Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. + chilling Process: 20 min./batch + freezing


1-1/2 quarts

Updated: Apr. 15, 2023
We have a cow, so homemade ice cream is a regular dessert in our household. This creamy mint chocolate chip ice cream recipe has a mild mint flavor. —Farrah McGuire, Springdale, Washington
Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1-3/4 cups whole milk
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • Pinch salt
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature, lightly beaten
  • 1-3/4 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 4 drops green food coloring, optional
  • 1/2 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips


  1. In a small saucepan, heat the milk to 175°; stir in the sugar and salt until dissolved. Whisk in a small amount of the hot mixture to the eggs. Return all to the pan, whisking constantly. Cook and stir over low heat until mixture coats the back of a metal spoon and reaches at least 160°, 2-3 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  2. Cool quickly by placing pan in a bowl of ice water; stir for 2 minutes. Stir in whipping cream, extracts and food coloring if desired. Press plastic wrap onto surface of custard. Refrigerate for several hours or overnight.
  3. Stir in the chocolate chips. Fill ice cream freezer cylinder two-thirds full; freeze according to the manufacturer's directions. Refrigerate remaining mixture until ready to freeze. Transfer ice cream to a freezer container; freeze for 2-4 hours before serving.

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Tips

What is the best mint to use in a mint chocolate chip ice cream recipe?

Because of its potent flavor, peppermint extract is the best mint flavoring for mint chocolate desserts, like this one.

What are the best toppings for mint chocolate ice cream?

We love topping mint chip ice cream with crumbled Andes mints, whipped cream and chocolate shell topping! It also tastes delicious when paired with a warm, fudgy brownie.

How do you store mint chocolate chip ice cream?

Like most homemade ice cream recipes, you can store this mint chocolate chip ice cream in an airtight freezer container for up to three months.

Research contributed by Christina Herbst, Assistant Digital Editor, and Peggy Woodward, Taste of Home Senior Food Editor

Nutrition Facts

1/2 cup: 243 calories, 17g fat (10g saturated fat), 90mg cholesterol, 56mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 0 fiber), 4g protein.