Our family loves ice cream in just about every flavor, but when it comes to mint we’re picky. The best mint ice cream is homemade, and this is the recipe I use when I take the time to make it.
This recipe is adapted from the only ice cream book I own (and love), The Ultimate Ice Cream Book: Over 500 Ice Creams, Sorbets, Granitas, Drinks, And More. I’ve made this many, many times in the past 5 years and everyone is crazy for it, which totally makes it worth the effort.
Tonight’s batch was particularly good because instead of using plain chocolate, I used a combination of grated dark chocolate and finely chopped mint UFOs from Trader Joe’s. UFO fans, you know what I’m talking about! They’re the best chocolate mints ever, and I’m generally not a mint fan.
So anyway, this is a good mint ice cream recipe and I hope you try it. Just make sure to use a really good chocolate that will melt in your mouth with the ice cream and grate it or finally chop it.
Update: This recipe works well with fresh mint, too. I’ve included directions for making fresh mint ice cream in the notes.
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup whole milk
- 2 cups heavy cream (divided use)
- 1 3/4 teaspoons peppermint extract (not mint -- make sure it says peppermint)
- 1/8 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 oz (or to taste) grated dark chocolate or melt-in-your-mouth chocolate chunks (see note)
- Mix the sugar, cornstarch and eggs together in a bowl and set it next to the stove.
- In a heavy saucepan set over medium heat, bring the 1 cup of milk and 1 cup of the cream to a simmer. Pour the simmering cream mixture into the egg mixture whisking constantly, then return the mixture to the saucepan. Reduce heat to about medium low and whisk or stir constantly until the mixture thickens – it should not come to a complete boil, but rather thicken just to the consistency of thick gravy and coat the spoon. If you have a candy thermometer, it should read somewhere between 165 and 170. Remove from heat and pour into a large bowl or a large shallow dish (a trick to make it cool faster).
- Pour the remaining 1 cup of cream into the mixture, then stir in the peppermint extract and vanilla. If desired, add a few drops of green food coloring.
- Cover loosely with plastic wrap and chill for a few hours or overnight until very cold.
- Following the ice cream maker’s directions, mix the ice cream until thick. During last 5 minutes of ice cream mixing, add the grated chocolate. Spoon into a lidded container and let sit in the freezer to ripen until you are ready to serve it.
- Makes about 4 cups
For fresh mint ice cream, start by putting 1 cup milk and 1 cup of the cream in a large saucepan along with about 20 mint leaves. Bring to a simmer, then turn off heat and let steep for 10 minutes. Push through a sieve, then follow recipe as directed using the mint flavored milk/cream mixture.