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Double Dutch Dark Chocolate Ice Cream

Heather Smoke
The richest, creamiest, darkest chocolate ice cream made with double Dutch dark cocoa powder and dark chocolate.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Freeze Time 8 hrs
Total Time 8 hrs 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 1 1/2 quarts (approximately)


  • Ice Cream Maker


  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • ¾ cup dark brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 6 tbsp double Dutch dark cocoa powder
  • 5 large egg yolks
  • 1 tbsp instant espresso powder or instant coffee
  • ¼ tsp coarse Kosher salt (if using table salt, use half the amount)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 oz good-quality dark chocolate, chopped
  • 1 tbsp good-quality bourbon, optional


  • In a saucepan, whisk together the cream, milk, brown sugar, granulated sugar, cocoa powder, egg yolks, espresso powder and salt. The mixture will look lumpy, but it will smooth out as you cook it.
  • Over medium heat, warm the custard while whisking constantly, just until it begins to steam and is barely bubbling around the edges. Don't let it come to a boil.
  • Remove from the heat and whisk in the vanilla and the chopped chocolate until smooth. Pour the custard through a mesh strainer to remove any bits of cooked egg. (To ensure a very smooth texture, you can use an immersion blender to blend the custard for 15 seconds.) Cover the bowl of custard, with plastic wrap resting right against the surface of the custard, and refrigerate until well chilled, preferably overnight.
  • Pour the chilled custard into your ice cream maker and churn according to the manufacturer's instructions, until it has a soft-serve consistency. During the last minute of churning, add the bourbon.
  • Scrape the ice cream into a lidded container and freeze until firm, at least 8-10 hours.


Note that the yield can depend on your brand of ice cream maker, how fast you churn your ice cream, and how long you churn it.  All of these factors affect the amount of air that's incorporated into the ice cream, giving it volume.
Keyword Chocolate Ice Cream, Dark Chocolate, Frozen Custard