I’m going to use this post as an exercise in deriving one ice cream from another so you can see how easy this is.
Mint chocolate chip ice cream is mint ice cream with chocolate chips or shaved bar chocolate added in, towards the very end of churning your ice cream in your ice cream maker.
Mint ice cream is vanilla ice cream with mint extract or crushed mint leaves used as the primary flavoring instead of vanilla.
So the first thing we need to do is..
Select an Ice Cream Base
What is the basic frozen dessert you want to layer the flavors of mint and chocolate on to?
Philadelphia Style – Milk, cream and sugar, uncooked.
Philadelphia ala Jeni Bauer – Milk, cream, sugar and Jeni’s magic, cooked.
Philadelphia ala Mark Bittman – Milk, cream, sugar and a little corn starch.
Gelato Base – Milk, cream, sugar and eggs
French Style Base – Milk, cream, sugar and eggs
Buttermilk Base – Buttermilk, milk, cream, sugar and eggs.
Sour Cream Base – Sour cream, milk, sugar and eggs. This is actually a recipe for Strawberry Sour Cream ice cream, just leave out the strawberries.
Frozen Yogurt Base – 3 styles
Add the Mint Flavoring
Follow the recipe you have chosen but replace the vanilla with mint.
If you want to make a fresh mint ice cream then I would suggest you use a big handful (roughly 2 cups) of mint leaves per quart.
Soak the leaves in the milk or milk and cream you will be using in your ice cream for at least an hour in the refridgerator. Then strain out the leaves when you go to use the milk. Alternatively you can do this as part of a pre-chilling process right before the mix is ready to be added to your ice cream maker.
Mint Extract or Oil
If you dont want to use fresh mint you can use mint extract or oil. This you will whisk into your mix right before you freeze it in your ice cream maker. I can’t tell you exactly how much to use as this is going to vary by brand. Start with a couple of drops and taste. Add more to taste. Remember once frozen the flavor of your ice cream will be weaker than when you are tasting. A few drops of extract or oil can also be added to fresh mint based ice cream (above) if you want a stronger mint flavor. This is good and relatively inexpensive brand.
Mix-in the Chocolate.
Towards the very end of freezing, when you know there is only a few minutes left to go in your ice cream maker, gradually add 1/2 cup of chocolate chips or shaved bar chocolate. I shave mine with a serrated steak knife. What specific kind or brand of chocolate bar? How big should the chocolate pieces be? This is your ice cream recipe, you tell me! Any hard chocolate from M&Ms to Valrhona Noir Extra Amer – 85% Cacao will work fine. For that matter you could add chopped Oreos and make it a Mint Cookies and Cream Ice Cream.
There you have it. You have just created your own recipe for mint chocolate chip ice cream.
If this is all just to much work here is a very good simple recipe.
- 3 cups heavy cream
- 1 cup whole milk
- ¾ cup sugar
- ½ cup chocolate chips
- 4 drops pure peppermint oil or two cups of hand torn, fresh mint leaves
- pinch of salt
- Mix all the ingredients together except the chocolate chips.
- Pre-chill using one of these methods.
- If using mint leaves, pour the cold mix through a strainer to remove them.
- Freeze in your ice cream maker as per manufacturer's instructions.
- A few minutes before you stop freezing, sprinkle in the chocolate chips.
- Eat immediately or within in 4 hours of hardening in your freezer.
- Store in a freezer proof container with a cling wrap pressed into the surface of the ice cream.