Worth The Effort | Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Washing up. Yuck. As much as I love to cook and experiment in the kitchen, I just dread the cleaning up part after. I’m a really lazy cook and will always try to minimise using as much equipment as I can just to save on washing up. You know how some people seem to use every single dish/spoon/pot when they are in the kitchen? I’m not like that, but whenever I make ice cream, I seem to effortlessly use a bajillion dishes and I end up cleaning and washing up by hand for at least an hour.

I know some of you are thinking, “doesn’t she have a dishwasher?!” I do, but I always prefer to wash by hand especially when I make sweets as there is so much grease from butter and cream that the anally retentive clean freak in me doesn’t trust the dishwasher to get the job done.

But after re-reading what I’ve just written, I sound like such a whiner. I don’t mean to put you off making ice cream. I’m sorry. Don’t get me wrong, home made ice cream is completely worth all the effort you need to put in.

If you have never made ice cream before, this recipe is definitely one to try as your first. I love the flavour of this ice cream; it tastes completely different from what we think is mint chocolate chip ice cream. Before this recipe, I always thought that mint chocolate was that pepperminty lurid green stuff that I had a kid, and it is, but this particular version is totally different! It actually tastes fresh! Steeping real mint leaves into the custard gives it a wonderful flavour and taste dimension that I can’t really describe. It’s delicious!

Making the “chocolate chips” for this ice cream is easy too. All you have to do is scribble a bit of melted chocolate over the ice cream, let it set, then break it up by smooshing it around with a spoon. Simple! I also adore the colour of this ice cream. It is a very light subtle green, but if you want it to be more brightly coloured, there is no harm in adding some food colouring.

This recipe is definitely worth all the hideous washing up. I’d be more than happy to clean up for a few hours just for a batch of this ice creamy goodness. It’s really fantastic. You must try it.

P.S. Happy Easter everyone :)

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Adapted from a recipe by David Lebovitz.

1 cup (250 ml) milk

¾ cup (150 g) sugar

2 cups (500 ml) heavy cream

pinch of salt

3 cups packed (120 gr) fresh mint leaves

5 large egg yolks

green food colouring, optional

Chocolate chips

125g dark chocolate, chopped

1. In a medium saucepan, heat the milk, sugar, 1 cup (250 ml) heavy cream, salt, and mint.

2. Once the mixture is hot and steaming, remove from heat, cover and let stand for an hour to infuse.

3. Remove the mint with a strainer, then press down with a spatula firmly to extract as much mint flavour and colour as possible. (You can also use well-washed hands to do it as well, making sure the mixture isn’t too hot to safely handle). Squeeze every last drop! Once the flavour is squeezed out, throw out the mint.

4. Pour the remaining heavy cream into a large bowl and set a strainer over the top.

5. Rewarm the infused milk. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, then slowly pour some of the warm mint mixture into the yolks, whisking constantly, then scrape the warmed yolks back into the saucepan.

6. Cook the custard, stirring constantly with a heatproof spatula, until the mixture thickens and coats the spatula. If using a thermometer, it should read around 77ºC.

7. Immediately strain the mixture into the cream, then stir the mixture over an ice bath until cool.

8. Refrigerate the mixture thoroughly, preferably overnight. Add food colouring if you wish. Freeze it in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

9. While the mixture is freezing, melt the chocolate in a small bowl over a pot of simmering water, or in a microwave oven on low power, stirring until smooth. Place a storage container in the freezer.

9. When the ice cream in the machine is ready, scribble the chocolate into a container. Spoon some ice cream into the container, allow the chocolate to set (about 20 seconds), then using a big metal spoon, mix the chocolate into the ice cream, breaking it up as you mix. Repeat with the remaining chocolate and ice cream. Cover and freeze until firm.

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i’m one of those horrible people who uses every single pot/dish/spoon when cooking haha i’d hate it if i had to do all the washing up too! i love that you’ve used ‘real’ mint here. there are so many things to be said about all of those ingredients out there that really have no relation to their flavour whatsoever. delicious looking ice cream!! :)

Real ingredients are the best. Your ice cream looks so good!

Ahhhh! My favorite icecream!! This is beyond awesome.
I really really want to make this… time to buy and icecream maker.

Happy easter!

PS. I’m with you on washing up. HATE IT! I also have a dishwasher, but never use it.

I know I will probably never get much of a chance to make this myself, but your photos are entirely worth it.

I hate dishes too….but they might be worth it if this ice cream winds up in my kitchen :)

ooo – love mint chocolate chip ice cream and DAvid’s recipes are always fabulous!

*Sigh* can’t wait till I get a icecream maker.

this sounds so delicious, i love how much fresh mint there must be in each and every scoop. you must have infinite patience:)

I have been dying to try this recipe forever. Your photos are so beautiful and it looks so good I think I will definitely have to soon. And I know what you mean about all the dishes! I unfortunately don’t have a dishwasher, and it seems like even the most simplest of meals uses so many dishes!


Commenting for the first time… the pics are wonderful… i don’t have an ice cream maker so planning to make it without the machine… can’t wait to try it! Thanks for the wonderful recipe!

why I think the shade of green is subtle, yet gorgeous. My mint plant is pretty miserable now, but Im glad I do have a bag of dried mint that’s meant for tea! That’s still better than those green ogre stained liquid, right? I know I am. Haha

I’m a terribly messy cook. Thankfully the husband doesn’t mind cleaning up after me (maybe it’s because I feed him). I find few things more refreshing and delicious than mint chip ice cream. Looks wonderful!

Just placed my order for an ice cream maker (finally)! So looking forward to making this in 3-5 business days.


Hey, its me again …. the ice cream turned out great …. thought would send u a pic but we managed to clean the bowl before we could take a snap! Thanks again!!


the ice cream turned out great … the tinge of green with speckles of dark brown made the ice cream alluring and hard to resist… thanks again!

aw man i am so like that! dishes ruin everything. also, i really love your blog!!

You can pick up a cheap £20 ice cream maker, essentially a bowl made of an ice pack I think that sits in the freezer the day before you make ice cream. Don’t think you need to spend a fortune on the kit.

Looking forward to trying this though, it’s my wife’s favourite ice cream and I’ve been putting it off. We tried rosemary ice cream the other day which was sublime.

Oh, and she frequently complains that I use all the dishes.

I’m looking forward to reading more of your blog.

this is my favorite ice cream of all. plus i adore mint chocolate gelato…if its done right is so good.
i loathe dishes too.

I hate the cleaning part too! I did get good at until it was part of my job haha. This looks fantastic!

Oooh. How refreshing and soooo delicious does this look!? I love homemade ice cream and will be trying this one this summer for sure!!! Thanks for sharing! Beautiful photos.

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this looks gr8! i wish i had an icecream macchine! i have made some witout, but, its just not as creamy and soft as i’d like it to be

Wow, I think I have found my next ice-cream recipe. Love the idea of using real mint rather than peppermint essence. Thank you for sharing! :)

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I made this last night and it’s amazing! Thanks for sharing, I wish you had more ice cream recipes.


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I never really thought about the ‘fakeness’ of store bought mint choc chip ice cream, but as soon as you try this- the real thing, the glowing green stuff will never do again. This recipe was one of our favorites in our frozen treat round up: http://www.partselect.com/JustForFun/Chilly-Fridge-Freezer-Treats.aspx Thank you so much for sharing!

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