|Homemade Chocolate Chip Ice Cream with mint leaves from our garden|
1 1/2 cups whole milk (original called for 2% milk)
2 2/3 cups heavy cream
1 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt (original called for 1/2 tsp, I freaked out and only added a smidge)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon mint extract
(original said peppermint extract, mint is more like the ice cream you would buy in the store)
3 drops green food coloring (optional)
1 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
Since I had all the ingredients except mini chocolate chips, my hubby gave me the idea of chopping up regular chocolate chips to save time and money. So I got my handy-dandy Pampered Chef chopper out and whacked out some pent up frustrations on some tiny morsels of chocolate.
|Take that, chocolate!!|
|As you can see my "helpers" used a bit more than three drops of color, but we did get a great green color out of it|
Pour this frothy mixture into your 2 quart ice cream machine and turn it on
You can actually smell a waft of mint if you stick your nose down in the hole as it spins around. You look ridiculous with your head stuffed down in the top of a machine, but trust me, it will be worth it.
At the 20-25 minute mark you can pour your "add ons" in, this being the crushed chocolate chips. Let the machine spin for 5 more minutes or so and the chocolate will be incorporated through the whole batch. After that you will need to chill the whole thing in a separate container in the freezer to harden up and be at a thicker consistency to serve. By the way, this ice cream was creamy, but not as smooth and creamy as the strawberry ice cream. My theory is that you need more heavy cream in a recipe than milk. UPDATED: We tried this again and I updated the above recipe to reflect 2 3/4 cups heavy cream and only 1 1/2 cups of whole milk. MUCH BETTER on the creaminess factor. Wow.
Our family's choice for serving is this tiny mini cones (we call them baby cones). They are just the right size for kids or a little sweet treat snack without going on sugar overload. These little cones make our ice cream concoctions last almost a week, which is great. I will continue to make a record of all the recipes we try and keep you posted on our favorites.