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!


Some days it's just plain dangerous to go blog visiting. These kinds of posts should come with a *warning!*

ohhhhhh nooooooo, mint chocolate chip ice cream is my favorite. I must try this NOW! I agree with natalie, you should warn us before posting such deliciousness.

I was only telling someone the other day that I had sweet corn ice-cream when I lived in Singapore 20 years ago, and despite how it sounds it was DELICIOUS! and I have never heard of it since!
LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog and photography and your dogs are adorable!

Lovely image to go along with this amazing ice cream recipe...I adore mint and chocolate...yummy Thanks so so much for sharing!

Susie Sears Taylor says: August 25, 2009 at 08:46 AM

I make the sweetened condensed milk recipe also. I use Mexican Vanilla (REALLY STRONG) and my family and friends love it. So far I haven't tried any other flavor because we normally have sundaes or put fresh fruit on the ice cream. The corn sounds weird but who knows it could be the best ever. I am sure you will let us know. Really liked the fair pictures. Nothing like stepping over (hopefully) a little manure to bring one down to earth!

Looks wonderful - I've been wanting to make ice cream.
p.s. you will want to make a correction in your recipe typed 'milk leaves instead of mint leaves'...

I love mint ice-cream!!! My favourite! Talking of mint, someone brought back mint oreos from their trip to the US the other day for everyone in the office - ohmiword...I just had to smell the cookie to get excited...I wonder what that would be like in ice-cream...probably v moorish, like the devilish cookie! xxx

Oh that sounds fantastic, I have bookmarked this for future ice-cream needs.

Sounds delicious. I shall give it a try. So, you must tell, what did you bring to your pot luck party?

So nice to see mint choc chip ice cream which is not radioactive green!

We have a divine local ice cream shop that makes a sweet corn with black raspberries ice cream every summer. It's so delicious! Might need to head out to get a cone right now!

I tried sweet corn ice cream in Asia many time, I love it.

holy moly- that sounds good!

we have been making vanilla all summer long, but perhaps branching out should be the next step!

That looks delicious. I remember making homemade ice cream as a kid and it never turned out right. I always watch Rick Bayless. I LOVE mexican food and he always has the coolest recipes. I saw that same episode the other day.

sweetened condensed milk is like a magic wand...I've never tried it for ice cream but now I will. thanks!

I had totally forgotten about mint chocolate chip. That looks fantastic.

Melissa L. says: August 25, 2009 at 12:25 PM

I have been making ice cream all summer in my new Cuisinart ice cream maker. I don't like the eggy versions, so I've just been using the condensed milk recipes. So far we've had, chocolate, strawberry, peach, vanilla and honey, blackberry swirl, lemon cheesecake, and now I want to make FRESH FIG ICE CREAM!

Yum ~ that looks wonderful!!

I do love ice cream! The sweet corn ice cream sounds intriguing. Have you ever had basil ice cream? I had that a couple of weeks ago and it was delicious (especially paired with a blackberry turnover). Who'd of thought?!

oh, that looks so wonderful!
IF ONLY i weren't off dairy to control migraines. *sigh*

I had garlic ice cream at the Gilroy Garlic Festival, and it wasn't as weird as I expected it to be. Had adzuki bean ice cream and green tea ice cream in Hawaii and they were both scrumptious. May have to give the sweet corn version a try.

Charlotte Hutcheson says: August 25, 2009 at 01:15 PM

Andrea, the ice cream sounds yummy--might have to try it. Was reading your blog on the "grandmother's flower garden" hexagons and no thimble problem. I only use a thimble when I quilt, but when I hand piece, I use the cut off finger (or thumb) from an old set of leather dress gloves. This works great for lots of piecing. Charlotte

Oh, Alicia, if you find the idea of sweet corn intriguing, you *must* try ice cream from Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams (which carries sweet corn & black raspberry during the summer). I'm lucky enough to live where it's made, but they do ship it, too, and it's worth the expense. I'm pretty sure it's impossible to look at the flavor options and not drool. More:

mmmm your minty ice cream looks so yummy and natural, no green food coloring :)
and i think i need to attempt a vegan version of that sweet corn ice cream...sounds amazing.

Oops, just noticed Betsy said the same thing! Ice cream at Jeni's is just that good, I s'pose.

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