Blackberry Chip Ice Cream


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I have some seriously severe ADD. I could not focus on writing this post last night. If you dangled $100 in front of me and said if I were to finish writing the post, the $100 would be mine – I still probably wouldn’t have been able to finish it. Some nights, writing comes easier than others. Last night clearly wasn’t the case. I wasn’t even able to focus on the computer screen.

In an effort to not bore you with whatever nonsense I’m trying hard to write about, I’m just going to dive straight into this blackberry chip recipe.

For the past few months, the only base ice cream recipe I’ve used was condensed milk and heavy cream and added whatever flavorings I wanted to achieve. I avoided the custard-based recipes because…wait for it…it was too much work. Yeah, I’m lazy. I didn’t want to cook the egg yolks with cream mixture and wait for it to become a custardy base. I’m pretty much slapping myself multiple times for being so lazy.

Hear me out: CUSTARD-BASED ICE CREAMS ARE WORTH EVERY MINUTE OF YOUR TIME. It takes a tad bit longer than just dumping all your ingredients in an ice cream maker, but things that take time to make, typically come out a lot better. Whowouldathunk? ;)

I pretty much will never go back to non-custard based recipes ever again.

This custard-based ice cream gave me the creamiest and smoothest ice cream consistency. It was really soft, too. The other ice creams I’ve made – they were great, but super hard to scoop and not nearly as creamy as this one.

Blackberries and chocolate? Do I need to say more? It’s one of the most perfect combinations. The sweet tart flavor of blackberries throughout the entire ice cream with chocolate chips and shavings – ugh, it’s something I cannot describe. It’s just perfection.

Blackberry Chip Ice Cream
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
55 mins

Blackberries and chocolate chips go so perfectly together - tangy and sweet, all at the same time. 

Servings: 1 quart
  • 2 pints fresh blackberries
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 1/2 cups half and half
  • 5 large egg yolks
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  1. Combine blackberries, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, and the lemon juice in a saucepan. Cook over low heat until the blackberries are broken down and syrupy, about 20 minutes.
  2. Pour the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve/strainer into a bowl, ushing a spoon to force as much as the deep purple liquid through as you can; set aside to cool. Discard the blackberry pulp seeds.
  3. Heat the half and half and the remaining 1 cup of sugar in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Meanwhile, whisk the egg yolks in a bowl until pale yellow and thick, about 5 minutes. Temper the egg yolks by splashing in a very small amount of the warm half and half mixture while whisking constantly. Slowly pour the tempered egg yolks into the saucepan with the half and half and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 5 minutes.
  4. Stir the heavy cream into the bowl with the berry mixture, then pour in the egg mixture and stir to combine. Cover the bowl and let chill for at least 6 hours in the refrigerator.
  5. Once chilled, pour the mixture into the bowl of the ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer's instructions.
  6. Chop the chocolate into chunks and put into ice cream right before the ice cream is done churning. Transfer ice cream to a freezer-safe container and freeze overnight before serving.
Recipe Notes

Source: Food Network Magazine, July/August 2013


Posted on July 24, 2013

dinner for two by julie wampler



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  1. 07/24/2013 at 6:53 am

    Oh my goodness, this just looks so beautiful! I love a good blackberry recipe. I may just have to get an ice cream maker now, although I’m sure I must know someone who isn’t using theirs…

  2. 07/24/2013 at 7:35 am

    Told ya ;) custard is where it’s at. Philadelphia style is lame. And that first shot is so cute! Love it.

  3. 07/24/2013 at 7:44 am

    Oh, wow!! Love the color of this ice cream! It doesn’t get much better than blackberries and chocolate chips! Great recipe! :)

  4. 07/24/2013 at 7:46 am

    Lovely, Julie! Thanks for sharing! This looks delish!

  5. 07/24/2013 at 8:33 am

    I’ll take a double scoop on a waffle cone please!!!

  6. 07/24/2013 at 8:45 am

    This looks perfect, the color, the texture.. and I bet the taste will make me swoon! Loving this!

  7. 07/24/2013 at 8:50 am

    No, you really don’ t have to say more, the pictures tempt me enough! One of my all time favorite flavors of ice cream!

  8. 07/24/2013 at 9:20 am

    Blackberry ice cream is one of my favorites!

  9. 07/24/2013 at 9:22 am

    That color is so pretty! I used to stay far away from having to temper eggs, but once I got over that fear, it was ice cream central in my kitchen. Such a great consistency! I love blackberry and chocolate together. I made that combo as cupcakes last year and I’m sold on those two flavors!

  10. 07/24/2013 at 9:26 am

    Custard style is my favorite too! I love this ice cream and your shots are awesome!

