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Naked Chocolate Ice Cream

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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

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Comments (14)


almost 2 years ago Kitchen Butterfly

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


almost 2 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

So lovely to see you here, Dr. B!


almost 2 years ago Lizthechef

Well done, my friend!


almost 2 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thanks everyone! So much fun!


almost 2 years 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".


almost 2 years ago em-i-lis

Emily is a trusted source on General Cooking.

congrats, dr b!!!


almost 2 years ago Phyllis Grant

just beautiful.


almost 2 years ago EmilyC

Congrats! This looks and sounds wonderful!


almost 2 years ago lapadia

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


almost 2 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Congratulations Barbara, it sounds just wonderful.


almost 2 years ago healthierkitchen

so chocolatey! Wonderful! My daughter will love this.


almost 2 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

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


almost 2 years ago dymnyno

Congratulations...this sounds amazing!


almost 2 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.