Old-Fashioned Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream dessert for a hot summer night of gathering! NO sweetened condensed milk in this recipe! Perfect for Mother’s Day and summer entertaining!

Blue and white bowl of Old-Fashioned Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream with a spoon

“Lazy days of summer” really don’t exist in our home this year! Everyone is either working or enjoying the outdoors, and then coming together in the evening for a delicious summer meal.

Old-Fashioned Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream

Ending with this Old-Fashioned Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream recipe is always a summer fave! And it’s even better served with this Basic Texas Sheet Cake Recipe!

Serve with these BEST Chocolate Hazelnut Brownies or make your own BEST Homemade Chocolate Sauce!

What are the ingredients to make homemade ice cream?

Gather these simple ingredients:

  • Eggs, half and half, and whipping cream
  • Brown sugar (which makes it so good), adn regular white sugar
  • Salt
  • Cocoa
  • Vanilla
  • Rock salt

What makes the ice cream it’s best is the ice/salt mixture and fat content of ice cream!

Right away I will tell you, there is no sweetened condensed milk in this recipe!

Blue and white bowl of Old-Fashioned Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe

Homemade Ice Cream

Today … spending time with my own family.

The things we long for when our babies are so tiny definitely change over time. I remember wanting a “break,” for things to be “clean,” for my kids to “stay clean,” to get a good night’s sleep, for my kids to act like angels (ha!), always getting along. Yeah, right! Those things seem so simplistic to me now.

I find myself now savoring the sweet affection our kids have toward each other, delicious conversations, great dinners together (with THIS yummy Old-Fashioned Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream), and seeing and hearing their stories, thoughts, opinions, experiences, through their eyes!

Old-Fashioned Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream

My mom’s recipe, this time with cocoa, it’s a delicious creamy chocolate-y dessert. For summer, there’s nothing quite like homemade ice cream (made with ice and rock salt).

Old-Fashioned Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream

It’s been a fantastic summer, one that I never want to forget. So many sweet memories, I can’t help but think back to my kids being little people. I always thought, these are the moments. And they were! (photo 1998)

But now, as we sit around the table at night, life is even sweeter now than it was then.

How can that be? We all grow, mature, and learn to love each other more.

my first baby picture

July is my birthday month

Being my birthday in July, here’s my newborn picture 58 ago! Wow, have baby pictures ever changed over the years! Now newborn shots are staged and beautiful, where 58 years ago, a quick … SNAPOO!

mom holding a baby

I’m so grateful for my mother and father. I had the best role-model-parents. My mom (remember infant seats–above), and my dad was always the family photographer!

Old Fashioned Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

Over the holidays, my Old-Fashioned Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream recipe always goes bonkers on Pinterest! In fact, this comment on my blog yesterday, which made me smile!

Just wanted to let you know what a success your recipe was at my church get together last night. There were 3 of us ladies making homemade ice cream, all vanilla, and the one I made, your recipe, won, hands down. It wasn’t a contest, so to speak, but mine was almost completely gone, and the other 2 were barely touched! The brown sugar really makes a difference. Thanks again.

How long does it take for the ice cream to be set?

It takes about 30 minutes up to an hour for the ice cream to be “set.”

If my mom was alive today, I think she’d love this post today :)

More ice cream recipes:

Banana Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Bites [Baker Mama]

Banana Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream

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Old-Fashioned Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream

Makes about 2 1/2 - 3 quarts!


  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 quart half and half
  • 1 quart whipping cream
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp. vanilla
  • Ice
  • Rock salt


  • Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl; beat together on medium with a hand mixer or stand mixer for 1-2 minutes.
  • Fill the ice cream freezer and make according to appliance directions, layering a lot of ice and rock salt, until the machine shuts off.
  • Immediately remove the paddle; place the lid back on. Cover with more ice and a heavy towel until ready to eat (so ice cream continues to freeze and set).


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2 bowls of Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream

Reposted from August 2017.

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