The Best Chocolate Ice Cream

Best Chocolate Ice Cream |

Hands down, the best chocolate ice cream I’ve ever made. That’s quite a bold statement, but I’ve been working on this for the past few weeks, and this is seriously where it’s at.  It’s rich and creamy, and the Callebaut dark chocolate makes it incredibly luscious.  This is one of those ice creams that may disappear before it ever makes it into the freezer!

So I’ve gotten a few requests for chocolate ice cream this summer, and as glanced over what used to be my go-to recipe, I realized it needed an upgrade.  It involved cocoa powder, but no chocolate… Um, chocolate ice cream should have chocolate in it-right?  After a few rounds of testing and my skinny jeans getting a bit, shall we say snug, I nailed it.

I kind of married my original chocolate ice cream with my chocolate creme brulee recipe.  That’s where the luscious comes in, and the key to this ice cream is using a really good quality chocolate. The Callebaut dark worked beautifully, but you can also use a semisweet if that’s your thing.  The kicker in this recipe, and what I think truly makes it stand out is the addition of light brown sugar. Paired with the chocolate, it gives the ice cream such an incredible depth of flavor, it was just meant to be.

I pried myself away from the ice cream long enough to make some chocolate dipped sprinkleized cones, because I think we’re all in agreement that sprinkles make everything better.  And really, it just looks prettier in a sprinkle cone!

Best Chocolate Ice Cream |

That about wraps it up for the ice cream guys.  I hope you try this one, the testing was definitely worth a few extra miles on the treadmill!  I’ll be working on a new cake over the next few days for my nephew which I’m praying works out the way I see it in my head.  These 3D cakes can be a bit tricky so please send all positive thoughts my way :/  I’ll post photos on facebook and instagram of the progress, and hopefully I’ll get to share it with you guys next week.  Have a great weekend!

Best Chocolate Ice Cream |

Dark Chocolate Ice Cream


  • 16 ounces whole milk
  • 16 ounces heavy cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 8 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 6 ounces semisweet or dark chocolate


  1. Bring milk, heavy cream, salt, and granulated sugar to a low boil.
  2. Whisk egg yolks and light brown sugar together in medium sized bowl.
  3. Slowly add about half of the hot mixture into the eggs & sugar whisking constantly to avoid scrambling the eggs.
  4. Transfer mixture back to the pot and cook over medium low heat till thickened. This takes about a minute.
  5. Immediately strain mixture and pour over chopped chocolate. Whisk to combine.
  6. Once ice cream base comes to room temp, cover and refrigerate overnight.
  7. Add mixture to ice cream maker and process according to manufacturer's directions. This should take about 15 minutes. Store in a covered container in the freezer.


I used Callebaut dark chocolate for this recipe. You can also use a semisweet chocolate.

don't miss a recipe!

Subscribe to receive new posts from Buttercream Blondie:


twitter instagram

26 Responses to “The Best Chocolate Ice Cream”

  1. 1
    Eftychia says:

    Delicious ice cream! My kids will love it!

  2. 2

    I love dark chocolate and I love ice cream! This has my name written all over it!

  3. 3

    Oooh this looks perfect! I usually feel like choc ice cream isn’t chocolatey enough but it sounds like you may have fixed that!

  4. 4
    Jaime says:

    Goodness Meghan!! Beautiful photos and I love sound of chocolate ice cream + chocolate creme brulee!! And yes, I totally agree that sprinkles really do make everything better :-)

  5. 5

    Have I told you how much I love sprinkles?

    Also, I can’t wait to see your cake! Sending good vibes for cake success!

  6. 6

    Oh my deliciousness! The ice cream looks out of this world!!!

  7. 7

    What a lovely presentation! This looks perfect! Who doesn’t love ice-cream.

  8. 8
    Kate says:

    Looks beautiful. I just love the colorful sprinkles. Very inviting and deliciously tasty, I’m sure.

  9. 9
    Cassie says:

    I will take dark chocolate over milk chocolate any day. Love this!

  10. 10
    Stephanie says:

    You had me at dark chocolate!!

  11. 11
    Liz says:

    I must make this for my hubby…he loves a great chocolate ice cream! And your cones are just adorable…perfectly done~

  12. 12
    Brooks says:

    Meghan, Your choice of Callebaut is a delicious one. I’ve not yet used it in an ice cream, but I can imagine the flavor it imparts. Love the dressed up cones…brava!

  13. 13

    Love the sprinkled cones with them, too cute! It can be tough to get good chocolate ice cream, and have it taste like actual chocolate. This sounds delicious!

  14. 14

    Oh my, these look wonderful, from the rice, dark chocolate ice cream to the gorgeous sprinkle-ized cones. i much prefer dark chocolate over milk chocolate, so this is totally my type of dessert. Lovely!

  15. 15
    baker street says:

    Its dark, rich and absolutely divine! Love it.

  16. 16

    I love chocolate ice cream! I can’t wait to try this recipe.

  17. 17
    Terra says:

    BEST chocolate ice cream? You did a beautiful job perfecting this lovely treat:-) I will definitely have to make this for my chocolate loving husband:-) Your cones are adorable! Hugs, Terra

  18. 18

    yes, i’m pretty sure this ice-cream would not make it in the freezer for long.
    Sounds so creamy and so good, and the colorful sprinkles makes it even more irresistible!

  19. 19

    Oh, my stars! Saw Marla’s pin at Pinterest and just HAD to stop by to compliment you on your fabulous recipe, cute sprinkles food styling and dreamy photography! Just. Lovely. I look forward to following your blog in my feed. Outstanding job, Buttercream Blondie! xo

  20. 20

    mmmm… this looks like a great recipe! I will have to try it this summer!! :-)

  21. 21

    […] this winter, I say ice cream all day long! This is hands-down the best chocolate ice cream I’ve made, and it’s about a million times better when you scoop it in a sprinkle-ized […]

  22. 22
    Tam says:

    This looks quite tasty and I can make it myself? I’m thinking this is going to work for me.
    Thank you!!
    this looks ABFAB-OLICIOUS!

  23. 23

    […] it takes is two ingredients and you’re done!  Spoon it over your favorite ice cream, like The Best Chocolate Ice Cream or Kahlua Cookies and Cream,  add some sprinkles and dinner is […]

Leave a Reply

Post a comment or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.