Milkiest Chocolate Ice Cream

This milkiest chocolate ice cream is made with whole milk, cream, and evaporated milk, and boasts plenty of chocolate flavor thanks to bittersweet chocolate and cocoa powder.

A silver spoon holding a large scoop of the milkiest chocolate ice cream in the world.

Tasting, they say, is believing. With this milkiest chocolate ice cream, the pleasing, milky chocolate with superior creaminess is just like a bar of fine Swiss milk chocolate. And i’s not just believing the atrociously bold claim made by the title of this recipe, it’s believing that the atrociously bold claim made by the title of this recipe can be achieved without eggs. We’re believers. What about you?–Jeni Britton Bauer

Milkiest Chocolate Ice Cream

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  • 15 M
  • 45 M
  • Makes 8 (1/2-cup) servings
5/5 - 2 reviews
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Special Equipment: Ice cream maker



Combine 2 tablespoons of the milk with the cornstarch in a small bowl to make a smooth slurry.

Chop the chocolate and place it in a medium bowl.

Fill a large bowl with ice and water.

Combine the remaining milk, the cream, evaporated milk, sugar, and corn syrup in a 4-quart saucepan, and bring to a rolling boil over medium-high heat. Add the cocoa, whisking until it is incorporated, and continue to boil for 4 minutes.

Remove the pan from the heat and gradually whisk in the cornstarch slurry. Bring the mixture back to a boil over medium-high heat and cook, stirring with a heatproof spatula, until it thickens, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat.

Gradually whisk the hot milk mixture into the chocolate. Add the salt and whisk until the chocolate is melted.

Pour the mixture into a 1-gallon resealable plastic freezer bag and submerge the sealed bag in the ice bath. Let stand, adding more ice as necessary, until the mixture is chilled through, about 30 minutes.

Pour the ice cream base into the ice cream maker and process until thick and creamy per the machine’s instructions.

Pack the ice cream into a resealable container, press a sheet of parchment directly against the surface of the ice cream, and seal it with an airtight lid. Stash it in the coldest part of your freezer until firm, at least 4 hours. Scoop into bowls, dollop it onto a cone, or simply grab a spoon. Originally published June 8, 2012.

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Recipe Testers' Reviews

You really have to put your money where your mouth is when you declare that your ice cream is the “milkiest chocolate”–and this recipe delivers just that. This ice cream tastes like frozen hot fudge sauce. It couldn’t be easier to make. The hardest part is waiting for the ice cream to harden in the freezer.

I would love to try this ice cream with some mix-ins such as marshmallows or white chocolate chunks.

From my teen daughter’s mouth: “WOW, this is awesome! Just like the good expensive ice cream you only buy a few times a year!”

The end result is indeed a very rich, creamy, smooth, and chocolaty ice cream that will WOW kids and adults alike. I must say, though, that next time I will have to triple the recipe as this felt like an appetizer for our family. And we don’t even have sweet tooths! The recipe asks for a frozen canister in which to spin it, but we do not have such a gadget. I did it the old-fashioned way, by hand shaking it, and it worked beautifully.

Jeni makes some splendid ice cream. Wow. It is the milkiest chocolate ice cream in the world!

One tiny warning. After you add the cornstarch slurry, the ice cream base will thicken quickly, causing the thick base to put a strain on your ice cream maker. My ice cream maker simply couldn’t keep up, resulting in ice cream that was more like a frozen pudding pop. But it’s still splendid.

Childhood revisited for adults. The title of this recipe had me thinking of my favorite commercial ice cream from the local supermarket, Southern Milk Chocolate. It’s a light, creamy, mildly chocolaty ice cream, and a nice antidote to the overdone double and triple dark chocolate ice creams you see too many of these days. This ice cream comes out with a lovely, rich, creamy flavor while still packing plenty of chocolate. To me, it strikes the perfect balance. The texture is wonderful and it remains so even after some time in the freezer.

Perfect for a million of the most mundane but sublime uses, such as the simplest of ice cream cones–one scoop of chocolate with nothing added, dipped, or sprinkled. Intensely chocolaty, but it’s also just cold, firm ice cream sinking deeper into the cone with each swipe of the tongue.

I am so glad I gave this recipe a whirl in my new ice cream maker. It was great and the texture is luscious. I would agree that this is some of the milkiest chocolate ice cream I’ve ever had. Instead of light corn syrup, I used honey. I also used 60% bittersweet chocolate, and threw in some whole roasted hazelnuts for added crunch. I’m hoping to get my hands on Jeni’s book as soon as possible!

A great eggless ice cream recipe. Although the title says “milkiest,” it’s definitely more than milky. It’s a strong, creamy, and smooth chocolate ice cream.

