How to Make Chocolate Ice Cream

You needn't visit the store to enjoy wonderful, creamy chocolate ice cream -- anyone can make ice cream at home following these steps.

You will need

  • 1 c. whole milk
  • 1 c. heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 7 oz. 70% cacao chocolate
  • finely chopped
  • 1/2 c. plus 3 tbsp sugar
  • 3 tbsp. water
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • Equipment:
  • Whisk
  • Electric mixer
  • Fine-mesh sieve
  • Ice-cream maker

Step 1 Boil milk Add the milk, cream, and vanilla extract to a pot and bring it just to a boil. Cover the pot and remove it from heat.

Step 2 Chop chocolate Chop the chocolate into fine pieces and set it aside.

Step 3 Dissolve sugar Stir together 1/2 cup sugar with water in a pot until the sugar dissolves and the mixture boils and turns to a deep caramel-colored syrup.

Step 4 Whisk in cream Whisk the warm cream mixture into the syrup over low heat until the liquid is smooth and any sugar crystals have dissolved.

Step 5 Beat yolks Beat the egg yolks with the salt and remaining 3 tablespoons sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer at high speed. Continue beating the egg mixture until it increases three-fold in volume and thickens, about six to eight minutes with a hand mixer.

Step 6 Mix eggs and syrup Add the hot syrup mixture to the yolks in a slow stream, whisking, then transfer the custard to a saucepan.

Step 7 Cook the cream Cook the creamy mixture over moderately low heat, stirring constantly, until the custard is slightly thickened.

Step 8 Add chocolate Force the warm custard through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl with the chopped chocolate and let it stand one minute. Then, whisk the mixture until it is smooth.

Step 9 Let cool Cool the custard to room temperature, stirring occasionally, for about 35 minutes.

Step 10 Freeze custard Freeze the custard in an ice cream maker, and put it in the freezer in a covered container to harden for at least 1 hour. Then, scoop, serve, and enjoy!