Vanilla Ice Cream with Chocolate Chips

  • Prep 5 mins
  • Total 24h 5 mins
  • Easy
  • Serves 4

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.

MAKE IT LITE: Use ½ teaspoon stevia and 2 ½ tablespoons raw agave nectar for granulated sugar. Process on the LITE ICE CREAM program.

TIP: Since the MIX-IN program does not break down harder ingredients, we recommend using mini chocolate chips for perfectly sized chunks.

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The Best Vanilla Ice Cream With Chocolate Chips Recipe

Want to know the secret to the best vanilla ice cream with chocolate chips? It’s all in the ratio of ice cream and chocolate chips. Too few chocolate chips and eaters will be disappointed. Too many and the chocolate will overwhelm the delicate vanilla ice cream. But when the chocolate and vanilla are perfectly paired? It’s ice cream heaven.

People love chocolate chip vanilla ice cream for that reason — the unforgettable pairing of creamy vanilla and chocolate bites. You don’t need to wait for a hot day to serve this treat. Serve it as dessert after a family meal, bring it to a party, or another get-together. Your options are limitless.  

If you’re looking for the best vanilla chocolate chip ice cream recipes, sit back and relax because you’ve stumbled on vanilla and chocolate chip perfection.  

What Ingredients Do You Need for Vanilla Chocolate Chip Ice Cream?

Vanilla chocolate chip ice cream contains all the goodness you would expect. Heavy cream, whole milk, cream cheese and those extras that make it so delish — mini-chocolate chips and vanilla extract. But the recipe can be adjusted if any of those ingredients don’t fit your lifestyle. 

For instance, if you can’t eat dairy, we’ve got you covered. Instead of using the ingredients listed above, substitute vegan cream cheese for regular cream cheese, unsweetened coconut cream for heavy cream and unsweetened oat milk for whole milk. Just mix in coconut cream until it’s smooth and add the remaining ingredients to make a dairy-free version of this vanilla with chocolate chip ice cream that is just as good.

5 Vanilla Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Dessert Inspirations

When learning how to make chocolate chip ice cream, you might be tempted to serve it in a bowl or an ice cream cone, but the truth is that you have a myriad of options. In fact, if you really want to make an impression, try serving this delicious ice cream in one of the following ways.  

Bring on the Toppings

One of the most popular ways to serve ice cream is to let people make their own sundaes. To do it, place the ice cream in the center of a table and surround it with little bowls of toppings. For instance, you can include granola, pieces of candy, syrups, fruit or anything else that would make people smile as they build their dessert.


Ice cream crepes are a unique and fun way to serve ice cream, and when you use vanilla chocolate chip ice cream, you have a lot of options. For instance, you can start by placing about 1/3 cup of frozen ice cream in the center of a crepe, wrapping the crepe around the ice cream and sealing the edges. Then top the crepe with raspberry sauce or fresh fruit for an unexpected twist that will delight.

Hint: To make the perfect crepe, be sure to use a quality non-stick pan.

Root Beer Float

There is something about a cold mug of root beer filled with creamy vanilla ice cream. But when you add chocolate chips to the mix? Oh my. Be sure to use quality root beer for this recipe to have the best possible outcome.


People love milkshakes — and with good reason. A good milkshake is a perfect treat on a hot day or when you are craving something sweet. To make the perfect shake, all you need is your vanilla chocolate chip ice cream, some milk and another flavor like berries.

Use your Ninja Creami and use the setting MILKSHAKE to get the smoothest high-quality milkshake right at home. You  can use also a single-serve blender if you’re only making one serving. Press ON. Pour the thick and creamy mixture into a glass and enjoy.


Quick — what’s the perfect dessert pairing? If you said creamy vanilla ice cream and double chocolate, you’re right! Since our vanilla chocolate chip ice cream recipe already has a healthy serving of chocolate, it only makes sense for chocoholics to double the goodness by placing the ice cream on top of a fudgy brownie. Can you say yum?


Q: Why is homemade ice cream better than store bought ice cream?

A: Homemade ice creams are better than store-bought ice cream for a variety of reasons. For starters, store-bought ice cream contains chemical additives to make the product last longer. It is prepared in large batches, so you may be able to make your homemade ice cream creamier and tastier than what you would get at a store. You also have the liberty to adjust and customize the recipe for your own dietary needs. Finally, when you make ice cream at home, you can create unique flavors that you would not find in a store. 

Q: How can I make vanilla chocolate chip ice cream lactose free?
A: It is possible to enjoy vanilla chocolate chip ice cream without dairy. To make it, simply substitute a dairy-free milk product for the milk that is called for in your recipe. Then, use dairy free chocolate chips to complete the recipe. 

Q: What kind of chocolate chips should I pair with vanilla ice cream?
A: You can use any type of chocolate chips when making vanilla ice cream. You can use milk chocolate chips, dark chocolate chips, or even white chocolate chips. Remember that if you use unsweetened chocolate chips, you might want to add a sweetener such as honey to the recipe. 


  • Contains Milk/Dairy

Tip: Allergy Advice

This dish contains the following allergens: Milk/Dairy

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  • 1 tablespoon (1/2 ounce) cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips, for mix-in


  • Rubber Spatula
  • Microwave-Safe Bowl
  • Step 1

    In a large, microwave-safe bowl, microwave the cream cheese for 10 seconds. Add the 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® Breeze™ Pint. Place storage lid on pint and freeze for 24 hours.

  • Step 4

    Remove pint from freezer and remove storage lid from pint. Please refer to the quick start guide for assembly and unit interaction information.

  • Step 5

    Select ICE CREAM.

  • Step 6

    With a spoon, create a 1 1/2-inch wide hole that reaches the bottom of the pint. Add chocolate chips to the hole in the pint and process again using the MIX-IN program.

  • Step 7

    When processing is complete, remove ice cream from pint and serve immediately.