Mint Brownie Ice Cream: This ice cream begins with a creamy, refreshing mint base and is then filled with fudgy brownie chunks (2 cups worth!!), mini chocolate chips for crunch, and a fudge swirl to finish. So refreshing, chocolaty, and perfect for summer!
Happy Friday!! I hope everyone had enjoyable Independence Day full of relaxation and good food.
Today – and next week, too – I’m back at it with the ice cream and this one juuusst might be my favorite yet (the ever changing favorite, right?). Here’s what we have going on:
- A creamy, refreshing mint ice cream base.
- Brownie Chunks. 2 cups worth.
- Mini chocolate chips.
- And a fudge swirl to finish.
If this combination sounds familiar, then you might just be my new friend. While not intended to be a copycat recipe (you know, the thing where you try and make the recipe taste EXACTLY like the store-bought, bakery, coffee shop, etc., etc. version), this Mint Brownie Ice Cream is my attempt to, shall we say, honor a delicious creation by Cold Stone Creamery. Have you been there? Their creations are a beautiful thing, my friend. Mmm… I can just taste the Mint Mint Chocolate Chocolate Chip right now – so, so good. Oh! Oh! and the Chocolate Devotion!! (My ode to that coming next week!)
I was inspired to somewhat re-create two of my favorite “Creations” (Mint Mint Chocolate Chocolate Chip as well as Chocolate Devotion) after a recent visit to my local CSC and am delighted with the results (though, my waistline is not). Again, the idea was not to create an exact replica; just to take the elements I loved from each creation and make my own version.
You guys. I don’t even think I can tell you in words how delicious this combination is. It’s too good for words.
However, if I had to give specifics, what I particularly love about this flavor are the bites of fudgy brownie (2 cups of good-sized chunks, here) paired with the crunch from the mini chocolate chips – not to mention the fudge swirl besides! I also love the mint flavor that comes through, complimenting all components, but without stealing the show.
This recipe is super easy to put together and perfect for these hot summer months. For the brownie, I used a box mix. I did this because I thought it would give a better end result when mixed with the ice cream and also, there really didn’t seem to be a need to go through the extra step of making homemade. But don’t let me stop you from making a batch of homemade brownies, if that’s what you prefer!
For the fudge swirl, I did go the homemade route – again going with what I thought would give the best results – and made a batch of this delicious hot fudge sauce (it’s like pouring chocolate ganache on top of your ice cream; so chocolaty, smooth, and silky). This I made first and allowed it to cool at room temperature for about an hour. The recipe yields about a normal-sized mason jar’s worth and the leftovers I had were used for another batch of ice cream, and of course for pouring in ridiculous amounts on top of both ice creams.
OK, enough already. Please, if you love mint, brownie, and lots of chocolate, I highly encourage you to go make some Mint Brownie Ice Cream stat – it will be the best thing you’ve done all day.
Enjoy and Cottura Felice!