There is nothing better than cooling off on a hot summer weekend with a delicious homemade chocolate ice cream recipe!

Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream
Having homemade chocolate ice cream is nostalgic.

Summer Memories Making Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream

I have so many memories as a kid of staying up late on summer nights playing with my family and neighborhood friends, cooking good food all weekend with my parents, and having a blast while doing it all! I want my kids to have memories just like that. So we try and make an effort to have family/friend get-togethers almost every weekend.

For this recipe, we used an ice cream maker! Let me tell you, they are well worth the investment. Not only is homemade ice cream so much better tasting than store-bought, but actually making the ice cream is such a fun memory to have with your family. We all get involved with the whole process of picking the flavors and toppings to actually helping make it in the ice cream maker!

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Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream
Let’s make yummy homemade chocolate ice cream!

Yummy Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream recipe Ingredients

  • 4 cups half n half
  • 4 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 4 tablespoons chocolate syrup
  • 3 egg yolks
  • rock salt and ice for your ice cream maker.

NOTE: It is probably best to refer to your owner’s manual to see how much of each you will need since ice cream makers are different sizes.

Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream
Gear up for some yummy chocolate ice cream, right in your home!

Directions to make Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe

Step 1

Combine heavy whipping cream and half n half into a pan and heat it up until just before it boils.

Step 2

While it is heating, combine the sugar, cocoa powder, and egg yolks. This will be your chocolate syrup.

Step 3

Gradually add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients as they are heating. Cook for 15 minutes.

Step 4

Turn off the heat, then mix in the chocolate syrup.

Step 5

Chill the mixture in the fridge for several hours. The longer you chill the mixture the better, but just be sure that it is cold before you pour it into the ice cream maker.

Step 6

Follow the directions on your ice cream maker for how to turn the mixture into delicious homemade chocolate ice cream.

Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream
Add in some peanut butter and chocolate chips!

Step 7

When the chocolate ice cream was almost done in the ice cream maker we threw in some peanut butter chips to add more flavor into the ice cream. You could add chocolate chips to make double chocolate chip ice cream!

How my homemade chocolate ice cream turned out

I’m not overstating, but my chocolate ice cream was gone in less than 5 minutes when it was made! It was like being taken by a storm of kids (and adults) longing for some yummy dessert!

Yield: 3 1/2 quarts of ice cream

Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream

Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream

You can make your very own chocolate ice cream for the whole family! This yummy homemade chocolate ice cream recipe will make your family chill on a hot summer afternoon!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 30 minutes


  • 4 cups half n half (milk and cream)
  • 4 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 4 tablespoons chocolate syrup
  • 3 egg yolks
  • rock salt and ice for the ice cream maker


    1. In a saucepan, combine heavy whipping cream and half n half and heat but don't boil.
    2. While waiting for the first step to heat up, combine sugar, cocoa powder, and egg yolks in a bowl. Set aside.
    3. Add the dry ingredients into the wet mixture gradually as they are heating, and cook for 15 minutes.
    4. Turn off heat and add the chocolate syrup into the mixture.
    5. Chill in the fridge for at least 3 hours (not in the freezer!).
    6. Pour the mixture into the ice cream maker and follow the instructions on the machine.
    7. When the ice cream is almost done, add in some peanuts or chocolate chips!

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