Homemade chocolate ice cream has only 4 ingredients and the results are rich and creamy. The flavor is amazing in this no churn chocolate ice cream.

The homemade ice cream in a loaf pan with a scoop of the ice cream being scooped out of it.

Homemade chocolate ice cream

There is something so special about homemade ice cream. It is always so soft and creamy. The flavor is delicious. We just love it!

I actually don’t have an ice cream maker but we make ice cream all the time. How? We use no churn ice cream recipes. They are so easy and do not require any special supplies or ice cream machines.

The results are so delicious and it is so quick and easy to make. The hardest part is just waiting for it to freeze. If you are just starting to make your own ice cream, this recipe is a great one to start with.

You won’t find any complicated ingredients or hard to find items in this recipe. They are all simple and readily available at the grocery store. There aren’t any excuses to delay making this homemade ice cream! 

Let’s get started.

A bowl of homemade chocolate ice cream with a green towel next to it

How do you make chocolate ice cream from scratch?

Just combine 4 simple ingredients to create the ice cream mixture.  The sweetened condensed milk, cocoa powder and vanilla come together to make the cocoa mixture. You beat the whipping cream until it forms peaks and then it all gets blended with the cocoa mixture. Yum!

Freeze for at least 6 hours and you have delicious homemade ice cream! It is really that simple.

Keep reading for all of the details.

Ingredients to make this homemade chocolate ice cream

Ingredients for chocolate ice cream

  • sweetened condensed milk 
  • unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Vanilla Extract
  • heavy whipping cream – cold

How to make homemade chocolate ice cream:

First, mix together the sweetened condensed milk, cocoa powder and vanilla extract. You will need a large bowl to do this.

Second, get out a separate bowl and add the heavy whipping cream. Mix this until stiff peaks start to form. This normally takes about 2 or 3 minutes. It isn’t long. 

Next, add the whipped cream into the cocoa mixture. Stir this together until it is all blended together but do not overmix.

Photos showing how to make homemade chocolate ice cream.  The 1st photo shows the milk, cocoa and vanilla mixed together.  the 2nd photo shows the cream being whipped.  The 3rd photo shows the 2 being combined together and the final photo shows the mixture being placed in a loaf pan and is ready to be frozen.

Finally, put the ice cream mixture in a shallow pan. I used a 9 inch loaf pan.  Cover with plastic wrap or foil and freeze for at least 6 hours.

Serve and enjoy!

The homemade chocolate ice cream in a white bowl with a spoon in it and another bowl of ice cream behind it.

How long will this last:

You can keep this in your freezer up to 3 months. Just make sure to keep it covered properly.

4 Scoops of homemade chocolate ice cream in a white bowl.

Addition ideas:

  • Cherries- This is delicious if you like black cherry ice cream. You can use 2 cups of frozen cherries in the mixture.
  • Chocolate Chips- Make this ice cream Double Chocolate by adding a cup of chocolate chips.
  • Peanut Butter- Swirl a ½ cup to 1 cup of peanut butter in the ice cream mixture to make Chocolate Peanut Butter ice cream. 
  • Candy- Reese’s cups and M&M’s are yummy blended into the mixture before freezing. I usually just toss a handful in.
Close up of scoops of chocolate ice cream in a bowl.

Topping ideas for no churn chocolate ice cream:

  • Dark Chocolate- I like to cut up a candy bar into pieces. 
  • mini marshmallows
  • peanuts
  • Hot fudge –Homemade Hot fudge is easy and so decadent.
  • Caramel sauce (This homemade caramel sauce is the best.)
  • Peanut Butter Ice Cream Topping Peanut butter fans love mixing this with chocolate ice cream.
  • Whipped Cream (Homemade is so easy. We love this homemade whipped cream.)
  • Mini kit-kats
  • Mini Reese’s cups
  • Sour gummy worms (a big kid favorite)
  • Gummy bears
  • Mini oreo cookies
  • Mini chocolate chip cookies
  • Sprinkles (Everyone loves sprinkles!)
  • Maraschino cherries
  • Bananas
  • Mini Marshmallows
  • Mini Brownie Bites – These are delicious crumbed up or you can make a hot fudge brownie sundae. 
  • walnuts in syrup or any nuts you prefer
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Try this No churn chocolate ice cream recipe for a great treat.

Homemade chocolate ice cream in a white bowl with the pan in the back ground.

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Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe

5 from 2 votes
Homemade chocolate ice cream has only 4 ingredients and the results are rich and creamy. Try this no churn chocolate ice cream.
Prep Time 10 mins
Freeze 6 hrs
Total Time 6 hrs 10 mins
Servings 10
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 296
Author Eating on a Dime


  • 14 oz. sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream (cold)


  • Mix together the sweetened condensed milk, cocoa powder and vanilla extract in a large bowl.
  • Pour the heavy whipping cream into a separate bowl and mix with a stand up mixer or hand held mixer for 2-3 minutes until it holds stiff peaks.
  • Gently stir the whipped cream into the cocoa mixture until well combined and be careful not to overtax.
  • Then spread the mixture in a 9 in loaf pan.  Cover with foil and freeze for at least 6 hours.
  • Then scoop out with an ice cream scoop and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Serve this ice cream topped with your favorite toppings: chocolate chips, whipped cream, crushed up candy, etc!

Nutrition Facts

Calories 296kcal, Carbohydrates 24g, Protein 4g, Fat 21g, Saturated Fat 13g, Cholesterol 79mg, Sodium 69mg, Potassium 206mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 22g, Vitamin A 806IU, Vitamin C 1mg, Calcium 146mg, Iron 1mg

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