Double Chocolate Ice Cream

Easy to make, but hard to resist! This chocolate ice cream with chocolate chunks may not be the most adventurous of flavors, but it's the one that I will always turn to time and time again.

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Philadelphia Style Chocolate Ice Cream

When it comes to homemade ice cream, there are basically two different types you can make. The first is a French, custard-style ice cream. This type of ice cream requires making an egg custard on the stovetop and is super rich and delicious. The second type of ice cream is called Philadelphia style and it is much easier to make because there is no egg involved and you can also get away without even using your stovetop, depending on the flavor you make. This recipe for Double Chocolate Ice Cream does use your stovetop, however, because you need to melt the chocolate with the hot cream, but there’s no tempering in of egg. It’s easy and so very enjoyable!

Double Chocolate Ice Cream in a silver ice cream dish with a spoon, green napkin and pint container in the background.

Tips for Homemade Ice Cream

The most important step in making homemade ice cream is to start with a cold ice cream base. Once you have mixed your ingredients together, chill the double chocolate ice cream base in an ice bath or, if you have the time, overnight in the refrigerator. Your ice cream base should be around 40˚F or cooler before you put it into your pre-chilled ice cream maker. That’s the second tip – turn your ice cream maker on and let it cool down for at least 10 minutes before adding your cold ice cream base. Basically, you want to start with everything cold.

A blue thermo-electric ice cream maker with spatula on a butcher block counter.

Homemade Ice Cream Makers

You can use any ice cream maker to churn the ice cream at home. I prefer to use a thermoelectric ice cream maker because of its convenience. It’s convenient because it is ready to go whenever you are – there are no parts of it that need chilling in your freezer for 24 hours. It churns the ice cream slowly which helps build the airy creamy texture you’re looking for in ice cream, and when you’ve finished making your first batch, it’s ready to churn your second batch right away… and then the third… and then the fourth… You get the point. I also love that thermoelectric ice cream makers are small and compact, making them easy to store because, though we might want to… we don’t make ice cream every day.

Two scoops of double chocolate ice cream in a sugar cone on a green napkin.


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Double Chocolate Ice Cream

  • Prep Time: 15 m
  • Churn Time: 2 h
  • Total Time: 2 h 15 m
  • Servings:
    ½ cup servings


  • ½ cup chopped bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon sifted Dutch-processed cocoa
  • cups heavy cream
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • ¼ cup corn syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon bourbon optional, but helps with texture
  • ¼ to ½ cup rough chopped semi-sweet chocolate chunks


  1. Place the chopped chocolate in a large bowl.
  2. Whisk the sugar and cocoa powder together to break up any lumps of cocoa.
  3. Combine the sugar and cocoa powder with the heavy cream, milk, sugar, corn syrup and salt in a medium saucepan. Bring the mixture to a simmer, whisking regularly to dissolve the sugar. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract and bourbon (if using).
  4. Pour this mixture over the chopped chocolate and stir until melted and smooth.
  5. Refrigerate or chill the mixture over an ice bath until it is very cold. Refrigerating overnight is a great idea.
  6. Transfer the mixture to a pre-chilled ice cream maker and churn into ice cream.
  7. Serve soft serve style or transfer to a container and freeze for at least 2 hours for a harder, scoopable texture.
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Comments (2)Post a Reply

  1. Do you have a packaged ice cream mix that can be made for your thermo-electric ice cream maker? If not are there others that could be used? Have you thought about creating a packaged mix recipe? Thank you for your attention to this question.

    1. Blue Jean Chef does not use pre-packaged ice cream maker mixes but you could probably find some on Amazon.

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