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Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream

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Do you love chocolate ice cream like me? Homemade chocolate ice cream is super yummy! And it is incredibly easy to make using just a few ingredients. And this recipe doesn’t have any eggs in it. We also won’t be using an ice cream machine. Isn’t that cool?

I have a love affair with chocolate, I won’t hide it. Me and chocolate go together like peanut butter and jelly, no wait, peanut butter, and chocolate! Ice cream is one of my favorite treats to eat so naturally I would love chocolate ice cream. There are a variety of recipes out there for homemade chocolate ice cream, this is just a simple one that can be made pretty quickly. It tastes amazing, so full of chocolate flavor, and it is made in a bag! Pretty awesome, if I do say so myself. If I can do it, you can do it, let’s get started!

Step 1: Gather the ingredients and the tools

In order to make homemade chocolate ice cream you need just a handful of ingredients and tools:

  • Heavy Whipping Cream – You need cream to make ice cream.
  • Whole Milk – Adding both cream and milk will help the ice cream be more smooth and light.
  • White granulated sugar – The sugar will be the main sweet element.
  • Chocolate chips – I generally use semi-sweet but you can use milk chocolate and dark chocolate.
  • Unsweetened Cocoa powder – For extra chocolate flavor, oh yeah, love me some chocolate flavor.
  • Vanilla extract – The vanilla will add flavor and enhance the other flavors.

Tools

  • Rock salt or ice cream salt
  • Ziplock bags – I generally use the gallon size.
  • Sieve or sifter
  • Towels
  • Large Bowl
  • Whisk
  • Container to store the homemade chocolate ice cream in.

Step 2: How to make homemade chocolate ice cream

Begin by combining the milk and the cream in a medium bowl. Use a whisk to mix them together. Next, heat up the milk and cream until it is really hot, but not boiling. I generally just put the bowl in the microwave for 1 minute to 1 minute and 30 seconds. Or heat it up in a pot on the stovetop.

Step 3: Add that yummy chocolate

Next, add in the chocolate chips, they will melt in the hot liquid. Also, add the sugar and cocoa powder. It is a good idea to use a sieve or sifter with the cocoa powder to get the lumps out.

Stir it a little bit and then let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes and allow it to melt the chocolate chips. The hot liquid will also “bloom” the cocoa powder bringing out the chocolate flavor even more.

Step 4: Whisk that chocolate ice cream base

Finished chocolate ice cream base in a glass bowl on top of a wooden table

Next, add in the vanilla extract and stir everything together really well until it is all combined. At this point, the sugar will have dissolved and the chocolate chips will have melted. You will be left with a nice smooth chocolate ice cream base. Let the ice cream base cool to room temp or place it in the fridge to cool for about 30 minutes. It is important that the ice cream base isn’t warm when we try to do the next step, otherwise, it will take much longer to harden up.

Step 5: No ice cream machine needed, time to double bag it.

Homemade ice cream machine with two ziplock bags and ice.

If you have an ice cream machine definitely use it. But, most people don’t have one so they can use the two bag method instead. Add the homemade chocolate ice cream base to a ziplock bag and get the extra air out of it before sealing it. Take another ziplock bag and add some ice to it. Then place the bag with the ice cream base in it. Add more ice. Next, add about a half-cup to a cup of rock salt or ice cream salt. The salt will make the ice really cold. When the ice melts the rock salt lowers the temp of the water, even more, making a perfect ice cream making condition.

And there you have it, a homemade ice cream machine. Wrap it in a towel then shake it until the base hardens up. It will take 5 to 10 minutes of shaking. This is an awesome way to burn some calories before eating that delicious ice cream.

Step 6: Chill the homemade chocolate ice cream

A piece of plastic wrap covering homemade chocolate ice cream in a Tupperware container.

Now, just leave the ice cream in a bag or transfer it to a freezer-safe container. If using a container, add a piece of plastic wrap on tap so it touches the top of the ice cream. This will make sure little ice crystals don’t form on the top. You can eat it at this stage, but it is more of soft-serve ice cream right now. Place it in the freezer for four to six hours or overnight before serving.

Step 6: Scoop it up!

Hand scooping homemade chocolate ice cream out of a plastic container.

Once the chocolate ice cream has hardened up, scoop some into a bowl and serve it! Wasn’t that easy? Enjoy.

