Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Mint chocolate chip ice cream is a classic dessert that combines the refreshing taste of mint with the rich flavor of chocolate. Making it at home allows you to customize the intensity of the mint and chocolate to your liking. The recipe is straightforward and easy to follow, requiring just a few ingredients like milk, cream, sugar, peppermint extract, and chocolate chips.

Using fresh ingredients and simple steps, you can create a creamy, smooth ice cream that rivals any store-bought version. You’ll appreciate knowing exactly what goes into your dessert, avoiding any unwanted preservatives or artificial flavors.

An ice cream maker can make the process smoother, but it’s not a necessity. Whether you use an ice cream maker or not, the key to perfect mint chocolate chip ice cream lies in balancing the mint flavor with just the right amount of chocolate chips. This homemade treat will quickly become a favorite among family and friends.

Creating the Perfect Custard Base

To make the perfect custard base for mint chocolate chip ice cream, you need to evenly mix eggs and sugar, balance creaminess with fat content, and correctly add mint and extracts.

The Role of Eggs and Sugar

Egg yolks and sugar are crucial. They thicken the custard and add sweetness.

Begin by whisking egg yolks in a bowl until creamy. Slowly add granulated sugar while whisking.

Heat the sugar and egg mixture gently to avoid curdling. This step ensures the custard thickens properly.

Temper the egg mixture by slowly adding hot milk, whisking constantly. This prevents the eggs from cooking too fast.


  • Egg yolks
  • Granulated sugar
  • Whole milk, heated

Balancing Creaminess and Fat Content

Balancing the fat content is key to achieving a creamy texture.

Use heavy cream and whole milk.

Heavy cream adds fat, making the ice cream rich and silky. Whole milk provides creaminess without being too heavy.


  • Heavy cream
  • Whole milk

Combine these with the egg mixture. Cook over low heat until the custard coats the back of a spoon. This ensures the right thickness for a smooth ice cream base.

Incorporating Mint and Extracts

The mint flavor is essential.

Add mint extract or peppermint extract after removing the custard from the heat. Using these extracts provides a consistent mint taste.

For added depth, include vanilla extract in the mix.


  • Mint extract or peppermint extract
  • Vanilla extract

Stir the extracts into the warm custard. Cooling the mixture before churning is critical for a balanced flavor.

By following these steps, you create a rich, flavorful custard base for your mint chocolate chip ice cream.

Finishing Touches and Serving Suggestions

Making the perfect mint chocolate chip ice cream involves more than just churning the mixture. You’ll want to focus on the final mix-ins, freezing properly, and how best to serve your creation.

Mixing in Chocolate and Flavor Enhancements

After churning your ice cream base for about 20 minutes in the ice cream maker, it’s time to add the chocolate. Mini chocolate chips, semi-sweet chocolate bar pieces, or chocolate chunks work best.

Carefully add them in during the last 5 minutes of churning to ensure even distribution. For an added kick, include some crushed Andes mints. This step gives the ice cream bits of chocolate in every bite and enhances the minty flavor.

Freezing to Perfection

Once you’ve mixed in your chocolate, transfer the mixture to a freezer-safe container. Use a 9×11 loaf pan or an airtight container. Smooth the top with a spatula and sprinkle some extra chocolate chips or chunks on top.

Cover tightly with plastic wrap. Freeze for at least 5-6 hours to let the ice cream firm up. This results in a scoopable, yet creamy consistency, perfect for serving.

Presentation and Pairing

When serving your mint chocolate chip ice cream, presentation matters. Scoop the ice cream into bowls or cones. Top with whipped cream and a drizzle of hot fudge for an indulgent treat. Add a few fresh mint leaves for a pop of color.

For a classic dessert, pair your ice cream with a warm brownie or a slice of chocolate cake. You can also serve it alongside vanilla ice cream for a delightful contrast. Store any leftovers in the freezer with a tight seal to maintain freshness and texture.

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