Make Chocolate Ice Cream at home with just 4 ingredients! Classy, ultra-smooth & creamy, this chocolate ice cream is the perfect summer treat. This recipe is simple, quick and comes together under 15 mins, all the time it takes is to freeze. This Chocolate Ice cream recipe is eggless and no ice cream machine needed.
Humans have been making frozen milk treats for hundreds of years. One such example is a Kulfi that served as ancestors to the modern ice creams brought over from Europe to the United States. Nowadays, ice cream is not only the province of royalty. Everyone can enjoy ice cream!
Sometimes you just want a few scoops of chocolate ice cream to satisfy that sweet tooth without the extra effort of making traditional French style ice cream which requires eggs.
About Chocolate Ice Cream
Enter this homemade chocolate ice cream that can be made without an ice cream machine and without eggs!
Like the Indian Kulfi, this recipe uses sweetened condensed milk. Modern sweetened condensed milk was invented in the 1850s by Gail Borden, who heated milk and treated it with sugar to inhibit bacterial growth. Not only does this canned milk last longer, it also serves some important functions for giving this chocolate ice cream its delicious texture.
The fat and sugar in condensed milk not only give the ice cream sweetness and a nice mouthfeel, they also help deter ice crystal growth. This helps keep the ice cream from freezing into a solid block; instead, you get a scoopable, creamy texture.
The heavy cream in the recipe serves a similar purpose. On top of assisting with texture and keeping away ice crystals, whipped heavy cream also incorporates air into the recipe and allows it to replicate the air content (overrun) of commercial ice creams without needing an ice cream machine.
Instead of dense semi-frozen cream, your homemade ice cream remains light and fluffy without the churn!
But what about arguably the most delicious part of the ice cream, the cocoa powder? This is what gives the ice cream its intense flavor. Cocoa powders have no additional sweeteners and so are quite bitter on their own. On top of that, they often come in two varieties: natural and Dutch-processed or alkalized cocoa powder.
While you can use either in this recipe, keep in mind there will be some flavor differences.
Natural cocoa powder has a lower pH and therefore more acidity. It will still give you that delicious chocolate taste you know and crave.
Dutch-processed or alkalized cocoa powder is cocoa powder treated with alkaline solutions to raise its pH and make it less acidic. This gives the cocoa powder a darker color and richer, earthier flavor.
Sometimes you can find cocoa powders that are a mix of natural and Dutch-processed cocoa. No matter what kind of cocoa powder you use, you’ll want to use the highest quality you can afford to give you the best flavor in your ice cream.
Now you know everything you need to make an easy homemade chocolate ice cream with no machine, no eggs, and very little effort. So what are you waiting for? Try this homemade chocolate ice cream today!
How to Make Chocolate Ice Cream (Stepwise photos)
1. Add condensed milk and vanilla extract to a bowl. (1 tin sweetened condensed milk (397 grams, 14 oz can) & 2 teaspoons vanilla extract)
2. Add ½ cup cocoa powder.
3. Give a good mix to incorporate the cocoa into the condensed milk.
4. The mixture has to be without any lumps of cocoa.
5. Chill the ice cream bowl & beaters for at least 24 hours. Chill the cream as well in the fridge.
6. Pour 2 cups chilled heavy whipping cream to the chilled bowl.
7. Begin to whip on a low speed initially. Then on a medium speed.
8. The cream turns frothy first.
9. As it thickens be alert and reduce the speed. Do not over whip.
10. Next it reaches stiff peaks.
11. Transfer the chocolate condensed milk.
12. Gently give a good stir without deflating the cream.
13. Level the mixture.
14. Next place a cling wrap so that it touches the cream. This helps prevent ice crystals.
15. Cover with a lid. Freeze until set. It takes about 15 hours. Scoop and serve chocolate ice cream.
- Chill the bowl & beater well for at least 24 hours.
- Use good quality cocoa for a intense chocolate flavor.
- The recipe works best with whipping cream or heavy cream. If using amul cream, chill it overnight and scoop the top portion of the cream in the pack & use.
- You can also make this ice cream with melted chocolate. Just melt the chocolate following the double boiler method and then stir it in the condensed milk until uniform.
Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )
- 1 tin sweetened condensed milk (397 grams, 14 oz can)
- 2 cups cream chilled, ( 500 ml whipping cream or heavy cream)
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- ½ cup cocoa powder (good quality)
How to Make Chocolate Ice Cream
- Chill the cream, beater and a deep mixing bowl for at least 24 hours.
- Add condensed milk, vanilla and cocoa to another mixing bowl. Whisk well and make a smooth lump free chocolate mixture.
- Pour the chilled cream to the chilled bowl and begin to whip it – initially on a low speed to avoid splashes. Later, on a medium speed until stiff peaks.
- Gently fold in the chocolate condensed milk with the whipped cream until no streaks appear. Transfer the mixture to a freezer safe container (a metal container if possible) and freeze until set.
- Scoop chocolate ice cream and serve.
Alternative quantities provided in the recipe card are for 1x only, original recipe.
For best results follow my detailed step-by-step photo instructions and tips above the recipe card.
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Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe first published in June 2017. Updated and republished in April 2023.
I’m Swasthi Shreekanth, the recipe developer, food photographer & food writer behind Swasthi’s Recipes. My aim is to help you cook great Indian food with my time-tested recipes. After 2 decades of experience in practical Indian cooking I started this blog to help people cook better & more often at home. Whether you are a novice or an experienced cook I am sure Swasthi’s Recipes will assist you to enhance your cooking skills. More about me
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