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Creamy Hot Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe

Indulge in the delightful fusion of two beloved winter treats with our Hot Chocolate Ice Cream recipe. This frozen dessert combines the rich, comforting flavors of hot cocoa with the cool and creamy goodness of ice cream. Whether it’s a snowy day or the height of summer heat, this recipe is a crowd-pleaser that will transport you to a cozy winter wonderland.

We love to make this recipe during the holidays or even during the summer because it is just that good! The creaminess and the taste is unmatched!

What Ingredients Do You Need?

  • Sweetened condensed milk
  • Vanilla extract
  • Half and half
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Hot cocoa mix
  • Hot chocolate mix
  • Heavy cream
  • Mini marshmallows

Step By Step Instructions

In a mixing bowl add the sweetened condensed milk, vanilla and half and half. Blend together with a whisk until combined.

Add the cocoa powder and hot cocoa mix to the milk mixture and mix again until there are no clumps.

In another separate bowl, add the heavy cream. Use a hand mixer to whip this together until peaks are formed.

Add the whipped heavy cream to the chocolate mixture and fold the two mixtures together. 

Add the marshmallows, folding together again.

Transfer to a loaf pan.

Top with more marshmallows and chocolate chips if desired.

Freeze for 6 hours or overnight until firm. Scoop the creamy ice cream to serve and enjoy!

FAQs

What is the difference between hot cocoa mix and hot chocolate mix?

Hot cocoa mix typically contains cocoa powder, sugar, and sometimes powdered milk, while hot chocolate mix often includes cocoa powder, sugar, and milk solids. For this recipe, we use both to intensify the chocolate flavor.

Can I make this recipe without an ice cream maker?

While an ice cream maker produces the creamiest results, you can still make this delicious treat without one. Simply pour the mixture into a loaf pan and freeze it, stirring every 30 minutes until it reaches the desired consistency.

How long can I store Hot Chocolate Ice Cream?

This ice cream can be stored in an airtight container in the freezer for up to two weeks. However, for the best texture and flavor, it’s recommended to enjoy it within the first week.

Can I customize this recipe with different flavors?

Absolutely! Feel free to get creative and add your favorite mix-ins like chocolate chunks, crushed cookies, or a drizzle of hot fudge sauce for a unique twist on this classic treat.

Where to Serve

Hot Chocolate Ice Cream is the perfect dessert for a variety of occasions:

  • Winter Gatherings: Serve it at holiday parties or cozy gatherings to delight your guests with a seasonal treat.
  • Summer Cool-Down: Beat the summer heat with a scoop of this frozen delight, offering a refreshing contrast to the warm weather.
  • Family Movie Night: Top it with whipped cream and more mini marshmallows for a movie night dessert that everyone will adore.
  • Dessert Bar: Set up a DIY ice cream bar with different toppings, allowing guests to create their own custom hot chocolate floats.

Storage

To keep your Hot Chocolate Ice Cream at its best:

  • Store it in an airtight container to prevent freezer burn and preserve freshness.
  • Place a sheet of plastic wrap directly on the surface of the ice cream before sealing the container to further prevent ice crystals from forming.
  • Label the container with the date to keep track of its freshness.

Tips for Making this Recipe with Kids

Incorporate your little ones into the kitchen fun and make cherished memories while preparing this delectable treat:

  1. Supervise Hot Surfaces: When heating ingredients on the stove, ensure that your children are at a safe distance to avoid any accidents.
  2. Stirring Fun: Let your kids take turns stirring the mixture in the saucepan, giving them a hands-on experience in the cooking process.
  3. Marshmallow Madness: Allow them to decorate their ice cream scoops with mini marshmallows and let their creativity shine.
  4. Taste Testing: Encourage them to taste the ingredients along the way (except for raw eggs) to explore different flavors and textures.
  5. Safety First: Teach them the importance of handling kitchen equipment with care and following safety guidelines.

Why This Recipe Works

Our Hot Chocolate Ice Cream recipe brings together the best of both worlds: the comforting flavors of a steaming mug of hot cocoa and the luscious creaminess of ice cream. Here’s why this recipe is a hit:

  • Simple Ingredients: With a straightforward ingredient list that includes pantry staples and hot chocolate mix, this recipe is easy to whip up on any occasion.
  • Versatile: Whether you’re craving a winter-inspired dessert in the middle of summer or looking for a cozy treat on a cold day, this ice cream satisfies all year round.
  • Kid-Friendly: It’s the perfect recipe to involve children in the kitchen, making it a fun family activity that results in a tasty reward.
  • Deliciously Creamy: The combination of sweetened condensed milk, heavy cream, and half and half results in a luxuriously creamy ice cream base that’s hard to resist.
  • Mini Marshmallows: The addition of mini marshmallows provides a delightful textural contrast and a touch of nostalgia, reminiscent of sipping a mug of hot cocoa by the fireplace.
  • Customizable: Feel free to customize the recipe with your favorite toppings, mix-ins, or flavored hot chocolate packets to make it uniquely yours.

As you churn this delectable Hot Chocolate Ice Cream, the aroma of cocoa and the anticipation of that first spoonful will warm your heart even on the coldest winter nights. Enjoy this delightful frozen treat with your loved ones and create memories that will last a lifetime. Stay cozy and keep the hot cocoa ice cream flowing!

Enjoy creating and savoring this delightful frozen dessert!

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Easy Hot Cocoa Ice Cream Recipe
Yield: 8-10 servings

Easy Hot Cocoa Ice Cream Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 15 minutes

Indulge in the perfect fusion of hot cocoa and ice cream with our Hot Chocolate Ice Cream recipe. Creamy and rich, this frozen treat brings the cozy flavors of a mug of hot cocoa to your dessert bowl, complete with mini marshmallow bliss.

Ingredients

  • 1 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup half and half
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 packets hot chocolate mix
  • 1 ½ cups heavy cream
  • ¾ cup mini marshmallows

Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl add the sweetened condensed milk, vanilla and half and half. Blend together with a whisk until combined.
  2. Add the cocoa powder and hot cocoa mix to the milk mixture and mix again until there are no clumps.
  3. In another separate bowl, add the heavy cream. Use a hand mixer to whip this together until peaks are formed.
  4. Add the whipped heavy cream to the chocolate mixture and fold the two mixtures together. 
  5. Add the marshmallows, folding together again. Transfer to a loaf pan. Top with more marshmallows and chocolate chips if desired.
  6. Freeze for 6 hours or overnight until firm. Scoop the creamy ice cream to serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Information

Yield

8

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 443Total Fat 24gSaturated Fat 15gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 7gCholesterol 78mgSodium 145mgCarbohydrates 50gFiber 1gSugar 46gProtein 8g

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