The Easiest Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe

Chocolate Ice Cream

Oh my goodness. Just yesterday I was complaining about the turn in the weather. I didn’t want summer to go, but lo and behold, today is a whopping 28°C (82°F). Melbourne’s weather is infamously erratic, but I can’t complain because it’s brought the sun out today (and tomorrow too, I hear).

Now what better to celebrate the sun and all its glory than with ice cream? Ice cream is my all-time favourite food. I could eat it everyday of the year, regardless of the season. I’ve loved it since I was a kid. I’m more an ice cream than a gelato person. I like gelato and all, but most times it doesn’t provide the creaminess and richness that only ice cream can. Granted, gelato is less fattening than ice cream. But I don’t eat the stuff everyday so I have no problems with high fat foods. Besides, I’m for the school of thought that advocates indulging once in a while in the good stuff rather than eating low-fat nonsense all the time. Would I prefer one scoop of good full-fat Haagen Dazs coffee ice cream or three scoops of 99% fat-free generic-brand ice cream? Right, tough choice.

Chocolate Ice Cream 2

So I was looking at some recipes I’d tried before and came across this one by David Lebovitz on his blog. The last time I made it, I followed the recipe and used Bailey’s and Rum. It was really good, and so incredibly boozy. Even my dad commented it was a little too alcoholic (if that’s even possible).

Seeing as it was a warm day today, ice cream seemed fitting. I substituted coffee for the alcohol this time. Student-living at its best. My home away from home doesn’t have Bailey’s (or any other liqueur) lying around. I also don’t have a blender in Melbourne, so I whipped everything by hand – low tech (read: student budget).

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The result? Delicioso! The ice cream is rich and the taste of the dark chocolate really comes through because of the few ingredients to complicate things. For its no-ice-cream-machine-needed simplicity, it’s a 10/10 in my books. I’d call today’s experiment Chocolate & Banoffee Ice Cream. Or should that be Mocha & Banana Ice Cream?

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