Thursday, July 19, 2012

Homemade Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Homemade ice cream is a BIG treat in this house.  We rarely make it because let’s face it….1) it’s pretty expensive to make by the time you buy all those dairy products,  2) The fat content is artery clogging high and 3) It is a dessert that lasts about a nanosecond around here with all these growing boys.

But, that doesn’t stop us from indulging from time to time.

For the 4th of July we broke out the Ice cream making machine.  Momma splurged and bought all the necessities for some scrumptious, creamy, yumilicious ice cream.


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Recipe:  Makes 4 quarts

3 cups 2% milk

2  3/4 cups  sugar

1 teaspoon  salt

4 cups half and half

1  1/2 teaspoons vanilla

4 cups whipping cream

12 oz  mini chocolate chips

(for mint chocolate chip ice cream add 1 1/2- 2 teaspoons of peppermint extract)


Scald milk until bubbles form around the edge of pan.  Remove from heat.  Add sugar and salt. Stir until dissolved.  Stir in half and half, vanilla, and whipping cream.  Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.  Freeze in an ice cream maker or check out David Lebovitz’s post on making ice cream using your freezer.

I reduced the fat content somewhat in this recipe, but it is still not a low fat recipe, but you can reduce the fat even more. Use 1% milk instead of whole or 2% milk.  Replace the half and half with whole milk and the whipping cream with evaporated skim milk.  This will change the texture slightly since it takes out a bunch of the fat. The fat makes is super rich and creamy and if I’m going to splurge I’m going to go for all that creamy goodness.


  1. Mmmm! Looks so good! We used full fat everything for Lucas' birthday ice cream and it was over the top for me. Next time I think I will follow some of your suggestions...the kids loved it though.

  2. Yumalicious is right!! I go *all out* when it comes to ice cream...and, at this very moment, I have homemade chocolate ice cream base half!!

    Hope you are having a terrific summer!

    Love to you!

  3. Ice Cold Yummy Goodness...

    that, right there! ;)

  4. PS: and I forgot to add that I grew up having Corelle dishes like that in our home. fun memory.

  5. Marisa, I know what you mean. I have done full fat before and it leaves a film in your mouth. Kinda gross. So I always cut back on the whipping cream. The original recipe called for 6 cups of whipping cream and 2 1/2 cups half and half and 2 1/2 cups whole milk. I think I might even reduce the half and half a bit next time and use more milk. But, it was SUPER good just the way it was!

  6. It's been too long since we made ice cream, thanks to you it's on my list! ;)

  7. Oh my goodness. I NEED an ice cream maker now!! :) Delicious!

  8. your kids will never forget that creamy, sweet

  9. Jenn: please help me get the word out. I am trying to wrap the Aurora first responders and survivors in a quilt. If you can't quilt, I am accepting donations for postage to help those that quilt but can't afford to mail:

  10. Yummy! I love homemade ice cream. Thanks for sharing the mint option too. Mint choc. chip is my favorite!


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