Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

I made this batch of ice cream just in time for my mom’s birthday which is this week.  If I remember correctly she is a fan of minty desserts such as grasshoppers so I have a feeling she will love this mint chocolate ice cream.  Good thing she is visiting me on Wednesday so I can share it with her!  It is so minty and refreshing.  Yum!

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Source:  Brown Eyed Baker

Yield: About 1 quart

Prep Time: 20 minutes | Custard Chill Time: 8 hours | Churn Time: 20-30 minutes

2 cups heavy cream, divided
1½ cups whole milk
¾ cup granulated sugar
Pinch of salt
4 egg yolks (I used 5 yolks)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1½ teaspoons mint extract (or to taste)
3 or more drops of green food coloring (optional)
½ cup chocolate chips (I used mini chocolate chips)

1. Warm 1 cup of the heavy cream, whole milk, granulated sugar and pinch of salt in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar dissolves.

2. Pour the remaining 1 cup of heavy cream into a large bowl and set a mesh strainer on top. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks. Slowly pour the warm mixture into the egg yolks, whisking constantly, then scrape the warmed egg yolks back into the saucepan.

3. Stir the mixture constantly over medium heat with a  heatproof spatula, scraping the bottom as you stir, until the mixture thickens and coats the spatula (if using a thermometer, it should be right around 170 degrees F). Pour the custard through the strainer and stir it into the cream. Add the vanilla and mint extracts and the food coloring (if using), and stir until cool over an ice bath.

4. Chill the mixture thoroughly in the refrigerator (preferably overnight). Churn according to your ice cream maker’s directions, adding the chocolate chips during the last 5 minutes of churning.  I folded the mini chips into the ice cream as I transferred it to a storage container.

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