Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream is Infused with fresh mint and has amazing flavor. It is refreshing and the perfect way to cool off in the heat.
While on a trip to New York City one of my places to check out was the Gelateria at Eatlay. It was voted one of the 10 best Gelato places in NYC. Although it is the only one of the 10 I tried I have to agree it was pretty darn good. It was hot and humid while I was in NYC and some gelato was the perfect way to cool down. I went with the Mint Chip Gelato.
So when I got back home to Portland I was thinking and craving some more mint gelato so I got to work and made my own.
What is Gelato?
What is Gelato? The main differences between ice cream and gelato are that gelato has less fat and less air and usually uses fewer eggs. Gelato tends to have a more dense and milky texture. Basically though, gelato is just the Italian word for ice cream.
Can I Use Mint Extract Instead of Fresh Mint?
You can use mint extract instead of fresh mint but there is a difference in flavor. The thing that makes this mint gelato amazing is the use of fresh mint. Fortunately, I have mint growing in my herb garden but you can pick it up in the produce department of the grocery store too!
You can use mint extract but there is a definite difference in taste. Use 1 teaspoon of mint in place of the fresh mint.
What’s the Difference Between Mint and Peppermint?
Mint Extract is a combination of peppermint and spearmint. Mint has a bright, bold flavor.
Peppermint Extract is just peppermint. Peppermint has a bit sweeter flavor.
If you prefer peppermint be sure and check out my amazing peppermint ice cream recipe.
How To Make Mint Chocolate Chip Gelato
- In a large sauce pan combine sugar and cornstarch. Add milk and cream and heat over medium heat until milk begins to boil and thicken. Stir constantly!.
- Add in fresh mint.
- Set your pan into a bowl full of ice and water. Stir often, you want to cool the mixture down quickly.
- After 5 minutes, remove the mint. Don’t leave your mint in your warm milk too long or the mint flavor may be overpowering.
- After the mixture has cooled down, refrigerate for 4 hours or until completely cold before processing the ice cream.
I used my favorite Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker to churn the gelato.
- After the gelato is churned but before you put it in the freezer to set up, add the chocolate. By stirring in melted chocolate it will harden when it hits the cold ice cream and turn into chocolate flakes and bits. Just use a wooden spoon to stir in the chocolate.
- Place the gelato in an insulated ice cream tub and freeze until firm.
A scoop of this fresh mint gelato is the perfect summer treat.
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Mint Chocolate Chip Gelato Recipe
Fresh Mint Chocolate Chip Gelato
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 Tbsp cornstarch
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 2 cups whole milk
- 6 fresh mint sprigs
- 4 ounces semisweet chocolate chopped
- In a large heavy saucepan, stir the sugar and cornstarch together. Stir in the cream and milk and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly for about 10 minutes, or until the mixture thickens and begins to bubble.
- Add the mint sprigs. Set the pan into a bowl of ice water to cool the mixture down quickly and stir occasionally until cool; discard the mint after 5 minutes. If you leave the mint in too long the flavor will be too strong. Cover the mint cream and refrigerate about 4 hours, or until completely cold.
- Freeze the mint cream in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions until frozen.
- While the milk mixture is cooling, melt the chocolate. I did it in the microwave but can also done in an double boiler. Cool until the chocolate is barely warm and still fluid.
- After the gelato is processed, working quickly, drizzle the melted chocolate into the gelato while whisking or stirring vigorously. The chocolate will flake apart as it hits the cold gelato, forming bits of chocolate throughout, stir with a wooden spoon..
- Serve immediately, or transfer to a container and freeze until firm, 3 to 4 hours.
- Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/fresh-mint-chip-gelato.html?oc=linkback
Tips & Notes:
Recipe from adapted from Food Network.