Chocolate Orange Ice Cream

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Rich, dark, ultra-smooth, and creamy chocolate meets a hint of orange in sweet ice cream like no other you’ve ever tasted.

If you’re skeptical of the chocolate and citrus combination, one taste will be all it takes to convince you. (And if you don’t love the darkest of chocolate, any chocolate you love will work beautifully in this ice cream.)

Chocolate Orange Ice Cream

Chocolate Orange Ice Cream

We tried a Chocolate Orange flavored ice cream while we were in Montreal and Sean declared it the best one he tried throughout our vacation.

It really was fantastic. So, naturally, I couldn’t resist trying my hand at recreating it. Four (maybe it was five ?) batches later, this ice cream has been declared one of Sean’s all-time favorites.

Do you love the chocolate and orange combination too? Don’t miss the EASY to make Chocolate Covered Oranges that my family adores!

Over the years, I’ve made this ice cream with extra dark chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate, regular cocoa powder, and special dark cocoa powder too. It works every single possible way.

Sean and I love it best with the darkest of dark chocolate, however, my boys like it best with semi-sweet chocolate. The final color of the ice cream will be determined by how dark your chocolate is. As you can tell by the photos here, it will vary a good bit.

Dark Chocolate Orange Ice Cream recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

I’ve made this both with and without orange zest, as well as with store-bought juice. The zest makes a big difference in the results, especially when using fresh orange juice.

Fresh and store-bought orange juice will both work well. The fresh orange juice produces a milder flavor with a little more sweetness to it. The store-bought orange juice was just enough stronger than fresh I preferred it in the end.

Rich, Dark Chocolate Orange Ice Cream recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

The most popular question I get is whether it’s possible to make ice cream without a machine. The answer is YES. You can make ice cream without a machine. Find the full directions here!

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Chocolate Orange Ice Cream is an unforgettable favorite

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Dark Chocolate Ice Cream with Orange

Dark Chocolate Orange Ice Cream

4.85 from 13 votes
Rich, dark, ultra-smooth, and creamy chocolate meets a hint of orange in a sweet ice cream like no other you've ever tasted.
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Servings: 6 ½ cup servings

Ingredients 

  • ¾ cup sugar
  • cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup special dark unsweetened cocoa
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon finely grated orange zest
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Whisk together the sugar, cream, milk, cocoa, cinnamon, salt, and orange zest in a medium size saucepan. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer while stirring occasionally for 2 minutes.
  • Add the chocolate chips and continue stirring while the chocolate melts. Remove from the heat and stir in the orange juice and vanilla extract. Let cool and then chill in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours.
  • Pour the chilled mixture into your ice cream machine and churn according to the manufacturer's directions.

Notes

Special dark cocoa is my preference for this recipe. However, you can use a standard dutch cocoa or plain cocoa powder as well. (The color will not be as dark without the special dark cocoa.) I’ve made this both with and without orange zest, as well as with store-bought juice.
The zest makes a big difference in the results. Fresh and store bought orange juices both work well. The fresh orange juice produces a milder flavor with a little more sweetness to it. The store-bought orange juice was just enough stronger than fresh that I preferred it in the end.
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{originally published 9/12/14 – recipe notes and photos updated 6/6/22}

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Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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    • Anonymous says

      No. "Let cool and then chill in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours. Pour the chilled mixture into your ice cream machine and process according to the manufacturer's directions."

  1. PatsyAnne says

    Can this be done without the ice cream maker? I would love to try it but, alas, don't own a maker and cannot afford to buy one – please help those of us who don't have an ice cream maker…. PLEASE!

  2. Lee says

    This was really good but a bit too sweet for our taste. I think next time, I will use a 1/2 cup sugar insead of the 3/4 cup you call for.

    • Mary says

      I am well aware of that. The beauty of having my own corner of the internet is being able to create a blog name that makes me smile. Barefeet In The Kitchen is simply my personal preference for the spelling here.
      All the best,
      Mary

  3. Axel says

    I am just a little concerned about adding orange zest and juice to the milk and cream. Won’t it curdle? I am going to give it a shot anyway, dark chocolate+orange is to me, devil’s food. :))

    • aarti says

      Thank you. I just made the ice cream with 2% milk. It was really dark and intense which is how i prefer my ice cream. I actually just saw your comment, so next time I am going to try it with whole milk and store bought orange juice.

  4. Wendy says

    It seems to be a phenomenon that ice cream recipes NEVER reveal how much they make. I make enough for about 75 people every Fourth of July, so I really need to know how much I need to add to this recipe. How many servings does your recipe make? My citrus trees have given me bushels and bushels and bushels of tangelos this year, so I’ll be substituting tangelos for the oranges. (I hope freezing the juice and some zest will work..!)

    • Mary says

      Most of my recipes make about 1 1/2 quarts of ice cream. So, approximately 4-6 servings, depending on size. I’ve never made enough ice cream to serve a crowd that size! That would require a massive ice cream maker, and likely more than a few of them. Have fun!

      (and this will work great with frozen juice and zest – enjoy!)5 stars

  5. Nimisha Thuluvath says

    I have an ice cream maker where the bowl actually has to be frozen, so do you think the mixture would still need to be chilled?