Friday, July 22, 2011

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream (you need it)


OK...I'm going to get all first-born-child-bossy on you now. If you like chocolate, and you like peanut butter, and you like chocolate WITH peanut butter, you MUST make this ice cream. (Yes, even if it means biting the bullet and buying that ice cream maker. I promise.)

This dark chocolate peanut butter ice cream is rich; it's creamy; it's dreamy.  It will change your life.  It will make you a happier person.

{Notice I said "happier," not "skinnier."}

The recipe is adapted from the Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream & Dessert Book 
You'll need this stuff:


Oh, and vanilla...


Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream 

2 oz. unsweetened chocolate ( I like Ghiradelli)
1/3 cup dutch-process cocoa powder (such as Hershey's Special Dark)
1 & 1/2 cups milk
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 cup heavy cream
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter

{This ice cream is made with uncooked eggs, so if you feel uneasy about that or are serving to someone with a compromised immune system, try using pasteurized eggs.}

Place a heatproof bowl over a pot of simmering (not boiling) water.  Melt the unsweetened chocolate. Gradually add the cocoa; the mixture may clump up in the whisk...that's ok.  Slowly pour in the milk, whisking with the chocolate mixture until combined and smooth.  Remove from heat and let cool several minutes.

Whisk the eggs in a large bowl until light and fluffy, 1-2 minutes.  Add the sugar, a little at a time, whisking constantly.  Once all the sugar has been added, whisk 1 minute more.

Add the cream and vanilla; whisk to combine.

Pour the chocolate mixture into the cream mixture and stir.  Cover and refrigerate a few hours or overnight.


Before transferring to an ice cream maker, remove 1 cup of the mixture into a separate bowl and whisk in the peanut butter until smooth.


{Normally, I'm a natural peanut butter girl, but for this, I go with Jif. It's smooth and creamy and luscious...perfect for this ice cream.}

Add this back into the main mixture and stir. Process in an ice cream maker.  Once the freezing cycle finishes, transfer to a freezer-safe container and freeze a few hours to firm up.


 Time to serve it up.


Ahh, there we go...

It's worth the calories, my friends. Go ahead, indulge. 

61 comments:

  1. ...Oh, ho, ho, ho, ho, I sooo need this! This looks so indulgent, sinful and COLD - did I mention I so need this? I do! And dangnabbit - I need an ice cream maker! *now sobbing* ;o)

    ...Lovely photos as always!

    ...*still sobbing*

    ...Blessings :o)

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  2. This ice cream looks fantastic! It makes me wish I had an ice cream maker right about now.

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  3. That's so funny that you posted this because I just tried a different recipe for chocolate peanut butter ice cream last week... only to find out my toddler is in fact allergic to peanuts (just a huge rash, not a deadly reaction or anything), which is such a bummer because I love peanut butter.

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    1. Hi Debbie,

      I noticed in your post that your toddler gets a rash from peanuts. People always find it strange when I tell them that my daughter who is 11 can eat peanuts and chocolate seperately and has no reaction at all but cannot eat them combined, as in the above recipe. Things like chocolate coated peanuts or Nutella give the most intense reaction in the form of a rash on her face. Do you find that it is the comination of peanuts and chocolate or just peanuts alone that causes the problem? I have never met anyone else with this odd allergy. Cheers, Leanne

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  4. This looks delicious!! How much does this make?

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  5. Ooooh my goodness. 33 weeks pregnant tomorrow, and surviving (that's questionable, really) the heat wave in Washington, DC. Using the pasteurized eggs and making this ASAP!!!

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  6. Yes, I do need this! Looks so good!

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  7. If anyone is looking for an ice cream maker I recommend Cuisinart's ice cream maker because it's easy to use, only takes 20-30 minutes to make, and doesn't require salt or ice. We got one as a wedding gift and I just LOVE it. I've bought it as a wedding gift for others too!

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  8. The only thing I love more than chocolate ice cream is peanut butter ice cream. This is the best idea ice cream ever had!! CANNOT WAIT to try it! Maybe I'll get crazy and throw some pieces of candy in it too. Reese's minis come to mind.

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  9. The last time I started making Choc. Peanut Butter Ice Cream, I realized that I didn't have enough peanut butter. I subbed in Nutella .... Oh my goodness!!! YUM!

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  10. Really?! So you take Dark Chocolate (LOVE) Peanut Butter (ADORE) and mix it all up with premium vanilla to make ICE CREAM. No invitation? I am gonna knock down your door anyway ;) xxoo

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  11. Between reading your blog and Cookies and Cups, I've gained 10 pounds just looking at the pictures!

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  12. I wish my fiance wasn't lactose intolerant...

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  13. oh my goodness- you always make the BEST icecreams....i want this!

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  14. yum yum! my husband would love for me to make this!

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  15. Darn. You must know I'm trying to eat healthier. I want to lick the screen.

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  16. I've been looking for a perfect recipe that combines peanut butter and chocolate! Unfortunately I still need an ice cream maker...

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  17. It sounds like I'm going to be needing to get an ice cream maker soon...

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  18. Bridget, if you don't stop this taunting then we cannot be friends . . . but then again, you ARE sharing the recipe . . . AND you do like beer . . . ok, we can still be friends!!

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  19. I'm in love with dark chocolate and peanut butter. To the lady with the lactose intolerant husband try Lactaide, it works for mine. :)

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  20. When you get that bossy voice....I listen!!

    We haven't pulled out the ice cream maker yet this year......I think I need to for this!

