Double Chocolate Ice Cream

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Double Chocolate Ice Cream is unbelievably creamy without being overly sweet! Use a four-quart ice cream maker and have a party, or enjoy ice cream for days. 

A hand holding a round white bowl of double chocolate ice cream.

Ice Cream is serious business in our home. Mike and I both come from huge ice-cream-lovin-families. Both of our dads top ice cream with ice cream, and we both grew up making it homemade. When we’re not making it homemade, we are fans of DQ vanilla cones and consume it all year long, even in freezing temps. That’s how much we love our ice cream!

So what can I say about THIS chocolate ice cream? So much!

  • Unbelievably creamy.
  • Just the right amount of sweet.
  • Double the chocolate, double the taste!
A loaf pan full of double chocolate ice cream, with an ice cream scoop scooping some out.

Ingredients needed for Double Chocolate Ice Cream:

  • Baking Bar  – I use 4 oz. of semisweet chocolate (Baker’s baking bar). Chop it up finely.
  • Cocoa Powder – 1/4 cup of (Hershey’s) unsweetened cocoa powder.
  • Dairy – Equal parts of heavy cream and 1% milk. Don’t use skim!
  • Eggs – Temper the eggs in the chocolate mixture, or use pasteurized eggs (which are safe to eat in raw form)
  • Sugar – You’ll need granulated sugar for the ice cream.
  • Salt – Just a pinch of kosher salt.
  • Vanilla – I always use Watkins Vanilla for my ice cream recipes because it has the best flavor.
  • Ice and Rock Salt – These are used for churning the ice cream only. They don’t go into the actual recipe ingredients.
Two small bowls with the chocolate used in the recipe.
A bowl of the cooked chocolate mixture, ready to store in the refrigerator.

How to make Double Chocolate Ice Cream:

  1. {IN ADVANCE) The night before mixing (or several hours), prep the chocolate mixture. Use a saucepan, and heat two cups of milk, the cocoa powder, sugar, and salt over medium heat, stirring almost constantly. Heat for several minutes.
  2. Temper eggs. Crack eggs into a separate bowl, and whisk. Then add in about a cup of the hot chocolate mixture, whisking it constantly as you pour it into the eggs. Add the tempered eggs into the rest of the chocolate mixture and continue heating (over medium heat) until the mixture reads 160 degrees. Add in the chopped chocolate, and cook until the chocolate is creamy. Store this mixture in the refrigerator until cool, or overnight.
  3. {WHEN READY} Mix up the ice cream. In a large mixing bowl, combine the chilled chocolate mixture, heavy cream, remaining milk, and vanilla – and beat again. Whisk vigorously.
  4. Add to a 4-quart canister. Carefully, pour the mixture into the canister of the ice cream maker.
  5. Start ice cream maker. (We do this outside.) Place the canister into the ice cream maker, and layer the ice and rock salt all around it. As ice melts, continue adding layers of ice and salt. You’ll know when it’s done when ice cream starts to expand and thicken, and the ice cream maker slows down.
  6. Store ice cream. Remove the canister from the ice cream maker, and pour it into a large Tupperware container. Let the ice cream harden in the freezer a bit before serving, if you can wait that long.
The ice cream churner on the deck.
Overhead shot of a four-quart ice cream maker filled with just-made chocolate ice cream.

Some helpful tips for making EPIC homemade ice cream:

  • NOTE: Pasteurized eggs are sometimes hard to find, but they are safe to eat in raw form. You can use these instead of tempering your eggs.
  • You want to make sure that you don’t over-fill the canister. The sweet cream mixture needs room to expand as it freezes, and you will know the ice cream is close when you can see it rise to the top. If you fill it too full, you will be churning forever, and the end result will be a cold creamy liquid, instead of ice cream.

I C E C R E A M Party!!

A guy's hand holding a waffle cone with double chocolate ice cream scoops.

Kitchen Tools used to make this recipe:

Make this ice cream next: Cookies and Cream Ice Cream

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xoxo ~Sue

Double Chocolate Ice Cream combines a creamy chocolate mixture, with eggs, sugar, vanilla, and heavy cream. Unbelievably creamy and decadent! | suebeehomemaker.com

Double Chocolate Ice Cream

Double Chocolate Ice Cream is unbelievably creamy without being overly sweet! Use a four-quart ice cream maker and have a party, or enjoy ice cream for days. 
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours
Servings: 12 1 1/4 cup servings
Calories: 501kcal
Author: Sue Ringsdorf


  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (Hershey’s)
  • 4 cups milk – I use 1%
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 5 large eggs – use Pastuerized eggs if you don't temper your eggs
  • 4 oz. semisweet chocolate baking bar (Baker's) – chop into small pieces
  • 3 Tablespoons Watkins Vanilla
  • 4 cups heavy whipping cream


