Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

12 Servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Freeze 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes

Chocolate Chip Ice Cream is made with a creamy vanilla base and chocolate chunks. Simple flavors make it a perfect dessert topping or served in a cone.

This homemade ice cream is similar to classic Vanilla Ice Cream but with added texture and chocolate flavor from mini chocolate chips. It’s wonderfully easy to make and is the perfect refreshing Dessert Recipe for the summer.

Chocolate Chip Ice Cream scoop on waffle cone


Making your own ice cream might sound difficult, but Chocolate Chip Ice Cream is one of the easiest recipes ever. The hands-on work is done in a few minutes, then you just have to wait for it to set. All you have to do is whisk together the half and half, heavy whipping cream, sugar, vanilla, and chocolate chips. Then transfer the ice cream mixture to your ice cream machine and pop it in the freezer. The mixture will be hardened and ready to serve in 3 hours.

This kid-friendly recipe is so easy to make that you can turn it into a family activity. If you have any kids at home they’ll have a great time stirring together the simple ingredients. They’re sure to be amazed when it comes out of the freezer transformed into delicious ice cream.

You can serve it up in bowls or waffle cones by itself, or use it as a melty ice cream topping for baked desserts. Ice Cream with Chocolate Chips would taste amazing served over Brownies, Chocolate Cobbler, or Pecan Pie. The flavors are so versatile that they’ll taste amazing over any number of dessert recipes.



There are so many delicious toppings you can add to this ice cream base. Because the flavors of vanilla and chocolate are so simple, there are really no limits to how you can dress them up. Whether you’re serving Chocolate Chip Ice Cream for a party or enjoying a dessert night with your family, try putting out a variety of toppings and add-ons for everyone to assemble their very own ice cream sundae.

  • Sauces: One great way to add flavor to your ice cream is with the addition of dessert sauces. Hot Fudge Sauce, Salted Caramel Sauce, Strawberry Topping, or just peanut butter would all bring their own unique and exciting flavor to the ice cream.
  • Whipped cream: Everybody loves finishing off their sundae with a dollop of Whipped Cream. If you’re serving this for a party where the toppings will be out longer, try Stabilized Whipped Cream. It won’t melt or fall at room temperature.
  • Fruit: There are plenty of fresh fruits you can try on top of your ice cream. Sliced bananas, peaches, strawberries, raspberries, or blueberries would all add a nice refreshing taste to the dessert.
  • Nuts: For some crunch add crushed peanuts, almonds, walnuts, or pecans.
  • Candy: Sprinkle on some candy, like M&Ms, Reeses’s pieces, gummy bears, or broken pieces of your favorite chocolate bars. You can also add sprinkles for decoration.

Chocolate Chip Ice Cream ingredients in bowl


  • Chocolate chips: You can try out a variety of different kinds of chocolate chips in this rich ice cream recipe. Milk chocolate, white chocolate, or dark chocolate would taste great. You can also mix in other kinds of chips like cinnamon or peanut butter chips.
  • Mint chocolate chip ice cream: To make this into a mint chip ice cream recipe mix 2 teaspoons of mint extract in. You can also add a few drops of green food dye to get that classic mint ice cream look.
  • Strawberry: For strawberry chocolate chip ice cream, slice 2 cups of fresh strawberries and fold them into the cream mixture. You could also try other berries like raspberries, blueberries, or cherries.
  • Peanut butter: Another classic pairing with chocolate is peanut butter. To add a peanut butter swirl to your ice cream, mix in 1 cup of softened peanut butter.



  • Serve: Make sure you give the ice cream at least 3 hours to fully set before you serve it. If the ice cream has gotten too hard, let it soften at room temperature for a few minutes.
  • Store: To store leftover Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, put it in a freezer-safe container, and keep it frozen for up to 3 weeks.

Chocolate Chip Ice Cream in freezer container

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Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Chocolate Chip Ice Cream is made with a creamy vanilla base and chocolate chunks. Simple flavors make it a perfect dessert topping or served in a cone.
Yield 12 Servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder



  • Whisk all the ingredients together in a large bowl before adding to your ice cream maker and churn according to machine instructions.
  • Freeze for at least 3 hours to harden before serving.


Calories: 332kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 42mg | Potassium: 84mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 759IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 86mg | Iron: 1mg

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About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the cookbook Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients, published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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