Sometimes I don’t even read the ingredients.
That’s right, you heard me.
I love ice cream soooo much, that it’s one of the few things I don’t even care about when it comes to eating real food.
That’s not to say that I don’t appreciate ice cream with proper ingredients more than junky stuff, but sometimes, the gloves (er, reading glasses?) just come off.
Ice cream has been my ultimate favorite dessert for decades, by a long shot.
Dark chocolate, however, has been making a run for it the last few years, and it’s probably neck and neck right up there.
Which is why dark chocolate ice cream is just about perfect.
Don’t Make me Chew my Ice Cream
I’m sure some would say that I could put dark chocolate into my ice cream.
I am firmly standing with two feet in the “ice cream should be smooth and creamy” camp.
Do NOT ask me to enjoy ice cream which I have to chew.
Nuts. Chocolate chunks. Anything that interrupts my enjoyment of allowing something cold to simply melt on my tongue and burst with creamy flavor?
Get it out of there.
I don’t want to crunch my ice cream.
Don’t Make me Cook my Ice Cream
If you’ve ever made your own ice cream (or perused ice cream recipes), you’ll know that many of them include an element of cooking, then chilling overnight, before you can actually make the ice cream.
I read those recipes too, and I desperately want to eat them, but try as I might, I’m just terrible at planning ahead for dessert. It’s all I can do to make sure the ice cream maker insert is frozen in time for me to want to make ice cream for after dinner.
So give me an ice cream recipe that is super simple, quick to make, doesn’t include anything crunchy, and ideally, is chocolate.
Better yet, don’t make any dishes that can’t pop right into the dishwasher like this jar:
Actually, I’ll give you that recipe.
Sound like a plan?Print
- Couldn’t be simpler: Measure the milk and/or cream in a quart jar.
- Add all the other ingredients.
- Shake it up until well mixed. The cocoa might stick to the lid and not mix in, so stirring is sometimes necessary. You gotta do what you gotta do to get your ice cream, but hopefully that’s not too much work.
- Pour into your ice cream machine (or try one of the no-machine methods available online like this one from David Lebowitz).
- That’s it! You might have to turn your ice cream machine on, but if you chose wisely, that’s no big deal. (If you own the Donvier I used to own and despised, you’ll have to turn the handle every 3 minutes. Not a peaceful dinnertime!)
* Cream, of course, makes real ice cream. I never buy cream, but I just pour off the top of our raw milk jars without shaking and hope for the best. Surprisingly, with my headstrong opinions about ice cream, I don’t really mind if it’s more like “ice milk,” which might be called “gelato” in fancier circles.
* You can use other sweeteners, but I like the touch of maple that comes through with the syrup (it’s incredibly subtle). I think honey would overpower the almond, and also honey is harder to mix in without dirtying the blender. And you know how I feel about dishes.
* The secret ingredient that makes it the best ever!?? It’s the almond extract. Don’t skip it.
* You can taste the mix before making it into ice cream to test the balance of the sweet vs.. More cocoa would NOT be a bad thing and would just make it “darker” chocolate (and delicious).
* Feel free to add shredded coconut (use the code STEWARDSHIP for 10% off at that site!) on top, although I admit I really only did it to look cool in the photos. I suppose you could add , but that’s verging on sacrilegious.
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The ice cream is simple enough to make kids go ga-ga but with the almond extract, it’s also sophisticated enough to be something special for the adults.
I should mention that the reason I’m so head over heels about this ice cream is partly because I can make it more often. (I may not care about ice cream ingredients all the time, but when I can give my kiddos a dessert they cheer about that keeps them out of the candy stash, I’m a happy mom.)
I got a new ice cream maker and it is SO much better than the old one!
Ignore noise for 25 minutes.