Chocolate Ice Cream ~ What’s your style?

National Chocolate Ice Cream Day

Ice Cream Cones

Having a National Chocolate Ice Cream Day is good news for chocolate ice cream lovers {like me} because it gives us a day that we can actually feel good about indulging ourselves in this frozen confectionary.   After all, we’re celebrating a National day.  And since this particular occasion only comes once a year it’s deserving of an especially delicious, perfect in every way recipe.

Or two.  One for dark chocolate lovers.  One for light chocolate lovers.

First up is this Rich Chocolate Ice Cream – Custard Based recipe that I saw a few weeks ago at Chocolate, Chocolate, and More.  When I saw Joan’s pictures I thought… hmm… National Chocolate Ice Cream Day is coming up… these pictures make this ice cream look mighty delicious… and Joan’s descriptive words such as decadent, rich, creamy, and silky convinced me that this is the chocolate ice cream to make.  So, here is my testimonial: it’s decadent, rich, creamy, and silky.  And it has that dark chocolate slightly bitter taste that I love when I’m in the mood for it.

But I’m not always in the mood for a dark decadent chocolate so second up is this Light Chocolate Ice Cream recipe, found here.  It’s a light, mild chocolate ice cream that kind of reminds me of chocolate milk bought in the gallon container at the grocery store.  You know, the kind that’s pre-mixed and creamy and simply delicious?

So take your pick.  Maybe you don’t need an excuse to make and eat chocolate ice cream.  But if you do, June 7th is tomorrow.  Probably the only ingredients you don’t have in your house right now are the heavy cream and half and half.  So run to the store right now and then get your ice cream mixed up and refrigerated so it’ll be ready to churn tomorrow.  And then you can celebrate National Chocolate Ice Cream Day with the people you love most.

And if you’re reading this after Chocolate Ice Cream Day has come and gone, make some anyway.  It’s yummy anytime.

Rich Chocolate Ice Cream ~ Custard Based


2 cups heavy cream
1 cup milk
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
4 large egg yolks
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


1.  In a medium saucepan over medium heat combine cream, milk, and cocoa, whisking to combine.  Bring to a simmer.  Remove from heat and stir in the chocolate chips until completely melted.  Set aside.
2. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together egg yolks and sugar until pale yellow in color and thickened {about 2-3 minutes}.  Add 1/2 cup of the milk mixture to the egg/sugar mixture while continuing to whisk {so the egg don’t cook}.  Repeat 2 more times adding 1/2 cup of the milk mixture to the egg mixture.
3. Stir the egg mixture back into the saucepan with the remaining milk mixture.  Place the pan back on the stove and over medium-low heat bring it back to a simmer.  Continue to stir until the mixture thickens slightly and coats a spoon {about 5-7 minutes}.
4. Remove from heat and pour through a mesh strainer into a medium sized bowl to remove any lumps that may have formed.  Stir in vanilla and place the bowl in an ice bath to cool to room temperature.
5. Completely chill the mixture in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours {overnight is best}.
6. Freeze in an ice cream machine according to the manufacturer’s directions. Dark Chocolate Ice Cream

Light Chocolate Ice Cream


1/2 cup cocoa powder
3 cups half and half
1 cup heavy cream
8 large egg yolks
1-1/4 cups granulated sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract


1. Place the cocoa powder and 1 cup of the half and half into a medium saucepan over medium heat and whisk to combine.
2. Add the remaining half and half and the heavy cream.  Bring the mixture just to a simmer, stirring occasionally, and remove from the heat.
3. In a medium mixing bowl whisk the egg yolks until they lighten in color.  Gradually add the sugar and whisk to combine.
4. Temper the cream mixture into the eggs and sugar by gradually adding small amounts, until about 1/3 of the cream mixture has been added.  Pour in the remainder and then return the entire mixture to the saucepan and place over low heat.
5. Continue to cook, stirring frequently, until the mixture thickens slightly and coats the back of a spoon and reaches 170-175 degrees.
6. Pour through a mesh strainer into a medium sized bowl and allow to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.
7. Stir in the vanilla extract.
8. Place the mixture into the refrigerator and once it is cool enough not to form condensation on the lid, cover and store for 4 to 8 hours {overnight is best}.
9. Pour into an ice cream machine and process according to the manufacturer’s directions {approximately 20-25 minutes}.
10. Serve as is for soft serve or freeze for another 3 to 4 hours to allow the ice cream to harden. Light Chocolate Ice Cream


Make ice cream sandwiches by putting a small scoop of ice cream between two cookies.
They’re delicious made with Oatmeal Cookies {Fully Loaded}.  {Click here} for the recipe.

