Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Homemade Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

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 Welcome to Kitchen Simmer's second post, Homemade Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream.  This ice cream is creamy, minty and full of chocolate.  It also has a hidden ingredient that will definitely shock you... Spinach! 

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My family loves homemade ice cream and this Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream was a big hit.  I also loved sneaking a healthy ingredient into the ice cream that was a total surprise.  After my family each enjoyed a big bowl of ice cream I asked them if they could guess how I made the ice cream green.  They all thought it was food coloring or mint leaves.  It was fun to tell them that the hidden ingredient was actually fresh spinach

Before you totally dismiss the idea of spinach in ice cream, I have to tell you that both my kids and husband could not even taste it.  I simply used it to give a little added nutrients and the lovely green color that we want to see when we think of mint ice cream.

I also used a good quality chocolate bar that I hand chopped so the chocolate was different sizes.  It was such a fun surprise to get a big piece of chocolate here and there as you ate your scoop of ice cream.    

This ice cream was enjoyed by all and there were even arguments about who would get the last scoop.  No worries, this mother can simply whip this ice cream any time so there is no reason to be "green" with envy.   My Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream was definitely a home run. 

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Ingredients:
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 cup regular milk
1 tsp peppermint extract
1 cup or a large handful of fresh baby spinach
1 can (14oz) condense milk
4oz chopped sweetened chocolate (semi-sweet)

Directions:
In a blender, blend together the cream, milk, peppermint extract, condense milk and spinach until smooth, creamy and thick.  

Hand chop the chocolate and fold it into the ice cream mixture.  Place ice cream into a freezer safe container and freeze overnight.  Allow ice cream to sit out for 10-15 minutes before serving for easy scooping. Enjoy.

 
 




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31 comments:

  1. I thought I was somewhere else when I first saw your blog, and then I remembered your name switch. Haha, and that was only the other day. I have no memory anymore. But anyway, it looks great!!

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  2. I thought I was somewhere else when I first saw your blog, and then I remembered your name switch. Haha, and that was only the other day. I have no memory anymore. But anyway, it looks great!!

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    1. Ha! ha! yes... it's a big change and I'm so glad it's over... talk about some stress to get it all done. I love that Kitchen Simmer gives me the ability to do any recipe and not just curry all the time. Of course... there will still be curry. :) Thanks for visiting! :)

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  3. Love the addition of spinach into this ice cream!!! Fantastic recipe Ramona!

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    1. Yes... the spinach totally rocked this ice cream. :) Thanks for visiting! :)

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  4. Love the new look and your pictures are mouthwatering as ever. The clever and creative twist you put on the ice cream is fantastic!

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    1. Thanks Sandra! I think I have to make this ice cream again soon... my family is asking for it. :)

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  5. I've made a lot of ice cream in my time but never with spinach...but why not? I love it in my smoothies and I love ice cream even more!

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    1. Yes, the spinach just adds great color and no taste... it's a real winner in this ice cream. Thanks for visiting! :)

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  6. I need to make this! Chocolate chip mint is my go-to when my belly is upset from eating something funky! I'd love to be able to make my own!

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    1. Thanks for visiting! :) It's such an easy ice cream and I love mint and chocolate together.

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  7. Spinach in icecream!!! neat! Do you think I could replace the mint extract for fresh mint leaves?

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    1. You could certainly give it a try with the fresh mint leaves... I would try about a Tablespoon at a time in the blender until you had the right amount of mint flavor. Thanks for visiting! :)

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  8. This has amazing color - I'm excited about spinach in icecream.

    VERY excited.

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    1. Thanks! I love that the coloring was all natural and I didn't need to use food coloring. :)

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  9. The addition of Spinach for colour is a stroke of genius!! Love that it's not green colouring! I love mint choc chip ice cream :) I dont even care that it's getting colder, I want a batch of this in the freezer :D

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    1. I also love freaking my kids out with the spinach being in their ice cream... Mother's sick humor.. I know. :)

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  10. Yummy! This looks so delicious! I love that you used spinach! :-)

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  11. Oh my, this sounds delicious, and I can easily make this low-carb. Thanks...bookmarking for future reference! Genius!

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    1. Mmm... a low carb version would be great for me too. I didn't eat much of this ice cream... so the family got to enjoy all. :)

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  12. This looks great! Mint chocolate chip has always been my favorite ice cream flavor. It's so clever to add the spinach for color and nutrients. I actually wouldn't mind an ice cream that tastes like spinach. I love spinach and eat it by the bagful! Thanks for the recipe. Pinning to try later!

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    1. Thanks Sandra! I love spinach too... use it in smoothies all the time and I am so excited about putting it this ice cream. :)

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  13. I love this idea of the added spinach ,very clever!!!

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    1. Thanks Daileo! Thanks for visiting! :)

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  14. Spinach in ice cream? Now that's a first! :) I love it that you made ice cream guilt-free!

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    1. It's a little guilt-free.. but so worth it. :) Thanks MJ!

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  15. Yum! I cannot have dairy, but I would love to try and make this with coconut milk. It looks so delicious!

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    1. Thanks Maureen... I bet it would be delicious with coconut milk too. :)

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  16. Mmmm...mint chocolate chip is one of my favourites. I would never have thought to put spinach in it, great idea!

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    1. Thanks Jemma! Thanks for visiting! :)

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