I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Irrespective of our age, location or the weather (well, almost), ice cream is a universally loved dessert. It makes hot summers cool, bright and more fun! Among the varied ice cream flavours and forms —from cones to popsicles, from kulfi to cups and to even ice cream cakes — with changing toppings and ingredients, one of the most loved ice cream is surely chocolate ice cream. Chocolate ice cream is also special because it merges two of mankind’s favourite sweets, chocolates and ice creams; what could be a better definition of heaven!
No matter how much they love eating ice cream, people are always worried about the immense calorie intake and sugar high they get from eating ice cream. So if you love ice cream but are worried about the processed sugars, don’t worry; we have an exceptional sugar free chocolate ice cream recipe, just for you. This recipe is very easy to make, does not contain any processed sugar, but still tastes great.
Unlike the weird tasting, chemical-laden ice cream from the stores that gets its sweetness from “sugar-free” pills or saccharine, a much harmful sugar substitute, the chocolate ice cream ingredients for this easy chocolate ice cream recipe come from your pantry, that you know and trust. This chocolate ice cream list is simple and can be counted on one hand; dark chocolate, cocoa powder, jaggery powder, full cream milk and cream. Homemade chocolate ice cream recipe can be quickly whipped up in little to no time. All you have to do is bring the milk to boil, and then heat it on low heat till it reduces to half, stirring occasionally. Once the milk reduces to half, turn off the heat and slowly mix in the jaggery, cocoa powder, dark chocolate and cream. Mix it all in until everything is well combined. Bring it down to room temperature before transferring it to a freezer-proof container and freezing it overnight or for 5-6 hours.
If you want to give your chocolate ice cream a richer texture but are not willing to add any extra cream or condensed milk, there is a much evolved but healthier way to do it. All you need is egg yolks and a little bit more time. After you have reduced your milk to half and mixed all ingredients in it, beat an egg yolk in a separate bowl. Add a ladle of your warm chocolate and milk mixture to the beaten egg yolk and mix it well. Then mix all the chocolate ice cream ingredients together with the egg yolk and transfer everything into a pan. Slowly cook this mixture on a stove, while stirring continuously, till it just starts steaming, do not boil this mixture, else it will split. Once the mixture is well cooked, strain it from a metal strainer and let it cool down to room temperature. Finally, transfer it to a freezer-safe container and let it freeze overnight or at least 5-6 hours. Though it takes a little longer and a little bit of elbow grease to make the custard version of homemade chocolate ice cream, it has a very rich texture and has much more evolved flavours.
If you have an ice cream machine or a hand mixer, you can elevate the flavours and textures of your homemade chocolate ice cream recipe, make it taste like the decadent store-bought chocolate ice cream. Just whip your chocolate flavour ice cream mixture for a few minutes to make it light and fluffy. This will reduce the ice crystals in your chocolate ice cream and will give it an extremely light cloud-like texture.
You can also personalise this chocolate ice cream recipe by adding some of your favourite toppings. To make the best chocolate ice cream recipe, you can mix in some lightly toasted and chopped almonds, cashew nuts and walnuts to give your chocolate ice cream a crunchy bite, or once the ice cream has cooled down to room temperature, you can add some extra chopped pieces of chocolate and make it double chocolate ice cream recipe. Another great way to level up your chocolate flavour ice cream is by adding a hint of mint extract and making an extremely delicious and cooling mint chocolate ice cream. If you are a fan of cookie dough, you can also add tiny pieces of homemade cookie dough. Another great way to add a fruity, citrusy kick to your chocolate ice cream is to add some orange zest to the cooled down ice cream mix. Chocolate and orange is a match made in heaven, and it will definitely make your chocolate ice cream extremely decadent.
If you are in the mood for a special treat, you can also make a delicious ice cream sundae at home. Scoop some of the homemade chocolate ice creams along with a scoop of banana ice cream and vanilla ice cream, drizzle with some chocolate sauce, sprinkle some chopped nuts and serve with some banana slices and your split banana sundae is ready. Chocolate flavour ice cream also tastes great with other ice creams such as Lychee Ice-cream
, butterscotch ice cream, or plain vanilla ice cream.
Other than chocolate, you can also make other sugar-free ice creams using the same ice cream base. Replace the chocolate and jaggery in your chocolate ice cream recipe with a very ripe banana or mango. This recipe will yield very delicious and healthy Banana Ice Cream
and Mango Ice Cream
without any extra calories from white sugar.
Next time you get an ice cream craving, rather than running to your favourite ice cream parlour or the closest grocery store, run into your kitchen, rummage through your pantry, and make this quick and easy chocolate ice cream recipe is sugar-free, healthy and decadent. This homemade chocolate ice cream recipe will satiate your sweet cravings without making you feel guilty and would rather make you feel light and happy.