Chocolate Cocoa Nib Ice Cream

This delicious cocoa nib ice cream is packed full of chocolate flavor. So easy to make and perfect for the chocolate lover in your life. 

This delicious cocoa nib ice cream is packed full of chocolate flavor. So easy to make and perfect for the chocolate lover in your life.

Today’s recipe is brought to you by Rachel from Rachel Cooks. She is a great friend and expecting her second baby. This makes me super happy. I constantly hound her for pictures of the bump. I’m pretty sure she hates me for that but I can’t help it. Baby bumps are the cutest thing ever! Am I right? So, when Rachel is not dogging my constant hounding of bump pictures she is also making delicious food in her kitchen. 

Hi all! I’m Rachel from Rachel Cooks. When Brandy asked me to participate in her ice cream social, I immediately said yes. Partly because I’m preggers and eat a lot of ice cream. Partly because I love Brandy and her blog.

My next thought? “Oh crap, I’ve never made ice cream!”

This delicious cocoa nib ice cream is packed full of chocolate flavor. So easy to make and perfect for the chocolate lover in your life.

I put on my best can-do attitude and pulled the ice cream maker out of the closet and got to brainstorming about recipes. I remembered that I had a pantry full of beautiful Scharffen Berger chocolate that was just screaming to be included in a decadent batch of ice cream.

This led me to Chocolate Cocoa Nib ice cream. It is creamy, rich, and has a nice crunch from the cocoa nibs. It’s also an egg-free recipe! I decided to start easy for my first ice cream experience. It is still a bit labor-intensive but so, so worth it.

This delicious cocoa nib ice cream is packed full of chocolate flavor. So easy to make and perfect for the chocolate lover in your life.

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Chocolate Cocoa Nib Ice Cream

This delicious cocoa nib ice cream is packed full of chocolate flavor. So easy to make and perfect for the chocolate lover in your life.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of whole milk
  • 4 teaspoons corn starch
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup cocoa nibs

Source: From Rachel Cooks via David Lebovitz

Directions:

Take 3 tablespoons of the whole milk and mix with the cornstarch in a small bowl. Set aside.

In a medium-large saucepan (4 quart) over medium-high heat, heat the rest of the whole milk, heavy cream, evaporated milk, sugar, and corn syrup. Keep a close eye on this as you do not want it to boil over or burn.

When it comes to a tame boil, whisk in the cocoa powder. Cook at a moderate boil for approximately 4 minutes. After 4 minutes, give your corn starch slurry a quick stir to make sure it is still blended. Whisk this slurry into the milk mixture and cook for another minute, stirring with a spatula until thickened.

Remove from heat. Stir in chopped chocolate and salt. Keep stirring until smooth and chocolate is melted. Stir in vanilla.

Transfer the mixture to a large shallow bowl. Submerge bowl in a larger bowl full of ice water. (I actually used the sink). Leave in the ice bath for 30 minutes, stirring frequently, until completely cooled. You could also put it in the fridge overnight.

Pour mixture into ice cream maker and churn according to ice cream maker directions. (I churned for 25 minutes total.) Add in cocoa nibs for last five minutes of churning.

Move to freezer and freeze until solid. Mine needed to be frozen overnight to achieve a firm texture.

Verdict: This is an amazingly creamy, rich ice cream. I could have eaten it before it was completely frozen. It tasted like the best chocolate pudding ever.

Husband’s take: He’s totally a vanilla guy or vanilla with chocolate chips, however, he loved this! I could hardly believe it. He even said, “You know I would tell you if I didn’t like it.”

Changes I would make: None.

Difficulty: Time consuming, but not hard. And it is worth it.

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15 Responses to “Chocolate Cocoa Nib Ice Cream”

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    Rachel Cooks — August 24, 2012 at 7:52 am

    Thanks for inviting me to be part of your ice cream social! xo

    PS: I don’t hate you for hounding me for baby bump pictures 🙂

    • Brandy replied: — August 25th, 2012 @ 10:42 am

      Thank you so much playing along! Your ice cream looks amazing 🙂

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    Jamie @ Thrifty Veggie Mama — August 24, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Yummy! I wish I had a giant bowl of this right now.

    • Brandy replied: — August 25th, 2012 @ 10:42 am

      You and me both! Thanks for visiting 🙂

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    Sarah@SarahCupcake — August 24, 2012 at 10:43 am

    You totally had me at cocoa nibs. I’m dying to buy some off Amazon to try this. David Lebovitz also has this amazing cake in his book Ready for Dessert that I’ve been dying to make, it’s studded with cocoa nibs and looks soooo chocolatey! Congrats on baby #2 🙂

    • Brandy replied: — August 25th, 2012 @ 10:44 am

      I love David Lebovitz! That chocolate cake sounds amazing. I need to check it out!

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    Lyndsey@TinySkillet — August 24, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    This looks amazing, I’ve only made ice cream once. My daughter loves chocolate ice cream I must try this. I like that it has no eggs!

    • Brandy replied: — August 25th, 2012 @ 10:45 am

      I love that it’s egg free too. So much less work!

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    Maureen | Orgasmic Chef — August 24, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    This looks fantastic! I’ve used cornstarch in gelato but never with a recipe like this. Yay!

    • Brandy replied: — August 25th, 2012 @ 10:46 am

      I can’t wait to try this ice cream too!

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    Miriam @ Overtime Cook — August 24, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    This ice cream looks absolutely fabulous. Like, the kind of fabulous that makes me wish I owned an ice cream maker! Gorgeous Rachel!

    • Brandy replied: — August 25th, 2012 @ 10:45 am

      Thanks for stopping by Miriam 🙂 This is the type of ice cream that makes me wish I had my ice cream insert in the freezer right now! 🙂

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    Joanne — August 26, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Im so excited to find a recipe for the cocoa nibs I’ve had in my closet for FOREVER. This ice cream looks majorly delicious.

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    Faith — August 29, 2012 at 11:15 am

    Chocolate has always been my true weakness when it comes to ice cream…this looks amazing!

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