I am celebrating my birthday this week! Naturally, I needed the perfect ice cream to go with my favorite chocolate cake. Mint chocolate chip was my first pick! You only need 4 ingredients to make it, but those 4 ingredients make one amazing bowl of deliciousness. And paired with some birthday cake- wow! Now that's what I call celebrating!
Mint chocolate chip ice cream has been a favorite of mine for years. Mint are chocolate are quite the duo, don't you think? The delicate crunch that you get from the shaved chocolate is insanely delicious! I honestly think that is one of the main keys to creating a great mint chip ice cream. Sure, you could throw in some regular chocolate chips, but for me, that just doesn't cut it. Speaking of cut, as you have probably already figured out, I can't live without my Shun kitchen knives. And that my friends, is what helps me to achieve this incredibly shaved to perfection chocolate!
Another important factor when choosing the right chocolate is looking for a chocolate that is free from any chemicals or ingredients that we are trying to avoid. I like to use the Equal Exchange Chocolate bars. It's a trustworthy organic brand with a variety of quality chocolate options. When making the mint chip ice cream. I like to use a combination of bars. I use one of their Organic Very Dark Chocolate bars and one of their Organic Mint Chocolate with a Delicate Crunch. They are divine!
If you don't have an ice cream maker, I highly recommend one. They are reasonable in price and once you get used to making your own ice cream, you won't ever want it any other way. I no longer gaze at the vast variety at the grocery store. I walk right past it without hesitation. If you don't have an ice cream maker but you want to try this recipe, that is definitely possible. Let me give you some information on that. First off, your ice cream will not be as creamy. Why? Well, because once you mix your ingredients and put the container in the freezer, since it takes a little time for the mix to freeze, separation between the coconut cream and water from the coconut milk will occur. So you will find that the ice cream on top will be creamier, but as you get towards the mid section and bottom, it's pretty icy. Here's a little trick that may help. Start by placing your ice cream container in the freezer, that way when you are ready to transfer your ice cream mixture into the container, it is already cold and will help expedite the freezing process. You will mix all of your ingredients together and place it in a container with a tight lid in the freezer. Check on it in about 20-30 minutes or so. It should still be soft enough to stir. So stir it up again to eliminate any separation that may have started. You may want to repeat this process one or two more times until you notice the ice cream mixture is starting to be more of a solid. Then you will need to leave it in your freezer for 8+ hours or overnight. If you do have an ice cream maker, by all means use it! It saves time for sure and in the long run, provides a better result.
2 cans full fat coconut milk
1/2 cup raw, local honey
1. I use my Vitamix to combine my ingredients but you can use a mixing bowl if you prefer. So place all ingredients except for the chocolate in your high speed blender or bowl and mix thoroughly.
2. If using an ice cream maker, pour the mixture into your ice cream maker and follow the manufacturer's directions. When your ice cream is a couple of minutes from being done, add the shaved chocolate in small batches at a time to ensure an even mixture.
3. Once your chocolate shavings are thoroughly mixed, transfer the ice cream to a container with an airtight lid. You can either serve it right away or place it in the freezer until you are ready to eat it.
4. The ice cream keeps well in the freezer for up to a week. If you are making this without an ice cream maker, read the recommendations in the post above. Also, if you are looking for a simple chocolate chip ice cream recipe, simply omit the peppermint extract, add 2 Tbs vanilla extract, and voila. Enjoy!