Recipes: Chocolate Ice Cream

Do your kids love ice cream? Mine do! And here’s a really easy ice cream recipe you can make at home…

Home made ice cream

Ingredients

  • 600ml cream
  • 395g condense milk (this should be the real condense milk and not any of those substitute crap that passes for condensed milk these days)
  • 200g dark chocolate, melted
  • 1/2 cup chocolate bits

Method

  • Whip cream, condense milk and melted dark chocolate until fluffy. Be careful not to over whip it or your cream will curdle – the end point is a fine line between just right and over done. In fact, it is probably better to under-whip it. When you can see lines and soft peaks forming, it should be enough.
  • Stir in the chocolate bits.
  • Pour into a container for freezing.
  • Freeze.

Yup. That easy.

Notes on Serving

This ice cream is very rich and there is not as much “air” in it. This means that when it freezes, it sets hard and can be quite difficult to scoop out. When serving, it is best to take it out of the freezer for a 10 to 20 minutes before attempting to scoop it out. And since it’s so rich, you might also want to go easy on the portion size.

Verdict

It’s ice cream! What’s not to love?

Nutritional Information

Did you know that chocolate can be good for you? Here’s a summary of the good bits:

  • reduces risk of stroke
  • boosts heart health
  • fills you up and may reduce cravings for other sweet, salty, and fatty foods
  • reduces risk of developing diabetes
  • the flavanoids in chocolate protects your skin
  • theobromine in chocolate is a natural cough suppressant
  • elevates your mood and relieves stress
  • improves blood flow and circulation
  • improves vision
  • promotes wakefulness and alertness for better mental performance

What’s in Chocolate that makes it good for you?

  • flavanoids, antioxidants, flavanols
  • oleic acid
  • minerals – potassium, copper, iron, magnesium
  • theobromine

Before you rush off to get some, it should be noted that it is usually the dark chocolate varieties that provide these benefits. Also, you should be aware that not all chocolate are created equal because the method by which some chocolate is produced can strip it of its beneficial properties. When choosing cocoa powder, try to go for natural cocoa powder rather than the Dutch-processed kind.

Last but not least, most of the studies done on chocolate are still relatively short-term and uncontrolled so be sensible and exercise control. Remember – all things in moderation.

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