Easy No-Cook Chocolate Ice Cream

Easy chocolate ice cream recipe

The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

  • Total: 10 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Chill & Freeze Time: 105 mins
  • Yield: 10 servings (about 1 quart)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
317 Calories
19g Fat
33g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 10 servings (about 1 quart)
Amount per serving
Calories 317
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 25%
Saturated Fat 12g 61%
Cholesterol 57mg 19%
Sodium 85mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 4g
Calcium 90mg 7%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Homemade ice cream is a wonderful frozen treat, but most recipes call for using several egg yolks and cooking the mixture on the stove. This chocolate ice cream recipe has only five basic ingredients and can be put together in just a few minutes, not requiring any eggs or cooking at all. It will become a staple recipe for anyone interested in making homemade ice cream and is great for beginners.

Although delicious served as is, there are many mix-ins that you can add to this recipe to enhance the flavor. Fold in a ribbon of chocolate syrup after the ice cream is frozen, add a handful of chocolate chips, or even toss in a few roughly chopped chocolate sandwich cookies.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for easy chocolate ice cream
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  2. Whisk together the milk, cocoa powder, and sugar. Whisk until the sugar and cocoa completely dissolve.

    Whisk together cocoa powder
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  3. In a large bowl, beat the heavy cream until it forms stiff peaks. Fold the whipped cream along with the vanilla extract into the cocoa powder mixture.

    Beat heavy cream
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  4. Refrigerate the mixture for at least 30 minutes so it is completely cold. This will help it freeze faster, improve the texture, and allow the cocoa powder to become fully hydrated by the milk and cream.

    Cool mixture
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  5. Give the ice-cream base one more gentle stir and freeze according to the directions of your ice-cream maker—about 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

    Freeze ice cream
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  6. Store your ice cream in an airtight plastic container in the back of the freezer. This will help preserve the flavor and texture of the finished ice cream. You can serve the chocolate ice cream right from the ice-cream maker, but it will have the texture of soft serve. Freezing for an hour before serving will create a firmer texture.

    Serve chocolate ice cream
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Tips

  • The key to great chocolate ice cream is buying good cocoa powder. If you have had an open container of cocoa powder sitting in your cupboard for countless months, it's time to replace it. Cocoa powder loses its potency over time. You can tell it is getting older when the color starts to fade from the deep chocolate hue it had originally.
  • The milk-sugar-cocoa mixture should be smooth and fully dissolved. Otherwise, the texture of the ice cream will be off. Mixing these three ingredients separately from the others allows them to get to the appropriate consistency before combining them with the cream and vanilla.
  • Add any mix-ins you like but only after the ice cream has been through the ice-cream maker.

Recipe Variations

  • Although the recipe calls for whole milk, you can use whatever type of milk you have on hand. The ice cream may not be quite as creamy, but the recipe will still work.
  • Once you've mastered this basic recipe, you can start getting creative by changing things up. For example, try adding a teaspoon of instant coffee or espresso powder for a richer flavor.