Coffee-Chocolate Ice Cream

Looking for a sweet, after-dinner treat? Consider it found. This creamy, chocolatey, caffeinated indulgence is bound to be your new weeknight pick-me-up. The best part? This ice-cream recipe could be easier. Just 20 minutes of hands-on time (and a whole lot of patience while it freezes) is all that's standing between you and a creamy, satisfying scoop. 

Coffee-Chocolate Ice Cream
Photo: Jennifer Davick
Hands On Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
9 hrs 20 mins
Makes about 1 qt. (serving size: 1/2 cup)


  • 1/2 cup granular sweetener for ice cream*

  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

  • 2 cups 2% reduced-fat milk

  • 1 cup half-and-half

  • 1 egg yolk

  • 2 tablespoons instant espresso

  • 1/4 cup shaved semisweet chocolate baking bar


  1. Whisk together first 3 ingredients in a large heavy saucepan. Gradually whisk in milk and half-and-half. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, 8 to 10 minutes or until mixture thickens slightly. Remove from heat.

  2. Whisk egg yolk until slightly thickened. Gradually whisk about 1 cup hot cream mixture into yolk. Add yolk mixture to remaining cream mixture, whisking constantly. Whisk in espresso.

  3. Pour mixture through a fine wire-mesh strainer into a bowl, discarding solids. Cool 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Place plastic wrap directly on cream mixture; chill 8 to 24 hours.

  4. Pour mixture into freezer container of a 1 1/2-qt. electric ice-cream maker, and freeze according to manufacturer's instructions; stir in chocolate baking bar halfway through freezing. Let stand at room temperature 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

  5. *Granulated sugar may be substituted.

  6. Note: We tested with Whey Low 100% All Natural Granular Sweetener for Ice Cream. Get 20% off any time you order from Coupon code: SouthrnLvg

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

103 Calories
6g Fat
21g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 103
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 42mg 14%
Sodium 76mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Protein 4g
Calcium 107mg 8%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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