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Easy Chocolate Ice Cream

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. Process: 20 min. + freezing


1-1/2 quarts

This super simple chocolate ice cream recipe is the perfect treat at a moments notice. It's also a bonus that most of the ingredients are kitchen staples. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
Easy Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2 cups half-and-half cream
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream


  1. Combine half-and-half, sugar, cocoa and vanilla in a blender; process on low until smooth. Stir in heavy cream. Freeze in an ice cream freezer according to manufacturer's directions.

Chocolate Ice Cream Tips

What type of cocoa powder should you use in a chocolate ice cream recipe?

This recipe is all about the indulgent chocolate flavor, so don’t be afraid to splurge on a high-quality cocoa. Choose the powder you like, whether it’s regular cocoa or Dutch-processed.

What mix-ins can you add to a chocolate ice cream recipe?

There's practically no limit to what you can mix into your homemade chocolate ice cream! Make rocky road ice cream with mini marshmallows and chopped nuts. Chop and freeze some peppermint patties, then gently fold into the chocolate ice cream with some crushed chocolate mint cookies. Layer in ribbons of fudge sauce or chocolate syrup as you pack the ice cream, or add chopped up brownie bits and edible cookie dough.

How do you store chocolate ice cream?

You can keep the ice cream in a container in the freezer for up to three months. To help stop ice crystals from forming, smooth out the top after scooping and return the ice cream promptly to the freezer. Find more of our favorite ice cream recipes.

Research contributed by Christine Rukavena, Taste of Home Book Editor

Nutrition Facts

1/2 cup: 288 calories, 18g fat (12g saturated fat), 65mg cholesterol, 31mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (28g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.

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