Making Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream: A Delightful Treat by Isaac Mizrahi

Welcome to my adorable kitchen! I have been a lifelong ice cream lover, and if I were stranded on a desert island, I would definitely bring my favorite flavor: mint chocolate chip. What makes it extra special is that I use fresh mint from my garden, which we grow right here. Just take a whiff of these freshly picked leaves, and you’ll feel like you’re in heaven.

To begin, we’ll need 2 cups of milk, which we’ll pour into a saucepan. Next, add a quarter cup of sugar to sweeten the ice cream. Now, let’s not forget about the star ingredient – the mint! I’ll take these mint leaves and give them a rough chop. It’s important to dry them beforehand; otherwise, the moisture would affect the texture of the ice cream, and trust me, that wouldn’t be great.

Once the mint and sugar are added to the saucepan, set it over medium heat for a little while. While that’s simmering, let’s prepare the custard base. We’ll need two separate eggs – one with egg yolks and the other with egg whites. Don’t worry about the egg whites; we can save them to make a delectable angel food cake later. Whisk the egg yolks and half a cup of sugar together until they become lighter and thicker, which should take about 2 minutes.

Now, let’s check on our simmering mint and sugar mixture. Remember, it’s alright if the milk boils slightly during the steeping process, but once we add the custard, we want to avoid any boiling or curdling. Lower the heat to low and slowly pour about half a cup of milk into the egg yolk mixture, stirring gently to incorporate it.

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For the next step, turn off the flame temporarily, and gradually reintroduce the egg and milk mixture back into the saucepan, stirring continuously. It’s crucial to keep stirring throughout this process to prevent the custard from curdling. Let it simmer on low heat for approximately 8 minutes.

To achieve that irresistibly minty flavor, we need to strain the custard. Pour the mixture through a strainer, pressing the mint leaves to extract their essence. Then, it’s time to add the cream. Transfer the strained mixture into an ice cream maker. I have a dedicated ice cream room because my machine is quite sizable, and it doesn’t quite fit in the kitchen. Pour the custard mixture into the ice cream maker and let it churn for about 20 minutes to achieve the perfect consistency.

While the ice cream is churning away, let’s prepare the chocolate. I like to use a variety of chocolates, and I’m not one to waste any opportunity for extra flavor. So, I take the leftover chocolate powder from chopping the chocolate and add it to the mixture. Trust me; it enhances the overall taste.

Once the ice cream has churned to perfection, chop up some chocolate and mix it into the ice cream. Feel free to be generous with the chocolate, and don’t forget to include the chocolate powder for that added boost of flavor. Now, it’s time for the ice cream to set. Transfer it to the freezer and leave it for about four to five hours to firm up.

And voila! The waiting is over. After setting overnight, our mint chocolate chip ice cream is ready to be enjoyed. It’s so incredibly good that I can’t help but savor every spoonful, just like those cartoon characters who lick their faces with delight.

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Making Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream: A Delightful Treat by Isaac Mizrahi
Making Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream: A Delightful Treat by Isaac Mizrahi

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Q: Can I use store-bought mint instead of fresh mint from the garden?
A: While fresh mint from the garden gives the ice cream a distinctive flavor, you can certainly use store-bought mint if that’s more convenient for you.

Q: Can I substitute the milk with a non-dairy alternative?
A: Absolutely! Feel free to use your preferred non-dairy milk substitute. Just keep in mind that it may slightly alter the taste and texture of the final product.

Q: How long does the ice cream need to set in the freezer?
A: It typically takes around four to five hours for the ice cream to firm up in the freezer. However, for the best results, overnight setting is recommended.


Making mint chocolate chip ice cream is a delightful and rewarding experience. With fresh mint from the garden, a creamy custard base, and generous chunks of chocolate, this homemade treat is sure to satisfy any ice cream lover’s cravings. So why not try making it yourself and indulge in a scoop of pure happiness? For more delicious recipes and culinary adventures, visit Hook’d Up Bar and Grill.

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