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Coffee lovers this way! With just 5 minutes of prep time, espresso powder, heavy cream, and sweetened condensed milk come together in this rich, creamy espresso chocolate chip ice cream. Making ice cream might sound intimidating, but this recipe makes it a piece of cake. What are you waiting for?

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Ice cream and coffee…two of my favorite things. I am so obsessed with ice cream that I made a Pinterest board dedicated solely to ice cream recipes…and I am so into coffee that I practically go to bed thinking about my morning cup. Morning, noon, or night, there is something so delightful about the aroma and taste that I just can’t get enough of.

This ice cream recipe embodies all that is good in both of these favorites. The rich, creamy texture craved by any ice cream lover combined with the nutty, homey flavor dreamt of by the coffee lover come together for the perfect dessert. Mix in some chocolate chips for added crunch and sweetness and your search for the perfect ice cream might just be over.

scoop of espresso chocolate chip ice cream on a metal ice cream scoop in a loaf pan

Why You’ll Love This Coffee Ice Cream

You will be hard-pressed to find what not to love about this delicious dessert…but I’ll give you a rundown on some of my favorite things about it.

  • Very little active time. So long as you think ahead and freeze the bowl of your ice cream maker 24 hours in advance, you really just have to toss a couple of ingredients together (it won’t take you more than 5 minutes) and let the ice cream maker do the rest.
  • Creamy. The combination of the heavy cream and the sweetened condensed milk really lends itself to a creamy finished product. We all know the disappointment that stems from sinking your senses into a watery or icy ice cream. This recipe will not disappoint in that way. I promise.
  • No cook. Many ice cream recipes that you find might look intimidating. They often require making a custard on the stovetop. This recipe requires no such fuss but tastes just as wonderful.
ingredients for espresso chocolate chip ice cream

What You’ll Need

Just an ice cream maker and 4 ingredients. It doesn’t get much simpler than that. Here’s a basic rundown of what you’ll need but make sure to scroll to the recipe below for more details.

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Ingredients

  • Heavy cream. If you are dairy free, feel free to replace the heavy cream and sweetened condensed milk with full-fat coconut milk.
  • Sweetened condensed milk
  • Espresso powder
  • Mini chocolate chips

How to Make Espresso Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Honestly, all it takes is some measuring, a quick whisk, and a little patience while the ice cream maker churns away. Here’s how to make espresso chocolate chip ice cream. Don’t forget to scroll to the bottom of this post for the full recipe

  • Freeze the bowl of your ice cream maker for at least 24 hours.
  • Combine the ingredients. Whisk all of the ingredients (except for the chocolate chips) together in a large bowl until homogenous.
  • Churn. Pour the mixture into the bowl of your ice cream maker and follow the instructions laid out by the manufacturer. Add the chocolate chips halfway through the churning process.
  • Freeze…again. Transfer the churned ice cream to a freezer-safe bowl and let it hang out in the freezer for at least 4 hours.
3 scoops of espresso chocolate chip ice cream in a white bowl with an antique spoon

Tips for Success

This ice cream recipe is quite simple. You are basically letting the ice cream maker do all of the work. That being said, there are a few crucial tips to follow in order to achieve the best outcome possible. Here they come.

  • Freeze the bowl. DO NOT skip this step. It is crucial to freeze the bowl of your ice cream maker for at least 24 hours before the churning step. The chill of the bowl is the only thing responsible for freezing the ingredients, allowing them to come together into ice cream. If it is not adequately cold, you will end up with a runny finished product.
  • Go full fat. Save your dieting for another day. Sufficient fat content is what keeps ice cream creamy and stops it from being icey. So please don’t try to swap the heavy cream for regular milk.
  • Don’t overload the bowl. The bowl of your ice cream maker only has so much cold to go around. Overloading the bowl will make it lose its chill faster, making it so your ice cream won’t get cold enough in the churning process.
  • Don’t skip the post-churn freeze. It might be tempting to dip into the ice cream just after it’s finished churning. Don’t do it. 4 hours in the freezer allows the ice cream to solidify into more than soft-serve.

What to Serve with Espresso Ice Cream

Espresso chocolate chip ice cream is divine on its own, but no need to stop there. Top it with something special or use it as a topping for your favorite dessert. Here are a few ideas.

multiple scoops of espresso chocolate chip ice cream on plates with spoons and espresso beans scattered around

How to Store Homemade Ice Cream

After the ice cream has been churned and allowed to freeze for 4 hours, enjoy it right away or transfer it to a freezer-safe, airtight, plastic container and place it in the freezer. You can also press it into a loaf pan, cover it in wax paper, and wrap the whole pan in saran wrap. Store your homemade ice cream in the freezer for up to 2 weeks.

More Easy Ice Cream Recipes:

Espresso not quite your thing? No problem! There are so many other delicious ice cream recipes out there. Here are some of my favorites.

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Espresso Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Step right up coffee lovers: this Espresso Chocolate Chip Ice Cream is to die for!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Freeze Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 25 minutes
Servings: 8 servings

Ingredients 

  • 2 cups (473 ml) heavy cream
  • 7 ounce (199 ml) sweetened condensed milk
  • 2-3 tablespoon (2 tablespoon) espresso powder, depending on how strong of a coffee flavor you want
  • ½ cup (90 g) mini chocolate chips

Instructions 

  • Freeze the bowl of your ice cream maker for 24 hours.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together cream, condensed milk, and espresso powder.
  • Pour the contents into the bowl of the ice cream maker then freeze the ice cream in the bowl of the ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Halfway through the churning process, add in the chocolate chips.
  • Once the ice cream is done churning, mine only took about 20 minutes, transfer to a freezer-safe bowl and freeze in the freezer at least 4 hours.

Nutrition

Serving: 1scoop, Calories: 343kcal, Carbohydrates: 24g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 26g, Saturated Fat: 17g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 6g, Trans Fat: 0.02g, Cholesterol: 77mg, Sodium: 56mg, Potassium: 193mg, Fiber: 0.3g, Sugar: 22g

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  1. Love ❤️ this Ice cream so easy and delicious 😋! You must try it !Husband favorite !

  2. Just wondered – after whisking together ingredients for ice cream, do you have to chill mixture completely in refrigerator first, before the churning step in the ice cream maker? I’m a novice at ice cream, but it seems like recipes I’ve seen do it this way? Thank you! Can’t wait to try this inside your Mocha latte sandwich cookies!

    1. the ice cream maker is what basically chills the mixture to a soft serve consistency and then you scoop that out and freeze it for full ice cream consistency! hope that clarifies everything.

  3. Ok, boy am I in trouble with this ice cream! I was skeptical because I just made two different ice creams, one strawberry, and one papaya. One used my machine, the other didn’t. They were good, but the texture was a little weird. It left a funny feeling on your lips, like kind of oily? I love coffee ice cream and thought I would try this one. I wasn’t sure with so little ingredients it would turn out ok. This is addictive!! I actually could spend the rest of the summer eating this ice cream everyday and be happy! I guess I better come up with a good exercise program next! Thank you for the recipe!