Chocolate Chip Ice Cream is a classic ice cream flavor that everyone loves.
You can make this ice cream recipe easily in your ice cream maker, using a Philadelphia style, egg-free vanilla ice cream base.
This Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Recipe is naturally gluten-free, egg-free, and nut-free.
For a more simple chocolate fix, make No Churn Chocolate Ice Cream instead.
Why You'll Love This Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Recipe
Classic Ice Cream Flavor - Vanilla ice cream plus bits of chewy chocolate is an ice cream that we all know and love. Chocolate chip ice cream appeals to everyone, making it a no-brainer when it comes to choosing a recipe to make for your family or friends.
Easy to Make - Philadelphia Style ice cream uses heavy cream, milk, and sugar rather than an egg-based custard, meaning that it is quicker and easier to make than traditional French-style ice creams. There is no cooking involved, and your ice cream base doesn't need to chill, so it will be ready to churn faster.
Just Six Ingredients - This ice cream recipe is pretty basic, and uses easy to find ingredients. It's possible that you already have them all in your house!
Egg Free - Some churned ice cream recipes require egg yolks to create a creamy custard base, but not this one. This chocolate chip ice cream is perfectly creamy without a single egg in sight.
No Chemicals - Making your own Chocolate Chip Ice Cream from scratch allows you to control the ingredients that go into it. Store-bought ice creams are often filled with preservatives that aren't necessarily needed.
Chocolate Chips or Chunks - I like to use chopped chocolate in my ice cream recipes because I enjoy the different sizes and textures this adds, but you can use mini chocolate chips too!
Ingredients in Homemade Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
To make a churned chocolate chip ice cream, you'll need the following simple ingredients.
Heavy cream - I don't think we can call it ice cream without adding heavy cream to the mix.
Whole Milk - A blend of both whole milk and heavy cream creates the perfect creamy texture. Don't use 1 or 2 percent milk for ice cream making. The fat level in whole milk is needed.
Granulated Sugar - Granulated white sugar is the simple option here, and is the most effective way to get the right sweetness and the perfect texture in your ice cream.
Vanilla Extract - Vanilla elevates the flavor of the milk and cream.
Salt - A bit of kosher salt balances the sweetness and makes your chocolate chip ice cream delicious.
Semi-Sweet Chocolate - you'll need about a cup of chopped semisweet chocolate for chocolate chip ice cream. I used a chocolate bar. You can also use miniature chocolate chips.
If you have any questions about the ingredients in this chocolate chip ice cream, please leave it in the comments below.
How to Make Chocolate Chip Ice Cream from Scratch
- In a large bowl, combine the heavy cream, whole milk, granulated sugar, vanilla extract, and kosher salt. Whisk for 2-3 minutes, until the sugar is dissolved into the mixture. You should not feel any grit if you rub the mixture together between two fingers.
- Churn the ice cream mixture in the bowl of your ice cream machine according to your manufacturer’s instructions (mine took about 25 minutes).
- The ice cream is ready when it is thick and the consistency of soft-serve ice cream.
- During the last two minutes of the churn, add the chocolate chips or chunks.
- Continue mixing until the chocolate is evenly dispersed.
- Spoon the ice cream into a shallow container or loaf pan. Press plastic wrap to the surface of the ice cream, and freeze for at least 4 hours, or until solid. Let sit at room temperature for 5 minutes before serving.
These numbered steps match the numbered photos above and are for illustration purposes. For the complete list of ingredients and instructions in this chocolate chip ice cream, please see the recipe below.
How to Store Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
Store this Chocolate Chip Ice Cream in the freezer in an airtight container (we really like these reusable ice cream containers) with a piece of parchment paper or wax paper pressed to the top of the ice cream. It will last for up to one month if properly stored.
Tips for Making the Best Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Recipe
Use quality ingredients – When making homemade ice cream, you’ll want to make sure you are using high quality ingredients for the best outcome.
Chill out – If possible, always start with chilled ingredients. This is important for homemade no-churn ice cream recipes and ice cream maker recipes. Be sure that the bowl for your ice cream machine is also completely frozen solid.
Make sure it stays cold - Your mixture must be really cold before going into the ice cream machine to churn. If you find that it is not cold enough, let it chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before churning. If it’s not cold enough, it will not get thick.
Don’t skimp on the fat – High fat milks and creams are essential when making homemade ice cream. Opting for a low-fat option often leads to icy ice creams and inconsistency in the texture.
Don’t go crazy with the add-ins – If you’re adding in additional ingredients, pick one or two and make sure they are chopped into pieces no larger than a blueberry or pea.
Use your favorite chocolate - Chocolate chips or chopped chocolate of any variety can be used in this recipe. Try dark or milk chocolate, or a mix of them instead.
Don’t skimp on the sugar – Sugar not only adds sweetness to homemade ice creams, it also helps with the texture. Sugar is essential for the creamy texture of ice cream.
