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!


Ice one downfall when it comes to food. I have to try your recipe. Thanks for sharing.

Yum! Mint ice cream is my favorite. I need to get an ice cream maker.

Oh yum! I'm going to have to try that this summer, when our wild mint takes over the garden. I haven't ever done a cooked version of ice cream before - I normally do a cold non-egg version but these days I use an icecream machine.

Just thought I would echo what someone else said about jeni's ice cream in columbus, oh...their sweet corn and black raspberry is one of my favorites! Worth the cost to ship!!

Oh, this looks so tasty! I bought an ice cream maker this summer, but haven't used it even once! Thanks for the reminder. As for weird flavors, I want to try sweet potato and Earl Gray. Yum! :)

OK. NOW I'm yearning for summer.

Mmmm. Getting up from couch right now to see what might possibly suffice in our freezer.

I love that you guys used fresh mint!

this looks very good and very "dangerous" as well:-D

Hi! I just had to say, your blog is lovely! And that ice cream looks delicious :)

oh yum! I just love homemade ice cream...the perfect summer snack.

we eat spinach ice cream all the time. It is sooo delicious!, love, love mint chocolate chip ice cream...can't wait to try this one without eggs!!

Your homemade ice cream looks delicious and tempting!... Thanks for the link for the corn ice cream. I'm not sure I'm ready for that taste adventure yet :) but there are some other tasty looking recipes on that site that I'd like to try.

I made mint chip for my husband's birthday, and he said it was the best ice cream ever. It really is good -- totally different from the fakey green stuff.

YUM! I was never that into minty ice cream, but it's totally been my favourite this summer.

Thanks for the comment this morning; it made me smile. Things are alright on my end. I hope that homemade ice cream and sweet, sweet brown cows are a sign that everything is going well for you, too!

I am totally trying this. We love making icecream when we have dinner guests. I make the mix ahead of time. When it's time for dessert, I bring out our Donvier hand-crank icecream maker, pour in the mix and pass the Donvier from guest to guest until the icecream is "just right." Then we all have a hand in the making. Thanks so much!

This sounds so fantastic. I always wish I could get just mint ice cream, without the chocolate chips. I bet I could make my own this way!

@Jaydubs & Betsy: Thanks for the love :)

Oh that sounds great. Can you believe we haven't even made ice cream once this summer? Thanks for the recipe.

sounds and looks delicious.

mmmm! looks so good! I'm trying hard to keep myself from eating anything after dinner.. but this looks soo good.. maybe just a fudgical would be ok!
have a great night

We asked for plain vanilla icecream when we were in Cambodia and were served sweet corn ice cream, the corn wasn't blended, more like frozen kernals thrown into icy ice cream, not good. Mind you we found the best vanilla icecream ever the next day at a local cafe, hmmm.

Mona Rodrigues says: August 28, 2009 at 08:07 AM

My sister in law got a cuissenart ice cream maker at a garage sale for $20 and gave it to me.....since then my boys think it's been the best summer ever :)
I made this recipe...fantastic. The best thing about it was that the flavor is more adult, so the boys didn't eat all of it. I got a bowl too.
Thanks for the sweetened condensed milk idea. I hadn't tried that yet.
love your blog,

Ok, how did you know? How did you know that I have been craving mint-chocolate chip ice cream all summer long? I've had TWO store bought versions and they haven't quite hit the right spot. I may have to invest in an ice cream maker...

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