Mild and Creamy Coffee Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Recipe

Let me put it out there, I love coffee.  So naturally coffee ice cream was destined to be made.  Considering that my toddler would probably be nibbling on this dessert I didn’t want to go extreme on the coffee flavor.  I started researching recipes for inspiration and found this great article all about the coffee ice cream spectrum on Serious Eats. ( The Many Tastes of Coffee Ice Cream )  It’s a great read if you are interested in learning more.  Bottom line, use good quality coffee to yield great coffee ice cream.  For this recipe, I used Blue Bottle Coffee which I have a subscription to.  I wanted to create a mild coffee flavor this round, so I used my french press to make the 2 tablespoons needed for the recipe.  If you are not familiar with using a french press here is a great resource.  (How to Make French Press Coffee)  To add some additional texture and a kid-approved ingredient I chose to add mini chocolate chips, which my toddler gladly poured into the ice cream machine.

Recipe Adapted by: Serious Eats


Coffee Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Active Time: 1 Hr
Total Time: 5-6 Hrs
Yields: 1 Quart


  • 6 Large Egg Yolks
  • 1/2 Cup - Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons - Medium Grind Coffee
  • 2 Cups - Heavy Cream
  • 1 Cup - Whole Milk
  • 1/2 Teaspoon - Salt
  • 1/2 Cup - Semi-Sweet Mini Chocolate Chips


  1. In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine the eggs, sugar and coffee
  2. Whisk in cream and milk until the ingredients are fully incorporated
  3. Place the pot over medium-low heat to cook, stirring frequently until a custard forms. If you can draw a clean line on the back of the spoon and you have hit 170 degrees the custard is complete
  4. Add salt and combine
  5. Pour the custard through a fine mesh strainer and chill in the refrigerator overnight or until it hits 40 degrees
  6. Pour the chilled ice cream base into the ice cream machine and churn ice cream according the the manufacturer's instructions
  7. When the ice cream is at the desired consistency, add the chocolate chips. Churn a few more times to incorporate the chips
  8. Scoop ice cream into an airtight container and harden in freezer for at least 4 hours before serving

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