Ice Cream Sandwiches

If you’re going to serve your ice cream in sugar cones or waffle cones here’s a fun idea to make them extra cute and special:

Take some scrapbook paper {the possibilities are endless} and make some paper sleeves for the cones.  For a sugar cone template {click here} ~ I needed to make them about 1/2 inch wider to get them to fit around the cone ~ and then tape closed with clear tape.  For a waffle cone use the idea of the template to make a larger one to fit the cone. Ice Cream Cone Sleeves

Enjoy your chocolate ice cream and National Chocolate Ice Cream Day!

These recipes were featured on:
A Pinch of Joy
Miz Helen’s Country Cottage
Home to 4 Kiddos
The 2 Women
One Sharendipity Place


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36 Responses to Chocolate Ice Cream ~ What’s your style?

  1. Lindsey June 6, 2013 at 9:45 am #

    What?! There is a national ICE CREAM day?! That is so amazing!!!

    Thanks for the recipes that do not involve an ice cream maker! I have only made ice cream once (mint chocolate chip) and it came out with a weird texture. Guess I should have strained it like you suggested. I guess I better try again soon!

    • Lori June 6, 2013 at 8:52 pm #

      Hi there Lindsay. I’m sorry to have to point out to you that these recipes do, in fact, need to be churned somehow. Either an electric ice cream machine or an old fashioned crank style will do, but it is necessary. Sorry. 🙁 But I hope you’ll find a way to make some. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by. I’m in the process, at present, of making the sweet potato doggie treats from your blog. 🙂

  2. Maureen June 6, 2013 at 10:54 am #

    National Chocolate Ice Cream Day!! Sign me up! Love the cone wrappers. I will have to give those a try!

    • Lori June 6, 2013 at 8:55 pm #

      Maureen, I’m sure you can celebrate “our” national day even though you are Canadian! 🙂 Those cone wrappers are super cute aren’t they? I’ve made them before but this particular paper is perfect for them, and much cuter than what I’ve made in the past.

  3. Kim June 6, 2013 at 2:22 pm #

    Lori, wow! What a cute post. Love the ice-cream sandwiches and i LOVE the cones! I’m going to share it on my blog tomorrow. 🙂 Blessings to you!

    • Lori June 6, 2013 at 8:57 pm #

      Blessings back to you, Kim. Thanks for your cheery comments and the share on your blog tomorrow. They made my day!!! 🙂

  4. Heather Walter June 6, 2013 at 9:11 pm #

    Oh yum, yum and TRIPLE YUM! Thank you for this!

    • Lori June 7, 2013 at 1:19 am #

      You’re welcome, Heather. And I agree ~ triple yum! Have a great day.

  5. Foodie in WV June 7, 2013 at 5:43 am #

    I love ice cream! I am a huge fan of dark chocolate, milk chocolate just doesn’t work the same for me. Your photos look yummy 🙂

    • Lori June 8, 2013 at 10:27 am #

      Thanks for your lovely comments. If you love dark chocolate you will love this recipe… give it a try and then let me know how you like it.

  6. Mary June 7, 2013 at 6:24 am #

    Oh Lori! This looks wonderful. I’ve never tried to make ice team but this may have to be a first. The hubby will love it! Thanks for sharing and I love your colorful cone holders. How cute!!

    • Lori June 7, 2013 at 10:09 am #

      Thanks, Mary. I think the cone sleeves are cute, too. It’s a really cute paper that I use for quite a few things actually. Yea… make this for your hubby today or this weekend and celebrate Chocolate Ice Cream day. Have fun!!!

