What is mint ice cream made of?

Fresh Mint Ice Cream is like no other mint ice cream you’ve tried in the past. As you know, I love a great mint ice cream and Peppermint Candy Cane Ice Cream is a Christmas-time proof of that.

However, this Mint Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream is a softer, fresher mint flavor that just might blow your mind. It reminds me of a dressed-up version of the Andes mint that comes with the check at a restaurant.

What is mint ice cream made of?

Mint Ice Cream

It is well-established fact that if you give me an idea I can probably turn it into homemade ice cream.

I like to think of myself as the ice cream version of the “Will it Tea?” episodes with Jimmy Fallon. Where the host is challenged to turn an item into tea and try it.

I would rock a “Will it Ice Cream?” challenge. Cheesecake? Done. Apple Crisp? Already did it. Oatmeal Cookies? I got you – and it is AMAZING. Lemon? Yep. Andes mints – keep reading, I did it.

Fresh Mint Ice Cream

Let’s talk about mint in ice cream for a minute. I am a big user of fresh mint whenever possible. Many recipes use mint oil or mint extract.

As I’ve mentioned before, you need to use extreme caution when adding mint extract to recipes, usually starting at a mere 1/16th or 1/8th of a teaspoon. You can wind up with a dessert that simply tastes like toothpaste very quickly!

The refreshing flavor that results after steeping mint leaves doesn’t do that at all. It’s a completely different mint flavoring when used this way. Pineapple Mint Gelato was the fresh time I tried a frozen treat made with fresh mint and it was love at first bite.

Use fresh mint, my friends! Summertime is upon us and no doubt you or your neighbor have mint growing in your gardens or flower beds. Grab a handful and make some ice cream.

What is mint ice cream made of?

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

I have loved Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream for more years than I can remember. This version? With chocolate chunks that melt perfectly in your mouth? It’s perfection.

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On the off chance, you have leftovers, these double-walled freezer containers keep your ice cream fresh and scoopable in the freezer.

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What is mint ice cream made of?

Fresh Mint Ice Cream Recipe

  1. Warm the cream, milk, and mint in a saucepan over medium heat. When it begins to steam, remove the pan from the heat. Let the mixture sit and steep for 20 minutes.
  2. Place a fine-mesh strainer over a bowl or pitcher and pour the mixture through the strainer into the bowl. Discard the mint leaves. Pour the strained mixture back into the saucepan and add the sugar and salt.
  3. Return to the stove and warm over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the sugar has dissolved, about 2-3 minutes. Cool to room temperature and then refrigerate until COLD, at least 4 hours or overnight.
  4. Whisk the cold ice cream mixture once more and pour into the ice cream maker. Churn according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

How to Make Chocolate Chunks for Ice Cream

  1. While the ice cream is churning, combine the chocolate chips and coconut oil in a small glass bowl. Microwave for 1 minute. Remove from the microwave and stir until smooth. If needed, heat an additional 20-30 seconds. Stir until smooth.
  2. Let cool a bit at room temperature while the ice cream finishes churning. (If it solidifies too much to drizzle while waiting, reheat for 10-15 seconds and stir again.)
  3. When the ice cream finishes churning. Transfer about a third of the ice cream to an airtight container and drizzle generously with about a third of the melted chocolate. Repeat twice. Freeze until ready to serve.

    Stir milk, cream, sugar, vanilla, peppermint extract, and salt together in a large bowl until the sugar has dissolved. Mix in green food coloring.

  4. Pour mixture into an ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer's instructions.

  5. Add chocolate chips about 10 minutes into the freezing. Continue churning until ice cream has thickened, about 20 minutes more.

  6. Transfer to an airtight container and freeze until firm, about 2 hours.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)


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Nutrition FactsServings Per Recipe 8Calories 439% Daily Value *Total Fat 30g38%Saturated Fat 18g92%Cholesterol 86mg29%Sodium 195mg8%Total Carbohydrate 43g16%Dietary Fiber 1g5%Total Sugars 40gProtein 4gVitamin C 1mg3%Calcium 117mg9%Iron 1mg4%Potassium 216mg5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

How does mint ice cream get its flavor?

Mint chocolate chip ice cream is a flavor made by adding spearmint or peppermint extract to a batch of cream, eggs, sugar, and other common ice cream ingredients. Some recipes may call for the addition of creme de menthe as an alternative.

What makes mint ice cream green?

Food coloring is usually added to make it green, but it may be beige or white in "all natural" or "organic" varieties. According to the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), 3% of all ice cream sold in 2000 was mint chocolate chip, making it the 10th-most popular flavor of ice cream.

Does mint ice cream have peppermint in it?

In fact, many mint ice creams are made with peppermint rather than spearmint. Just keep in mind that since peppermint has a higher menthol content, you'll want to use a bit less of it. If you don't have fresh mint, you can use an extract as an alternative.

What kind of mint is mint chip ice cream?

Plain mint extract uses spearmint, which is much milder than peppermint. Peppermint extract contains significantly more menthol, which gives it a more intense flavor. What is this? For this reason, mint chocolate chip ice cream is traditionally made with plain mint extract.