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Chocolate Chip Ice Cream – Barefeet in the Kitchen


In each scoop of this chocolate chip ice cream, the delightful crunch of chocolate creates a fun contrast against the smooth vanilla backdrop. This ice cream has been a kid-favorite in our home ever since I first churned it.

With miniature chocolate chips swirled through every bite of this ice cream, the tiny bursts of chocolate will have you coming back for “just one more bite” until it is gone.

ice cream served in two bowls, one red and one blue

Ice Cream with Chocolate Chips

Do you love chocolate chip ice creams as much as we do? There’s something extra special about bites of chocolate that create a contrasting texture and different flavors in creamy sweet homemade ice cream.

Whether it’s chocolate Nutella swirls or chocolate flakes that melt on your tongue, or chunks of chocolate chip cookie dough, they all have a place in our freezer.

This recipe starts with a creamy sweet vanilla base (no eggs or cooking required). Just stir the base together in a bowl and pour it into your ice cream maker.

Ice Cream Ingredients

Please note that this recipe calls specifically for miniature chocolate chips. This isn’t negotiable. If you add full-size regular chocolate chips to ice cream and then put it in the freezer, each bite is going to feel as if you are chewing rocks.

Double-check your ingredients and make sure you have teeny tiny mini chocolate chips for this ice cream before you add them to the churned ice cream. For an unexpected treat, try adding some toffee bits for a fun new ice cream combination.

That chocolate chip and toffee ice cream has been one of my favorites for several years. And almost every time I make it my youngest son asks me to PLEASE make it with just the chocolate chips for him next time.

So, here you go, kiddo. Your own favorite ice cream. Enjoy!

Overhead shot of scoop of ice cream with chocolate chips

Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

You’ll need the following ingredients to make this recipe:

  • heavy cream
  • whole milk
  • sugar
  • vanilla extract
  • kosher salt
  • miniature semi-sweet chocolate chips
Close-up of ice cream in red bowl

Whisk together cream, milk, sugar, vanilla and salt. Pour the ice cream mixture into your machine and freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Add the chocolate chips, just before the ice cream finishes churning. Serve immediately for soft serve ice cream or transfer to an airtight container and store in the freezer until ready to serve.

Easy Ice Cream Recipes

Want a few more super easy ice cream recipes to try? Creamy toffee ice cream swirled with caramel sauce and filled with bits of crunchy toffee is sure to satisfy any ice cream lover. 

Classic strawberry ice cream never fails to make kids and adults smile. It’s a childhood favorite that everyone loves. The satisfying crunch of cookies in creamy homemade ice cream makes this Nutter Butter ice cream positively irresistible.

If you’re already a fan cookies and cream ice cream, you really need to try making it at home. This isn’t Oreo dust or a few crumbles of cookies, this is nearly an entire package of chocolate sandwich cookies stuffed into a batch of ice cream.

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Servings: 8 ½ cup servings

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  • Whisk together cream, milk, sugar, vanilla and salt. Pour into your ice cream maker and churn according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

  • Add the chocolate chips, just before the ice cream finishes churning. Serve immediately for soft serve ice cream or transfer to an airtight container and store in the freezer until ready to serve.

Please note that this recipe calls specifically for miniature chocolate chips. This isn’t negotiable. If you add full-size regular chocolate chips to ice cream and then put it in the freezer, each bite is going to feel as if you are chewing rocks. So, double-check your ingredients and make sure you have teeny tiny mini chocolate chips for this ice cream.

Calories: 419kcal · Carbohydrates: 36g · Protein: 5g · Fat: 29g · Saturated Fat: 18g · Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g · Monounsaturated Fat: 8g · Trans Fat: 0.02g · Cholesterol: 58mg · Sodium: 69mg · Potassium: 281mg · Fiber: 2g · Sugar: 31g · Vitamin A: 745IU · Vitamin C: 0.3mg · Calcium: 104mg · Iron: 2mg

Overhead shot of ice cream in a white bowl with a wooden spoon

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