  7. Lengel June 7, 2013 at 7:49 am #

    Another yummy post Lori! I love homemade ice cream!

    • Lori June 8, 2013 at 10:28 am #

      Hey there Lengel. Make some of this ice cream and then make it into a milkshake so you can drink it while your jaw is wired closed! How are you feeling, by the way? I miss talking to you.

  8. Leilani June 7, 2013 at 8:49 am #

    Beautiful! Love the cone papers. We always make homemade vanilla but never chocolate…even though Momma LOVES chocolate. WIll have to surprise her with this. Is your machine the one that needs constant salt and ice? Or one you simply plug in and leave. I have the former and I wonder if that makes it not as smooth.

    • Lori June 7, 2013 at 9:42 am #

      Thanks, Leilani. You definitely should show your Momma extra love by making her some chocolate ice cream. We have a kitchen counter-top ice cream machine but we used to have an old one that used salt and ice and made ice cream all the time with good results. If that’s what you have, give it a try. I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. Let me know.

  9. Jeni June 7, 2013 at 1:11 pm #

    I like chocolate ice cream any way!!

    • Lori June 8, 2013 at 10:18 am #

      If you love chocolate ice cream you’ll love these recipes. Let me know if you make them.

  10. Nicole June 8, 2013 at 10:38 am #

    Oh yum, these look so good! I think I’ll have to be more intentional about celebrating National Ice Cream Day. 🙂 Thanks for linking up with our Home Improvement Party! I’ll be sharing this link on my FB page over the weekend!

    • Lori June 8, 2013 at 2:35 pm #

      Thanks Nicole. And thank you for hosting your link party.

  11. Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet June 8, 2013 at 2:23 pm #

    This looks delicious!!

  12. Ann Harrison June 9, 2013 at 6:29 pm #

    I must add this to my list of “Necessary Things To Have In Life”.

    Oh boy!

    Thanks for finding me through the FB Frenzy. :->

    • Lori June 11, 2013 at 3:57 pm #

      Yea. I’m glad we found each other. I’m loving your blog and your blog name ~ cute and clever.

  13. Miz Helen June 11, 2013 at 8:45 am #

    Hope you are having a great week and thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  14. Michelle June 11, 2013 at 12:22 pm #

    That ice cream looks heavenly and I love the scrapbook paper wrappers! Very fun idea and yours look great!! Thanks for linking!

    • Lori June 11, 2013 at 3:51 pm #

      You are so welcome, Michelle. I must say, I’m loving Shareatopia.

  15. sue@thet2women June 11, 2013 at 6:34 pm #

    Just wanted you to know that we loved this post and are going to be featuring it this weekend at ONE Sharendipity PL.
    Have a great week!

    • Lori June 13, 2013 at 2:02 am #

      Thank you, Sue. I’m thrilled.

  16. Diane Balch June 12, 2013 at 12:08 pm #

    Everyday is chocolate day as far as I’m concerned, but if I ate your gorgeous ice cream everyday I wouldn’t be able to get out of my door. thank you so much for sharing it with us on foodie friday.

    • Lori June 13, 2013 at 2:02 am #

      Haha. Neither would I. It’s funny because when we make ice cream we eat a little bit for a couple of days and then never seem to finish it and end up throwing it away. Wasteful, I know. But we don’t want/need the calories. Thanks for hosting your link party.

  17. Lisa June 16, 2013 at 10:25 pm #

    This looks so good and refreshing! Thanks for linking up with “Try a New Recipe Tuesday!” I am featuring this recipe this week! Congratulations! 🙂 Be sure to stop by and grab an “I’ve been featured” button from my sidebar. The post should go live around 11pm Eastern on Monday. I hope you will be able to link up again this week. 🙂

    • Lori June 19, 2013 at 4:37 pm #

      Thank you so much, Lisa, for the feature.

  18. Miz Helen June 17, 2013 at 9:50 am #

    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you have a fabulous week and enjoy your new Red Plate.
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

    • Lori June 19, 2013 at 4:36 pm #

      Oh wow! Thank you for the feature. I hope you have a great day, too.


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