The Best Chocolate Ice Cream

The Best Chocolate Ice CreamThe Best Chocolate Ice Cream is a bold name, but it is equally matched by the bold chocolate flavor of this custard-based ice cream. It’s creamy and rich, decadently sweet, and it will make any chocolate lover swoon.

The Best Chocolate Ice Cream

I consider myself a chocolate ice cream aficionado: a connoisseur of sorts. I have been ordering chocolate ice cream every single trip to the ice cream shop since my first taste of chocolate heaven at my 1st birthday party. Right, mom?

If you are in an ice cream shop with me and I am ordering something other than chocolate, you should ask if I am feeling alright unless, of course, I am getting another flavor AND chocolate. Totally normal.

The Best Chocolate Ice CreamTherefore, I feel 100% qualified to call this ice cream The BEST Chocolate Ice Cream. It is smooth and creamy with an unparalleled chocolate flavor. It is the perfect balance of bittersweet and sweet. This is not a chocolate ice cream where you take two bites and you feel a chocolate coma coming on. No, no. Each bite will surprise you with its chocolatiness and you will find yourself involuntarily reaching for another scoop.

The Best Chocolate Ice Cream

Just one more tiny scoop…

The Best Chocolate Ice Cream

Because it’s too creamy and chocolaty to resist.

The Best Chocolate Ice Cream

Your Summer will not be complete with out this ice cream. Trust me. It just won’t. Unless you don’t like chocolate ice cream like my brother, in which case, you should stop reading and check out my Strawberry Caramel Chocolate Cookie Swirl Ice Cream. I know, right? Who doesn’t like chocolate ice cream? {Love you Andrew}

Just one more itty bitty scoop…

The Best Chocolate Ice Cream

Last one…

The Best Chocolate Ice Cream

The Best Chocolate Ice Cream

Yield: 1.5 Quarts

The Best Chocolate Ice Cream

The Best Chocolate Ice Cream is a bold name, but it is equally matched by the bold chocolate flavor of this custard-based ice cream. It’s creamy and rich, decadently sweet, and it will make any chocolate lover swoon.


  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 ½ cups heavy cream
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
  • pinch salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 8 oz bittersweet chocolate, melted & cooled (I used Ghirardelli 60%)


  1. Pre-freeze your ice cream maker’s freezer bowl at least 24 hours ahead!
  2. In a large, heavy-gauge saucepan whisk together the milk, cream, half the sugar, vanilla and salt. Place over medium heat and bring just to a boil, stirring occasionally.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and remaining ½ cup sugar. Whisk until mixture is thick and a pale yellow. Whisk in chocolate. Mixture will be thick!
  4. Temper the Egg Yolks: Add ¼ cup of the boiling cream mixture slowly to the egg mixture while constantly whisking. Once that has been incorporated, add another ½ cup of the cream mixture in a steady stream while whisking. Add the egg yolk mixture to the sauce pan with the remaining cream mixture. Whisk constantly while pouring the chocolate mixture into the remaining cream; you don’t want burnt chocolate! Stir constantly with a wooden spoon until the mixture thickens and it coats the back of the spoon. This took approximately 5 minutes. Do not let the mixture boil.
  5. Pour into a large bowl, let cool several hours at room temperature or you could use an ice bath to speed it up, cover and refrigerate at least 5 hours or until cold. Overnight is best. The mixture will be thick like pudding.
  6. Place your container to hold the ice cream in the freezer. Turn on the ice cream maker and pour the cream mixture into the moving, frozen bowl. Churn 25-30 minutes or until the ice cream is soft and creamy but thick. It should be coming out the top of the freezer, churning bowl.
  7. Place the ice cream in the cold storage container, cover and refrigerate 2 hours or more.

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  1. Lelia says

    I am sure you had your first taste of chocolate ice cream well before 1 1/2! Definitely had chocolate ice cream with your first birthday tiered cake extravaganza! ~ Mom

    • AmericanCooking22 says

      Must revise!!! Now that you mention that…I definitely remember seeing the photos of chocolate cake, chocolate frosting and chocolate ice cream. I mean, without all the chocolate would it have even been a birthday? 😉

  2. says

    Oh my GOSH. This ice cream…I can’t even…
    Seriously, Lindsay I think I can definitely agree that this looks like the “best”. Totally drooling over here at those gorgeous chocolate-y scoops! Pinned. 🙂
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    • AmericanCooking22 says

      Haha! Thanks, Kristi! Nobody wants drool in their coffee! Keeping the ice cream cold is definitely the hardest part about shooting ice cream! Thanks for the pin, love!

    • AmericanCooking22 says

      I have in the past, and I ALWAYS get buyers remorse. These days I try to convince my husband to get something other than chocolate so that way I win!

