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I used 2 packages of spearmint leaves, about 1 1/2 cups IMO. Ice cream tasted like Wrigley’s Spearmint gum. It was good but different. I’m just going to use 1 package of leaves next time.
Followed the steps to the best minty chocolate chip ice cream. Making it again tonight. I improvised and used chocolate morsels and chopped up finely. A little time consuming, but worth it. Will be an ice cream summer staple recipe from here on out.
Elise, I have a 4 quart ice cream maker. What are your recommendations regarding increasing the ingredients. Can I double or even triple the ingredients? What adjustments should be made when increasing the ingredients? Thanks so much.
Hi, Jbrown! Summer here, I’m an editor at Simply Recipes. This recipe makes 1 quart, so you should feel comfortable doubling or tripling the recipe without any issues. No adjustments needed.
It is SOOO good!! I would recommend using 2Tbs less sugar and a few drops of mint extract in addition to the fresh mint but other than that it was super creamy, smooth, and tasted amazing!
did you use spearmint or peppermint extract
Oh my goodness! I am probably the biggest mint chocolate ice cream fan yet the hardest to please. I got an ice cream maker this month and have made some fun recipes. I found your coffee ice cream and made it and was so happy with the results I just made the mint chocolate chip. It is to die for. The smell is just as delightful as the taste. I will not be going back to the store brands on either the coffee not this one. Thanks for sharing.! I would highly recommend using fresh mint!
I’m so glad you like it Laura! The coffee one is pretty good too. :-)
I have not made this recipe yet but I’m confused by the directions. They repeatedly say to add peppermint… Do you mean spearmint?
Hi, Cheri! Emma here, managing editor. The recipe as written uses fresh spearmint leaves, which Elise just shortens to “mint” in the recipe method steps. However, if you don’t have fresh spearmint leaves on hand, then you can swap in two teaspoons of peppermint extract. Does that make sense?
Hi, I was wondering about your comment about adding alcohol to keep it soft. I would like to add some Creme de Menthe. Would you add this at the end while in the ice cream machine?
Yes, you could add it while the ice cream is churning.
I did & it turned out great! this is a great recipe, so yummy with the Creme de Menthe, reminds me of the cocktail called a grasshopper.
I made this ice cream today and what a good recipe. I did use extract because I did not have enough fresh mint to make it. I used dove cream de menthe chocolates chopped up instead of mini chocolate because that is what I had on hand. It is so good. I do not put color in mine and it is so fun to serve it to guest and have their reactions when they taste the mint. This will become my go to recipe for this ice cream. Thanks for sharing it.
This ice cream is just amazing! A little time consuming, sure. But totally worth it. It’s so good that I’m forced to grow more mint next year ;-)
Hi I like your website a lot but I just had a thought in mind. Would it be more accurate to measure the mint by weight instead of volume? How much would three cups weigh? Because some people could pack it lighter some could pack it in heavier.
Also do you know the difference in taste between spearmint and peppermint?
Thanks a bunch!
Hi Matt, weight would be more accurate, though most people don’t have a kitchen scale. I’ll try to remember the next time I make this to weigh the mint leaves. Spearmint and peppermint do taste very different. For this recipe you want to use spearmint leaves. ~Elise
agreed. can you clarify if mint is 3C packed? (thats a lot of mint)
Hi David, yes the recipe takes 3 cups of packed mint.
Hi Elise! I love your blog! I found it a few years ago and have been an avid follower every since. Every recipe of yours I have tried, I have loved! I grew mint for the first time (in pots so it wouldn’t take over!) and was excited to use it in recipes. This really is the best mint chocolate chip ice cream! Its a keeper. Thank you so much!
Hi Noelle, thanks! So glad you liked the ice cream. It’s one of our favorites. ~Elise
This recipe was DELISH!!
Made it with Chocolate Mint from my CSA and I added a few Oreos with mint filling. The kids didn’t get a bite. I finished it before they made it home from the pool!!
This was great! Loved it. It was labor- and time-intensive, but I enjoyed that about it. The ice cream maintained a good texture, probably because I used part fresh mint and part mint flavoring. It’s very creamy, thick, and sets up just great in the freezer.
I made this today for my husband for fathers day. He loves ice cream and this is one of his favorite flavors. I used apple mint since that’s what I had the most of in the garden. I also added 1/2 tsp peppermint extract. The apple mint brought a very green flavor to the ice cream. Not ideal, but still pretty tasty. I’m going to try a different type of mint next time. The texture was great and it had just the right amount of chocolate.
Made this ice cream again this weekend. It is amazing! mint julep ice cream is next!
Thanks for the great recipes.
I have drooled over this recipe for a year. I planted mint just to make this. I LOVE mint Chocolate Chip ice cream. This is the WORST i have ever had! I followed the recipe to a T! I am a very good cook. I do most of the cooking at my firehouse. The whole batch was so bad it had to be thrown away. The mint flavor way over powers the ice cream. very disapointed. :(
I just finished making this recipe, and found the taste very different from store bought mint ice cream, but I guess that’s the point!
I am also sure the mint I got from the store (organic at least) is spearmint, not peppermint.
That being said, I like this ice cream. It definitely takes a bit getting used to, but offers a much more sophisticated flavor, especially knowing it comes from natural mint not extract or artificial flavoring.
If you get out of your head that you are trying to replicate mint chocolate chip ice cream that we grew up with (neon green and barely any chocolate) than this will be a taste sensation! However, I may try to do half fresh mint and add a bit of peppermint (real) extract as well. I like a bit of sharpness to my mint ice cream and I think it will be a good balance for me!
Still, it was a pleasure to make (a little labor intensive), you really end up feeling like you put heart and soul into this!
Just stumbled across your blog while looking for a mint ice cream recipe for my husband. It was a much different flavor than the mint ice cream you buy in stores or get at the ice cream shops, but it was really good. We enjoyed the natural flavor of the fresh mint. I served the ice cream over our homemade brownies-very yummy. Thank you for the recipe.
Thanks for the recipe–it was so delicious! I’m currently “cleaning up” the ice cream maker bowl with my spoon as I type. I usually hate mint-flavored anything, but I love the herb-y taste of real mint.
LOVE this recipe- this is probably the 4th time I have used it. But this time I replaced 1/2 cup of the heavy cream with milk, and it cut down on that waxy texture on the roof of my mouth. Perfecto!