Easy to Make Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Recipe

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If you only make one homemade ice cream recipe, this should be the one. Sure, there are a few steps involved, but it's easy. It's also a total home run. Unlike other flavors, that can be a bit divisive, this is one that will have a loyal following from all the ice cream lovers. The rich vanilla base, with the swirls of chipped chocolate, make for a dessert that you just can't stop eating. It also makes for the absolute best ice cream sandwiches. You should probably make a double batch.

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Things You'll Need

  • 1 cup whole milk

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¾ cup sugar

  • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise

  • 2 cups heavy cream

  • 4 large egg yolks

  • 1 teaspoon real vanilla extract

  • 5 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips

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Step 1: Combine the Milk and Vanilla

Add the milk, salt, and sugar to a sauce pan. Cut the vanilla bean down the center, lengthwise, scrape out the center and add the pod and scrapings to the pot.

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Step 2: Steep

Heat over medium high heat until it bubbles around the edges. Remove from heat and allow to infuse at room temperate for one hour.

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Step 3: Combine the Yolks and Milk

Rewarm the milk over medium heat. Whisk the egg yolks in a large bowl and slowly whisk the cream into the yolks.

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Step 4: Thicken

Return to heat, stirring constantly, until the custard has thickened, about 5 minutes.

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Step 5: Strain and Store

Add the cold cream and vanilla to a storage container. Strain the custard into the cream, stir until well combined. Place in the fridge until chilled, about 3 hours and up to overnight.

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Step 6: Churn

Churn in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's specifications.

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Step 7: Melt the Chocolate

Melt the chocolate in the top of a double boiler over gently simmering water.

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Step 8: Drizzle

Add a small layer of ice cream to a storage container. Drizzle with melted chocolate, and then stir to break up. Add a small amount more ice cream, drizzle and stir. Repeat until all the ice cream and chocolate has been used.

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Step 9: Cover and Freeze

Cover and add to the freezer until the ice cream is solid, about 3 hours. This ice cream will keep for up to a week in the freezer.

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Image Credit: Jackie Dodd
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