Old-Fashioned Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream

Old-Fashioned Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream dessert for a hot summer night of gathering with your family, friends, or neighbors! Perfect for my 55th Birthday today!

Old-Fashioned Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream

“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. Ending with this OLD-FASHIONED HOMEMADE CHOCOLATE ICE CREAM recipe is always a summer fave!

Old Fashioned Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

Over the 4th holiday, my Old-Fashioned Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream recipe went 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.


Easy–eggs, half and half, whipping cream, brown sugar (which makes it so good), regular white sugar, salt, cocoa, and vanilla. Of course rock salt and ice for the process of making it.

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!

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 55th Birthday today

Being my birthday today, here’s my hospital picture 55 years ago! Wow, have hospital baby pictures ever changed over the years! Now newborn hospitality shots are staged and beautiful, where 55 years ago, the nurse held the head up and … SNAPOO!

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!

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).

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 :) Happy 55th Birthday to me, Mom & Dad!

Old-Fashioned Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe

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Old-Fashioned Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dessert
Keyword: homemade ice cream, ice cream
Servings: 10


  • 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).


More treats: Banana Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Bites [Baker Mama], White Chocoalte Brownies [Two Peas and Their Pod], Freezer Apple Pie [Southern Plate].

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Reposted from August 2017.



16 comments on “Old-Fashioned Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream”

  1. I would love to try this recipe, because it’s the first one where you don’t have to temper the eggs. My question is, can this recipe be made using an electric ice cream machine. Thank you.

  2. What if I wanted to add candy pieces or chocolate chips? Before mixing or after ice cream is finished?

  3. Can I put this in a container and put it in the freezer I was just making it for my son and his wife and 3 kids and me won’t it keep in the freezer

  4. Is this a 4 qt  recipe ? And do I need to finish filling the container with milk to the line. ?

  5. I want to try this recipe, but was wondering if you have to heat the eggs and cream beforehand, like other ice cream recipes with eggs.

  6. Happy Birthday! This would go great with your cookie bars from yesterday! I turn the big 5-0 this year! My parents were stationed in England when I was born and they lived with a family…their space was so small, my bed was a pulled out drawer that they put a pillow in.

  7. Is this recipe for 4 qts or 1? It look’s yummy

  8. Oh my! This ice cream looks perfect! Reminds me of Italian gelato! Love the biscuit story :)

  9. Thanks for the share. Chocolate is my fav too

  10. What a beautiful memory about your parents and burned biscuits. It reminds me that Grandpa Earl always asked for the cookies with the burned edges. He said they were the best! Such sweet memories.

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