A Hint of Mint

I scream, you scream, we all scream for…

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
(we promise, once you’ve had the real stuff, you’ll never go back to fake mint ice cream!)

2 1/2 cups whole milk
20 sprigs fresh mint
5 large egg yolks
2/3 cup sugar
1 cup heavy cream
4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped

In a medium saucepan, combine milk and 18 sprigs of mint. Bring to a gentle boil, cover, and remove pan from heat. Let steep (with cover on) for 30 minutes (or longer for stronger mint flavor).

Strain mixture; reserve milk, and discard solids.

Combine egg yolks and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with paddle attachment. Beat at medium-high speed until very thick and pale yellow, 3 to 5 minutes.

Return milk to a simmer. Add half of the warm milk to egg-yolk mixture; whisk until blended. Return new mixture to saucepan with remaining milk. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon, being careful to not let the milk get too hot and curdle.
Prepare an ice-water bath. Remove saucepan from heat; immediately stir in cream. Pass mixture through a sieve set over a medium bowl. Place bowl in ice-water bath; chill.

When the custard mix is cold, freeze in ice-cream maker according to instructions. (If you put it in the ice cream maker too early, the frozen compartment of the ice cream maker will defrost and the ice cream won’t properly “freeze” and will be very soft.)

Finely chop remaining 2 sprigs mint. Add mint and chocolate; mix in machine until combined, about 30 seconds. Store in an airtight container.

Enjoy!

10 Comments

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10 responses to “A Hint of Mint

  1. mmm. my favorite. store-bought mint ice cream never stood a chance.

  2. That is my favorite flavor of ice cream! So subtle and simple, yet so deliciousđŸ™‚

  3. my favorite ice cream. and my husband doesn’t like it, so it’s ALL MINE.

    i can’t wait until my mint plants start producing.

  4. Sounds soooo delicious. I need to buy an ice cream maker this summer!

  5. Mmm, the best kind. Mint Ice Cream is my all time favorite!

  6. maxpwnage

    i was just eating this. well not this. but something like this…

    i want THIS.

  7. Mmmm my favourite ice cream flavour!

  8. erin

    Wait a second! I have to stand up for my favorite childhood food item EVER! There is NOTHING wrong with green mint c.c. ice cream!!!

  9. I wanted to make mint chocolate chip ice cream last year, but never got around to it. I really need to try this out this year!

  10. I wanted change and excitement and to shoot off in all directions myself like the colored arrows from a Fourth of July rocket.

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