Peppermint Mocha Ice Cream

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Peppermint mocha ice cream is a great way to enjoy your favorite Christmas flavors in a cold and creamy bowl of ice cream.

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Peppermint Mocha Ice Cream

Creamy peppermint with hints of mocha and chocolate is like having all of your favorite holiday treats frozen together. Ice cream isn’t just for summer! My ice cream maker gets a year-round workout as I churn our favorite flavors of that season together.

I’ve heard people say that when trying to mix cocoa powder into milk or cream it can be lumpy or hard to get smooth. Let me help you with that.

When using cocoa powder and sugar together in a recipe, a trick I learned a long time ago is to whisk the cocoa powder together with the sugar.

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Once the cocoa powder and sugar have been smoothly combined add the cream and milk, and warm through. Keep whisking so the sugar and cocoa powder can dissolve.

Add the vanilla and peppermint extracts when you remove the cocoa milk mixture from the heat. Let the mixture cool to room temperature before pouring it into the ice cream maker.

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Creamy candy cane ice cream sprinkled throughout with candy cane pieces is perfect with a brownie or topped with chocolate.

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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.

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Peppermint Mocha Ice Cream Recipe

Ingredients 

  • heavy cream
  • whole milk
  • sugar
  • cocoa powder
  • kosher salt
  • vanilla extract
  • peppermint extract

Instructions

  1. Combine the cream, milk, sugar, cocoa powder, and salt in a small saucepan. Warm the mixture over medium heat, whisking frequently, just until the sugar and the cocoa dissolve. Remove from the heat and add the vanilla and peppermint extracts. Stir to combine and cool to room temperature.
  2. When ready to churn, whisk the mixture again, and pour the mixture into the ice cream maker. Churn according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  3. Transfer the finished ice cream to an airtight container and place it in the freezer until ready to serve. Serve with chocolate shavings on top, if desired.
ice cream with chocolate shavings on top with a black spoon

Homemade ice cream is so much fun to make and create flavors your friends and family will love. This peppermint mocha ice cream is definitely going to be made often, as I’m thinking this might make the perfect affogato ice cream.

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Peppermint Mocha Ice Cream

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Peppermint mocha ice cream is a great way to enjoy your favorite Christmas flavors in a cold and creamy bowl of ice cream.
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Prep Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 10 mins
Servings: 6 servings (about 1.5 quarts)

Ingredients 

  • cups heavy cream
  • cup whole milk
  • cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cocoa powder
  • teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon peppermint extract

Instructions

  • Combine the cream, milk, sugar, cocoa powder, and salt in a small saucepan. Warm the mixture over medium heat, whisking frequently, just until the sugar and the cocoa dissolve. Remove from the heat and add the vanilla and peppermint extracts. Stir to combine and cool to room temperature.
  • When ready to churn, whisk the mixture again, and pour the mixture into the ice cream maker. Churn according to the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Transfer the finished ice cream to an airtight container and place it in the freezer until ready to serve. Serve with chocolate shavings on top, if desired.

Nutrition

Calories: 328kcal · Carbohydrates: 27g · Protein: 4g · Fat: 24g · Saturated Fat: 15g · Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g · Monounsaturated Fat: 6g · Cholesterol: 75mg · Sodium: 88mg · Potassium: 150mg · Fiber: 0.1g · Sugar: 27g · Vitamin A: 974IU · Vitamin C: 0.4mg · Calcium: 115mg · Iron: 0.1mg
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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. Siri Zwemke says

    A very good ice cream recipe – I have loved all the ice cream recipes on here so far. A couple of comments – it might be fun to add some crushed candy canes or peppermint bits to this to increase the peppermint a little bit. Also as a frequent ice cream maker, it really helps to add 1-2 TB of alcohol to each ice cream batch – this helps keep the texture creamy and stop it from forming hard ice crystals after a day or two. For this I used Creme de Menthe but other peppermint liqueurs would work as well.4 stars

    • Mary Younkin says

      I am happy to hear you are enjoying the ice cream recipes. We do have more in the works, so check back often. And thank you so much for the suggestion we will have to try that.