Hot Chocolate Ice Cream

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Hot chocolate + homemade ice cream = bliss!

I love ice cream. This easy homemade version has just 3 ingredients.  It tastes like a creamy cup of hot chocolate, only it’s cold and you eat it with a spoon.  Yum!

The other night I was craving a bowl of ice cream, but didn’t want to brave the snow to go buy some.  (Am I the only person who likes ice cream in winter? I hope not!)  Jim suggested that I make homemade ice cream and the idea of adding hot cocoa mix to my basic recipe popped into my mind.

We have a counter top ice cream maker, similar to this one – Cuisinart ICE-21 Frozen Yogurt-Ice Cream & Sorbet Maker.  Actually, we have two, both gifts.  I keep the bowls in the freezer for whenever the ice cream mood hits.  It takes about 30 minutes to whip up a batch.

Here’s what you’ll need:

I didn’t get an ingredient photo that night, but the ingredients are all very common.

Hot Chocolate Ice Cream

Serves: 6 servings

  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups half & half
  • 8 Tbs. hot cocoa mix
  1. Whisk all the ingredients together.
  2. Freeze according to your ice cream maker’s instructions.
  3. Homemade ice cream is always very soft when it’s first made. If you want it to harden a bit, take it out of the ice cream maker and put it in a bowl in your freezer for several hours or till the next day. This ice cream was still very soft and dippable even after being stored in the freezer.

I used Walmart brand hot cocoa mix to make this.  I’d like to try it with a deeper chocolate, higher quality cocoa mix to see if that makes a positive difference.  Even with the Walmart brand, it tasted wonderful!

The link to the ice cream maker is an affiliate link. Should you choose to buy, I’ll make enough money to buy myself a small Sonic hot fudge sundae.

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  1. No, you are not the only one who likes ice cream in the winter. Ice cream is my very favorite food. I could eat it every day : )
    This sounds like it would taste like the Frozen Hot Chocolate served at a place in NYC. If I remember it is called Serendipity or something like that. My husband and I went there about 6 years ago on a trip to NYC for our anniversary. Someone suggested we order it and it was yummy!
    Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  2. That looks great! I have a box of French Vanilla HC that I’m working on using up — now I have one more way to do so 🙂 Thank you.

  3. I would like to try your ice cream, i am wondering if one can make it without the use of an icecream maker as I don’t have one. Any suggestions?

  4. I love hot chocolate and my favorite is Nestles Dark Chocolate. I bet it would be great in ice cream!

  5. Amanda H. says:

    I just ordered that ice cream maker! Lol. Now I will have a recipe to try when it gets here. My daughter LOVES ice cream. She has asked for it after building a snow fort!

  6. I love ice-cream. I’ll try the recipe.

  7. Nope we eat ice cream all year around. I have half a can of condensed milk in the fridge – might have a go at this.

  8. i made this the other night and we had it for dessert last night and it is so delicious! i was very pleasantly surprised with the texture and the flavor is spot on!

  9. We made it and really liked it, however we found it a bit too sweet for our tastes. I’m wondering if you can tell me how big are your cans of sweetened condensed milk?

    I’m in Canada, and ours are 300mL. I think that works out to just over 1 1/4 cups. Maybe that is too much?

  10. Can I still do this without an ice cream maker?

    • Ashely, I”ve never done it without an ice cream maker. I’ve seen a few recipes that don’t use an ice cream maker. Search on Kevin & Amanda blog for one. You might be able to adapt this recipe to that method.


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