Creamy and cool, mint chocolate chip ice cream is easily my favorite ice cream flavors. It’s easy to make it at home and always tastes better when it’s from scratch. Feel free to omit the green food coloring, I’m a little partial to the minty color.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Perhaps posting an ice cream recipe in March is a bit much. But it’s green and we all need a little green on St. Patrick’s Day amiright?! Although spring is right around the corner (hopefully) I’m not-so-secretly hoping that by me posting this mint chocolate chip ice cream recipe, warm weather will emerge and go from the mid-twenties to something warm enough that I can actually sit outside and enjoy a cone.
It’s always this time of year that I start to get fed up with winter and long for green leaves on trees, grass that needs to be cut, windows open and patio furniture out from storage and on my deck. And boy am I longing. I don’t even care if I have to wear a light sweater, just no more snow please. Or wind. Or power outages.
SO with all that in mind, I thought I would whip up a batch of my most favorite ice cream flavor in all the land, mint chocolate chip.
Cool creamy mint flavored ice cream thats studded with tiny pieces of chocolate that give the ice cream a little texture and complete my world with the mint-chocolate combo.
Did you know that making your own mint chocolate chip ice cream is SO easy. It is! You just need sugar, sea salt, heavy whipping cream, half & half, vanilla extract, peppermint extract, chocolate chips or chunks.
Start by adding a cup of sugar to a large, 8-cup liquid measuring cup or a bowl (with a pour spout!). Then pour in the 2 cups of heavy cream and 2 cups of half & half. If there isn’t half & half where you are, then you can use an additional cup heavy cream and 1 cup whole milk in replacement.
Whisk until the sugar has been completely dissolved.
Then add in a teaspoon of both the vanilla and peppermint extract. I used this organic peppermint extract (affiliate) and love it! Then squeeze in 6 drops of green food coloring. You can totally omit this if food coloring isn’t your thing. I rarely use it for anything other than dying eggs, but I like the minty green color in contrast to the dark chips of chocolate.
Whisk until combined, then cover and refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours or until thoroughly chilled.
Following the manufacturers instructions, pour the ice cream base into the ice cream maker and churn until thick. If you have a Kitchen Aid mixer, I have the ice cream attachment/bowl (affiliate) and it gets the job done. For me it takes about 20 to 25 minutes for the ice cream base to get thick.
Fold in 1 heaping cup of small chunks of chocolate or mini chocolate chips. Add more or less as desired. I could only find large chocolate chunks, so I chopped mine up so they were smaller.
Pour the ice cream into a freezer safe vessel and place it into your freezer for 4 to 6 hours or overnight. In my opinion, overnight is best.
Now we let the waiting game begin…
Do you even know how bad I wanted to plop down on the couch and rewatch Big Little Lies (<—obsessed) with this in my lap??? So bad.
I’m totally in love with that show (and this ice cream) and the Big Little Lies playlist on Spotify is on repeat lately.
Mint chocolate chip ice cream: the most beloved and coveted ice cream in my world.
What’s your favorite ice cream? I wanna know… who knows, maybe I’ll make it for you/us.
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Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
Mint chocolate ice cream is my favorite ice cream flavor. Cool, creamy mint flavored ice cream studded with tiny pieces of mint chocolate made from scratch!
Yield: 6-8 depending
Prep Time: 10 minutes plus 2 hours to chill the base
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 6 hours or overnight
1 cup granulated sugar
1 generous pinch fine sea salt
2 cups heavy whipping cream
2 cups half & half (or substitute with a cup of both whole milk and heavy cream)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
6 drops green food coloring (optional)
3/4 cup small chocolate chunks or mini chocolate chips
Add the sugar, sea salt, heavy cream and the half and half into a large (8-cup) liquid measuring cup. Whisk until the sugar dissolves completely.
Next add in the vanilla, mint extract and 6 drops of the green food coloring, whisk to combine.
Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or until thoroughly chilled.
Following the manufacturers instructions, pour the ice cream base into the ice cream maker and churn until thick.
Use a spatula to fold in the chocolate pieces and then pour the base into a freezer safe container and freeze for 4 hours to overnight. Overnight is best.
Scoop and serve!
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