Indulge in Rich Irish Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe

Who doesn’t love a good bowl of ice cream? And what could be better than a creamy, silky scoop of Irish Chocolate Ice Cream? Hi, I’m excited to share with you my recipe for this delectable dessert that is sure to leave you feeling satisfied and indulged.

But before we dive into the details of this luscious treat, let’s talk about what makes it so special. Irish Chocolate Ice Cream is a rich and velvety delight that boasts the perfect blend of flavors – rich chocolate, the smoothness of cream and an unexpected floral hint from Irish Cream liqueur. This recipe yields ice cream that is so deliciously sinuous, you might just find yourself reaching for another scoop!

Not only is this recipe sumptuous, but it’s also one of the simpler ice cream recipes you’ll ever come across. The ingredients are few – many you probably already have on hand – making it easy to whip up in your own kitchen. However, despite its simplicity, it produces fantastic results every time.

So turn off your phone and get into the kitchen. You’re just five ingredients away from a bowl of creamy heaven that tastes like it was churned up in an old Irish dairy farm centuries ago. Follow me as we explore this recipe together à la Irish style!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Irish Chocolate Ice Cream
Irish Chocolate Ice Cream

Are you a dessert lover looking for something indulgent to satisfy your sweet tooth? Look no further than this delicious Irish Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe. Trust me, you’re going to love it.

What sets this recipe apart from other ice cream recipes is the decadent combination of Irish cream liqueur and Belgian chocolate. The rich and creamy ice cream base perfectly balances the intense flavors of the liquor and dark chocolate. This ice cream is not too sweet, making it a great option for those who prefer desserts with a strong cocoa flavor.

This recipe is perfect to serve as a treat to yourself after a long day, impressing guests at a dinner party, or just any time you want to indulge in an exceptional dessert experience. This recipe is easy to make and requires minimal skill, so even if you’re not an experienced cook or baker, you can still easily recreate this indulgent dessert.

So fire up your taste buds and pick up the ingredients necessary to make this delightful Irish Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe. A single scoop will have you hooked and coming back for more every time.

Ingredient List

 Scoops of creamy Irish chocolate ice cream
Scoops of creamy Irish chocolate ice cream

Irish Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe Ingredients

For this Irish Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe, you will need:

  • 4 cups of heavy cream or heavy whipping cream
  • 2 cups of whole milk
  • 1 ½ cups of sugar
  • 3/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp. of salt
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 1 cup of your favorite Irish cream liqueur
  • 2 Tbsp. of instant coffee crystals
  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped into small pieces

You can also use Baileys Irish Cream liqueur for an extra kick of flavor.

Note: If you want a virgin ice cream recipe or for all ages, remove the alcohol and prepare it as a traditional homemade chocolate ice cream.

The Recipe How-To

 Melt-in-your-mouth goodness in every bite
Melt-in-your-mouth goodness in every bite

Now that you’ve got all of your ingredients gathered, let’s start putting our Irish chocolate ice cream together. This recipe is going to take some time as there are a few steps involved but the outcome will be so worth it.

Step 1: Preparing the Chocolate

First, melt 8 ounces of semisweet or dark chocolate chips in a heat-proof bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water or in the microwave at 15-20 seconds interval stirring each time until smooth.

Step 2: Preparing the Ice Cream Mix

Next, in a medium-size saucepan, heat 2 cups of heavy cream, 1 1/2 cups of whole milk and 3/4 cup of granulated sugar over medium heat just until the sugar has dissolved.

Step 3: Adding the Chocolate

Once the sugar has dissolved and while still over low heat, add your melted chocolate and whisk until well combined.

Step 4: Adding Flavor

Add 1/2 cup of your preferred Irish cream liqueur (Baileys Irish Cream, Private Selection Belgian Chocolate Whiskey, or even traditional Irish Whiskey) to the chocolate and cream mixture.

Step 5: Incorporating Egg Yolks

Next, mix together 6 *egg yolks* until creamy. Gradually add in about one third of the warm chocolate mixture into egg yolks, whisking constantly to prevent the eggs from curdling.

Step 6: Cooking the Mixture

Return the egg-chocolate mixture to the remaining chocolate mix (still on low heat) and cook while stirring non-stop with a wooden spoon until top of mixture can support weight of spoon without falling off and your finger leaves clean trail on back of spoon when dragged across (temperature should read at least 165°F on an instant-read thermometer).

Step 7: Cooling Down and Ice Cream Maker

Remove from heat and whisk in ~1-2 tablespoons~ of instant coffee crystals if you’d like to bring up the chocolate flavor a notch. Let the mixture cool down, then whisk in 1/4 cup of Irish stout for a bitter bite.