  11. 07/24/2013 at 9:30 am

    I totally agree about custard based ice creams – I love that richness. This is such a good combination of flavours too. Sounds so good.

  12. 07/24/2013 at 9:41 am

    What a fun ice cream! Love it!!

  13. 07/24/2013 at 9:44 am

    I just bought an ice cream maker! So excited! I am adding this recipe to my list!

  14. 07/24/2013 at 10:59 am

    this is SO pretty!!! and blackberries are a great love of mine!

  15. 07/24/2013 at 11:40 am

    Totally here ya on the whole ADD thing…I would rather watch paint dry then do anything on my to-do list! Sigh. At least there is ice cream at the end of the tunnel! Love the blackberry!

  16. 07/24/2013 at 12:04 pm

    I love blackberries, this ice cream looks fab!!

  17. 07/24/2013 at 12:10 pm

    Oh my stars- that sure looks amazing. I’m thinking I should ditch everything else today & just make this.

  18. 07/24/2013 at 12:28 pm

    So, you’ll be starting your own ice cream shop when? Soon?

  19. 07/24/2013 at 12:33 pm

    I am in love with blackberries this summer, and this ice cream looks incredible! Nothing beats custard based ice cream, so creamy!

  20. 07/24/2013 at 1:31 pm

    I am always afraid to make delicious combo like these because it wont last very long in front of me :(

  21. 07/24/2013 at 1:56 pm

    As much as I’m loving the thought of blackberry ice cream, I am totally distracted by the glimpse of your ice cream container! I’ve been on the hunt now and yours looks *perfect* — please tell me it has a name and/or is available on Amazon….!

  22. 07/24/2013 at 1:59 pm

    I love the colors in that first pic! So pretty! I agree – custard style ice cream is the best. Sooooo worth the extra work!

  23. 07/24/2013 at 3:03 pm

    Such a beautiful and tasty looking ice cream Julie!

  24. 07/24/2013 at 3:04 pm

    this is so up my alley!!!

  25. 07/24/2013 at 3:19 pm

    I. Am. Obsessed.

  26. 07/24/2013 at 6:22 pm

    This looks completely amazing!!!

  27. 07/24/2013 at 9:13 pm

    I couldn’t agree more, Julie – custard-based ice creams are so good!! Definitely worth the extra effort and dishes :) Love the color of this blackberry ice cream – perfect for summer!

  28. 07/24/2013 at 10:01 pm

    Gorgeous…love that color! I must try custard ice cream!

  29. 07/25/2013 at 1:22 am

    Love these pictures and this ice cream Julie! You’ve made it look so divine!

  30. 07/25/2013 at 3:39 pm

    Custard based ice creams are totally worth it. They aren’t really that hard to make either. Blackberries are one of my favorite fruits and this ice cream is calling my name.

  31. 07/25/2013 at 5:34 pm

    Blackberry used to be my favorite ice cream! I havent had it in forever! Thanks for the inspiration! I love custard based ice creams too..sooo creamy and dreamy! :P

  32. 07/26/2013 at 8:03 am

    LOVE blackberries, love chips, love ice cream… win-win-win. :)

  33. 07/26/2013 at 5:25 pm

    I love my custard based ice cream – but I don’t make ice cream nearly enough – because I am too lazy to do it. I have never tried the heavy cream and condensed cream !! What is my problem?! I need to be lazy and try that version! And berries and chocolate is always a win. A massive creamy win.

  34. 07/26/2013 at 9:06 pm

    This is so gorgeous, Julie! I agree, I love custard ice cream!

  35. 07/28/2013 at 8:08 pm

    I am wishing that I had a bowl of this right now!

  36. 08/01/2013 at 12:23 pm

    My dad is obsessed with blackberries — his birthday is coming up, this sounds like the perfect thing to make for him :)

  37. 08/01/2013 at 9:29 pm

    This looks delightful :) I love blackberry!

  38. 08/10/2013 at 3:37 pm

    I didn`t even know there was a non-custard based ice cream until after I made several batches of custard based ice cream!

    This looks amazing! I love fruit ice cream flavors and this ice cream flavor looks so pretty.

  39. 07/28/2014 at 11:04 am

    Awesome recipe! I made it twice this weekend and it came out perfectly. Super delicious and a gorgeous color! Everyone loved it!

    • Julie
      07/29/2014 at 7:49 am

      One of my favorites! Glad you and everyone enjoyed it :)

  40. Erin
    07/24/2015 at 7:38 pm

    Hey, I was wondering–do you strain your custard before stirring it into the blackberry mixture? Gorgeous ice cream by the way ;)

    • Julie
      07/25/2015 at 9:19 am

      No, I don’t strain it :)

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