Homemade Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Recipe

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Cool mint chocolate chip ice cream hits the spot on a hot summer's day. While making ice cream at home may seem daunting, the process is very simple. This egg-free recipe omits the need to temper eggs so that all you have to do is blend together the ingredients. The beauty of this recipe is that it's very quick and easy to prepare, plus you can make it as green as you'd like or simply leave it natural. In addition, you don't need to own an ice cream maker in order to make this tasty treat. Simply prepare the ice cream base, pour it into a freezer-safe container, and freeze. The ice cream will still turn out soft and tender, although it won't be quite as airy. Either way, this fool-proof recipe is sure to please the whole family.

How to make mint chocolate chip ice cream
How to make mint chocolate chip ice cream (Image: Julia Mueller)

Things You'll Need

  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 pint (2 cups) whipping cream
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons peppermint extract

  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 2 to 5 drops green food coloring, optional

Tip

  • For a light green mint chocolate chip ice cream, use 2 drops of green food coloring. For a more vibrant green, use 4 to 5 drops.

Step 1: Freeze Your Ice Cream Bowl

Place your ice cream bowl in the freezer overnight, or follow the instructions on your ice cream maker.

Step 2: Make the Ice Cream Base

Pour all of the ingredients for the mint chocolate chip ice cream (except for the chocolate chips) into a high-powered blender.

Gather your ingredients
Gather your ingredients (Image: Julia Mueller)

Blend until completely smooth. Refrigerate the ice cream base until ready to use.

Blend ingredients for ice cream base in a blender
Blend ingredients for ice cream base in a blender (Image: Julia Mueller)

Step 3: Make the Ice Cream

Remove the frozen bowl for your ice cream maker from the freezer and set it up in your ice cream maker. Pour the ice cream base into your ice cream maker and turn it on.

Note: If you don't have an ice cream maker, simply pour the ice cream base into a freezer-safe container and freeze for 5 hours, or until ice cream is completely frozen, stirring in the chocolate chips after it has sat in the freezer for about 1 hour.

Tip

  • To ensure the chocolate chips don't sink to the bottom of the ice cream maker, hold off on adding them until the ice cream becomes thicker.

Transfer base to ice cream maker
Transfer base to ice cream maker (Image: Julia Mueller)

Once the ice cream thickens (after about 10 minutes), pour in the chocolate chips and continue churning until the ice cream is very thick and the ice cream maker begins slowing down, about another 30 minutes.

Add the chocolate chips to the ice cream
Add the chocolate chips to the ice cream (Image: Julia Mueller)

Step 4: Freeze the Ice Cream

Once the ice cream is thick, it can be served immediately for a soft serve-like consistency. For fully frozen ice cream, transfer the ice cream to a freezer-safe container, cover it in plastic, and freeze until it has completely set up, about 3 hours.

Freeze the finished ice cream
Freeze the finished ice cream (Image: Julia Mueller)

Step 5: Thaw and Serve

When the ice cream is completely frozen and you're ready to serve it, remove the container from the freezer and allow it to thaw 2 to 4 minutes. Scoop ice cream into bowls and serve!

Thaw the ice cream and scoop
Thaw the ice cream and scoop (Image: Julia Mueller)
Scoop and serve!
Scoop and serve! (Image: Julia Mueller)

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