You won’t believe how easy it is to make this homemade chocolate ice cream! No ice cream maker needed! And the intense chocolate flavor will blow you away.

Chocolate ice cream in a small white bowl with a silver spoon, on a white background.

Um, wait a second, where is the summer going??

I mean seriously, hold up. I am NOT ready for it to be August already. When I hear “August,” I think back-to-school, and I am just not in that headspace yet.

I love summer and I never want it to end!

Plus, this is only the first ice cream recipe I’ve made! Am I going to have time for more ice cream recipes this season? I hope so, because there is so much more I want to do.

But I mean, I do have quite a few. Wanna know my favorites? Hands-down, these are the three: Chocolate Marshmallow Rice Krispie Treat Ice Cream, Coffee and Donuts Ice Cream, and Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie Dough Ice Cream.

Can you tell I like a lot of add-ins? Lol…

But sometimes you just need to keep things simple, and that’s exactly what this chocolate ice cream recipe is all about.

Not only is the flavor simple, but so is the prep. You can make this chocolate ice cream in 10 minutes flat. The hardest thing about it is waiting for it to freeze!

And the flavor is out of control. So, so chocolate-y! If you know me, you know I want my chocolate desserts to REALLY taste like chocolate. And this definitely does! It’s so rich and intense, it almost reminds me of brownie batter!

Two bowls of chocolate ice cream on a white background, with a text overlay that reads "No-Churn Chocolate Ice Cream."

WHAT IS NO-CHURN ICE CREAM?

So typically, homemade ice cream is made by first creating a custard by cooking egg yolks, sugar, and hot milk together. Then cream is added and the whole thing needs to be chilled down before it’s then churned in an ice cream maker.

The result is truly sublime.

But it is a looooong process. By the time you freeze the canister of the ice cream maker, make and chill the custard, churn it, then freeze it, you’re looking at around 2 days. Granted, it’s mostly downtime, but I don’t always want to have to plan that far ahead. When that ice cream craving hits, I want it asap!

So a couple of years ago I decided to give this no-churn ice cream thing a try. I have to admit, I was pretty skeptical. I can be a bit of a food snob at times, and I could not imagine that a shortcut recipe could be as good as the real deal.

Boy was I wrong! I made a no-churn vanilla ice cream recipe and a no-churn strawberry ice cream, and honest to goodness, I don’t know if I will ever go back to the traditional method again.

That said, if you’re a purist like I used to be, you’ll want to check out this recipe for old-fashioned slow-churned chocolate ice cream: Simply Perfect Chocolate Ice Cream.

HOW TO MAKE NO-CHURN CHOCOLATE ICE CREAM

To make this easy chocolate ice cream recipe, you’ll just need a few pantry staples:

  1. Semi-sweet chocolate
  2. Condensed Milk
  3. Cocoa
  4. Vanilla
  5. Salt, and
  6. Heavy Cream

CHOCOLATE

I like to use a baking bar because it melts smoothly and doesn’t risk seizing up like chocolate chips can. Just chop or break it into small pieces.

CONDENSED MILK

Be sure to buy sweetened condensed milk and not evaporated milk. There’s no added sugar in this recipe, so you need to get the sweet stuff!

It can usually be found in the baking aisle.

COCOA

I like to use a combination of regular unsweetened cocoa and dark cocoa powder (aka: Dutch-processed or Dutched). If you don’t keep both kinds on hand, you can just use one or the other.

I think regular cocoa has more of a deep chocolate flavor (despite the lighter color), and the dark cocoa powder has a flavor I typically associate with Oreo cookies. Sweeter and a little less rich tasting.

Ingredients for making chocolate ice cream, with text labels.

Start by melting the chocolate. This can be done in the microwave or over a double boiler.

I typically use the microwave. Give it quick 20-second bursts, stirring after each. When it’s nice and smooth, you’re good to go!

Melted chocolate in a glass bowl with a silver spoon.

Combine the melted chocolate with the condensed milk, cocoa, vanilla, and salt.

Condensed milk, melted chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, and salt in a glass bowl.

Then just whisk it all together until it’s nice and smooth.

Homemade chocolate ice cream base in a glass bowl.

Now whip the cream until it can hold stiff peaks. You can do this by hand, with an electric hand mixer, or in a stand mixer.

Large bowl of whipped cream with an electric hand mixer.

Pour the chocolate mixture into the whipped cream…

Pouring chocolate into whipped cream.

And fold everything together.

Folding chocolate into whipped cream.

Then just transfer the mixture into a freezer-safe container, and chill it down!

Homemade chocolate ice cream in a white ceramic loaf pan.

It’s done just as soon as it’s hard enough to scoop. It will usually get there after around 2 hours.

IS CHOCOLATE ICE CREAM GLUTEN-FREE?

This chocolate ice cream recipe is 100% gluten-free, and it’s also egg-free and vegetarian. But it does contain dairy, so sadly it is not vegan.

Homemade chocolate ice cream in a white bowl on a gray napkin.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE MADE AHEAD?

It’s always a good idea to make ice cream ahead since it can be kind of a long wait for it to freeze completely.

HOW LONG WILL IT KEEP?

This chocolate ice cream will keep in the freezer for at least 2 weeks. Just be sure to keep it tightly wrapped so it doesn’t dry out and get gummy, or pick up any funny freezer odors.

Chocolate ice cream in a small bowl on a white background.

Here are a few of my favorite ice cream toppings:

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Close-up image of a bowl of homemade chocolate ice cream, with a text overlay above reading "No-Churn Chocolate Ice Cream."

Close-up image of a bowl of homemade chocolate ice cream, with a text overlay above reading "No-Churn Chocolate Ice Cream."

Close-up image of a bowl of homemade chocolate ice cream, with a text overlay above reading "No-Churn Chocolate Ice Cream."

5 from 2 votes
Chocolate ice cream in a small white bowl with a silver spoon, on a white background.
No-Churn Chocolate Ice Cream
Prep Time
10 mins
Freeze Time
2 hrs
Total Time
2 hrs 10 mins
 

You won't believe how easy it is to make this homemade chocolate ice cream! No ice cream maker needed! And the intense chocolate flavor will blow you away.

Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate ice cream, chocolate ice cream recipe, homemade chocolate ice cream, no-churn chocolate ice cream
Servings: 8
Calories: 457 kcal
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Melt the chocolate (in the microwave or over a double-boiler).

  2. Combine the melted chocolate, condensed milk, cocoa, vanilla, and salt in a medium bowl, whisking until smooth.

  3. Whip the cream until it holds stiff peaks.

  4. Fold the chocolate mixture into the whipped cream, transfer the mixture to a freezer-safe container, and freeze until hard (about 2 hours.)

Nutrition Facts
No-Churn Chocolate Ice Cream
Amount Per Serving
Calories 457 Calories from Fat 288
% Daily Value*
Fat 32g49%
Saturated Fat 20g125%
Cholesterol 99mg33%
Sodium 161mg7%
Potassium 366mg10%
Carbohydrates 38g13%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 32g36%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 1014IU20%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 193mg19%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.