Andes Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream (No-Churn) is easy to make and refreshingly cool and minty on a hot day! Let’s make some, shall we?
I always looked at no-churn ice cream with a squinty eye. It just seemed too good to be true that you could make ice cream smooth and creamy without churning. And then finally I broke down and ended up throwing together this Andes Chocolate Mint Chip Ice Cream last night. Not sure what possessed me–I guess it was just Time!
How To Make No-Churn Ice Cream
The base of any no-churn ice cream, as far as I can tell anyway, is almost always the same:
- one 14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk
- a pint of heavy cream
to that basic formula, you really need to add:
- a healthy pinch of salt to bring out the dairy flavor and cut the sweetness just a bit
- flavoring–vanilla works as a great base for almost any other flavor
Many of the recipes call for whipping the cream and folding it together with the sweetened condensed milk, but an even easier method is to just put the two ingredients in your mixer bowl and whip them together until you’ve achieved medium-stiff peaks. Tada!
UPDATE: After a few batches of no-churn ice cream, I have found that if you whip only until the cream and sweetened condensed milk thickens to about the consistency of melted traditional ice cream–so just somewhat thickened–it acts more like traditional ice cream when it melts.
Differences to Expect in No-Churn Ice Cream
I wouldn’t be doing my job if I told you that no-churn ice cream has the same texture as traditional, churned ice cream, so let me take a moment to let you know what to expect if you’ve never made it before. (UPDATE: I’ve resolved some of these issues just by whipping the ingredients until somewhat thickened rather than to medium or stiff peaks.)
- Since no-churn ice cream is basically just sweetened whipped cream and milk, the texture it is when you put it in your container is the texture it will be when it melts. It doesn’t melt into puddles like traditional ice cream. It melts back into the texture of whipped cream.
- In your mouth, it goes from frozen to poofy whipped cream rather than frozen to melted. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It’s just different.
- Consider no-churn ice cream to be a whipped Philadelphia-style ice cream. No egg. So think Breyers instead of Häagen Dazs.
- This ice cream is a bit fattier than the ice cream I usually make, and it can leave some butterfat filming your mouth. Again, not bad, just something to be aware of.
- Once it tempers for a few minutes on the counter, no-churn ice cream scoops just about like traditional ice cream. If you let it sit too long, though, you’ll just be serving big scoops of whipped cream!
- Due to the high butterfat and the thorough whipping before freezing, this ice cream stays smooth and creamy and doesn’t get icy like traditional ice cream can when stored a long time or when melted and then refrozen.
Equipment for Making No-Churn Ice Cream
You may already have all of these items at home already, but if not, here’s some kitchen equipment to consider to make your no churn ice cream making life easier. Two are specific to this ice cream–I’m pretty sure you’ll be able to figure out which ones!
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Andes Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream (No-Churn)
So, now that you know what to expect (if you didn’t already know), it’s time to do this. Time for some no-churn mint chocolate chip goodness, friends!
Love the sound of this mint chocolate chip ice cream? Consider rating and/or commenting. I love hearing from readers. And if you make it, and I really hope you do, please share a photo with me on Instagram by tagging @onlinepastrychef and using hashtag #pcorecipe or share it in the Pastry Chef Online Facebook group. I can’t wait to see your version of no-churn ice cream!
- 2 cups heavy cream, 1 pint
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon salt, (I used kosher salt)
- 4-6 drops peppermint oil, (or 1/4-1/ 2 teaspoon peppermint extract), to taste
- 2-3 drops green food coloring, (or pink if you'd rather), optional
- 8 oz Andes mint chips, or other mint chips
- In the bowl of your stand mixer, combine the cream, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla, salt, peppermint oil or extract and green food coloring. Start with a lesser amount of peppermint oil/extract and green food coloring. Taste once you begin whipping and add more if necessary.
- Fit the mixer with the whisk attachment and whip on medium speed until it starts to thicken, about 1 1/2 minutes.
- Scrape the bowl to make sure everything is evenly whipped and whip for another 10 seconds or so. Mixture will not hold peaks.
- Add the mint chips and thoroughly fold in by hand.
- Pour into a freezer-safe container and spread out evenly. Press plastic wrap on the surface of the ice cream and freeze until firm or preferably overnight.
- Allow to temper for just a few minutes on the counter before scooping and serving.
Nutritionals Based on 10 servings. Note that no-churn ice cream has more calories in it than even super premium ice cream you get from the grocery store, so while it's easier to make and delicious, it's pretty calorie-dense.
I've updated the instructions to reflect whipping just until thickened rather than to medium-stiff peaks.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 425 Saturated Fat: 18g Cholesterol: 80mg Sodium: 128mg Carbohydrates: 34g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 30g Protein: 5g
See how easy that is to make?! Seriously, I made it and cleaned up all while The Beloved was running a short errand. For him, it happened like magic. For me, it happened almost like magic!
Make some of this mint chocolate chip ice cream magic for yourself at your earliest convenience. I promise it will make you very happy. And seriously, if you haven’t tried no-churn ice cream, it is most definitely a viable option, especially for folks who don’t have or want an ice cream maker.