Chocolate Gelato


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.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
9 hrs 20 mins
Total Time:
9 hrs 50 mins
8 servings


  • 2 ¼ cups whole milk

  • cup white sugar, divided

  • cup heavy cream

  • cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • cup chopped dark chocolate

  • 4 egg yolks


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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 (per serving)

238 Calories
12g Fat
31g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 238
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 16%
Saturated Fat 7g 34%
Cholesterol 123mg 41%
Sodium 40mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 19g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 103mg 8%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 211mg 4%

* 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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