sweet, just perfect.

chocolate ice cream recipe

Do you ever tend to run out of the same thing over and over again to the point that every time you go to use it you forget that you are out of it? That is the way that I am about cocoa powder. Now, I don’t pull one off of the shelf, I pull two when at the grocery store. If it is on sale I get three. In this case it was three. In this case, I should have read to package carefully. But I didn’t. I thought that I was buying cocoa powder but I was buying ground sweet chocolate. Delicious? Yes. Good for baking? No. I could not figure out why my chocolate cakes were sinking in the middle. Oh yeah, the ground chocolate was melting. But this delicious ground chocolate is perfect for ice cream making. Now I finally have a use for all of my hoarded ground chocolate.

chocolate ice cream recipe1 cup cocoa powder (I use Ghirardelli Sweet Ground Chocolate)
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cups whole milk
3 1/4 cups heavy cream
1 Tablespoon vanilla

chocolate ice cream recipeI put the dry ingredients in a bowl.

chocolate ice cream recipeThen I measured out the milk. And then I decided that I was lazy. I put it in the mixer. Or rather, Ava did. If you are not lazy like me, then whisk it by hand until it is combined.

chocolate ice cream recipeI let her add the cream. Clay was there for quality control.

chocolate ice cream recipePour the mixture into your ice cream maker and mix according to the directions for your machine.

chocolate ice cream recipe no eggsAfter 30 minutes it is ready to be put into a container to finishing freezing in the freezer. Or you could eat it like this. My husband did. He said that it was like the best milkshake he has ever had in his 33 years.

eggless chocolate ice cream recipePut the ice cream into another container and let freeze in the freezer for about 2 hours.

eggless chocolate ice cream recipeScoop and enjoy.

chocolate ice cream recipes

Chocolate Ice Cream


  • 1 cup cocoa powder (I use Ghirardelli Sweet Ground Chocolate)
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 3 1/4 cups heavy cream
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla


  1. I put the dry ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Add the milk and cream and mix until combined.
  3. Pour the mixture into your ice cream maker and mix according to the directions for your machine.
  4. After 30 minutes it is ready to be put into a container to finishing freezing in the freezer.

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  1. Sara Hart

    May 6th, 2010 at 8:46 am

    I found your blog via foodgawker and now I am as addicted to it as I am Pioneer Woman. Your photos are gorgeous! I have a couple blogs and a new Nikon, but my photos are still leaving something to be desired. A few days ago I read that you are in Sacramento…me, too! In fact, I see Brenda Bisharat has commented on some of your posts and she has taken pictures of my girls. Small world!
    Anyway, my Mother’s day gift to myself was an ice cream maker and we made your cookies and cream ice cream last night. Delicious! Will definitely be trying this one over the weekend, or today when my bowl refreezes.
    I can’t wait to make the Roquamole and will be making the Turkey Pesto Meatballs next week for a new mommy and her family.
    Thanks for all the recipes and beautiful photos!

  2. bakedbree

    May 7th, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    that is about the sweetest thing that anyone has said about my blog. Thank you. What a small world!!! Brenda is one of my best friends here. She literally lives around the corner from me as well. Love her. If you need any camera help, let me know and maybe I can help you.

  3. Deanna

    May 6th, 2010 at 9:31 am

    I’ve always been a chocolate ice cream girl, but lately I’ve been eating a lot of vanilla. Maybe it’s time to go back to my roots.

    And those are some beautiful children you’ve got.

  4. Memoria

    May 6th, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    I love making chocolate ice cream. It looks so luscious. You should double or triple chocolate ice cream (cocoa powder + melted chocolate + chocolate chips/chunks)! Since you’re a vanilla person, I guess you wouldn’t be too excited about that, though. Anyway, I love love love your process photos, and your kids are too cute for words.

  5. bakedbree

    May 7th, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    no, I am pretty excited about that actually. I am thinking a milk chocolate ice cream with mini chips. I love crunchy ice cream. Aww, you are so sweet. They are pretty cute, but I think that I have a bias.

  6. A Bowl Of Mush

    May 6th, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    Such a gorgeous looking chocolate ice cream! Yum!

    Looks like the kids had fun 🙂

  7. bakedbree

    May 7th, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    thanks. We did have fun. They are amazed that something liquid goes into the machine and ice cream comes out. Never ceases to amaze them.

  8. Carla

    May 6th, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    This is exactly the recipe I’ve been looking for — cocoa powder instead of chocolate solids. Your kids are adorable helping you. Mine also have to be in on the ice cream action. =)

  9. bakedbree

    May 7th, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    It is really good. Next time, I might try to melt chocolate and make a really rich base, but this was so yum. Easy and perfect for the kids to help out with.

  10. bakedbree

    May 7th, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    I also think that the brownn sugar vs white sugar adds just a touch of depth also. Rich without being overpowering.

  11. Anya

    May 7th, 2010 at 11:52 am

    Delicious! Can you recommend the type of ice-cream maker, please?

  12. bakedbree

    May 7th, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    I wrote about it here: https://bakedbree.wpengine.com/2010/04/cookies-and-cream-ice-cream/

  13. LaurieK

    May 7th, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    I just LOVE visiting your blog! The images are divine and I can’t wait to try your ice cream recipe. You are SO talented in SO many ways!

  14. bakedbree

    May 7th, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    I love visiting YOUR blog. Your work is really beautiful. I love studio work when done well and you do it really well.

