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Spring Mint Chip Ice Cream

Fresh mint was steeped in the milk and cream mixture for a pure peppermint flavor in my Spring mint chip ice cream.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Spring Mint Chip Ice Cream
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 11 minutes
chill time 4 hours
Total Time 21 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 515 kcal

Ingredients

Ice cream:

  • 2 cups cream
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1/2 cup cane sugar
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 2 tbsp spinach juice or a few drops green food color
  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate chopped
  • drew drops peppermint extract optional

Instructions

  1. 1.  In a saucepan, add cream, milk, 1/4 cup of the sugar, and kosher salt. Heat mixture until bubbles begins to form around the edges. Remove from heat add fresh mint. Cover and allow to sit and steep for 20 minutes.

    2.  After the 20 minutes, strain milk/mint mixture through a fine mesh strainer. Discard mint. OR you can skip the process of steeping the fresh mint and add peppermint extract after the mixture has cooled.

    3.  Return milk mixture back to pan and reheat until mixture barely begins to simmer.  Meanwhile, whisk remaining 1/4 cup sugar into egg mixture.

    4.  When the milk has reheated and has come to a low simmer, pour 1/2 cup of the hot mixture into the egg mixture stirring constantly. Add an additional 1/2 cup of the hot milk mixture and stir to combine.

    5.  Pour the egg mixture into the pan with the remaining milk mixture. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly.  Cook until the mixture begins to thicken and coats the back of a spoon. Test by running your finger across the spoon. It should leave a trail.

    6.  Pour hot mixture through a fine mesh strainer.  Of course, you can pass on the spinach juice and add a few drops of green food color OR forget the color altogether. White mint chip ice cream is perfectly acceptable.

    7.  Cover lightly and refrigerate until chilled. Approximately 4 hours. It’s best chilled overnight. I’m a big fan of chilling overnight.

    8.  Taste the mixture. If you think it needs a stronger mint flavor add a few drops of peppermint extract. Pour the ice cream base into your ice cream machine and freeze according to manufacturers directions. Add finely chopped chocolate the last 5 minutes of freezing.  

    9.  Transfer ice cream to a chilled container.  Freeze until ready to serve.


Recipe Notes

  • Please note that the times specified is for cooking custard only. Recommended chill time is at least 4 hours to overnight.  Actually freezing time is approximately 30 minutes. 
  • Chances are you think I'm nuts for using fresh mint and steeping it into the milk.  If you don't want to mess with that, just add 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract.
  • If you think I'm even crazier for juicing spinach to create the green color, just use a few drops of green food color OR don't use any color at all.  White mint ice cream in completely acceptable.
  • I love semi-sweet chocolate, but milk chocolate may be used as well.  
  • Of course, I use organic milk and cream.  I purchase my heavy cream from Trader Joes in a cardboard carton.  It only contains cream.  No artificial thickeners.  Cane sugar.  Cage-free eggs.  Making this ice cream health food...right?

 

Nutrition Facts
Spring Mint Chip Ice Cream
Amount Per Serving (6 g)
Calories 515 Calories from Fat 369
% Daily Value*
Fat 41g63%
Saturated Fat 24g120%
Cholesterol 275mg92%
Sodium 154mg6%
Potassium 238mg7%
Carbohydrates 31g10%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 25g28%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 1430IU29%
Vitamin C 0.5mg1%
Calcium 130mg13%
Iron 1.6mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.