OK, so I am now a honey sweetened ice cream convert! Last week, I posted about a vanilla caramel swirl ice cream that I had made and loved, so this week I have been in ice cream making mode and have put together a few other flavors. This dark Chocolate Ice Cream is creamy, rich and indulgent and a little goes a long way.
I tried a few different recipes, but this was my favorite. I tried using artificial sweeteners and although the results were good, I prefer the natural sweetness of honey over artificial sweetener. I also experimented with using a mix of cocoa powder and melted sugar free chocolate, but again, I preferred this recipe which only uses cocoa powder. I debated long and hard as whether to add broken chocolate bits into the mix, to make a chocolate chip chocolate ice cream, but that would be just a little bit too much chocolate indulgence, even for me! It can be done though, so if you think you can handle it, go ahead and add some broken up chunks after churning and before chilling.
It’s been a funny kind of week here. We are in the midst of August – the height of the supposed British summer, but I’m cold. I’ve been wearing socks for goodness sake! Socks shouldn’t be worn during the summer – they are winter necessities not summer ones. Eating ice cream seems wrong whilst wearing socks! It should be done whilst wearing flip flops or ‘thongs’ if you are native to Australia, (cue sniggering from those of us whose idea of a thong is certainly not something that is worn on ones feet).
On that note & with that slightly disturbing mental picture I’m off to turn up my heating! Please enjoy this recipe – you won’t regret it!