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Homemade Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

This homemade mint chocolate chip ice cream is so easy and delicious, you might never buy it at the store again!

Sure, this blog is usually about color, design, and DIY projects, but apparently a good portion of my life behind the scenes revolves around ice cream. So, you get to share in my obsession (because if I don’t write down these creations somewhere, I’ll never remember how to make them again)!


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The last time I shared my favorite Dairy-Free Vanilla ice cream recipe, one of my blogging friends, Andy, challenged me to come up with a good recipe for Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream. Never one to back down from a challenge, or a bowl of ice cream, I accepted, and today I’m proud to bring you my new recipe!

This one is perfect for summer, and can be made with either cream and milk, or non-dairy creamer and coconut milk. (Really, you can use any dairy-free milk of your choosing, but coconut makes the best consistency of ice cream, in my opinion.)

Because I’ve been on a Whipped-Cream-In-a-Jar kick, I used some leftover whipping cream for an authentic old-fashioned ice cream flavor. This ice cream is rich, creamy, and the perfect level of minty, with lots of chocolate!


Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Recipe


  • 1 cup Whole Milk
  • 2 cups Whipping Cream
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • a pinch of Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Vanilla Extract (not imitation)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Peppermint Extract
  • 2-4 drops Green Food Coloring (optional)
  • 1/2 cup Chocolate Chips (I like Trader Joe’s because they’re dairy free, so I can use them in my non-dairy recipes too)

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How to Make Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream:

First, make sure your freezer bowl from the ice cream maker is in the freezer. I forgot to do this after the last time I washed it, so when I went to freeze the ice cream, I had to wait till the next day. That’s patience, people!

Combine the milk, sugar, and salt in a bowl. Whisk until the sugar is dissolved.


Add the vanilla and peppermint extracts.


Add the heavy cream and stir everything together. You can add a couple of drops of green food coloring if you like.


Cover and chill for at least an hour. (Or overnight if you’re forgetful like me.)

Plug in ice cream maker and put the freezer bowl on it. Turn on the ice cream maker. Pour in the cream mixture.


Let the ice cream maker run for 15-20 minutes, checking occasionally at the end to make sure it’s not hard-frozen yet.

While the maker is running, chop up your chocolate chips a little in a nut chopper, or by hand. This makes it easier to bite into the frozen pieces of chocolate, and helps them distribute more evenly throughout the ice cream. (You can use less chocolate chips than a half cup, but why would you?)


At the last minute or two of the ice cream maker churning, pour the chopped chips into the top and let it run until they’re just mixed through.


Serve immediately, or store in an airtight container in the freezer.



I keep seeing posts on Pinterest about how to keep your ice cream from getting freezer burn. Who are these people who let their ice cream sit in the freezer long enough to go bad? I have a natural and easy way to keep your ice cream fresh. Eat it. Quickly!

Hope you’re enjoying your summer and staying cool. Chime in below and tell me your favorite ice cream flavor…


Wednesday 15th of July 2015

By all accounts my suggestion has translated into a smashing success! Magnifico!

Of course, real women and men of accomplishment don't sit around patting themselves on the back: they're too busy moving on to the next problem to be solved. If I were to be 100% honest with you (and I know you would want me to be 100% honest with you), my very favorite ice cream flavor would be old-fashioned butter pecan - this would seem to be our next project, wouldn't it? :-)


Tuesday 21st of July 2015

Ha! I knew I could count on you to weigh in on this very important topic! You know, I don't think I've ever even tasted butter pecan I've cream. (Usually if it doesn't have chocolate in it, it's not worth my time.) But I'm always up for a challenge, and an excuse to have ice cream so let me do a little research and get back to you on that one... ;)


Wednesday 15th of July 2015

Oh this sounds marvelous Meredith - and even better it doesn't have a million ingredients. Every time I find an interesting looking recipe that has more than 10 ingredients I automatically check it off the list because I know I will never get around to going to all that effort. THIS sounds like a must for the weekend!


Wednesday 15th of July 2015

I'm the same way Marty! I claim it's because I like simplicity, but really it's because I don't like to cook (brownies and ice cream being the exception)!

Adele Yuboco

Wednesday 15th of July 2015

This looks really yummy. Is there any way to make this without the ice cream maker though?


Wednesday 15th of July 2015

That's a good question Adele. I'm not sure about this particular recipe but I did run across one on pinterest recently. I didn't look into it because I have the maker, but you might try looking up how they did it. Good luck!


Tuesday 14th of July 2015

You had me "Mint Chocolate chip" ! Love this and you cannot find really good Mint Chocolate chip, it's like Pistachio,another one of my favorites That's hard to come by. I am going to give this a try I've never come across a recipe before. God it looks SOOOO good.


Wednesday 15th of July 2015

You're so right! It's hard to get that delicate natural flavor in store bought ice cream. Hope you like it, I'm off to dish some up now...

Catarina Alexon

Monday 13th of July 2015

Your mint chocolate chip ice cream looks and sounds delicious. Perfect for this time of the year.


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