No Churn Chocolate Ice Cream

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 6 hours 5 minutes
Servings 8 servings

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No-Churn Chocolate Ice Cream is the perfect dessert for chocolate lovers! Using simple ingredients, you can whip it up in 5 minutes, then freeze it overnight. It is truly ice cream perfection!

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Chocolate Ice Cream is a classic dessert that’s perfect all year round!

It’s great for cooling off in summer, but it’s so rich and comforting that we love it in cooler months too, especially on top of a warm Homemade Brownie.

This homemade ice cream recipe has been tried and tested, and it’s easier to make than you think! It’s based off of my basic No Churn Ice Cream recipe, so it’s easy to customize.

You don’t need any special equipment or a big frozen bowl, and there are no fancy steps. This is an easy chocolate ice cream recipe and it tastes delicious!

So, if you don’t have an ice cream maker (or prefer not to use one) then this no churn recipe is for you.

Simply whip the ingredients together, put them all in a pan, and freeze until you’re ready to dig in!

For more delicious easy frozen dessert recipes, try my No Churn Biscoff Ice Cream, Frozen Hot Chocolate: 3 Ways, these Banana Split Pudding Pops, and Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream Cupcakes.

Ingredients Needed:

Top view of ingredients needed to make no churn chocolate ice cream in small bowls on a gray surface.
  • Heavy Cream: Use a full-fat heavy cream for the ice cream base for the best results — low fat dairy cannot be used because it will turn icy and hard.
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk: this helps to sweeten the ice cream and helps with the creamy texture.
  • Chocolate Fudge Sauce: I like to use a rich, thick, dark chocolate sauce. One that isn’t too sweet but has lots of chocolate flavor is great here.
  • Vanilla Extract: adds a bit of sweetness and a subtle warm flavor. You can experiment with different flavors if you want.
  • Salt: a little salt helps to cut through the sweetness. You can omit it if you prefer.
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How to Make No-Churn Chocolate Ice Cream

This recipe only has a few easy steps! Full instructions are included in the recipe card below.

  1. Beat cream: Beat the cream with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form.
  2. Add other ingredients: Add sweetened condensed milk, chocolate sauce, cocoa powder, vanilla, and salt (if using).
  3. Combine: Beat or fold the ingredients together.
  4. Freeze: Spread the chocolate mixture into a dish and freeze.

How do I store no-churn chocolate ice cream?

Store homemade chocolate ice cream in an airtight container that’s also freezer safe and in the freezer for up to 2 months.

If you’re making the ice cream in a loaf pan, you can cover it tightly in a layer of plastic wrap. Sit it at room temperature for about 10 minutes before serving it.

Top view of a white pan with chocolate ice cream in it, with an ice cream scoop scooping out some ice cream on top.

Tips and Notes

  • Stand mixer. Mix the ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer using the whisk attachment if you prefer.
  • Heavy Cream: there is no substitute for heavy whipping cream in this recipe. Other creams won’t incorporate as much air and will be heavy and icy. If you are looking for a lighter ice cream recipe, it may be worth looking into an ice cream or gelato maker, as those recipes use more milk and less cream.
  • Sweetened condensed milk: I have not tested this recipe with any other sweeteners. It’s important to note that the sugar prevents the ice cream from freezing too firmly, so if you reduce the sweetness or use a different kind you may find your ice cream very hard and icy.
  • Vanilla extract: this is a must for vanilla ice cream but you can swap it with any flavor extract you like. Peppermint Extract and Almond Extract also work well with chocolate ice cream!
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No Churn Easy Chocolate Ice Cream Variations

This recipe is so easy to customize — you really can’t go wrong!

  • Add-ins: Some of our favorite add-ins for chocolate ice cream are chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, min M&Ms, Reese’s Pieces, and even marshmallows!
  • Toppings: Top your ice cream with chocolate sprinkles or crumbled chocolate cookies, or serve it with some chocolatey sauce and whipped cream on top!

Here are a few of our favorite variations:

  • Mint Chocolate Ice Cream: use 2 teaspoons mint extract for a mint chocolate variation.
  • Chocolate Oreo: Add in a cup of crushed Oreos to the ice cream base.
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter: Stir in a couple tablespoons of peanut butter when beating your cream.

Serving Suggestions

Serve this creamy chocolate ice cream with some fresh fruit or Strawberry Sauce, ice cream syrup, and candy toppings, or on the side of a super chocolatey dessert like Grandma’s Hot Fudge Sundae Cake or my German Chocolate Cake.

Or serve everyone’s favorite toppings in small bowls on the table and let everyone make their own perfect bowl of ice cream! This is a great idea for kids’ parties.

Try some of my other no-churn ice cream recipes to have a few different flavors on hand. Check out my Easy No Churn Coconut Cream Pie Ice Cream, No Churn Turtle Ice Cream, and No Churn Peanut Butter Oreo Ice Cream!

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No Churn Chocolate Ice Cream

4.80 from 5 votes
No-churn chocolate ice cream is the perfect dessert for chocolate lovers in the summer! Using simple ingredients, you can whip it together in 5 minutes, then freeze it overnight. It is truly ice cream perfection!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 5 minutes
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Servings 8 servings
Calories 389cal

Ingredients

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 300 ml can sweetened condensed milk (14 oz)
  • ¼ cup chocolate fudge sauce
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 pinch salt optional

Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl, beat cream with an electric hand mixer on medium speed until stiff peaks form.
  • Add sweetened condensed milk, chocolate sauce, cocoa powder, vanilla, and salt (if using).
  • Beat on low speed just until combined (or use a spatula to fold it in).
  • Spread into a loaf pan or 2-quart baking dish and freeze until firm.
  • Allow sitting at room temperature for 15-20 minutes before serving for the best texture.

Notes

Ingredients and Substitutions:
  • Cream: there is no substitute for heavy whipping cream in this recipe. Other creams won’t incorporate as much air and will be heavy and icy.
  • Sweetened condensed milk: I have not tested this recipe with any other sweeteners. It’s important to note that the sugar prevents the ice cream from freezing too firmly, so if you reduce the sweetness or use a different kind you may find your ice cream very hard and icy.
  • Chocolate sauce: I like to use a rich, thick, dark chocolate sauce that isn’t too sweet but has lots of chocolate flavor.
  • Vanilla: is a must for vanilla ice cream but you can swap with any extract you like.
  • Salt: again, a little salt helps to cut through the sweetness. You can omit if you prefer.
Storage
  • Store this easy chocolate ice cream in a freezer-safe, airtight container for up to 2 months. 

Nutrition Information

Calories: 389cal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 103mg | Potassium: 105mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 996IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 167mg | Iron: 0.4mg
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  1. Brooke L says

    I made the chocolate no churn ice cream and my husband and I both really enjoyed it! My husband loved it so much he’s still talking about it, and asking for it again! I’ll be making the strawberry no churn either tonight or tomorrow, and we’re both very excited to try another flavor! Especially strawberry, which is perfect for summer dessert!

    Thanks for ALL of your amazing recipes, Ashley!!

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