Mocha Chip Ice Cream

    Mocha Chip Ice Cream {Sweet Pea's Kitchen}

It’s that time of the year again, folks! Time for homemade ice cream and long summer nights! This ice cream is inspired by yet another Graeter’s Ice Cream flavor. I know I have said it before and I’ll say it again, Graeter’s Ice Cream is my absolute favorite! It has been almost seven years since we moved from Columbus, Ohio, but I still have yet to find an ice cream that rivals Graeter’s. So until they decide to bring it to Illinois, or I move back to Ohio, I have to make my own Graeter’s inspired flavors! 😉

Mocha Chip Ice Cream {Sweet Pea's Kitchen}

A coffee-lover’s dream, this rich and creamy ice cream is packed with chocolate chunks and promises to delight even the most die-hard coffee lover in your family. One of the many great things about making your own ice cream is that you can customize it however you like. Want more chocolate chunks? Pieces of toffee? No problem! You can even make this ice cream with decaffeinated beans if that’s how you roll!

Mocha Chip Ice Cream {Sweet Pea's Kitchen}

Mocha Chip Ice Cream

Rich and creamy coffee ice cream packed with chocolate chunks in every bite!

Yield: 1 quart


1/2 cup cup coarsely ground coffee
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
3/4 cup granulated sugar, divided
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 large egg yolks
3 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
2 teaspoons canola oil


Set a medium sized bowl over a large container of ice water.
In a medium saucepan over medium heat, heat the ground coffee, milk, cream, 1/2 cup sugar, salt and the vanilla, stirring occasionally, until steam appears and the liquid is hot (175 degrees) about 5 minutes.
When the milk mixture is cooking, in a separate bowl, whisk the yolks and 1/4 cup of sugar together until smooth. Slowly whisk about 1 cup of the hot milk mixture into the yolks to temper them. Then slowly whisk the tempered yolk mixture back into the remaining hot milk mixture. Continue to cook the custard mixture over medium heat until it is very hot but not simmering (180-185 degrees). Immediately pour custard into bowl set in the ice bath and let cool, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes. Remove the custard mixture from the ice bath. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate until very cold (40 degrees), at least 4 hours and up to 24 hours.
A few minutes before you plan to churn the ice cream, place semisweet chocolate in a medium heatproof bowl. Set bowl over saucepan containing barely simmering water; heat mixture until chocolate is melted and whisk until smooth. Stir in oil and transfer to a ziploc bag; set aside.
Strain custard through fine-mesh strainer lined with a cheesecloth into another medium bowl. Press on the coffee grounds in the strainer to extract as much of the coffee flavor as possible. Then discard the grounds.
Pour the mixture into the ice cream canister and churn following the manufacturer’s instructions until the mixture resembles the consistency of thick whipped cream. Snip the corner of the ziploc bag that the chocolate is in, and while the machine is running, slowly drizzle the chocolate into the ice cream. After chocolate is added, continue churning until the mixture resembles soft served ice cream.
Transfer the ice cream to an airtight container. Cover the container and freeze the ice cream until it is firm, about 3 hours.

Source: adapted from Cook's Illustrated 

Another month has gone by and my Little Sweet Pea is now 6 months old! This past month we started solids and he has enjoyed a variety of fruits and vegetables. From carrots, peas, green beans, avocado, banana, applesauce, prunes, pears, sweet potato and even peanut butter…he’s loved them all! I was a bit hesitant to give the peanut butter so early, but according to new recommendations from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI), published in Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice, early introduction of highly allergenic foods may reduce children’s risk for developing food allergies. So we mixed some peanut butter into some mashed banana and fed it to him. He went crazy!!

Little Sweet Pea 6 months

Unfortunately he had another ear infection this month. This makes two in only a month!  I am really hoping that this doesn’t turn into a once a month thing. 🙁 Combine the ear infection with teething and it has made for quite a fussy month!

Little Sweet Pea 26 weeks

Since the weather has started warming up, we took Little Sweet Pea on his first hike. Before we had him, Andrew and I would go hiking almost every weekend during the summer and fall, so it was really nice being able to bring little man along. Andrew carried him in our hiking backpack and we brought along a picnic lunch.

Little Sweet Pea first hike

Since it was our first hike, we took it easy and walked along some pretty easy hiking paths near our house. Little Sweet Pea seemed to enjoy it and even ending up falling asleep halfway through! I look forward to many more hikes over the summer. 🙂

 Little Sweet Pea first hike

One Year Ago: Individual Blueberry Buckles             

Two Years Ago: Soft Lofthouse Style Frosted Cookies 

17 Responses to “Mocha Chip Ice Cream”

  1. #
    Beth — May 30, 2013 @ 2:38 pm

    Graeter’s strawberry ice cream is beyond compare. Since I was a child I have not been able to eat any other strawberry ice cream! I am excited to give this flavor a try as well.

  2. #
    Maria M — May 30, 2013 @ 8:44 pm

    Little Sweet Pea — so darling!

  3. #
    Kristi — May 31, 2013 @ 6:05 am

    Ice cream… yum!
    Baby boy.. adorable!!!

  4. #
    jenny — May 31, 2013 @ 9:24 am

    He is adorable! Thanks for sharing the pictures. I remember hiking with out first one in a backpack baby carrier. He’d fall asleep too. Such good memories! Hope you get many more!

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    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — May 31, 2013 @ 12:55 pm

    Love your son’s bright blue eyes!
    Definitely need to add this ice cream to my list of “must make” this summer!

  6. #
    Barbara — May 31, 2013 @ 6:58 pm

    If you have Krogers near you, check to see if they have Graeter’s in the ice cream case. I think it’s available in all the Krogers now. It’s pricey, but if you’re desperate…

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    Cassie — June 1, 2013 @ 11:09 pm

    I’m from Cincinnati, so I’m right there with you on the Graeter’s love!

    My mom came to visit from VA and loved it so much, she tried to figure out how to bring it back on her 9-hour car ride. She was unsuccessful there…however, found that Kroger and The Fresh Market grocery stores carry it. If you have those nearby you, you may be able to get your Graeter’s fix once again 🙂

    Absolutely precious little boy you have!

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    Rachel (teacher-chef) — June 3, 2013 @ 8:50 pm

    Yum Yum Yum – this is one of my favorite types of ice cream too – looks SO good!

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    Amy @ Elephant Eats — June 5, 2013 @ 7:33 pm

    This ice cream looks awesome. I finally got an ice cream maker and have been using it like crazy so I’m marking this recipe down!. Love when you post about your little sweet pea 🙂

  10. #
    Sarah — June 6, 2013 @ 5:05 pm

    He is soo cute! And that ice cream looks delicious!!

  11. #
    easyfoodsmith — June 7, 2013 @ 11:11 am

    Your baby is really cute!!
    The ice cream looks incredibly delicious. Love coffee and this is like heaven on a plate for me!
    Pinned it!

  12. #
    Melissa B — June 19, 2013 @ 12:24 pm

    Your baby is so cute! =)
    and the ice cream sounds amazing!

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    Pure Complex — July 31, 2013 @ 10:09 am

    I know this is an older post but I couldn’t look away from this ice cream. This is simply decadent. I love this recipe and I must make it. And let me just say your little sweet pea is so adorable 🙂

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    Kelly — May 22, 2014 @ 4:52 pm

    Just recently bought an ice cream attachment so I will definitely be making this flavor. Perfect for the summer weather!

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