Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream

I love making homemade ice cream.  So much so, that I'd have to say my ice cream maker is prooobably one of my favorite small kitchen appliances.  What I don't love so much is having to keep heavy cream, whipping cream, half and half - or any other variation of milk - in my fridge, when I know half of it will surely go bad before I get a chance to use it.  Last night I decided to try my hand at coming up with an ice cream recipe made with stuff that's always in my cabinets.  I also didn't want to use egg yolks or sugar if possible.

I was thinking about making banana ice cream, but made the mistake of asking husband what kind of ice cream he wanted.  He (of course) said chocolate, so chocolate it was!  (poor me)  :)

Here's what we had to work with - skim milk, evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, Nesquik, and milk chocolate chips.  It turned out quite nicely!

homemade chocolate ice cream recipe


1.5 cups Skim Milk
1 cup Evaporated Milk
1 14 ounce can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk
5 Tablespoons Nesquik
1 cup milk chocolate chips (melted)


Pour skim and evaporated milk into a large bowl.  Whisk in Nesquik and then the Eagle Brand milk.

Melt chocolate chips in a small pot over low heat til just melted.  Whisk melted chocolate into the milk mixture.  The chocolate won't mix in smoothly - you'll have tiny (delicious) slivers of chocolate floating in your ice cream mix.

eagle brand ice cream

Pour the mixture into your ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer directions.  I let mine spin for about 50 minutes.

homemade ice cream

homemade ice cream

I always love to watch the ice cream expand.  After it churns away for awhile, put it in a Tupperware container and freeze overnight (or for 6-8 hours).

chocolate ice cream recipe

Travis and I always love to eat some of the ice cream before it lives in the freezer overnight - it's about the texture of a frosty...and SO good!

This ice cream turned out really well!  I especially loved the tiny pieces of milk chocolate throughout.  It reminded me a lot of when I was a kid and we would go to Goodberry's in Garner, NC.  We only went a few times a year, when we were heading into Raleigh for a play or movie.  I always loved getting the mint chip "Concretes", which had tiny bits of chocolate all the way through.  So good...and this is so similar!

homemade chocolate ice cream

What's your favorite homemade ice cream recipe?


  1. Gosh - I've never worked with an ice cream "appliance". I just remember the good old fashion crank ones Daddy would use. I'm headed to Amazon to check the one you pictured out. Hmmmm...Reia from

  2. I think we never really understood how to use our ice cream maker because ours never turned out great. - I found you on Thirsty Thursday BH.

    1. Welcome Maryann! The first few times I used my ice cream maker, I let the frozen bowl sit on the counter while I stirred up the ice cream mixture...and I think it threw off the finished product because it wasn't as cold. Now, I pull the bowl out of the freezer when I'm totally ready for it to start spinning, and it works much better! Either way, it'll firm up nicely once frozen overnight.

  3. I sooooooo WANT SOME! Gosh that looks delicious!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer... From Dream To Reality!