Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

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Designed to mimic store-bought varieties of Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, this flavor captures the timeless combination of refreshingly cool mint and indulgent chocolate chunks with that vivid green hue we all know and love.

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Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

I spent a good bit of time trying to capture the exact experience of store-bought varieties with this mint chocolate chip ice cream recipe. I am happy to report that this version absolutely nails it.

The thin chocolate drizzle creates flakes of chocolate throughout the ice cream, similar to the melt-in-your-mouth classic. You can substitute mini chocolate chips, but the texture will be different as they do not melt the same way.

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If you’re looking for an even more minty flavor that uses fresh mint, I recommend playing with this Mint Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream. It reminds me of a dressed-up version of the Andes mints that come with the check at a certain restaurant.

Mint Chocolate Chip

With over 70 ice cream recipes here to choose from, there’s sure to be an ice cream for everyone! If you’re new to making ice cream, the best and easiest vanilla ice cream is a great place to start.

These are my favorite inexpensive containers for storing ice cream. They’re perfect for gifting (who doesn’t love homemade ice cream?) storage, re-using, etc. I write the flavors on the lids with a sharpie and it washes off with dish soap.

I have more ice cream scoops than I can keep track of at this point and I definitely play favorites. This ice cream scoop does the best job ever of cutting through firm ice cream and still delivers a pretty scoop. It gets bonus points for being one of the least expensive scoops I own as well.

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Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Recipe

You’ll need the following ingredients to make this recipe:

  • heavy cream and whole milk
  • sugar and salt
  • vanilla and peppermint extracts
  • coconut oil
  • semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • green food coloring (optional)

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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Combine the cream, milk, sugar, salt, vanilla extract, peppermint extract, and green food coloring (if desired) in a large bowl. Whisk to combine.

Pour the mixture into the ice cream maker and churn according to the manufacturer’s instructions. While the ice cream is churning, combine the chocolate chips and coconut oil in a small glass bowl.

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Microwave the chips and oil for 1 minute. Remove from the microwave and stir until smooth. If needed, heat for an additional 20-30 seconds. Stir until smooth. Let cool a bit at room temperature while the ice cream finishes churning.

When the ice cream finishes churning, transfer about a quarter of the ice cream to an airtight container and drizzle the cooled chocolate in thin lines over the ice cream. Continue scooping portions of the ice cream into the container and repeat the drizzle for each layer. Freeze until firm and ready to serve.

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Mint Chip Ice Cream

Interested in more flavors like this mint chip ice cream?

Pineapple, mint, coconut, and lime are combined to create this Pineapple Mint Gelato. It is a refreshingly light and not too sweet frozen treat – as if your favorite mojito married itself to a bowl of ice cream.

Peppermint Mocha Ice Cream is a great way to enjoy your favorite Christmas flavors in a cold and creamy bowl of ice cream. And, I’m drooling over this Mint Chocolate Chip Frappe.

Frozen chocolate and peppermint goodness drizzled with extra chocolate was a deliciously cold treat on a hot summer day with this Frozen Mint Chocolate Milk

Vertical shot of hand holding mint chocolate chip ice cream in grassy front yard

Homemade Peppermint Ice Cream is some of the creamiest ice cream I have ever made and for the record, it is worlds away from the mint-flavored ice creams you can find in a store.

Creamy Candy Cane Ice Cream sprinkled throughout with candy cane pieces is perfect with a brownie or topped with chocolate.

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Overhead vertical shot of mint chocolate chip ice cream served in a narrow silver dish with a black ice cream scoop

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Designed to mimic store-bought varieties of Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, this flavor captures the timeless combination of refreshingly cool mint and indulgent chocolate chunks with that vivid green hue we all know and love.
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Chill Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 6

Ingredients 

  • cups heavy cream
  • cups whole milk
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 6 drops green food coloring  OPTIONAL

For the Chocolate Chips

  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil

Instructions

  • Combine the cream, milk, sugar, salt, vanilla extract, peppermint extract, and green food coloring (if desired) in a large bowl. Whisk to combine. Pour the mixture into the ice cream maker and churn according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Chocolate Chip Instructions

  • While the ice cream is churning, combine the chocolate chips and coconut oil in a small glass bowl. Microwave for 1 minute. Remove from the microwave and stir until smooth. If needed, heat for an additional 20-30 seconds. Stir until smooth. Let cool a bit at room temperature while the ice cream finishes churning.
  • When the ice cream finishes churning, transfer about a quarter of the ice cream to an airtight container and drizzle the chocolate in thin lines over the ice cream. Scoop another portion of the ice cream into the container and repeat the chocolate drizzle for each layer of ice cream. Freeze until firm and ready to serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 444kcal · Carbohydrates: 37g · Protein: 5g · Fat: 32g · Saturated Fat: 20g · Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g · Monounsaturated Fat: 8g · Trans Fat: 0.01g · Cholesterol: 75mg · Sodium: 90mg · Potassium: 235mg · Fiber: 1g · Sugar: 35g · Vitamin A: 981IU · Vitamin C: 0.4mg · Calcium: 124mg · Iron: 1mg
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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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  1. jk says

    Mary, I left a question on this recipe earlier today, however, I don’t see it posted.
    Is there a substitute for coconut oil? I would hate to buy it for such a small amount.
    I don’t use coconut oil. Thank you.

    • Mary Younkin says

      Hello! It took a while for me to get to approving comments today. I think I responded to your comment earlier, but in case I didn’t, any oil with a flavor that pairs with chocolate should work well. Canola oil would be a good choice. Enjoy!

  2. Audrey Hall says

    Can you tell me what kind of ice cream churn are you using? I’m getting too old to churn in a traditional crank type.