Chocolate is the answer. Who cares what the question is.” ~Unknown
First, I have to apologize. It’s been a while since my last post. Don’t worry I’ve still been making oodles of ice cream, just haven’t shared it yet with the world…
While writing this post I came across a really funny website geared towards chocolate lovers and it’s tagline read “living la vida cocoa”. I must have the sense of humor of a 90 year old man because that’s had me giggling for quite a few minutes now! Ohy, it’s been a long week…
I am a self-proclaimed chocoholic. Sadly, The Husband doesn’t share the same sweet tooth and quite honestly, it’s mind boggling. I have tried tirelessly to bring The Husband to the dark side. Believe it or not, he doesn’t even crave dessert. He rarely eats it, and quite frankly, I’m fed up! I remember once in college The Boyfriend (who is now The Husband) bought me a can of cookies to keep at his apartment. He told me he didn’t like them, and therefore wouldn’t touch them. I came over two days later and they were half gone. With a sheepish grin on his face he admitted that the cookies were delicious, and he just couldn’t help himself. That’s my boy! (Sadly a rare occurrence!)
Fast forward eight years. The Husband still doesn’t love chocolate as much as I do. Occasionally he sneaks a treat, or eats some of my coveted goodies, but rarely does he say “let’s go out for dessert.” In fact, he’s never said that. I always do!
Well, hold your horses because I think there’s another man out there for me. Sorry Husband. It’s bound to happen, we knew that this day would come sooner or later. His name is J. He loves chocolate. He also lives for ice cream. We’re kindred spirits.
This ice cream was made especially for him. J’s wife asked for a quart of uber-chocolate ice cream “the richer the better!”, she said. That was music to my ears. J loves Oreos and chocolate, semi sweet chips were a must, along with a rich fudge swirl. A few text messages later, this flavor was born. I hope you all enjoy it! (Rumor has it that J did!)
Death By Chocolate Ice Cream
Created by 365scoops (and J’s wife)
Ice Cream Ingredients
1 cup mini Oreos, chopped in halves or thirds
1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
Rich Fudge Swirl (recipe to follow below)
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup half-and-half
3 egg yolks
3/4 cup sugar
1 oz bittersweet chocolate
1/4 cup cocoa (sifted is a must!)
1/4 cup plus 2 tbs semisweet chocolate chips
Rich Fudge Swirl Ingredients
Adapted from a David Lebovitz recipe here
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
6 tbs unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder (sifted!)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Chop the mini Oreos and set aside.
Make the chocolate chips by melting 1 cup of semisweet chocolate chips for 15 seconds in the microwave. Stir, and heat again for 15 more seconds. Repeat until the chocolate is melted completely, but be careful not to burn it. Pour onto a wax paper sheet, spread with a spatula into a thin layer and freeze for approximately 30-45 minutes. Right before you are ready to use, break the chocolate into small pieces/chunks. You’ll use this later on.
Next, let’s start the ice cream. Whisk together the three egg yolks with the sugar until it becomes pale yellow and thick, and the sugar is nearly dissolved. Meanwhile, heat the half-and-half and cream on the stove top. As small bubbles start to form around the sides, and it reaches 170 degrees F, add in the 3 chocolates (unsweetened, semi-sweet chips and cocoa powder) and whisk until fully integrated into the milk mixture. Remove the mixture from the heat and slowly pour into the egg yolk mixture, whisking along the way. Ah ha! You’ve now tempered the eggs.
Pour the mixture back on the stove top and heat slowly until it reaches 185 degrees (at which the eggs will be fully cooked and safe to eat). Again, remove from the stove and let cool to room temperature completely before refrigerating for 2 hours or overnight.
While the ice cream is cooling make the rich fudge swirl. Mix together the sugar, corn syrup, cream, and cocoa powder in a medium saucepan. Heat over medium heat, whisking constantly until the mixture begins to bubble ever so slightly at the edges.
Once the ice cream mixture is completely cooled, pour into the base of your ice cream maker and churn according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Approximately five minutes before the mixture is done churning, slowly add in the chocolate chips and the crushed Oreos (alternate so that they swirl in evenly). To assemble the ice cream: scoop a generous layer of the rich fudge swirl into the bottom of your container. Scoop ice cream on top, repeat until you’ve used all the ice cream. Top off with extra fudge for good luck. Enjoy!!
The Verdict: Imagine the smile on my face whereupon churning this ice cream I noticed that the machine was overflowing! You know what that means? The recipe made more than a quart and yipee for me, there were leftovers! I made this ice cream for J, knowing full well that I wouldn’t be able to eat any myself. The chocolate g-ds must have been watching over me, because a few extra scoops remained which I thoroughly enjoyed!
Even better…J and his wife loved the ice cream. Here at 365scoops we make ice cream dreams come true!