    • AmericanCooking22 says

      Beaten out by Maida yet again! Hers looks very original and I’ll absolutely give it a go…I pinned for easy reference bc I, shockingly, don’t have that book of hers!

  3. says

    I will trust on this, Lindsey ,because you sound like you love chocolate as much as me! I always want a chocolate element to my ice cream, and this looks reeeaaallll chocolatey. My oldest son would be all over this — he orders straight up chocolate almost every time. This I gotta try!
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    • AmericanCooking22 says

      Thanks, Marcie! If your day would not be complete without some bittersweet chocolate, then we are on the same page!! I have a hard time keeping my hands out of the chocolate chip bag! I hope you do try it out! I’m sure any chocolate lover would approve. On a side note, I just split the last bowl with my husband. 🙁 All gone…

    • AmericanCooking22 says

      I know right?! It’s like we aren’t even related!Thank you for putting your chocolate and CCC faith in me! You are in good hands! The bigger question here is how do I not weigh 3000 lbs!? And I would have to thank the gym for that 😉

    • AmericanCooking22 says

      Yay!!!!! If you like chocolate, then this must be your first recipe! I made the strawberry caramel that I posted a few weeks ago as my first recipe but only because my brother was coming into town and he isn’t a huge chocolate fan (gasp!)

  4. says

    This looks SO GOOD. I’m lacto intolerant and honestly I would probably sacrifice here…. 🙂 I’ve missed your recipes! Excited to be back in the blogging world!!

    • AmericanCooking22 says

      It would be so worth the sacrifice! 😉 So glad you’re back!!! You have definitely been missed 🙂

    • AmericanCooking22 says

      Lol! Not wrong but you can sit at the kids’ table with my brother who prefers fruit flavors 😉 jk. I love French vanilla with lots of other desserts. And my dad prefers vanilla with hot fudge sauce to any other kind…who are these men!?!? Next on the list…Vanilla!

  5. says

    Wow, I’m totally drooling over how amazing this looks, Lindsey! Ice cream is my absolute favorite and I think you definitely nailed it with this one. It looks perfectly chocolatey and so so creamy! That melting chocolate down the bowl is definitely making me wish I had a triple scoop of this in front of me right now! Pinning 🙂

    • AmericanCooking22 says

      Thanks, Kelly!! I wish I got more drip shots but I didn’t want it to ruin my napkin…silly me. Thanks for the pin!

    • AmericanCooking22 says

      If this isn’t chocolaty enough than I just don’t know what is!! Lol but I usually feel the same way.

  6. Tamizunnisa says

    Hi good day.
    Your ice cream looks lovely.
    Do you have anything a method to make without ice cream machine?


  7. Jamie says

    I’m new to making ice cream and this is the first chocolate recipe I’m trying. But is it safe for my 2 year old to eat with the egg yolks??

    • AmericanCooking22 says

      Hi Jamie! Yes, the eggs are cooked in the custard prior to refrigerating and churning. This is one of the most common methods for making ice cream either homemade or store-bought 🙂 Enjoy!

  8. says

    “If you are in an ice cream shop with me and I am ordering something other than chocolate, you should ask if I am feeling alright unless, of course, I am getting another flavor AND chocolate. Totally normal.” – that’s TOTALLY ME!
    You convinced me to try this recipe :DDD

  9. Sharon says

    This is absolutely the best recipe. I made it with the whole 10 oz bag of chips and just melted them in the hot cream mixture instead using another dish. Came out soft serve before transferring to the frozen dish and sitting in the freezer. Huge hit with Hubby and all the High School Sr’s hanging out at the house.

    • Lindsey says

      Sounds fantastic, Sharon!!!! It is definitely more like soft serve when you take it from the machine – otherwise you run the risk of making butter!

    • Lindsey says

      Yay, Laurie!!! I am so glad you loved it!! Thank you so much for taking the time to come back and comment! I means a lot to me 🙂

  10. Cinda Atherton says

    Made this ice cream this last weekend. Hands do the BEST homemade ice cream I have ever had. I used the 60% Ghirardelli chocolate and 2% milk (because that’s what I had on hand). Three days later the ice cream is still creamy after being frozen in the freezer. Do you have any other homemade ice cream recipes that are as good as this one?

  11. Angela says

    Made this for 4th of July, and it was a hit!! Seriously, this is the best taste and texture I’ve had from any homemade ice cream (and possibly any purchased ice cream)! Thanks for sharing!

    • Lindsey says

      Your comment just made my week, Angela! Thank you so much! I’m so glad you enjoyed it! It is absolutely my favorite still!

  12. Amy says

    Oh my Ghiradelli! Made this for the 4th of July- was super rich and creamy and decadent. Doubled the recipe and it turned out perfect. Would be great with toasted almonds. Sofar the best homemade ice cream I’ve ever made.


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