No-Churn Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

$5.38 recipe / $0.90 serving
by Beth - Budget Bytes
4.67 from 12 votes
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The end has come, my friends. It’s the end of my vacation and the end of my while-I’m-gone dessert series here on Budget Bytes. And I’ve saved the most dangerous (IMHO) recipe for last. I’ve seen many recipes for no-churn ice cream before, but this no-churn method is 100% ice crystal free, and is also the easiest homemade ice cream I’ve ever made. The basic recipe is literally two ingredients, heavy cream and sweetened condensed milk, and takes very little effort. I wanted to keep things simple with my first batch, so I made mint chocolate chip ice cream, but I can’t wait to try more interesting and complex flavor combos in the future. And don’t worry, I will definitely share them with you when I do.

Chocolate syrup being poured onto a bowl of No-Churn Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

This recipe made about 1.5 quarts, or 6 cups. While the total price for the recipe does seem kind of steep, it’s still less than premium ice cream brands, and in this case you’re paying for knowing what’s going into your ice cream. The base is just heavy cream and sweetened condensed milk, which is literally just milk and sugar. No guar gum, other stabilizers, or other questionable ingredients. What you add in after that is up to you and what you’re comfortable with. I added some mint and vanilla extract, chocolate chips, chocolate syrup, and called it a day.

So, are you ready to see how easy super smooth no-churn ice cream is to make?? I’ll apologize ahead of time for any damage this may do to your diet.

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No-Churn Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

4.67 from 12 votes
Silky smooth and creamy No-Churn Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream is easy to make at home with just a few ingredients and very little effort.
Author: Beth - Budget Bytes
Servings 6 cups
Prep 8 hrs 30 mins
Total 8 hrs 30 mins

Ingredients

  • 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk ($1.78)
  • 1 1/2 tsp mint extract ($0.43)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract ( $0.14)
  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream ( $2.54)
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips ($0.23)
  • 1/4 cup chocolate syrup ( $0.26)

Instructions 

  • Chill a 2 quart or larger glass or metal casserole dish or bread pan in the freezer while you prepare the ice cream mixture.
  • In a medium bowl, stir together the sweetened condensed milk, mint extract, and vanilla extract.
  • In a separate large bowl, whip the heavy whipping cream until stiff peaks form (use a hand mixer or a whisk and some elbow grease). Be sure not to over whip the cream to the point where it breaks down and separates.
  • Take a scoop of the whipped cream and fold it into the bowl with the sweetened condensed milk. This will help lighten the thick condensed milk a bit.
  • Now take about 1/3 of the sweetened condensed milk and fold it into the bowl of whipped cream. Fold gently until it is incorporated, then add 1/3 more and gently fold the mixture again. Repeat this process until all the sweetened condensed milk is incorporated into the whipped cream and the mixture is smooth.
  • Spoon the ice cream mixture into the chilled dish and spread the top smooth. Cover and chill the mixture for two hours. After chilling, drizzle the chocolate syrup over top and add the chocolate chips. Gently fold the syrup and chips into the chilled mixture to create a marbled texture (don't over stir). Return the ice cream to the freezer and freeze until solid (6-8 hours). Scoop and enjoy!

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Nutrition

Serving: 1ServingCalories: 635.08kcalCarbohydrates: 65.07gProtein: 10.27gFat: 39.02gSodium: 142.63mgFiber: 1g
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Love no-churn ice cream? Try these other no-churn ice cream flavors: Balsamic Peach Ice Cream or No-Churn Strawberry Ice Cream.

Overhead view of a half-melted bowl of No-Churn Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

How to Make Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream – Step by Step Photos

Sweetened Condensed Milk container with ingredients showing

Chill a 2-quart or larger glass or metal casserole or bread dish in the freezer. For the ice cream, start with a 14oz. can of sweetened condensed milk. This thick mixture is literally just milk and sugar that has been evaporated until it is really rich and syrupy. 

Sweetened Condense Milk and Extracts mixed together in a bowl

In a medium bowl, stir 1.5 tsp mint extract and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract into the sweetened condensed milk.

Heavy cream whipped to stiff peaks with a hand mixer.

In a separate large bowl, whip one pint of heavy whipping cream until stiff peaks form. Be careful, though, because if you over whip the cream can break down and separate. 

Whipped Cream beginning to be folded into sweetened condensed milk

The sweetened condensed milk is really heavy and thick, so we need to lighten it up a tad before adding it to the whipped cream, or else the whipped cream will collapse and become dense. So, take a scoop of the whipped cream (about one cup) and fold it into the sweetened condensed milk. It doesn’t have to be folded until completely smooth. Mine still had a few lumps.