At this point, you can put the chilled chocolate ice cream mix into an Ice cream maker of your choice and churn it according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Step 8: No Churn Option

Alternatively, you can opt-out of using an ice cream maker by pouring your mixture to an empty loaf pan or cake tin and freeze it for about 60-90 minutes before stirring it around with a fork and putting it back in the freezer for another hour. Repeat this process of stirring every hour or so until frozen (normally about 5 hours).

And Voila! Your Irish Chocolate Ice cream is ready to be served or stored for later enjoyment.

Substitutions and Variations

 Decadent dessert perfect for any occasion
Decadent dessert perfect for any occasion

If you’re feeling adventurous, there are plenty of ways to put your own spin on this Irish Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe. Here are some substitutions and variations to consider:

– Alcohol choices: While the recipe calls for Irish cream liqueur and stout, you can experiment with different alcohol combinations. Perhaps swap out the stout for whiskey or add Kahlua or another coffee liqueur for a twist on Irish coffee ice cream.

– Chocolate: If you’re not a fan of dark chocolate, try using milk chocolate instead. Or, for a more intense flavor, opt for a higher percentage cocoa content.

– No churn option: Don’t have an ice cream maker? No problem! You can make a no-churn version by whipping heavy cream and sweetened condensed milk together until thick, then folding in your chocolate mixture and freezing overnight.

– Add-ins: For some extra texture or flavor, consider mixing in chopped nuts, chocolate chips, or even cookie dough pieces into the ice cream before freezing.

– Dairy-free: If you’re looking for a dairy-free option, try using coconut milk or almond milk as a substitute for the milk and half-and-half. You can also use coconut whipped cream as an alternative to heavy whipping cream.

With these substitutions and variations in mind, there’s no reason why you can’t create your own unique twist on this delicious Irish Chocolate Ice Cream recipe. Just remember to keep track of any modifications so that you can replicate your masterpiece next time around!

Serving and Pairing

 The perfect way to cool off on a hot day
The perfect way to cool off on a hot day

Now that your Irish Chocolate Ice Cream is ready, it’s time to serve and enjoy! This rich and creamy dessert pairs perfectly with a variety of toppings or accompaniments.

One classic Irish pairing is whiskey, so pour yourself a glass of your favorite Irish whiskey or Irish cream liqueur to enjoy alongside your ice cream. If you prefer a non-alcoholic beverage, a cup of hot coffee or chocolate will also complement the flavors of the ice cream nicely.

If you’d like to add some texture to your dessert, sprinkle some chopped nuts or granola on top for crunch. A drizzle of chocolate fudge sauce or caramel sauce can also be a decadent addition. For a fruity twist, try topping your ice cream with fresh berries or a berry sauce.

To make your serving extra special, why not whip up some homemade whipped cream to dollop on top? Simply whisk together heavy whipping cream, sugar, and vanilla extract until it forms soft peaks, then spoon onto your ice cream for an extra touch of indulgence.

You can also use this versatile ice cream as a base for other desserts. Try sandwiching it between two cookies for an easy ice cream sandwich, or layering it in a trifle with cake and fruit for a show-stopping dessert.

No matter how you choose to serve it, this Irish Chocolate Ice Cream is sure to delight your taste buds and leave you feeling satisfied.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Chocolate lovers: this one's for you!
Chocolate lovers: this one’s for you!

Nothing beats the feeling of serving your homemade ice cream to your loved ones after a sumptuous meal. However, it’s not every day that we have the time or energy to whip up a fresh batch of Irish Chocolate Ice Cream from scratch. That’s why it’s important to know how to store and reheat this dessert when you need it.

If you plan on making this recipe ahead of time, you can store the ice cream in an airtight container and place it in the freezer for up to two weeks. To avoid ice crystals forming, make sure the container is sealed tightly. When you’re ready to serve, let it thaw in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes before scooping.

For those who don’t have an ice cream maker, no need to fret! This recipe can still be made ahead of time without one by using a no-churn method. Simply pour the mixture into an airtight container and freeze for at least six hours or overnight. When you’re ready to serve, let it thaw in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes before scooping.

When reheating this chocolatey dessert, make sure to do so on low heat to prevent curdling or separating. You can do this by placing the ice cream in a heatproof bowl over simmering water until it has softened slightly. This will make it easier to scoop and serve.

Overall, whether you choose to store it or reheat it, this Irish Chocolate Ice Cream recipe is perfect for any occasion. Just remember to keep it in an airtight container, and thaw it in the refrigerator before serving for optimal taste and texture.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Rich and silky smooth texture
Rich and silky smooth texture

When making Irish chocolate ice cream, the key is balance. You want to create a rich and creamy ice cream that has just the right amount of Irish cream liqueur and chocolate. Here are some tips for achieving perfection:

1. Use good quality ingredients: The chocolate and Irish cream liqueur are the stars of the show, so make sure you choose high-quality versions of both. Look for premium chocolate with a high percentage of cocoa solids and a smooth Irish cream liqueur.

