Chocolate Ice Cream

  • Prep 15 mins
  • Total 24h 15 mins
  • Easy
  • Serves 4

TIP: Add some fun to your chocolate ice cream by using edible cookie dough chunks and mini chocolate chips as mix-ins.

MAKE IT DAIRY-FREE: Use vegan cream cheese for cream cheese, unsweetened coconut cream for heavy cream, and unsweetened oat milk for whole milk. Whisk the coconut cream until smooth, then add the remaining ingredients.

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Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe

Who doesn’t love chocolate ice cream? When you’re craving something sweet with a creamy texture, chances are you’re going to look for the perfect chocolate ice cream recipe but just any recipe won’t do. After all, people love a homemade chocolate ice cream recipe because they want that smooth velvety taste that comes from a tested recipe. The good news? You’ve found it here! 

Keep reading to learn how to make homemade chocolate ice cream.

What Is Chocolate Ice Cream Made From?

Some people think that all chocolate ice cream ingredients are the same, but they don’t have to be. While typically made of milk, sugar, and cocoa powder, you can vary the recipe. For instance, you can add milk chocolate chips, dark chocolate chips or even white chocolate chips. If you really want to get creative, try mixing in Nutella, peanut butter, or caramel.

For a dairy free take, you can substitute vegan cream cheese for regular, coconut cream for heavy cream or use sweetened oat milk instead of whole milk.

Chocolate Ice Cream Is Always a Good Idea

After you found this chocolate ice cream recipe for an ice cream maker, you may be wondering about the best time to serve it. Here’s the truth there is never a wrong time. Chocolate ice cream is the perfect treat for holidays and parties, including pool parties on hot days, family dinners or when you feel like treating yourself to something special.

What to Serve With Chocolate Ice Cream 

Chocolate ice cream isn’t served only in bowls and cones. Instead, you can use the ice cream as a base for a myriad of desserts that will please even the most discerning palate.

Ice Cream Cake

There is nothing quite like an ice cream cake – light and fluffy cake mixed with creamy ice cream just go great together. And when you use chocolate ice cream, your cake flavor options really open up. Strawberry and chocolate ice cream cake anyone?


Crepes are a delightful menu item that can be served with just about any meal – especially when they are dessert crepes. To make them, fill the crepe with frozen chocolate ice cream and then roll it up. Be sure to set the seams on the bottom so they stay in place. If you want to add a little oomph, pour syrup over the top.

Ice Cream Sandwich

Too many ice cream sandwiches use vanilla ice cream. People love vanilla ice cream, but when you need chocolate, there’s nothing quite like a dark chocolate shell with milk chocolate ice cream in the middle of it. It’s the ideal chocolate fix!


If you want a filling but sumptuous treat, you can’t beat a chocolate milkshake. To make it, just add chocolate ice cream and milk to the Ninja Creami, and use the MILKSHAKE function to create a drinkable treat that will leave you satisfied. If you want to mix things up a bit, you can swirl in syrups or things like chocolate cookie dough to make it a one-of-a-kind treat.

Banana Split

The trifecta of ice cream is the chocolate, vanilla and strawberry ice cream that make up a banana split. Topped with cherries and bananas, these treats are on the favorite list of many. And when you use homemade chocolate ice cream – or better yet, make all three flavors yourself – it takes the traditional treat over the top.



Q: Which ice cream came first chocolate or vanilla?

A: Chocolate ice cream was created before vanilla ice cream. The origins of chocolate ice cream can be dated back to Naples, Italy in 1692. In the United States, chocolate ice cream made its appearance in the 1800s. 

Q: How much caffeine is in chocolate ice cream?

A: One cup of chocolate ice cream contains about 6 milligrams of caffeine. If you add chocolate candy to the ice cream, the caffeine level goes up. For instance, if you add 1/4 cup of chocolate candy to your cup of chocolate ice cream, it adds 8 milligrams of caffeine.

Q: Who invented chocolate ice cream?

A: The first recipe for chocolate ice cream appeared in a cookbook in Naples, Italy in 1692. The cookbook was called The Modern Steward and was written by Antonio Latini. 

Q: How much sugar is in chocolate ice cream?

A: Depending on how the ice cream is made, you will find between 27 and 90 grams of sugar in chocolate ice cream. If you add sprinkles or other toppings, you could add an additional 16 to 24 grams of sugar. That means the total amount of sugar in chocolate ice cream could reach 36 to 120 grams. 

Q: What goes with chocolate ice cream?

A: You have many choices when it comes to what goes with chocolate ice cream. Berries always go with chocolate, so adding fresh berries to your ice cream can bring a healthy twist. Another great way to add flavor to your chocolate is to put it on top of sponge cake, marble cake, or any kind of pastry.

Q: What is more popular vanilla or chocolate ice cream?

A: According to a recent study by YouGov Omnibus, chocolate ice cream barely beats vanilla in popularity. 14% percent of people say they prefer chocolate ice cream. And just under that, 13% of people say they prefer vanilla ice cream. 

Q: How long does it take to make homemade chocolate ice cream from scratch?

A: If you use an ice cream maker, the process can take only about 10 minutes. But keep in mind that you will have to freeze the ice cream before you eat it. The ideal freeze time is 24 hours. 

Q: Why is chocolate ice cream the best?

A: People like chocolate ice cream because the cocoa flavor in it gives it some depth that you can’t get with other flavors. Also, chocolate ice cream surprising has some health benefits, mostly due to the antioxidants within it.


  • Contains Milk/Dairy

Tip: Allergy Advice

This dish contains the following allergens: Milk/Dairy

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  • 1 tablespoon cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk


  • Microwave-Safe Bowl
  • Whisk
  • Step 1

    In a large microwave-safe bowl, add the cream cheese and microwave for 10 seconds. Add the cocoa powder, sugar, and vanilla extract and with a whisk or rubber spatula, combine until the mixture looks like frosting, about 60 seconds.

  • Step 2

    Slowly mix in the heavy cream and milk until fully combined and sugar is dissolved.

  • Step 3

    Pour base into an empty CREAMi™  Pint. Place storage lid on pint and freeze for 24 hours.

  • Step 4

    Remove pint from freezer and remove lid from pint. Place pint in outer bowl, install Creamerizer™ Paddle onto outer bowl lid, and lock the lid assembly on the outer bowl. Place bowl assembly on motor base and twist the handle right to raise the platform and lock in place.

  • Step 5

    Select ICE CREAM.

  • Step 6

    When processing is complete, add mix-ins or remove ice cream from pint and serve immediately.