This is a super-chocolaty Italian-style ice cream - gelato; use the best ingredients possible, because it really makes a difference. I use 70% chocolate for it.



Recipe Summary

20 mins
10 mins
9 hrs 20 mins
9 hrs 50 mins
8 servings


Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Heat milk, 1/2 the sugar, and cream in a heavy saucepan until simmering and sugar is dissolved, about 5 minutes, being careful not to scorch the milk. Remove milk from heat and whisk in cocoa powder and dark chocolate. Allow to cool slightly.

  • Meanwhile, beat egg yolks and remaining sugar in a large bowl using a whisk or electric beater until thick and pale yellow. Add about 1 cup of the slightly cooled chocolate mixture in a slow stream to avoid cooking eggs, whisking constantly until well combined. Add the rest of the chocolate mixture and return to the saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir constantly until thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 5 minutes more.

  • Strain custard through a sieve into a bowl and cover with plastic wrap touching to mixture to prevent a skin from forming. Refrigerate 8 hours to overnight.

  • Pour cold custard into an ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer's instructions, about 20 minutes. Transfer to an airtight container and freeze until hardened, about 1 hour.

Cook's Notes:

You can add crushed cookies or chocolate chips halfway through for an added dimension of texture to the recipe.

I put 8 servings because this recipe is so super chocolaty that a small serving would satisfy the greatest of chocolate cravings. If you were looking at it as a normal ice cream, I would say it is around 4 servings.

Nutrition Facts

238 calories; protein 5.1g; carbohydrates 30.8g; fat 12.3g; cholesterol 122.9mg; sodium 39.7mg. Full Nutrition

Reviews (3)

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3 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 1
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 0
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Rating: 5 stars
This was an absolutely delicious recipe! Instead of chilling it overnight, I put the ice cream base in an electric ice cream maker that I have and it was ready in under 20 minutes. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
This ice cream is for dark chocolate lovers only. I used 4 oz. of 60% cocao and thought it could use a smidgeon more sugar, and next time I would add a little more heavy cream replacing some of the milk. It was a rich, chocolately ice cream that everyone enjoyed. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
This recipe wasn't too sweet as I used dark chocolate. I think next time I'll do a mix with dark and semi sweet chocolate. Mine didn't set all the way as I was too impatient, so I think next time I will use an ice cream maker so I don't have to wait to enjoy this gelato. Read More