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Bear Claw Ice Cream – Barefeet in the Kitchen


Creamy chocolate ice cream filled with chocolate-covered cashews and swirled throughout with caramel sauce adds up to bowls of Bear Claw Ice Cream that no one can resist.

chocolate caramel ice cream with chocolate covered cashews

Chocolate and Caramel

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Creamy White Chocolate Fudge filled with pecans and swirled with caramel might be the ultimate treat for a holiday tray. This is a quick and easy 5 Minute Fudge Recipe that is perfect for any occasion.

Millionaire Bars begin with crisp buttery shortbread, then they are layered with chewy caramel and dark chocolate. I could probably stop right there and you’d be convinced to make these bars.

However, I need to tell you that Millionaire Bars taste just like a Twix, only better. Why? Because the shortbread is more flavorful, the caramel is richer, and the chocolate is darker. So yes, much better.

Every scoop of this Twix ice cream is bursting with chunks of cookies, caramel, and chocolate. If you love Twix candy bars, this ice cream just might be your newest favorite flavor!

overhead shot of chocolate ice cream on wooden table

Bear Claw Ice Cream Ingredients

  • heavy cream
  • milk
  • cocoa powder
  • sugar
  • kosher salt
  • chocolate chips
  • vanilla extract
  • caramel sauce
  • chocolate-covered cashews

The most popular question I get is whether it’s possible to make ice cream without a machine. The answer is YES. You can make ice cream without a machine. Find the full directions here!

chocolate ice cream layered with caramel swirls and chocolate cashews

Bear Claw Ice Cream

To make the ice cream base, combine the cream, cocoa, sugar, and salt in a medium saucepan. Whisk to combine and then heat over medium heat, stirring continually, until it comes together and begins to steam and simmer.

If you wish, you may increase the heat, but continue stirring non-stop. Do not step away at this point. Remove from the heat and immediately add the chocolate. Whisk until the chocolate has completely melted.

Stir in the milk and vanilla. Cool and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight until completely cold.

close up of chocolate caramel ice cream with cashew pieces and ice cream scoop

Pour the cold mixture into your ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Scoop about a third of the churned ice cream into an 8″ square pan or loaf pan and drizzle generously with caramel sauce. Sprinkle cashews across the ice cream.

Repeat the ice cream, caramel, and cashew layers twice more. Place the container of ice cream in the freezer and allow the ice cream to harden for at least 2-3 hours before serving. Serve with additional caramel sauce and cashews for topping, if desired.

caramel sauce pouring over ice cream

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white bowl holding chocolate ice cream with cashews on the side

Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream Recipes

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If you can imagine your favorite brownies transformed into a smooth and creamy bowl of ice cream, then you have a glimpse of the awesomeness that is this Brownie Ice Cream.

Rich, dark, ultra-smooth, and creamy chocolate meets a hint of orange in sweet ice cream like no other you’ve ever tasted. If you’re skeptical of the chocolate and citrus combination, one taste will be all it takes to convince you. 

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Servings: 6 servings, about 1½ quarts

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  • In a large saucepan, combine the cream, cocoa, sugar, and salt. Whisk to combine and then heat over medium heat, stirring continually, until it comes together and begins to steam and simmer. If you wish, you may increase the heat, but continue stirring non-stop. Do not step away at this point.

  • Remove from the heat and immediately add the chocolate. Whisk until the chocolate has completely melted. Stir in the milk and vanilla. Cool and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight until completely cold.

  • Pour the cold mixture into your ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Scoop about a third of the churned ice cream into an 8″ square pan or loaf pan and drizzle generously with caramel sauce. Sprinkle cashews across the ice cream.

  • Repeat the ice cream, caramel, and cashew layers twice more. Place the container of ice cream in the freezer and allow the ice cream to harden for at least 2-3 hours before serving. Serve with additional caramel sauce and cashews for topping, if desired.

Calories: 526kcal · Carbohydrates: 57g · Protein: 8g · Fat: 32g · Saturated Fat: 18g · Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g · Monounsaturated Fat: 9g · Trans Fat: 0.03g · Cholesterol: 77mg · Sodium: 186mg · Potassium: 310mg · Fiber: 3g · Sugar: 51g · Vitamin A: 1030IU · Vitamin C: 1mg · Calcium: 154mg · Iron: 2mg

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