Wildcard Winner

Naked Chocolate Ice Cream

By • May 27, 2013 • 14 Comments

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Every Monday and Wednesday, we'll announce a new Wildcard winner: a recipe that may not have been entered in (or won) a contest, but a recipe that we've tested and loved.

Naked Chocolate Ice cream

WHO: drbabs is a longtime Food52er from Long Island. 

WHAT: The silkiest, most luscious chocolate ice cream you'll ever make. 

HOW: Make an egg-less custard base, using cornstarch as a thickener -- then freeze. 

WHY WE LOVE IT: If you're a chocolate-lover, then you've found your soul mate. And we love the technique that comes along with the recipe -- using cornstarch as a thickener for an ice cream base yields a product, as drbabs says, that is all about the ingredients.

Naked Chocolate Ice Cream by drbabs

Serves 2 chocolate lovers

3 cups half and half, divided (or you can use 1 1/2 cups of heavy cream and 1 1/2 cups of whole milk)
3/4 cups dutch process cocoa powder
1 cup sugar
1 pinch kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon powdered espresso
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
3 tablespoons creme de cacao or liqueur of your choice

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.

Photo by James Ransom


Tags: wildcard, wildcard winner, drbabs, chocolate, chocolate ice cream, ice cream, dessert

Comments (14)


11 months ago Kitchen Butterfly

My daughter would love this - we're on an unending quest for great chocolate ice-cream/ Congratulations


11 months ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

So lovely to see you here, Dr. B!


11 months ago Lizthechef

Well done, my friend!


11 months ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thanks everyone! So much fun!


11 months ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Woo! Congrats DrB! I loved this ice cream way back from when you first posted it "in the raw".


11 months ago em-i-lis

Emily is a trusted source on General Cooking.

congrats, dr b!!!


11 months ago dashandbella

just beautiful.


11 months ago EmilyC

Congrats! This looks and sounds wonderful!


11 months ago lapadia

Chocolate!!! My fave :) Congratulations, Barbara!


11 months ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Congratulations Barbara, it sounds just wonderful.


11 months ago healthierkitchen

so chocolatey! Wonderful! My daughter will love this.


11 months ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Wow, thanks y'all! This is my husband's favorite.


11 months ago dymnyno

Congratulations...this sounds amazing!


11 months ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.