Minty Fresh

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Andy, Arden, and I made homemade mint–chocolate chip ice cream (Arden's choice) a couple of weeks ago and it was yummy. I had a special bar of chocolate from The Meadow, and we used big handfuls of mint from the back yard. We didn't have a ton of time (you know how cooked ice-cream tends to take a ton of time), so I did a little research and decided to go with a sweetened, condensed-milk version instead of a cooked, egg-custard version, and I must say that I might even like this easier version even better.

Our Mint–Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

2 cups half-and-half
1 cup heavy cream
2 cups fresh mint leaves, washed and bruised
1 14-oz. can sweetened, condensed milk
2 teaspoons vanilla
About 1 1/2 oz. of chopped dark chocolate

In large saucepan, stir half-and-half together with heavy cream. Add mint leaves and bring just to a simmer. Let simmer for three minutes, then remove from heat. Let mint leaves sit in cream mixture for fifteen or twenty minutes, depending on how minty you like things and how strong your mint is. Strain mixture into a bowl, discarding mint leaves. Stir sweetened, condensed milk into cream mixture until it is dissolved. Add vanilla and chill mixture for at least an hour (most recipes tell you to chill your cream mixture for several hours, but we didn't have that kind of time and it still worked out fine — but if you have the time, do it, since you want this mixture to be very cold).

Freeze ice cream in your ice-cream maker according to manufacturer's directions. When the ice cream is thickened and frozen,  add chopped chocolate and stir well. Transfer the soft ice cream to a freezer-safe container and freeze for several hours, until hardened.

Tastes just like summertime! I saw Rick Bayless make sweet corn ice cream on television the other day and I am totally trying that. I'd never heard of corn ice cream before, but — yes, please!


Yum sounds great. The three books on your summer reading list are books we have chosen for our book club for 2010..hope you have enjoyed them.

Do you like your ice cream maker very much? Can you recommend a brand? I'm gonna ask for one for my birthday. :)

Shelly Caldwell says: September 01, 2009 at 01:27 PM

When I lived in Brazil, you could stop at road side ice cream carts and buy Sweet Corn Ice Cream. It was one of my favorite treats of all time! I'm excited to hear how yours comes out!

I love mint choco chip ice cream and I like making ice cream like your recipe, I'll be trying this soon. Thanks so much!

I just made this tonight and it was delicious! Thanks for this recipe. You can't beat how easy it is, plus it tastes great.

Thanks again!

I just made this tonight and it was delicious! Thanks for this recipe. You can't beat how easy it is, plus it tastes great.

Thanks again!

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