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

    Blackberries and chocolate chips go so perfectly together - tangy and sweet, all at the same time. 
    Prep Time: 25 mins
    Cook Time: 30 mins
    Total Time: 55 mins
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 1 quart
    Calories: 439kcal
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    • 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


    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Once chilled, pour the mixture into the bowl of the ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer's instructions.
    • 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.


    Source: Food Network Magazine, July/August 2013
    Nutrition Facts
    Blackberry Chip Ice Cream
    Amount Per Serving (0.25 cup)
    Calories 439 Calories from Fat 234
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 26g40%
    Carbohydrates 47g16%
    Fiber 4g16%
    Sugar 41g46%
    Protein 4g8%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. 

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  • Christina says:

    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…

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

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

  • Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective says:

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

  • Jamie @lifelovelemons says:

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

  • Aimee @ ShugarySweets says:

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

  • Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl says:

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

  • tanya says:

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

  • Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie says:

    Blackberry ice cream is one of my favorites!

  • Leah | So, How's It Taste? says:

    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!

  • Tieghan says:

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

  • Kathryn says:

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

  • Jenny Flake says:

    What a fun ice cream! Love it!!

  • Amy @ funfoodiefamily says:

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

  • Heather Christo says:

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

  • Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain says:

    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!

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) says:

    I love blackberries, this ice cream looks fab!!

  • Gina says:

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

  • Jackie {Domestic Fits} says:

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

  • Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts says:

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

  • dixya| food, pleasure, and health says:

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

  • Gayle says:

    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….!

  • Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen says:

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

  • marla says:

    Such a beautiful and tasty looking ice cream Julie!

  • Gaby says:

    this is so up my alley!!!

  • Des @ Life's Ambrosia says:

    I. Am. Obsessed.

  • chels R. says:

    This looks completely amazing!!!

  • Tracey says:

    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!

  • Cassie | Bake Your Day says:

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

  • Jaclyn says:

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

  • Laura Dembowski says:

    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.

  • Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats says:

    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

  • Marian (Sweetopia) says:

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

  • Megan {Countryleaver} says:

    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.

  • Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. says:

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

  • Kevin @ Closet Cooking says:

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

  • Kelly @ hidden fruits and veggies says:

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

  • Nutmeg Nanny says:

    This looks delightful :) I love blackberry!

  • Lynna says:

    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.

  • Lauren says:

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

    • Julie says:

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

  • Erin says:

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

    • Julie says:

      No, I don’t strain it :)

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