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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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)
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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