  • {IN ADVANCE} In a medium stockpot over medium heat, combine two cups of milk, the cocoa powder, sugar, and salt. Bring to a simmer and cook for several minutes.
  • Crack the eggs in a separate bowl and whisk. Temper the eggs by pouring about one cup of the hot chocolate mixture into the eggs, whisking constantly. (We don't want scrambled eggs here.) Then pour the egg into the chocolate mixture, and continue cooking over medium-low heat, until it reaches about 160 degrees. (Do NOT boil.) Then add the chopped chocolate and cook until creamy. Cool completely. Store in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  • {WHEN READY} Mix up the ice cream in a large bowl. Combine the chilled chocolate mixture, the remaining milk, heavy cream, and vanilla – and whip vigorously.
  • Pour into 4-quart canister of ice cream maker. This should fill to about 2/3 – 3/4 full. DON’T OVERFILL or ice cream can’t expand, and you will be left with only a sweet cream.
  • Place canister into ice cream maker, and layer ice and rock salt all around canister. Fill all the way to the top of barrel and start.
  • As ice melts, continue adding more ice and rock salt. When you see ice cream rising to the top of the canister, and ice cream maker starts to slow down, the ice cream should be done. This process may take anywhere from one to two hours. If ice cream is still too soft, continue to churn.
  • When ice cream is done, pour it into a tupperware container with a lid. Store in freezer.



NOTE: Pasteurized eggs are sometimes hard to find, but they are safe to eat in raw form.
To Churn the ice cream. Place the canister into the ice cream maker, and secure the motor on top. Layer the ice and rock salt all around the canister, filling to the top. Start the motor, and churn until the ice cream is done, approximately 30 minutes to one hour, or even longer at times. You will know when it’s done because the ice cream will start to expand and rise to the top, and the motor will slow down. You will hear the motor change.


Calories: 501kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Cholesterol: 191mg | Sodium: 290mg | Potassium: 292mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 1438IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 170mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Whole eggs or egg yolks only? Most recipes I have read only call for egg yolks. Thanks!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      I think I’d use egg yolks only. Will update the recipe.

  2. John Blanch says:

    Made this today, but reduced the ingredient quantities by one half so that it could be churned in the Kitchen-Aid ice cream attachment (which makes 2 quarts only).
    Used creamier Half & Half instead of 1% milk.
    Used only egg yolks (3).
    The 1/4 cup of cocoa powder becomes 1/8 cup, which is 6 tsp or 2 Tbsp.
    Note that there are several quality semisweet baking bars on the market other than Baker’s – I used Ghiradelli’s.
    Sugar was reduced initially from 1 1/2 cups to 3/4 cup, but then when combining ingredients just before churning I tasted the batter & added another 1/8 cup. You may want to skip this.
    Churned for 33 minutes.
    My wife – a chocolate fanatic- says this turned out delicious!
    Thanks for the great recipe – John

  3. This was a hit this weekend! Everyone said it was the best chocolate ice cream they’ve ever had! Many requests to make it again.

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      I’m so happy to hear that ya’ll loved the ice cream, Carrie! 🙂

  4. Dianne Jones says:

    Is 3 tablespoons of vanilla correct? It seems like a lot. Can I use another brand of vanilla if I can’t find Watkins, such as McCormick pure vanilla?

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      It does seem like a lot but makes it so delish. You can use less if you’d like. Any brand will work.

  5. Delicious recipe!

    My whole family loved it. So creamy and rich! Not to mention chocolatey

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Hi Ciara! We love chocolate ice cream too! Thanks for your feedback!

  6. I was in at Double…. ❤️. Double. Chocolate. Ice Cream. Homemade at that……

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      I get it! 🙂

  7. I wish I had an ice cream maker so I could make this! I am such a sucker for chocolate ice cream and your one looks so decadent and delicious.

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Thanks Kate!! I hope you get one and try my recipe! 🙂 Thanks for your sweet note.

      1. Hi Suebee, this looks awesome and I just made the chocolate mixture to put in the fridge overnight.

        However, where does the 4 cups cream come into play? It seems to be missing from the instructions. Please let us know, thanks!

        1. Suebee Homemaker says:

          Hi Carl. I just fixed the instructions – thanks for letting me know! You add the heavy cream when everything else is mixed together…right before you pour into the canister of the ice cream maker. Good luck and let me know how it turns out!

          1. SueBee,

            Thank you so much! It’s in the ice cream maker right now and looks like it’s going to be awesome. We made the strawberry last week and it was amazing. Your recipes are the best and thank you for all the posts!

          2. Suebee Homemaker says:

            You’re welcome Carl! So glad you are enjoying my recipes. Thank you so much for trying them! 🙂

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