Jan 4, 2012

Peppermint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

When James and I first began dating many moons ago, he took me to a Chinese restaurant for dinner.  Yes, it was in a strip mall off of a major road in Tampa.  ;)  The food was good but I know he took me there because at the end of your meal, they always gave you candy cane ice cream for "free".  Candy cane ice cream all year round!!  He was in heaven.  Why it hadn't dawned on me until recently to recreate this ice cream, I will never know!

This ice cream is creamy, cool from the peppermint, and the addition of chocolate chips just takes it to a whole new level.  This one is not just for the holidays!

Peppermint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
Printable Version

1 cup whole milk
¾ cup granulated sugar
Pinch of salt
2 cups heavy cream
1 tbsp. peppermint extract
½ - 1 cup peppermint pieces (from peppermint candies or candy canes), crushed (add as much or as little as you prefer)
½ - 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips (add to preference)

1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine whole milk and sugar. Mix until sugar dissolves. Add in salt and mix briefly. Mix in heavy cream and peppermint extract. Combine well.
2. Cover the bowl and refrigerate until well chilled, 1 to 2 hours.
3. Once the mixture is chilled, transfer to an ice cream making and freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions. Add in peppermint candies and chocolate chips with about 5 minutes remaining in freeze/mix time. Serve as soft serve or freeze until hardened.

adapted from Cravings of a Lunatic, originally adapted from Cuisinart's Simple Vanilla Ice Cream


Angela Gordon said...

Well, this settles it. I must get an ice cream maker. Any combination of chocolate and peppermint is my favorite.

Raquel said...

oh my kids will love it they love peppermint flavor too...  default8475 {"method":"validate","params":[],"id":3,"jsonrpc":"2.0"}

Julie @ Sugarfoot Eats said...

I love peppermint ice cream so much!!  The Asian restaurants I go to just give out orange sherbet.  :/

Lisa @ Sweet as Sugar Cookies said...

Oh yes, I love ice cream and this looks superb.  I have a sweet treat linky party going on at my blog till Monday night
and I'd love it if you'd come by and link your ice cream up.

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