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Best Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

This is the BEST mint chocolate chip ice cream! It’s a fresh mint ice cream recipe made without an ice cream maker, with REAL mint and chunks of chocolate!

Real Mint Chocolate No Churn Ice Cream

*Please note* this post was originally published in 2017. I’ve since redone the post but the recipe remains the same.

Hello! Hi there! I’m super excited about today’s post, and it’s all thanks to a tiny little green plant (hmmm…let me clarify that). I hope when you read the title of this recipe you didn’t miss the “real” part of it. REAL mint, guys! Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of mint extract, but it has certainly fallen a peg or two in ranking since discovering the amazing flavour that can come from the real thing!

I’m so happy to introduce today’s post as part of the fun Christmas Festival blog hop hosted by Kendra over at Joy In Our Home. You definitely have to check out all of the hop’s fun posts from a variety of bloggers – I’ve listed them all at the end of this page! Looking at all of the décor and food will definitely get you in the holiday spirit. πŸ™‚

Real Mint Chocolate No Churn Ice Cream

When you grew up, did you revel in all of the holiday flavoured ice cream the way I did? My Mom would occasionally buy those cartons of special holiday ice cream with exciting flavours like eggnog, peppermint candy, and…MINT.CHOCOLATE.CHIP. Favourite!!!

How do you use real mint for the ice cream?

While I’ve never met a mint chocolate ice cream that I didn’t like, since discovering the wonder of no churn ice cream, I knew I HAD to try and create my own. While the premise of this no churn ice cream is the same as any of my other flavours, the secret to the exceptionally real mint flavour is that you have to steep mint leaves in the whipping cream for 2+ hours to extract that wonderful taste.

Real Mint Chocolate No Churn Ice Cream

The steeped cream itself is not sweet, so don’t be discouraged if you sample it and you only taste real, raw mint. Adding sweetened, condensed milk into the mix will take care of that problem.

Once the cream has cooled completely, you follow the same easy no churn method that you always do! Whip the steeped cream, add in the condensed milk, chopped chocolate and food colouring (if desired), and freeze! Oh, and layer in some chocolate ganache while you’re at it. Just for good measure, of course.

Any other advice?

My only other advice to you is to make a double batch. Seriously, you will not be able to stop eating it. So good, so easy, and if you’re serving it to dinner guests you can feel all fanc-ay and impressive by letting them know you made this ice cream without an ice cream maker, and you used REAL mint to flavour it. I can just picture the awe on their faces. πŸ˜‰ That’s really what entertaining is about, right?!

Real Mint Chocolate No Churn Ice Cream

Real Mint Chocolate No Churn Ice Cream

Guys, I love ice cream. If you love it too, check out my other no-churn ice cream flavors!

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best mint chocolate chip ice cream

Best Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

  • Author: Katherine
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 1 pint 1x


This is the BEST mint chocolate chip ice cream! It’s a fresh mint ice cream recipe made without an ice cream maker, with REAL mint and chunks of chocolate!


  • 2 1/4 cups heavy cream, divided
  • 1 small bunch fresh mint leaves, large stems removed
  • 5 oz chopped dark chocolate, divided
  • 1 300 mL can sweetened condensed milk
  • 12 drops green food colouring (if desired)


  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, warm 2 cups of the heavy cream until beginning to steam. Remove from heat, add all of mint leaves, cover and steep for 2 hours. After 2 hours, pour the cream through a strainer, discarding the leaves and refrigerating the cream until cold.
  2. Place 1 oz of the chopped chocolate in a heat-safe bowl. In a small saucepan, heat the remaining 1/4 cup heavy cream until beginning to steam. Remove from heat, and pour over the chopped chocolate. Allow the mixture to sit for a full minute before stirring with a spoon until all of the chocolate is melted and combined with the cream. Allow the ganache to cool slightly before preparing the ice cream.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, or using an electric mixer, beat the cold, steeped cream until stiff peaks begin to form. Using a spatula, fold in the can of condensed milk, along with the remaining 4 oz of chopped chocolate and food colouring (if using) until combined. Layer half of the ice cream mixture into a freezer-safe container (I always use a standard sized loaf pan). Drop half of the ganache by spoonfuls on top of the ice cream and swirl it around with a spoon. Repeat with the remaining ice cream and ganache.
  4. Freeze the ice cream for 5-6 hours before serving.

