Rich Chocolate Ice Cream – Custard Based

Rich Chocolate Ice Cream made with a custard base make this so smooth and creamy

Rich Chocolate Ice Cream made with a custard base make this so smooth and creamy

OK, this is not a kiddie ice cream. This is an ice cream for adults. No, it’s not boozy. It’s decadent, it’s smooth, it’s rich, it’s creamy. It’s like silk sliding down your throat.  Not for kids. They just wouldn’t appreciate it. At least my kids wouldn’t.

Rich Chocolate Ice Cream made with a custard base make this so smooth and creamy

Well maybe they would. I honestly don’t know because I hid this ice cream in the back of the freezer, under the frozen veggies, so they wouldn’t find it. I know, I’m a horrible mother. I admit it. It’s not like I don’t let them have ice cream. They get plenty. And I even add fun stuff to their ice cream like strawberries and Nutty Bars.

Rich Chocolate Ice Cream made with a custard base make this so smooth and creamy

But this ice cream was good. I mean really good. I mean I licked the ice cream beater from the machine and had chocolate ice cream drool running down my chin good.

Rich Chocolate Ice Cream made with a custard base make this so smooth and creamy

I wasn’t going to let a drop of this ice cream go to waste. Especially on a child. I know, I’m really trying to earn that mother of the year award. But seriously, I can buy the cheap ice cream and pour some chocolate syrup on it and they’d be happy.

Rich Chocolate Ice Cream made with a custard base make this so smooth and creamy

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Rich Chocolate Ice Cream – Custard Based


  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder ( I used Hershey's)
  • 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat combine cream, milk and cocoa, whisking to combine. Bring to a simmer. Remove from heat and stir in chocolate chips until completely melted. set aside.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together egg yolks and sugar until a pale yellow and thickened, about 2-3 minutes. Add 1/2 cup of milk mixture to egg/sugar mixture while continuing to whisk so you don't cook your eggs. Repeat 2 more times adding 1/2 cup of milk mixture to egg mixture.
  3. Stir egg mixture back into saucepan with remaining milk mixture. Place back on stove and over medium-low heat bring back to a simmer. Continue to stir until mixture thickens slightly and coats the spoon. About 5-7 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and pour through a mesh strainer into a medium bowl to remove any lumps that may have formed. Stir in vanilla and place bowl in an ice bath to cool to room temperature.
  5. Completely chill mixture in the refrigerator for 4 hours or overnight is best. Freeze in Ice cream maker according to manufacturer's directions.

Rich Chocolate Ice Cream made with a custard base make this so smooth and creamy

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  1. I have to laugh at you Joan because I’m laughing at myself. There was a wonderful bakery in our town years ago where my husband would buy a really, really good birthday cake for me each year. I would make my kids most favorite dessert for my birthday so they wouldn’t eat my cake. Then I’d hide it (just like you) in the back of the freezer and every night after they’d go to bed, I”d slice a BIG piece for myself and my husband :) We would savor each bite. It was a sad day each year when the cake was gone! I think your ice cream really looks like it’s worth hiding! :)

  2. ahhh you’re speakin’ my language!!! CHOCOLATEYYYYYY

  3. Yummmm! I would definitely want to keep this for myself :-)

  4. Yum. I love good chocolate ice cream so I’m giving your’s a try. Did you know that National Chocolate Ice Cream Day is June 7? I’m going to make your ice cream in celebration of that day and post it on my blog with a mention and link back to you, if that’s OK with you. Have a great day.

  5. This looks perfect for a chocolate ice cream lover!

  6. what??? That looks awesome!!! i love that it doesn’t take an ice cream machine {I don’t have one} Thanks for linking up to Tasteful Tuesdays and for the link back :o) Can’t wait to see what you bring next week. Emily @ Nap-Time Creations
    oh, and I just posted looking for some help with my blog… maybe you can offer some advice?

  7. I much prefer “real” ice cream to two or three ingredient versions. This looks wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing at Two Cup Tuesday on Pint Sized Baker. I’ve pinned it!

  8. Chocolate Ice Cream is my favorite! Pinned. I know what I’m making this weekend..thanks. :-)

  9. What kind of coca do u use? Is it sweetens or unsweetened

  10. This looks so decadent! I’m not even a big chocolate ice cream person, but this look so delicious I’d definitely give it a go.

  11. Looks wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing at Weekend Potluck.

  12. This looks INCREDIBLE! Love, love, love! I bet it did not last long at your house!

  13. This looks delicious; you are making me want some ice cream!

  14. This sounds so good. I’d love it if you would bring this over to my Saturday Spotlight party to share. Hope to see you there!

    Angels Homestead

  15. Justine says:

    This sounds so good! My siblings, cousin, and I love ice cream. We always want ice cream. I would really love to try this. What ice cream maker do you use?

  16. Oh my gosh – this looks so delish! Thanks for sharing at Project Inspired! Pinned!

  17. I was just wondering, the last step says “Completely chill mixture in the refrigerator for 4 hours or overnight is best. Freeze in Ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s directions.”. Do i have to use an ice cream maker? can i just freeze it in the freezer??

    • You don’t have to use an ice cream maker but it will take longer to freeze up. probably at least 12 hours. I have trouble waiting that long for ice cream, haha

  18. Good God! This ice cream puts all others to shame! It looks so rich and creamy I only wish I had the patients to wait for it to freeze! lol. Thank you so much for this website. I will never be skinny again, but who cares! I get to eat chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate and I am happy, happy, happy and that’s all that matters in life! I can’t wait to try this recipe using chocolate and a French Vanilla combination. That would be ridiculously tasty! I’ll let you know how it turns out! ( If I can get it to the freezer ) lol

  19. omg!! this looks sooo deliciouss….can i use whipping cream instead of heavy cream??

  20. OMG!! I made this today and my husband and I are BLOWN away!! This is by far the best ice cream I have ever made! Thank you :)


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