Condensed Milk being folded into the rest of the Whipped Cream

Now take about 1/3 of the slightly lighter condensed milk mixture and add it to the big bowl of whipped cream. Fold that in (it might not be completely smooth again), then add 1/3 more and fold again.

Fully Folded Cream and Condensed Milk

Repeat until you’ve folded all of the sweetened condensed milk into the whipped cream. It might not start out smooth, but it will smooth out as you go. Just be sure to gently fold rather than stirring vigorously. Once they are folded together, spoon the mixture into the chilled dish and smooth out the top. Cover the dish and freeze for about two hours.

Fold Chocolate Syrup and chocolate chips into whipped cream mixture

After it has chilled for a couple of hours, add 1/4 cup chocolate syrup and 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips. Fold them into the whipped cream to create a marbled texture. Cover the ice cream again and then freeze until solid (6-8 hours).

Frozen Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream in the glass dish

Once it’s completely frozen, it’s ready to scoop!

Ice Cream being scooped close up

Scoop and ENJOY! :D

Overhead view of Scooped Ice Cream close up

Seriously. You won’t believe how smooth and creamy this no-churn mint chocolate chip ice cream is.

A bowl of No-Churn Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream with chocolate syrup on top

Totally dangerous. 😍

Silky smooth and creamy No-Churn Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream is easy to make at home. BudgetBytes.com
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  1. Oh man, I thought I had Sweetened condensed milk in the cupboard but I only have evaporated milk. Can I just mix in sugar or do I have to heat the evaporated milk in order to mix in the sugar? Thanks Beth!! 

    1. You can absolutely make sweetened condensed milk from evaporated, though I do suggest you take the step of making it instead of just adding sugar, as you want those granules completely dissolved. Combine one 12-oz can of evaporated milk and 1-1/2 cups granulated sugar in a sauce pan, stir while you bring it to a boil. Continue cooking and stirring until the sugar dissolves, and the milk thickens slightly. Let it cool before using. XOXO

  2. This is so good! I can’t believe that I made ice cream! I didn’t put the mint or the chocolate chips. Instead, I doubled the vanilla extract and added crushed Ferrero Rocher chocolates (our family favs). Still added the chocolate syrup but Walmart was out of Hershey’s so I bought Ghirardelli instead – so much better!! Everyone agreed this is better than premium ice cream. Thanks for the recipe! 

  3. This is AMAZING and I can’t wait to try out even more flavor combos! Really excited to know how to make a delicious ice cream base without having to purchase an ice cream maker, which wouldn’t be good for my wallet or my waistline. This website is the best. 

  4. OMG! This is legit ice cream!! I was reading through the recipe and thought there was NO WAY this was going to be any good. I was positive it was going to be some crummy pinterest-pseudo-recipe that would be minty and cold, but not really ice cream. But I persevered because I trust you, Beth. You haven’t steered me wrong yet. So I made it. And holy crackers! It’s GOOD. Like, really really GOOD! Where has this been all my life? THANK YOU!!!

  5. I cannot believe how well this worked! I’m so proud of myself. :) I’m going to make this all summer. Mint chip is my favorite anyway, but let us know if if you make more flavors…

  6. Do you have to use a hand mixer or can you use a stand mixer? Also can you put green food coloring in the mix?

  7. Boy, does this sound good! I can already see making this in individual bowls so each kid can can add their own choice of extras.
    I was glad to see the photo of the hand held electric mixer, as I pictured the manual mixer that you hold with one hand and turn the crank with the other.

    1. PS I want to make peppermint ice cream because it only seems to be available in the stores at Christmas time, and it’s my favorite (after chocolate). When I was a child (60 years ago), I would always have a cone with one scoop of peppermint and one scoop of chocolate, and I was in heaven!

  8. I was feeling lazy so I put the sweetened condensed milk and the whipping cream in the chilled bowl of my mixer, added vanilla and almond extracts, then whipped it all at once. It came out beautifully!

  9. I used your basic instructs to make a Coconut Mango ice cream, making a mango purée and substituting coconut milk for heavy cream, and it was amazing. The coconut flavor can be kinda intense, but the texture was spot on. Almost ate half the bowl this morning

  10. Really excited to find an ice cream recipe. Ilove them, so thank you so much for this recipe! Quick question,can you change the whipped cream with something else? Whipped cream is kind of expensive here…

  11. Thank you for this recipe! I tasted just a bit of it but when I finally took it out if the freezer to eat, my dish fell and shattered so I had to throw it away :-( I’m so upset. I’m going to need to find some sort of plastic dish or metal to make it in next time. Ugh

    1. Oh no!! That is so sad! I’ve seen people make it in metal bread pans as well. I think glass, ceramic, or metal might work better than plastic because of the way they transfer heat out of the mixture and help it chill faster.