Mint Chocolate Ice Cream
- 1 ½ cup heavy cream, split into 1 cup and ½ cup
- 1 cup half and half
- 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
- 1 teaspoon real vanilla
- ½ teaspoon peppermint extract
- 1 1/3 cup whole or 2% milk
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 3 cups fresh mint leaves, roughly chopped to bring out the full flavor
- 5 egg yolks
- 1 cup dark chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chunks
- Several drops of green food coloring (optional)
- In a large bowl, use a hand mixer to beat 1 cup of the heavy cream, half and half and confectioners’ sugar until stiff peaks form. Gently use a large spoon to fold in the real vanilla and peppermint extract.
- Keep the whipped cream in your refrigerator’s freezer section until needed. It works better to create a creamy ice cream if frozen. In a medium saucepan over low heat, combine ½ cup heavy cream, whole milk, salt and chopped mint leaves. Simmer for about ten minutes, stirring occasionally; remove from heat.
- Strain the milk mixture into a large mixing bowl, pressing the mint leaves against the side of the strainer firmly to release the entire mint flavor liquid. Whisk together the egg yolks until creamy. Slowly add about 1/3 of the heated milk mixture into the eggs slowly, while whisking nonstop to slowly bring the egg yolks up to the milk’s temperature and prevent the yolks from cooking or curdling.
- Once the milk and eggs are incorporated completely, pour the egg mixture back into the remaining milk and place it over a medium heat. Stirring constantly, continue heating the mixture until it is thick, coating the back of a wooden spoon.
- Pour the custard through a strainer to remove any lumps. Refrigerate the custard overnight, or at least 6 hours. When ready to prepare ice cream, remove the custard and the whipped cream. Slowly fold the custard into the whipped cream.
- Add the mixture to the ice cream maker’s freezer and follow the ice cream maker’s instructions to finish the ice cream. Once completed, stir in the chocolate chunks before serving.
- Another variation on this recipe is to omit the chocolate chunks and instead create chocolate ice cream with a mint flavor but using chocolate milk in place of the whole milk. To create a green mint chocolate ice cream, add green food coloring to finished ice cream before stirring in the chocolate chunks. Add one drop at a time until the desired green color is reached.
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