Nuclear Chocolate Ice Cream


This is the most chocolate, most rich, densest, custard-style ice cream ever devised. It's spiked with coffee flavor and with such a powerful taste, it earns the name Nuclear.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
6 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
7 hrs 5 mins
10 servings


  • 2 cups milk

  • cup white sugar

  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder

  • 1 pinch salt

  • 4 egg yolks

  • 3 ½ ounces dark chocolate

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Heat milk, sugar, cocoa powder, espresso powder, and salt in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring often, until milk is barely simmering.

  2. Beat egg yolks in a bowl; gradually stir in about 1/2 cup hot milk mixture. Beat until smooth. Transfer egg yolk mixture back to the saucepan and continue cooking and stirring until thickened, about 5 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, melt dark chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl in 30-second intervals, stirring after each melting, for 1 to 3 minutes.

  4. Remove saucepan from heat and stir melted chocolate into milk-egg mixture; transfer mixture to a large bowl, cover, and refrigerate until well-chilled, 4 hours to overnight.

  5. Stir cream and vanilla extract into chilled chocolate mixture and pour into an ice cream maker. Freeze according to manufacturer's directions until it reaches "soft-serve" consistency. Transfer ice cream to a lidded container; cover surface with plastic wrap and seal. For best results, ice cream should be placed in the freezer at least 2 hours or overnight.

Cook's Note:

I use a Lindt(R) Special Dark Chocolate bar in this recipe. Dark chocolate chips are nearly as good. I have an in-pan mixer, so I mix this custard furiously at every stage (taste it right along; you may want to increase sugar slightly or adjust coffee up or down). I freeze the mixture in my Donvier(R) ice cream freezer, 1-quart size. Try it! It will knock your socks off.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

319 Calories
24g Fat
24g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 319
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 24g 31%
Saturated Fat 13g 65%
Cholesterol 152mg 51%
Sodium 42mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 21g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 99mg 8%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 145mg 3%

* 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.

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