  15. Amy Kalinchuk

    May 12th, 2010 at 8:20 am

    Nom. You know another great use for that ground chocolate? As a not-too-sweetener for coffee. Can you say mocha? I can.

  16. Joan

    June 24th, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    The ice cream is churning as I type this. It is DELICIOUS!!!!!

  17. bakedbree

    June 25th, 2010 at 8:52 am

    so glad!

  18. Amber @ seasontheday.blogspot.com

    July 28th, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    Hello! I just wanted to thank you for posting this tasty recipe. I tried it out last night and of course LOVED it! All your pictures look incredible, and it did taste as good as it looked! I enjoy seeing you have your kids “help” you in the kitchen, I do the same, they just love to help, you are a good mom! I mentioned your site in my recent post: https://seasontheday.blogspot.com/2011/03/homemade-chocolate-ice-cream.html Thanks again for the idea!

  19. bakedbree

    July 29th, 2011 at 11:07 am

    You are welcome. I love cooking with my kids.

  20. lisa

    February 2nd, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    can you use agave nectar in place of the brown sugar, if so, how much?

  21. bakedbree

    February 9th, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    Yes, but I really have no idea how much. Agave nectar is a lot more potent than sugar. You will have to play with the proportions.

  22. LILLIAN (My Recipe Journey)

    June 10th, 2012 at 8:55 am

    I would love to make this today! Is that a typo or do you really use 1 Tablespoon of vanilla extract?

  23. bakedbree

    June 12th, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    Nope, not a typo.

  24. Robin

    July 12th, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Just wondering what proportion of sugar you would suggest using with unsweetened cocoa powder? I can only get Ghirardelli when my inlaws visit (or when we visit them) as it’s not available in my area, so all I have to work with is Fry’s unsweetened cocoa powder. Thanks for the recipe!

  25. bakedbree

    July 12th, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    I’d say about a third, but add it slowly and taste as you go.

  26. Robin

    July 14th, 2012 at 11:24 am

    I ended up using the same amount of cocoa powder as listed in the recipe, but used a full cup of sugar instead of 3/4. I think it came out fine — not too sweet.

  27. bakedbree

    July 15th, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    Awesome! Thanks for letting us know.

  28. Allison M

    July 26th, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    I made this tonight and have to say it’s some of the best chocolate ice cream that I’ve eaten. I used regular Hershey’s cocoa and it turned out just fine. Thanks so much for a great easy recipe!

  29. bakedbree

    August 6th, 2012 at 11:10 am

    Thank you Allison! Glad that you liked it. It is also a great base recipe. You can make a million different variations.

  30. Ms Slim

    December 28th, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Thanks for the recipe. I made it last night and can’t wait to try it. I eat chocolate ice cream every night and just got the ice cream maker for my birthday! I liked the fact that your recipe didn’t use raw eggs. I’ve been using chocolate syrup at the end and later it within along with brownies all cut up. Yum!

  31. bakedbree

    December 29th, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    I love making ice cream, have fun with your new toy.

  32. Erin Watkins

    January 10th, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    I received a Cuisinart Ice Cream bowl attachment for Christmas! We have made one recipe so far: cookies & cream. The recipe seemed to take quite a while: mixing eggs/sugar/milk/cream then letting it chill in the fridge for 8 hours…then putting it in the bowl. I’m happy to see that your recipe is just a “mix and pour” kind of recipe. I am listening to the churning of my machine right now! I have shared your website with one of my other “foodie” friends! I just recently started as a stylist with Homecoming Trunk Shows…check out my website: http://www.erinwatkins.shophts.com It isn’t a food website, but, hey….us girls need to look fabulous – even while cooking in the kitchen! Best wishes with your blog and website! I added about 4 tablespoons of Jif peanut butter at the end of the churning cycle: oh my!!! Y.U.M.

  33. bakedbree

    January 14th, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    I do find that it freezes better when it is well chilled. Have fun with your new toy!

  34. Suzanne

    June 14th, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    I found your website by yahoo and was wondering if your chocolate ice cream comes out thick? The one that Cuisinart gives comes out thick.

  35. bakedbree

    June 16th, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    I don”t really know what you mean by this? It comes out like soft serve, then needs to be frozen solid.

  36. Memorie Jones

    July 3rd, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    Hey Bree! I was wondering if you can make this in an ice cream freezer and let the freezer run, until it stops? Do you know if that would work? I wanted to try to make it without having to put it in the freezer for an extra two hours. Thanks!

  37. bakedbree

    July 5th, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    I am not really sure. I know that you will not get the same texture, it will be more like soft serve. Ice cream makers, even commercial ones only get it started and the rest of the work happens in the freezer.

  38. Sarah

    July 13th, 2015 at 11:37 pm

    I am loving the sound of this recipe! Yummm! But I have a silly question: my machine calls for all the ingredients to be added and then the milk is added to the full line on the canister. I’m not sure if that makes sense but would I still do that for this recipe? It ends up being quite a bit of milk…

  39. bakedbree

    July 15th, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    I really have no idea? I’m sorry I can’t be more helpful.

  40. joanne tucker

    September 15th, 2015 at 7:17 am

    Just saw this recipe and I must admit that I have to try it, it looks so easy to make and I like the idea that I don’t have to cook it first. This will be my first time making the chocolate ice-cream, thanks for the recipe

  41. bakedbree

    September 15th, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    You are welcome!

  42. Cristi

    August 13th, 2016 at 10:53 am

    Could I 2% milk instead?

  43. bakedbree

    August 21st, 2016 at 10:47 pm

    It won’t have the same texture or creaminess.

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