2. Don’t overheat the cream mixture: When making the base for your ice cream, be careful not to overheat the mixture when combining the ingredients. Keep it at a low to medium heat and stir frequently until everything is melted and blended together.

3. Mix thoroughly: When adding the Irish cream liqueur, make sure you mix it in well with the other ingredients. This will ensure that the flavor is evenly distributed throughout the ice cream.

4. Chill the mixture before churning: To achieve a smooth and creamy texture, it’s important to chill the cream mixture for several hours or overnight before churning it in your ice cream maker.

5. Let it rest: Once your ice cream is done churning, let it sit in the freezer for at least 2 hours before serving. This will allow the flavors to meld together and create a richer taste.

6. Experiment with toppings: While this recipe already has plenty of chocolatey richness, you can add even more decadence by adding toppings such as chopped nuts, caramel sauce, or whipped cream.

Following these tips will help you create an unforgettable Irish chocolate ice cream that is sure to impress your guests!


Now that you have all the details about making this delicious Irish Chocolate Ice Cream, I’m sure you might have some questions. In this section, I’ll answer frequently asked questions on this recipe and provide some helpful tips to ensure a perfect ice cream every time. So, let’s dive in!

What is Irish ice cream flavor?

The ideal Irish Cream should possess a velvety, silk-like consistency and deliver a delightful blend of vanilla and subtle cocoa undertones.

How much alcohol is in Irish Cream ice cream?

The Häagen-Dazs Spirits Line has introduced another addition to its range, which is the Irish Cream Ice Cream Cookie Squares. However, it’s essential to note that the alcoholic content in these desserts is as low as 0.5%, so they are unlikely to make you intoxicated.

What is German chocolate ice cream made of?

To create an indulgent treat of German Chocolate Ice Cream, gather a quart of full-fat coconut milk, raw honey, unsweetened cocoa powder, vanilla extract, and desiccated coconut, along with some shredded coconut for garnish.

What does Baileys Irish cream taste like?

Baileys Irish Cream has a smooth and creamy texture with a delectable blend of vanilla and chocolate. This delicious liqueur is perfectly balanced with a hint of Irish whiskey that leaves a fruity aftertaste. It contains 17% alcohol by volume, which is relatively low compared to other spirits like whiskey, rum, vodka, and gin that typically have 40% ABV.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this Irish Chocolate Ice Cream recipe is the perfect dessert for any occasion. With its rich and indulgent flavor, it will leave your taste buds satisfied and your guests clamoring for seconds. The use of high-quality ingredients such as Baileys Irish Cream, Belgian chocolate, and Irish stout is what sets this recipe apart from the rest.

Whether you are an experienced chef or a novice in the kitchen, this recipe is easy to follow and will yield flawless results. It’s also versatile enough for substitutions and variations to cater to everyone’s personal preferences.

So, why settle for store-bought ice cream when you can make your very own homemade chocolate treat with this recipe? Not only will it taste better than anything you can buy in a store, but it will also make you feel proud of your culinary prowess.

Lastly, don’t be afraid to get creative with your serving and pairing choices. Whether you want to pair it with some fresh strawberries or enjoy it on its own, the possibilities are endless.

In conclusion, give this Irish Chocolate Ice Cream recipe a try – guaranteed it will become a new favorite among you, your family and friends.

Irish Chocolate Ice Cream

Irish Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe

This ice cream has a spirited coolness and velvety smoothness. This recipe doesn't require an ice cream maker. Cook time is freeze time.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Irish
Keyword < 30 Mins, Dessert, Frozen, St. Patrick's Day
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Calories 279.2kcal


  • 4 beaten egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup half-and-half or 3/4 cup light cream
  • 3 ounces semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons instant coffee crystals
  • 1/4 cup Irish whiskey or 1/4 cup bourbon whiskey
  • 2 cups whipping cream


  • In a heavy medium saucepan combine the egg yolks, sugar, milk, half-and-half or light cream, chocolate, and coffee crystals.
  • Cook and stir over medium heat until the mixture is slightly thickened and bubbly; remove from heat.
  • Beat mixture with a rotary beater until smooth.
  • Transfer to a medium bowl.
  • Cool thoroughly by placing bowl in a sink or large bowl of ice water; stir occasionally. Stir in whiskey.
  • In a large mixing bowl beat whipping cream with an electric mixer on medium speed until soft peaks form (tips curl).
  • Fold in cooled chocolate mixture.
  • Pour into an 8x8x2-inch baking pan. Cover and freeze at least 8 hours or overnight until firm.
  • Let stand at room temperature for 10 to 15 minutes before serving.
  • Makes about 12 servings (1-1/2 quarts).


Serving: 100g | Calories: 279.2kcal | Carbohydrates: 17.4g | Protein: 3.5g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 13.3g | Cholesterol: 125mg | Sodium: 33.1mg | Fiber: 1.2g | Sugar: 12.7g

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