No Churn Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Directions
You can easily turn this chocolate chip ice cream recipe into a no-churn one. Just follow these steps:
Chill a shallow container or a loaf pan in the freezer while you mix the ice cream ingredients.
Pour the chocolate chip ice cream mixture into the prepared pan and freeze for 3-4 hours. Stir the ice cream every 30 minutes for the first 2 hours to help add air. This will help create a creamy, smooth texture.
Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Add-ins
You can add almost anything to this chocolate chip ice cream recipe to create an entirely new ice cream recipe that is all your own! The beauty of chocolate chip ice cream is really in its simplicity, but don't let that stop you.
Add more chocolate in the form of other types of chocolate chips, chopped candy bars, or chocolate cake or cookies (like Oreos).
Try a swirl of fudge sauce, caramel, or marshmallow creme.
Get creative by adding chopped fruits like bananas, cherries, or strawberries.
Nuts such as peanuts, almonds, or walnuts would be delicious here.
What is Semi-Sweet Chocolate?
Typically semi-sweet chocolate will have at least 50% cacao and less than 50% sugar. You can buy semi-sweet bars in the baking section of the grocery store, or you can use a bar of dark chocolate with a higher amount of sugar.
What if I don't like chewing on chocolate chips in ice cream?
It's totally understandable if the texture of frozen chocolate chips is not your favorite thing. This is why I like to use chopped chocolate in this ice cream recipe. Chopping allows you to get the chocolate into pieces that are smaller than chocolate chips, so they won't be so chewy.
Can I make ice cream sandwiches with chocolate chip ice cream?
That is an amazing idea! Homemade Ice cream sandwiches with vanilla chocolate chip ice cream sound perfect.
You can also make ice cream sandwiches using chocolate chip cookies.
How Do I Chop Chocolate for Homemade Ice Cream?
There are two schools of thought when it comes to adding chocolate chunks to ice cream. My ideal way is to just chop the chocolate right from the bar, creating various sizes of chocolate pieces. I use a sharp chef's knife for this job.
The other method is more time consuming but is a great option if you really don't like hard pieces of chocolate in your ice cream.
Take your chocolate bar and melt it down with two tablespoons of water. Stir well, then spread the melted chocolate onto a sheet pan lined with parchment. If the chocolate appears chunky or curdled, add a bit more water until it's smooth.
Let the chocolate set up, then chop it with a sharp knife into small pieces. These fudgy pieces will be thinner and softer due to the addition of water.
More Delicious Homemade Ice Cream Recipes
- Peanut Butter Ice Cream is so smooth and rich.
- Strawberry Ice Cream is another classic favorite ice cream flavor that you should make.
- I think you'll like this Birthday Cake Ice Cream Recipe too, it's perfect for all types of celebrations.
Here are some of our favorite tools to make ice cream with:
- Cuisinart 2QT Ice Cream Maker - Works with ice cream, sorbets, and frozen yogurt.
- Loaf Pan - You can use any 9 x 13 loaf pan or a shallow pan, but we like this one.
- Ice Cream Scoop - Make sure you have a good ice cream scoop. This is one of our favorites.
- Ice Cream Bowls - You can use any bowl, but we think these are fun.
- Ice Cream Containers - We love keeping a couple of ice cream containers on hand for when we make homemade ice cream.
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- 2 cups heavy cream
- 1 cup whole milk
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ tsp kosher salt
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
- Chill the ice cream bowl for at least 24 hours or until solid. You should not hear any water sloshing around when you shake the bowl.
- In a large bowl, combine the heavy cream, whole milk, granulated sugar, vanilla extract and kosher salt.
- Whisk for 2-3 minutes, until the sugar is dissolved into the mixture. You should not feel any grit if you rub the mixture together between two fingers.
- Churn the ice cream mixture in the bowl of your ice cream machine according to your manufacturer’s instructions (mine took about 25 minutes), until it is thick and the consistency of soft-serve ice cream.
- In the last two minutes of the churn, add the chocolate chips.
- Spoon the ice cream into a shallow container or a loaf pan.
- Press plastic wrap or wax paper to the surface of the ice cream. Freeze for at least 4 hours, or until solid.
- Let sit at room temperature for about 5 minutes before serving.
- Your ice cream base and ice cream bowl both need to be very cold in order for it to churn. If your base is not cold, place it in the freezer for an hour or so until it is chilled.
- It is important that the granulated sugar dissolves into the milk. This creates a smoother consistency in your final ice cream.
- Homemade ice cream can be stored in the freezer for up to one month. Keep it in an airtight container with a piece of plastic wrap or wax paper pressed to the surface of the ice cream to keep ice crystals from developing.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 533Total Fat: 39gSaturated Fat: 24gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 94mgSodium: 95mgCarbohydrates: 48gFiber: 2gSugar: 45gProtein: 5g