Chocolate Coffee Ice Cream

Creamy homemade coffee ice cream with a chocolate twist! Tastes like your favorite coffee shop frozen drink!

Creamy homemade chocolate coffee ice cream recipe from @bakedbyrachel

We typically don’t go to the movies too much since it can be so costly, especially for a family, but last weekend we made a special trip to see Inside Out. I’m probably in the minority that wasn’t totally over the moon in love with it, but it was cute and still fun. I think I just expected there to be more to it. Still cute and full of meaning though.

The last time I went to the movies at this particular theater was when Julie came to visit… last Fall. See… I don’t go to the movies much. When we were there, they were undergoing a major renovation. The renovations actually interrupted our visit, setting off fire alarms. But, at least it wasn’t in the middle of the movie… it definitely could have been worse! It was nice to finally see all of the changes in person.

Finally a local theater that offers reserved seating! That’s honestly probably my favorite part… next to the super comfy reclining leather seats. Such a nice feature! I’m already starting to think about our next visit, partly because of the features mentioned and partly because it’s Summer vacation but also… the Minions movie looks super cute. Have you seen it yet? I have high hopes for it being as good or better than the Despicable Me movies.

Creamy homemade chocolate coffee ice cream recipe from @bakedbyrachel

And, because it’s raging hot outside lately, you definitely need a scoop or two of this creamy chocolate coffee ice cream. Call it mocha, call if chocolate coffee or just plain delicious – I don’t care what you call it, as long as you enjoy a scoop!

This is by far my favorite chocolatey ice cream to date – both homemade and store bought! It’s so smooth and packed with flavor… even the kiddos loved it!

I highly recommend pairing this with a cone and maybe some sprinkles for fun. Because, why not?!

This super creamy homemade chocolate coffee ice cream is an absolute must make this summer!

Creamy homemade chocolate coffee ice cream recipe from @bakedbyrachel

Chocolate Coffee Ice Cream

Creamy homemade coffee ice cream with a chocolate twist! Tastes like your favorite coffee shop frozen drink!
Prep Time10 minutes
Total Time1 day
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chocolate, Coffee, Ice cream
Servings: 4 plus


  • 1 1/2 C whole milk
  • 1 1/2 C heavy cream
  • 1/2 C granulated sugar
  • 1/4 C light brown sugar
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 C coffee syrup
  • 1/4 C cocoa powder sifted
  • 5 egg yolks


  • Add 1 cup heavy cream and vanilla to a medium bowl, with a mesh strainer set on top. Set aside. 
  • Add reamaining heavy cream, milk, coffee syrup, sugar and salt to a medium saucepan set over medium heat. Stir to dissolve sugar. Sift cocoa powder directly over saucepan, whisk to combine. 
  • Whisk egg yolks in a small bowl. When milk mixture begins to steam, slowly drizzle 1 cup of warm liquid into yolks while whisking continuously. Pour egg mixture into saucepan, whisk to combine. Continue cooking over medium heat until mixture coats the back of a wooden spoon or spatula. 
  • Pour warm liquid through mesh strainer into reserved heavy cream. Stir and cool over an ice bath to room temperature. 
  • Cover and chill thoroughly, 4-6 hours or overnight. 
  • Churn according to manufacturer's directions.
  • Transfer churned ice cream to a freezer safe container. Freeze until solid, 4-6 hours or until firm. 


Recipe serves roughly 4-6, yields 1 quart.
An original recipe from Baked by Rachel

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27 Responses to “Chocolate Coffee Ice Cream”

  1. #
    Kristen @ A Mind Full Mom — July 13, 2015 at 7:26 am

    Movies are RIDICULOUS with how pricey they are!! We rarely go–and we would all be happier with a bowl of this ice cream then a trip to the theater!

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      Rachel — July 14, 2015 at 8:49 am

      I almost always try to go to a matinee to save some on the ticket price. It helps but is still pricey overall.

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    Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking — July 13, 2015 at 7:37 am

    Did you say reserved seating at the movie theater?!? How amazing is that! Almost as amazing as this ice cream! Love that shot of it dripping down the cone!

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      Rachel — July 14, 2015 at 8:49 am

      Thanks so much Lindsey!

  3. #
    marla — July 13, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    I need this ice cream now & forever!!

    • #
      Rachel — July 14, 2015 at 8:49 am

      You definitely do! :)

  4. #
    Sharon @ What The Fork Food Blog — July 13, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    This ice cream looks so rich and creamy – perfection! Love the coffee/chocolate combo!

    • #
      Rachel — July 14, 2015 at 8:49 am

      Thanks Sharon!

  5. #
    Des @ Life's Ambrosia — July 13, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    This looks so creamy and delicious!

    • #
      Rachel — July 14, 2015 at 8:49 am

      Thanks so much :)

  6. #
    Sune Moolman — July 14, 2015 at 6:16 am

    This looks like a recipe I need to memorize! Love it so much! :)

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      Rachel — July 14, 2015 at 8:49 am

      Absolutely! And thank you :)

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    Kennedy Cole@KCole's Creative Corner — July 14, 2015 at 11:26 pm

    Yum! I love the combination of chocolate and coffee! I really need to make this sometime, considering how much our family loves ice cream :)

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      Rachel — July 15, 2015 at 7:33 am

      Thanks Kennedy!

  8. #
    amanda — July 15, 2015 at 10:48 pm

    This ice cream looks so rich and yummy!

    • #
      Rachel — July 16, 2015 at 7:32 am

      Thanks Amanda!

  9. #
    Kelly - Life Made Sweeter — July 16, 2015 at 5:38 am

    We haven’t seen Inside Out yet but my son is dying to see the new Minions movie! Reserved seating sounds awesome!!! And so does this ice cream. I can’t get enough of ice cream lately and can’t wait to try this chocolate coffee combo! It looks incredible!

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      Rachel — July 16, 2015 at 7:33 am

      Thanks so much Kelly! :)

  10. #
    Annie @ Annie's Noms — July 16, 2015 at 10:08 am

    Two of my favourite flavours married together in ice cream heaven! Love this!!

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      Rachel — July 16, 2015 at 1:29 pm

      Thanks Annie!

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    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — July 17, 2015 at 10:21 am

    Reserved seating sounds awesome! We just went to see Jurassic World and I loved it. Part of me just likes any movie in the theater because of the popcorn ;) And you know I love this ice cream! Coffee ice cream is the best

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      Rachel — July 19, 2015 at 9:25 am

      The best popcorn! ;)

  12. #
    Amy — June 7, 2019 at 11:36 am

    Great recipe! Love finding a way to use the coffee syrup I bought from TRader Joe’s! I added toasted almonds.

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      Rachel — June 23, 2019 at 7:28 pm

      So glad you enjoyed it, Amy! Thanks for sharing! :)

  13. #
    Diane Lovelady — July 18, 2023 at 10:41 pm

    What would be comparable substitutions for the coffee syrup? Instant dark coffee?

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      Rachel — July 19, 2023 at 10:00 am

      Coffee syrup has a thicker consistency than straight coffee so you’d need to purchase or make your own. If you’d like to make your own, you’ll need to combine equal parts sugar and strong liquid coffee in a saucepan, over medium heat. Bring to a low boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar and then simmer for roughly 20 minutes (give or take) until it has thickened. Be sure to continue stirring occasionally until your desired thickness is reached. It shouldn’t be a thicker liquid but not as thick as caramel or chocolate sauce. Hopefully that helps! Good luck. :)

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    Diane Lovelady — July 19, 2023 at 10:15 am

    Thanks so very much for the tip on substitute for coffee syrup! I’m trying this today! Enjoy your day! ❤️

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