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This is just delicious! My husband, who is a connoisseur of mint chocolate chip ice cream, agrees completely with your nephew. My 103 year old mother loves it, and I have just made it again for her birthday. I added 1 Tbs of Creme de Menthe to help keep it soft — adds to the color and flavor, too.
I have made this recipe a number of times quite successfully, but I’ve never tried adding spirits to it to keep it soft. How much does it affect the flavor if you add vanilla extract or some other alcohol?
Hi Maddy, it sort of depends on the alcohol you add. I once added gin to an ice cream recipe and it was a complete disaster. So now I stick with rum, brandy, vodka, or something that will work with the ice cream flavors. You don’t need that much, just a couple tablespoons will help keep the ice cream from getting too icy.
Excellent, creamy, custard ice cream, but NOT the best choice for mint chocolate chip. I have made this recipe probably 5 times now over two years. I always forget to nix most of the eggs for mint chocolate chip. It’s too custard-y for mint ice cream. Remove at least 4 of the egg yolks (you will not get the same spoon- coating custard, but it will taste way more like mint chocolate chip. I definitely suggest you use this recipe for a chocolate, vanilla bean, or butter pecan.
Hello! I noticed that you said to use fresh spearmint leaves, or peppermint extract if you don’t have fresh mint. My question, is that I am growing peppermint in my garden and it is taking over, so have you ever made this using fresh peppermint leaves instead? If so, should I use less since peppermint tends to have a stronger flavor than spearmint? My other question is if I am making this to share with a child, I assume I should use vanilla extract over a spirit! :) How much should I add and how long will it keep the ice cream if I add this?
I’ve made mint ice cream with both fresh peppermint and spearmint interchangeably, and not noticed any big difference. And yes, if you don’t add any booze but you do add some vanilla, your ice cream will be kid-friendly and also not quite so icy. You can also just eat the whole batch in one sitting, but there are side effects with that…
Making this and it’s in the ice cream maker now – looks like a dream. Made the mixture last night. Thank you!!
The institutions we’re super hard to I understand but I kind of just winged it and it was so good I definitely recommend and I’m going to make this so many more times
I use less mint (I used chocolate mint plants) and it still turns out great! I add in a cap full of vanilla extract, a capful of rum and I add my chocolate chips after I add in the egg mixture. Gives me a more chocolatey taste. The rum keeps it soft enough to scoop. I’m on my second batch now.
This is a Wow recipe. The taste of fresh mint is noticeably better than using an extract. I used less about 1/2 the mint leaves than suggested and it was perfect for our family.
I used fresh mint from the garden and was pleasantly surprised at how minty it turned out!
Love it! Went together nicely, however I recommend using the helpful wooden spoon trick to tell when it is the right consistency rather than the verbiage; I tried to leave it on the heat and it started solidifying. So I took it off the heat after about 3 minutes. After about a minute and a half it was coating the spoon nicely.
I cooked it over a medium heat and ended up with scrambled eggs. I then looked it up online and it should be a low heat. That being said, it’s delicious and even my very hard to please teenage son liked it.
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 ;-)