Thursday, March 17, 2011

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

My girls are home all week for Spring Break, so I've been cooking their favorite meals...tacos, bbq, hot dogs, pizza, and ice cream.  I thought it would be nice to make something green for them in celebration of St. Patrick's Day.  This mint chocolate chip ice cream is so refreshing with the peppermint flavoring and rich with the chocolate chips! 


1 cup milk (I used 2%)
3/4 cup sugar
dash salt
3 egg yolks, lightly beaten
2 cups heavy cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
green food coloring
1/2 to 3/4 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

In a medium sauce pan over medium low heat, whisk together the milk, sugar, and salt.  Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to low.  In a glass bowl, lightly beat 3 egg yolks, then whisk in 1/4 cup of the warm milk mixture to tempur the eggs.  Slowly whisk the eggs into the sauce pan and cook until custard is just thickened, whisking constantly.  Be careful not to bring to a boil. 

Pour thickened custard into a chilled glass bowl and refrigerate until cool, stirring occasionally, about 2 hours.  Note:  If there are any lumps in your custard, strain through a fine mesh sieve into the chilled glass bowl.

Prepare your ice cream machine.  Add the heavy cream, vanilla extract, and peppermint extract to the cooled custard.  Stir in some green food coloring until you get a pretty light green.  Pour the mixture into your ice cream machine.  After 10 minutes, pour the chocolate chips into the ice cream machine.  Continue to freeze according to your ice cream manufacturer's instructions.  Mine usually takes about 25 minutes total.  

Pour the soft serve ice cream into an airtight container and freeze until ready to serve.  Enjoy!


  1. Happy St. Patrick's Day Rhondi! Thanks for this recipe, it's one flavour I haven't made yet although I've made chocolate chip a few times. It's one of our favourites too. Enjoy your day!

  2. That's a great St. Patty's Day recipe! I'm not big on mint though :( I'm weird, I know!

    And yes I saw the Bachelor finale! I was so happy he picked Emily... didn't think he would though! But then on the aftershow Emily kind of seemed different :( Not as sweet as I thought! And not as into him as he is into her maybe? I dunno but at least he picked who we loved! What did you think?

  3. Yet another recipe to convince me I 'need' the ice cream maker attachment for my KitchenAid! Oh my, this sounds good! Happy St Patrick's Day!

  4. We would LOVE for you to come link up this recipe for EVERYTHING GREEN at THIS WEEK'S CRAVINGS!

  5. What a wonderful recipe. This one my fav ice cream flavors!

  6. My favorite ice cream! Yum.

  7. Hi Rhondi,
    What a great Ice Cream for today. I just love all the flavors that make this a great recipe. Glad to see you made it back from New Orleans. Happy Belated Birthday! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and please come back!

  8. That's my absolute favourite flavour of ice cream! I can only imagine how delicious it must be home made.

    One of these days I've got to try making ice cream.


    Happy St Paddy's day.

  9. Your ice cream looks delicious. I've never made homemade ice cream before, but mint chocolate chip is my favorite. Seeing this makes me wish I had an ice cream machine.

  10. Your ice cream looks fabulous! It is my daughter's favourite flavour, mint choc chip! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Thanks for coming by and linking up to THIS WEEK'S CRAVINGS "everything green"! Each Monday is a new theme and on this Monday it will be CHOCOLATE... CHOCOLATE... and MORE CHOCOLATE. I hope you have a recipe to come link-up (or maybe this will inspire you to make something new this weekend). Hope to see ya Monday at THIS WEEK'S CRAVINGS!

  12. What a fabulous recipe! The combination of chocolate and mint is perfect.

  13. I need to get an ice cream maker. This sounds wonderful!

    I'd like to invite you to link up with my Sweet Tooth linky. I hope to see you there.


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