The whipping cream makes this very rich. You can substitute half-and-half for the whipping cream if you wish. It is made with German chocolate - so, it is not a "dark" chocolate ice cream.
To toast pecans, place them in a single layer in a pan. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 5 to10 minutes. Watch closely so they do not burn or get too brown. This cook time is based on pecan halves. Pecan halves will take a bit longer to toast than pecan pieces.