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  21. Oh my, my! When I make this I think I will do this secretly...then I will be a hero!!

    "OK...I'm going to get all first-born-child-bossy on you now." - Haha, I just spent a couple of hours this afternoon with 2 other first-borns. We do like to tell it like it is (or needs to be) don't we? :)

    Thanks for the tremendously yummy share!

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  22. Bridget , I've noticed that your ice cream looks so professional in the pics- it gets nice & creamy & scoopably (made up that word) hard. To what do you attribute this success? The machine itself? Your technique? I have an ice cream maker as well and haven't been able to achieve that despite following all directions and making sure it's all as cold as can be.

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  23. Nothing better than chocolate peanut butter ice cream. I wouldn't kill for it but I'd think about it for a long time before deciding not to.

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  24. I won an ice cream maker in a giveaway last year, so I have no excuse not to make this YUMMY ice cream! Plus, as the youngest child I always listen to the first-born;)

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  25. Again - killing me with the ice cream recipes! Mama needs an ice cream maker!!!!!!

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  26. One of my all time favorite ice cream flavor The deep dark chocolate color makes it that much more decadent.

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  27. I think you are the Devil - this is just too much temptation to resist!! I'm lucky enough to have an ice cream maker (Cuisinart - love it!) so. . .you'll find me in the kitchen!! Thanks so much for this recipe (and all of your other delicious-ness that you share!)

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  28. You had me at dark chocolate!
    My son keeps eating all the ice cream so I will have to make this and HIDE it on him!

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  29. Yes ma'am! I never say no to chocolate and peanut butter. :-)

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  30. I could not stop thinking about this ice cream so I made some! Threw it all together yesterday afternoon and ran it through my ice cream maker at 8:30 last night. HEAVEN. My husband and I each had a little taste straight out of the ice cream maker and then I had a little taste this morning out of the freezer. HEAVEN. I can't wait to have some tonight as my treat! Thank you for posting this recipe!!

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  31. Oh my goodness! Now I'm wishing I had spent my mad money on an ice cream maker instead of the KopyKake!! This looks irresistibly dark, delicious and decadent!

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  32. This ice cream looks amazing... I'm really wishing I had a big bowl of ice cream right now. Blog reading late at night isn't always a good idea. :)

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  33. OMG, any change you can ship it to the pregnant lady in New Jersey?

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  34. Oh my heavens! This looks amazing and the perfect combination...chocolate and peanut butter. Yum!

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  35. oh my - how decadent! I must have some!

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  36. Um,yeah, I need to make this! Great bribery food for my boys.

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  37. Totally made this ice cream yesterday, and its AMAZING =D Thanks for the recipe =D

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  38. My ice cream maker is out on loan but when I get it back, this is TOP of the list!

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  39. My favorite combination. I've been meaning to do my own take on this, but I'm going to make yours instead. It looks about as perfect as they come.

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  40. Be gone you temptress! I know of no one single soul that could possibly resist this wonderful concoction. As I write this my little ice cream maker is busily churning your seductive liquid into luscious chocolate peanut butter ice cream. After having some samples of the residue in my measuring cup, I know I will be back for more. Yes, you have done it once again. I am now one of your thousands of followers and frankly, you can tempt me any time.

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  41. I made this ice cream this week. It is delicious! It is so hot here that it was not freezing at all in the maker. I just let it run for a good while, then put it in the freezer. Once in the freezer I whisked it every so often so that it would freeze evenly. Oh so good! Thanks for the recipe!

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  42. Not quite sure how I missed this fantabulous deliciousness...THIS has my name all o-v-e-r it.

    What kind of ice cream maker do you use Bridget? I'm in the market for one.

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  43. My mom in law shared this recipe with me with the inference that I should make it when she came it visit. She's here. It's in the ice cream maker. Bam.

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  44. I've had this starred for awhile now to make. The hubby & I finally made it tonight for some friends--it was AMAZING! I love your recipes. Thanks for sharing!

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  45. I made this last year and loved it! Tonight I'm in charge of making dinner for a woman at church who is in her last stages of cancer (dinner is more for the family taking care of her...) but all she wants is sweets, especially chocolate. I am taking this to her tonight and I'm so excited to be able to bring something amazing to a woman who won't even see the summer's end. So thanks for the recipe, I know she'll think the same thing.

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    1. Melissa...I emailed you, but in case you didn't get it, I just wanted to say thank you for your comment. I hope she loved it. ♥

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    2. Make this again this week and thinking of you and my sweet friend. Love following you on IG and keeping up with the blog. Congrats on your success lady, you deserve it :)

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  46. thanks for sharing.

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  47. I JUST got done making this - my first ever homemade ice cream in my new machine. OMG. Amazing! Thanks so much for this recipe!

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  48. My mom and I have only made vanilla bean in our ice cream maker since we got it for Christmas ...I'm really excited to see how this one tastes!! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  49. The texture...the color just divine!!!! Thankyou 4 sharing...I don't have an icecream maker :(...but want 2 make it like right now...I love peanut butter...but I can use this recipe omitting the peanut butter...if I want only dark chocolate icecream???...

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  50. I am going to go get the ingredients now! I do have a question though. How much does this recipe make? A gallon?
    Thank you!

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  52. Looks delicious! :) Printed your recipe and plan to give this a try next week!

    Glad I found your site, check out my site sometime;
    Michael
    http://michaelswoodcraft.wordpress.com/ice-cream-lovers-scoop/

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