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May 5, 2008

Strawberry Chocolate Mint Ice Cream

Strawberry Chocolate Mint Ice Cream: Scooped

So you buy those heavenly smelling, ripe, juicy strawberries and just for fun you pick up two packs, because well they smell so heavenly and you just know that the taste will more than compare, because after all a good smelling strawberry is a good tasting strawberry! You eat some fresh, you might throw some into some yogurt, cereal or a smoothie, you can use them to make various salads or there is always cobbler or shortcake and of course strawberry ice cream, but what if you want to take the ice cream and switch it up a bit? What if you want to make it a little different? Why not throw in a little chocolate mint?

I have been looking for chocolate mint for years and when we went to South Mountain Creamery's festival a week ago the grower that had a booth there actually had it! Some say it's doesn't taste or smell like chocolate, but I disagree. It does have a hint of chocolate there. Others say it was named that because of the sensation it brings to your tongue when you bite into much like an Andes Mint. Regardless the chocolate mint gives the ice cream a cool, fresh burst and it really compliments the strawberries. The mint doesn't over power the overall taste, it simply adds to flavor with a hint of freshness and mint.

Note: This recipe is designed to fit in this ice cream maker. You can double or triple the recipe or whatever you need to do to fit in a larger model.

Strawberry Chocolate Mint Ice Cream: The Strawberries!

What You'll Need:
2-4 cups of ripe strawberries, capped and chopped into pieces (Note: I like little bits of frozen strawberries throughout the my ice cream, but if you prefer it to be smooth then process in a food processor until smooth. I also like a lot of strawberry taste so use more strawberries or less depending on what you like.)
1/4 cup of organic cane sugar
1-2 tablespoon of fresh chocolate mint, chopped fine
1 - 14 ounce can of sweetened condensed milk
1 - quart of heavy cream

Strawberry Chocolate Mint Ice Cream: Strawberries with Sugar and Chocolate Mint

In a large bowl add strawberries, mint and sugar and toss to coat. Let sit for at least 1 hour to let the strawberries and mint form a syrup with the sugar. You can leave it to sit overnight in the fridge if you like.

Stir in sweetened condensed milk and heavy cream and pour the mixture into your ice cream freezer.

Strawberry Chocolate Mint Ice Cream: Ready to Freeze

Freeze ice cream according to your machine's directions until it is thick. It will be the consistency of soft serve ice cream:

Strawberry Chocolate Mint Ice Cream: Freezing

For a hard set place in a container in the freezer until completely set. You can serve it in the soft serve state or frozen completely depending on your tastes. Either way you're left with a lovely ice cream with tiny bits of mint and lovely chunks of strawberry throughout.

Strawberry Chocolate Mint Ice Cream: A Bite

And that my friends is a very, very good thing.

Notes: If you can't find chocolate mint then spearmint or peppermint will work fine as long as it's fresh and not dried. Also if you don't like mint you can leave it out for a basic strawberry ice cream.

Posted by Dianne at May 5, 2008 10:17 AM

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That looks gorgeous! I want to make that very very soon!

Posted by: Jayne at May 5, 2008 12:38 PM

This looks great! I love strawberries and mint.

Posted by: rachel at May 5, 2008 2:00 PM

Jayne, I hope you enjoy it if you do choose to make some!

Rachel, this is the first time I've paired them. It hadn't occurred to me before, but I really like it!

Posted by: Dianne at May 5, 2008 2:51 PM

yummm! Strawberry Chocolate Mint Ice Cream sounds soooo good!

Posted by: Heather at May 5, 2008 9:17 PM

It was (or is I guess)! I still have most of it in the freezer. :o)

Posted by: Dianne at May 6, 2008 10:20 AM

Oh my goodness.. take about a spoon full of heaven!

Posted by: Kristen at May 6, 2008 2:29 PM

I love chocolate mint! When we lived on Cape Cod I planted it in every garden- it wasn't "home" until chocolate mint was growing. I miss it! (No garden here in the desert.) Beautiful!

Posted by: Karina at May 7, 2008 11:48 AM

I have to say I'm a big fan of chocolate mint now too and it really went well with the ripe strawberries.

Posted by: Dianne at May 7, 2008 3:30 PM

nice food

Posted by: maureen at May 8, 2008 6:26 AM

Thanks Maureen.

Posted by: Dianne at May 8, 2008 8:56 AM

I've never heard of chocolate mint. How is that possible? This ice cream looks great and the flavor combination sounds wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by: Nancy - thesensitivepantry at May 1, 2009 7:01 PM

Wow, that's beautiful ice cream. I love the step-by-step photos. :-) My late FIL grew all kinds of mint. I don't remember chocolate mint, but I'll have to ask MIL.


Posted by: gfe-gluten free easily at May 1, 2009 9:42 PM

I only heard about it myself a few years ago. It's really good! Sadly I haven't found any this year though. My plant from last year didn't make it through the winter. I've got spearmint and peppermint this year though and those work just as well!

Posted by: Dianne at May 6, 2009 2:32 PM

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