How long will homemade chocolate ice cream last in the freezer?

Not very long because you will eat it so quickly. It will last about a week or up to 10 to 20 weeks depending on the temperature of the freezer. The warmer the freezer the sooner ice crystals will form on the ice cream. Eat it quickly or crank that freezer down to -5 F/-20 C.

Can I use this same ice cream base in my ice cream machine?

Yep, you certainly can!

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Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream

This homemade chocolate ice cream is so easy to make using very few ingredients. Also, we won't be using any eggs, and no ice cream machine needed.
Prep Time15 mins
Chilling time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate chips, cocoa powder, easy, smooth
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 301kcal
Author: Matt Taylor

Equipment

  • Rock salt (about 1 cup)
  • Zip Lock bags, I am using 1 Gallon size
  • Sieve
  • Towels
  • Large bowl
  • Whisk

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of heavy whipping cream 240mL
  • 1 cup of whole milk 250mL
  • 1/2 cup of white granulated sugar 115g
  • 1/4 cup of semi sweet chocolate chips 40g
  • 2 Tbsp. of unsweetened cocoa powder 30g
  • 1 tsp. of vanilla extract 5mL

Instructions

  • Combine the milk and cream together in a medium bowl. Heat it in the microwave for 1 to 1.5 minutes, until very hot. Or pour it into a pot and use the stovetop.
  • Add the chocolate chips, sugar, and use a sifter or sieve to add the cocoa powder. Gently mix the ingredients and then just let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes. This will allow the sugar to dissolve and the chocolate chips to melt.
  • Add the vanilla extract and whisk the mixture well until all combined and the mixture is smooth. Cool the mixture down to room temp or place in the fridge to cool down. If it is warm it will take much longer to harden up, in the homemade ice cream maker.
  • Make the homemade ice cream maker by pouring the ice cream base into a ziplock freezer bag. Then place ice in another freezer bag. Place the ice cream bag inside that bag and then pile on more ice. Add a half of a cup of rock salt and close it up. Then, wrap it with a towel, since it will be really cold, and shake for 5 to 10 minutes until it hardens. It won't get completely hard, but more of a soft-serve consistency.
  • Place the ice cream into a freezer-safe container and add a bit of plastic wrap to the top. Press it down right on the top. This will keep ice crystals from forming. Freeze for 4 to 6 hours or overnight before serving. Enjoy!

Video

How to Make Chocolate Ice Cream | Easy Chocolate Ice Cream recipe in a bag no eggs

Notes

homemade chocolate ice cream nutritional facts

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32 Comments

  1. This looks like such a delicious recipe! Chocolate is one of the best ice cream flavors.

  2. 5 stars
    That homemade chocolate icecream looks absolutely delicious! I’m sure the kids would love to help make this and probably love this as well.

  3. I LOVE making my own ice cream. Always tastes so magical! Thank you for sharing your recipe πŸ™‚

  4. Yummy! Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream is something I can have all the time. I’ve never tried to make it thought. This recipe looks super easy that even I can make it. Thanks for sharing, Matt.

  5. Katrina kroeplin

    That looks great. I love making cakes from scratch. I’ll have to try this recipe soon.

  6. Melanie williams

    Where possible, I always think it is good to make your own. What a great recipe and chocolate too x

  7. Chocolate ice cream is one of my all time favorites and this recipe looks easy enough for me do follow. I can’t wait to try it.

  8. 4 stars
    Nnniiiccceeee….how I wish I wasn’t lactose-intolerant!

  9. I can’t wait to try this! Looks easy enough! BTW, I made your chocolate cookies this weekend and my kids LOVED them!

  10. 5 stars
    I need to make this for the kids. We love ice cream. Believe it or not, I’ve never tried to make it at home.

  11. 5 stars
    I need some chocolate icecream in my life.

  12. ok i definitely need to try this. looks so yummy! thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  13. 5 stars
    Whole made ice cream is our favorite! Thanks for an awesome ice cream recipe!

  14. 5 stars
    Never realized how easy this is!! Thank you!

  15. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for sharing this! My family loves ice cream! We eat it weekly & chocolate is our favorite. There’s something about homemade ice cream, that is just so dang good!

  16. 5 stars
    We are obsessed with this recipe! So easy and chocolatey!

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