Ice cream will continue to harden over time. It will keep in the freezer for up to 2 weeks. I usually like to transfer my ice cream after a day into a freezer-safe container with a lid.

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: No-Churn

Keywords: mint chocolate chip ice cream recipe // recipes for mint leaves // fresh mint ice cream no eggs

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Best Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream


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  2. Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen

    YES PLEASE to this ice cream! Chocolate and mint are so freaking good together and I love that the mint is fresh! Your pics are so pretty they have me wanting to reach into my screen and grab a spoon πŸ™‚

  3. The Home Cook's Kitchen

    LOVE! no churn ice cream is actually my favourite, and real mint alll the day!

  4. This is my husbands favorite flavor! Can’t wait to try this recipe!

  5. Get in my tummy right now!!!

  6. Thanks for clarifying about the ‘little green plant’ haha… I LOVE chocolate mint ice cream, especially with fresh mint! And so easy…double batch for sure!

  7. Mint chocolate is one of my favourite ice cream flavours… and I am sure that it tastes great with real mint leaves instead of the extract. This really looks so delicious Katherine πŸ™‚

  8. My husbands favorite flavor!! I need to try this!!

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  10. I make a vegan mint chocolate chip pudding that I step mint in almond milk. Fresh mint makes such a difference! Beautiful pictures

  11. Sounds delicious and perfect for the holidays. Thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚

  12. Oh my gosh this looks amazing! Ice Cream is my favorite dessert!

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  16. I haven’t had mint chocolate ice cream in the longest time! And I love it! Thanks for reminding me! πŸ˜‰ This is awesome!! πŸ™‚

  17. Yummm!! This looks sooo good!! Have a Merry Christmas Katherine! Loving the blog hop!

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  19. This ice cream looks incredible…..and I don’t even like mint! Your photography is gorgeous.

  20. Hi Katerine, omg this ice cream looks like heaven!!! I love fresh mint as well!!! Will be pinning this! Christine stopping by from Little Brags (today’s Front Porches) .

  21. What a great flavor for the holidays Katherine! Awesome that your recipe is no churn too!

  22. So, anywho, that’s another recipe of yours that I have to add to my holiday to-make list (the biscotti is already on there). I’m just going to go ahead and pretend that you made this just for ME! Mint chocolate is my all time favourite ice-cream! Loves it! Obviously, this is getting Pinned. Love all the fresh mint. If it weren’t so dang cold around here, I could cut some from out garden so off to the grocery it is πŸ˜‰ Have a wonderful weekend! XO

    • Hooray! My list of recipes to make is never-ending. I guess that’s the problem when you’re constantly looking at other people’s food blogs?! You know what – let’s totally pretend this whole batch was for you πŸ™‚ Aah don’t you miss just running outside to get those fresh herbs? Thank you Dawn!! Have a great weekend too!

  23. OH this looks so delish! I am a HUGE fan of fresh mint in so many things and we always grow a big pot of it in the summer. Your recipe sounds easy to follow and the gorgeous photos make the final product look irresistible.

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  28. I love ice cream and even better with real mint and of course chocolate! Looks amazing and refreshing!! Pinning!

  29. I love that you used fresh mint to make this ice cream! I bet it is amazing!! πŸ™‚

  30. I’ve never made homemade ice cream but your recipe totally makes me want to try it! Looks SO good and I love mint! Thanks for joining my blog hop, so happy to have you!

  31. This ice cream looks so good and so refreshing! I’m going to be adding it to the must make list in the summertime when I have an abundance of fresh mint and don’t know what to do with them. (We can make only so many pitchers of mojitos πŸ˜‰)

  32. Carrie at Curly Crafty Mom

    This ice cream looks so delicious!! I am sure the flavor is great, given it is REAL mint! Yum!!!


  33. This ice cream looks so delicious and festive! Love mint ice cream! I always buy a carton of ice cream for the holidays (candy cane usually) just to have on hand for a quick dessert! This recipe has made me realize I need to make my own!

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  42. This Easy No Churn Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream is the perfect refreshing dessert for summer! Loved it. Thanks for this amazing recipe <3

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