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Best Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

This is the Best Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream is so full of flavor and nostalgia you will be so pleased you tried it at home. You don’t need an ice cream maker to make this delicious dessert and it is one that doesn’t require churning either. Creamy, minty, with a crunch of chocolate, what is not to like? 

The creamy and delicious flavor of this mint chocolate chip ice cream will certainly be a crowd-pleaser if you serve it as a dessert for family or friends’ get-togethers.

For anyone who loves the mint flavor, chocolate chips, or ice cream, this mint chocolate chip ice cream will be nothing less than a treat.

Perfect on a hot summer day. This recipe gives the perfect combination of mint flavor and the small pieces of chocolate really add to it.

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You can make this easy recipe anytime, whether you’re celebrating something, having guests over at your place, or craving something sweet because you’re feeling down. A delicious and refreshing end to a meal and one that you will be so pleased you tried.

This mint ice cream is so tasty and the best part is, you don’t need any expensive gadgets or appliances to make it. How great is that?  

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Luscious, green mint ice cream with chocolate chips.

♥️ Why You’ll Love This Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Recipe

  • Budget-friendly. You will find this version works out cheaper than buying them in grocery stores
  • Kid-friendly. This is a great recipe to involve the kids with and is perfect for their little taste buds.
  • Easy to customize. You can add different things to make it more to your liking or omit certain ingredients to make it suitable. 
  • No ice cream machine needed. You don’t need an expensive gadget to make this ice cream. 

🍨 Ingredients Needed

  • Heavy Cream
  • Sweetened condensed milk
  • Mint extract
  • Green food coloring 
  • Milk chocolate chips 
Ingredients needed to make the best mint chocolate chip ice cream.

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How To Make The Mint Chocolate Ice Cream

This is the full recipe to make your very own delicious mint chocolate ice cream. 

  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk heavy cream until it starts to form soft peaks. Don’t over whisk.
  2. Add milk and mint and mix slowly to avoid splashing.
  3. Gently add in food coloring. Fold in and add more if needed until you reach the shade of green you desire.
  4. Fold in chocolate chips, pour the mixture into the bread pan, and freeze for 6-8 hours or overnight.
In process collage of images showing how to make DIY mint ice cream with chocolate chips.

Recipe Variations

Do I have to use green food coloring? No, you don’t have to use food coloring. The food coloring is purely to get that “green ice cream” look that you expect from the mint chocolate chip when you order it.

But it doesn’t need to be green at all so this is down to a personal preference. If you want dye free ice cream, absolutely omit it.

What can I use instead of chocolate chips? If you wanted you could get your favorite chocolate bar and crush it up to get some chunks of chocolate instead of using mini chocolate chips.

Make sure you reserve some to sprinkle on top.

You could also use unsweetened chocolate if you want to get a balance and add a bitter taste to it. With this easy ice cream recipe, you can change things up how you want.

Get saucy. You could add some chocolate sauce to this ice cream and swirl it through before freezing to add to the flavor. 

Want to make it more creamy? You could swap out half of the heavy cream for whole milk instead. This will make it extra creamy. 

Could I make a dairy-free option? Sure! Just ensure that you use a dairy-free alternative for the heavy cream. 

Homemade mint chocolate chip ice cream in a jar with a mint sprig.

Tips & Tricks

  • Make sure you plan ahead when it comes to making this mint chocolate chip ice cream recipe. We would recommend freezing overnight for the best texture and flavor, so this shouldn’t be your go-to in-a-hurry dessert idea. Giving it time helps to give this homemade ice cream recipe a creamy texture.
  • Try not to swap out the heavy cream for other low-fat ingredients. Using a high-fat heavy cream helps ensure you’ll end up with the best smooth mint chocolate chip ice cream. 
  • Make sure you have ample time for freezing. This recipe recommends a good 6-8 hours, but overnight would be best. 
  • If your ice cream is too hard to scoop, leave it out a little to soften the edges and help you get that smooth scoop.

Storage

Just like any other ice cream, store it in a freezer-safe container, like your Mason Jars in the freezer. Or you could use an airtight container.

Fresh mint with homemade mint chocolate chip ice cream.

FAQ

What type of mint is used in ice cream?

There are a few different varieties of mint you can get. Some will use fresh mint leaf whereas others will use artificial flavors.

You will find that many ice creams use things like a peppermint extract or would use a spearmint flavor, however, some mint chocolate chip ice creams will use peppermint as well.

Peppermint is a strong flavor so it just depends on how strong you want your mint chocolate chip ice cream to be. 

Is mint chocolate chip ice cream peppermint or spearmint? 

Most mint ice creams you can get in the store or when you are out would be more spearmint than peppermint in terms of flavor.

However, peppermint can be used and is just as tasty.

Spearmint is a little less overpowering whereas peppermint can have a stronger flavor. What they try and do is give you that natural flavor.

Why is mint chocolate chip ice cream no longer green?

Food coloring has always been used in mint chocolate ice cream and is often how you would see it in ice cream shops, however, many companies and brands have decided to remove artificial colors and sweeteners from their products which has meant the removal of the green food coloring.

Plus when you visually see green it can help to enhance the peppermint flavor. Nowadays you will find that most mint chocolate ice creams you get will be white.

But if you are making your own then you can choose to add the food green coloring if you wish. Just like we have done with this recipe. 

Freshly made mint ice cream in a jar.

Other ice cream recipes 

  • Neapolitan Ice cream – This wonderful recipe will help you combine three fantastic flavors and enjoy them together or individually. 
  • Cookie dough ice cream – This is a great recipe that doesn’t require an ice cream maker and makes a creamy and delicious cookie dough ice cream. 
  • Red velvet ice cream – Homemade ice cream with smooth cream cheese swirls and pieces of red velvet cake crumbles with hints of sweet cocoa is the perfect dessert.
Close up of homemade DIY Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream and mint leaves.

Best Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Mason Jar Recipe
With this easy recipe, you'll learn how to make the best Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream to have on hand whenever the ice cream craving hits.
Prep Time 15 mins
Freeze Time 8 hrs
Total Time 8 hrs 15 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk 14 oz can
  • ½ tsp mint extract
  • ¼ tsp green food coloring or more if desired
  • ¾ cup milk chocolate chips

Instructions
 

  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk heavy cream until it starts to form soft peaks. Don’t over whisk.
  • Add milk and mint and mix slowly to avoid splashing.
  • Gently add in food coloring. Fold in and add more if needed until you reach the shade of green you desire.
  • Fold in chocolate chips, pour the mixture into the bread pan, and freeze for 6-8 hours or overnight.

Notes

  • Make sure you plan ahead when it comes to making this mint chocolate chip ice cream recipe. We would recommend freezing overnight for the best texture and flavor, so this shouldn’t be your go-to in-a-hurry dessert idea. Giving it time helps to give this homemade ice cream recipe a creamy texture.
  • Try not to swap out the heavy cream for other low-fat ingredients. Using a high-fat heavy cream helps ensure you’ll end up with the best smooth mint chocolate chip ice cream. 
  • Make sure you have ample time for freezing. This recipe recommends a good 6-8 hours, but overnight would be best. 
  • If your ice cream is too hard to scoop, leave it out a little to soften the edges and help you get that smooth scoop.
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