Amazingly, the cornstarch isn't evident in the flavor or the texture. I chilled it in the fridge overnight before I churned it and a light skin had formed on the surface, however, a good stir dissolved it all. I processed it for about 40 minutes in my ice cream maker. I think this will be a new favorite of mine.

This ice cream really is remarkably creamy. While cooking the base, I was careful to keep watch as the milk mixture began to bubble up high (almost over the top of the pot). I moved the pot off the heat for a moment to settle the ice cream base and returned it to the heat. I was not sure it was safe to pour the hot ice cream base into a plastic bag. I let mine cool about 15 minutes first, then put it into the plastic bag and submerged it in the ice bath. Once the ice cream has gone through the freezing process (which takes about twice the time as other ice cream bases), it is still pretty soft. The ice cream needs the time in the freezer to stabilize. Once it has been in the freezer at least the four hours, it scoops out almost gelato-like. It’s creamy and melts the moment it hits the tongue. It was a real hit and there were no leftovers.

This ice cream was delicious and all my chocolate-loving testers enjoyed it. They all love dark chocolate and the addition of the bittersweet chocolate was a hit.

I followed the directions to a T and everything went great...until I put the base into the frozen canister and added it to my ice cream maker. It never shut off. Maybe it wasn't supposed to since you pack the ice cream into a storage container and then place in freezer for at least 4 hours. It did get thick and creamy in the machine, but never frozen, even after over an hour. I finally took it out of my machine and proceeded with the instructions on how to pack and freeze it.

After 4 hours, it was perfect and delicious. I will definitely be making this one again as we love to make ice cream in the summer for Sunday family get-togethers. Next time I will probably do a double batch thought since this one was gone in a matter of minutes. Good thing I made some homemade vanilla, too.

Don't be fooled by the title—this isn't a milk chocolate ice cream. It's a very, very chocolate ice cream with milk in it. And it's delicious. An explosion of clean chocolate flavor and the most silky smooth texture ever.

If you're familiar with Jeni's recipes, you'll be surprised to see that this one doesn't contain cream cheese, but it has another surprising ingredient—evaporated milk. The absence of eggs in this recipe means there's no need to worry about straining out cooked bits of eggs.

The results were more of a dense rich gelato than a milky ice cream but it was wonderful with a very smooth milk chocolate taste rather than the dark chocolate I usually find in rich ice creams. I had never used cornstarch in an ice cream recipe before but it worked well and came together very easily.

I will gladly make this again. And I loved that it didn't contain eggs, no worries about who can or can't have this ice cream.


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  1. While many have been perfecting their bread making skills during the pandemic, I’ve been dividing my time between bread and ice cream. This week, I realized that I had not tried any chocolate ice cream recipes and decided to give this one a whirl. This chocolate ice cream is the stuff that dreams are made of. It has a deep chocolate flavor and has just the right amount of sweetness. It’s reminiscent of chocolate pudding in all of the best ways. If you are wondering whether or not to make it – go for it and challenge yourself not to eat all of it from your ice cream maker base.

    1. Love hearing all of this, Trisha! Especially the part about how you’re spending your time while at home. Thanks so much for letting us know you love this as much as we do!

    1. Lovely. Looking forward to hearing what you think, Elaine. Hopefully you’ll love it as much as we and our testers do. You’ll find their comments beneath the recipe…

    1. Ohhh!!! just saw your notes about the error above!!! thank you! I was wondering when I made it why it was similar in dark chocolate status to her dark chocolate recipe!

  2. I wish I had seen this on your site before making the recipe from Jenis book! UGH!!!! There is a typo in the book, calling for 1/4 cup cream as opposed to the correct 1 1/4 cup that you have here. I realized the error while my ice cream was churning away in the maker and it just looked like frozen pudding to me. It is incredibly fudgy. I will have to retry the recipe with the correct measurements next time.

    1. Eileen, we learned the hard way, too, just like you. We were a little bewildered at the lack of milk chocolate-ness until I contacted the publisher. I’m sorry, too, that you couldn’t have found us sooner, but rest assured, when made with the proper amount of cream, as above, this recipe more than makes up for your first batch. Trust us.

      1. I just attempted two batches of this with the 1/4 cup cream and was trying to figure out why it turned out so poorly! Thanks for the clarification, I was going crazy trying to figure out where I went wrong.

        1. Suvi, you’re very welcome! We went through the same frustration as you when we first tested the recipe so rest assured you’re not the only one who tried the recipe in the book and had it turn out less stellar than spectacular. Rest assured, we only post recipes on our site that we test over and over and that repeatedly bring us magnificent results.

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