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Mint Dark Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

July 1, 2015 (Last Updated: June 19, 2020)

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Homemade mint ice cream with dark chocolate chips. This delicious ice cream is churned in an ice cream maker and then hardened in the freezer. 

A glass ice cream dish filled with scoops of ice cream with fresh mint garnishing the ice cream.

Homemade Mint Dark Chocolate Chip Ice Cream!  It’s been hot here! We are on our second week of a heat wave.

While so many of you live in hot temperatures most of the summer, we rarely get days in the high 90s or even the 100s.  Well…we’ve had them!  The problem is, we don’t have any sort of air conditioning (unless you count in my car!)

We usually wouldn’t even use air conditioning, but lately I am just sweltering.  In order to stay cool, I dream of cool things – like this ice cream!

Scooping up ice cream from a glass dish.

This ice cream does take some pre-planning.  It’s an old-fashioned custard type churned ice cream.  The mixture needs to be cooked, cooled, churned, and then it’s best if it’s frozen a bit longer or it will be really soft ice cream.

All this seems like a lot of work, but it’s worth it!  In the end you get a perfect mint dark chocolate chip ice cream!

A scoop of ice cream filled with chocolate chips.

I used dark chocolate for this ice cream, but any type of chocolate will work.  I just bought a 3.5 oz bar of really good dark chocolate and chopped it up.  Just buy your favorite when making this ice cream.

You do need an ice cream maker for this ice cream.  Any type of ice cream maker will do.

Ice cream in a parfait glass.

This mint chocolate chip ice cream is perfect for these hot summer days and would be delicious by itself or topped with hot fudge sauce!

A scoop of mint chocolate chip ice cream.

I don’t just limit myself to mint ice cream. I also make some pretty delicious Peach Ice Cream, Raspberry Swirl Ice Cream, Orange Sherbet and Lime Sherbet!

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Scoops of ice cream in a parfait glass.

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Ice cream in a parfait glass.

Mint Dark Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Homemade ice cream with mint and chunks of dark chocolate
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 6 hrs
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 6 hrs 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8 people
Calories 257 kcal


  • 2 Cups Milk (Whole milk makes the creamiest but you can use 2%)
  • 2 Cups Half and Half Cream
  • 2 Egg Yolks
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons pure mint extract
  • 3.5 oz Dark Chocolate bar (or your favorite chocolate, cut into small bits.)


  • In a sauce pan heat milk, half and half over medium heat for 3-5 minutes. You want to just about bring to a boil. But don't let it come to a boil.
  • Meanwhile, in a separate bowl combine egg yolks and sugar.
  • Once milk mixture is almost to a bowl, temper the egg mixture by adding 4 Tablespoons of the hot milk into the eggs. Stir while adding. This will help prevent your egg mixture from scrambling when added to the milk.
  • Slowly pour tempered egg mixture into the hot milk. Stir while adding.
  • Cook over medium-low heat for about 10 minutes. Stir to prevent scorching. You want your mixture to begin to thicken slightly.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Add vanilla and mint extracts.
  • Pour ice cream mixture into a container to cool and refrigerate overnight or for at least 3 hours until mixture is completely cooled.
  • Just before churning, add chocolate bits.
  • Pour mixture into ice cream maker.
  • Churn until thickened.
  • Place ice cream in freezer for at least 1 hour until firm.


Ice cream will become rock hard when frozen for more than a few hours. To serve simply remove from freezer and wait 5 minutes before scooping. This will allow ice cream to soften just a bit so you can scoop it!


Calories: 257kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 5gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 77mgSodium: 55mgPotassium: 252mgFiber: 1gSugar: 18gVitamin A: 380IUVitamin C: 0.6mgCalcium: 147mgIron: 1.6mg
Keyword churned ice cream recipe, ice cream with dark chocolate, mint ice cream
Tried this recipe?Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Recipe adapted from Cuisinart recipe book that came with my ice cream maker.



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  • Reply
    April 25, 2020 at 8:08 pm

    Just checking – is that peppermint extract you use? Thank you!

    • Reply
      April 25, 2020 at 8:10 pm

      Yes, peppermint extract. Thanks 🙂

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    September 8, 2019 at 9:46 pm

    5 stars
    I finally made this. It is very tart. I followed the recipe w/ the exception of the milk. I had to use coconut milk-the full fat stuff. It turned out great in taste and texture. We did get an added coconut taste. Will make again my toddler loved it

    • Reply
      September 9, 2019 at 4:48 am

      Hi Lee, Good to know you can substitute coconut milk! I know others will find that a useful tip!
      Thanks 🙂

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    July 25, 2019 at 2:36 pm

    looks delish!! planning on making tonight! could i use heavy whipping cream in place of half and half?

    • Reply
      July 25, 2019 at 6:34 pm

      Not a problem to use heavy whipping cream. It will make it extra rich and delish! Enjoy!!!

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    July 6, 2018 at 12:00 am

    delicious ice cream

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    Fran @ G'day Souffle'
    July 4, 2015 at 1:09 am

    Mmmm, I see your serving in the photo has 4 scoops- just the right size for me!

    • Reply
      July 4, 2015 at 4:51 am

      Ha! That’s too funny that you noticed…and yes, that would be just about the right amount!

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    Annie @ The Garlic Diaries
    July 2, 2015 at 9:07 am

    5 stars
    This is my favorite flavor of ice cream!! Your pictures are making me crave it so bad right now…even though it’s only 11 am…

    • Reply
      July 2, 2015 at 9:20 am

      It’s never too early for ice cream!

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    Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
    July 2, 2015 at 7:24 am

    mint and chocolate chips is such a delicious combination- especially in ice cream! Yours sounds delicious and I never mind a little more work in recipe if it is worth the reward in the end! This definitely looks like it’s well worth the effort! Hope it cools off there for you, I live in FL so it’s always hot, but I have AC! I can’t imagine how miserable I would be without it!! I’m sure this delicious ice cream helps a little though! Cheers and thanks for sharing♡

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      July 2, 2015 at 7:28 am

      This ice cream definitely helps keep me cool. The forecast shows temps a bit milder! Thank goodness!!!

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    Laura @ Raise Your Garden
    July 2, 2015 at 4:22 am

    I was telling my husband that I am pretty good resisting desserts with the exception of mint chocolate chip ice cream. I’m tempted to throw some pricy chocolate in here, well Ghiredlli at least. You should pair up with them for a sponsored post! Any suggestions if I don’t have an ice cream maker? Thanks.

    • Reply
      July 2, 2015 at 5:34 am

      Hi Laura, I haven’t made ice cream without using an ice cream maker.

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    Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice
    July 1, 2015 at 6:24 am

    Mint ice cream is my favorite! I love the dark chocolate in here. Sounds so refreshing!

    • Reply
      July 1, 2015 at 6:30 am

      Perfect for these hot days!

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