I've been trying to eliminate sugar from my diet so I'm finding regular ice cream much too sweet. Now that I have my own ice cream maker, I can control all the ingredients from the type of milk, cream and cocoa, to the amount and type of sweetener. So, I used local dairy and organic, fair trade ingredients.
Not sure this really qualifies as dark chocolate since there is milk and cream in it but it has very little sugar so it tastes like dark chocolate. If you want to experiment, you can use other extracts besides vanilla. For instance, orange would be nice. This is on my list of experiments along with using stevia instead of sucanat (my son's girlfriend is diabetic and can't have sugar). Other people use honey or maple syrup which are GAPS friendly. These, however, will change the taste significantly. I'm not a maple fan so that is off the menu for me. I'll probably use honey at some point but not in my chocolate ice cream.
BTW, the coffee brings out the chocolate flavor. You won't actually taste it in the ice cream. Hubs says he can taste it but that was only after he saw me adding it. When I used it before he never mentioned it. Of course, you can always leave it out or add extra for mocha ice cream.
makes 5 cups
3/4c cocoa powder (I've been using Rapunzel)
4T sucanat (also known as rapadura)
1t instant coffee powder (don't use actual coffee because you don't want the water in the cream)
Generous pinch of Celtic sea salt
1 1/2t of vanilla extract (I actually use vanilla powder)
1c whole milk
2c heavy cream
- Sift dry ingredients, including the vanilla, into the cup of milk in a saucepan.
- Heat on stove while stirring to get ingredients to combine well. Sugar and salt should dissolve into the liquid. Do NOT let it boil. You can taste test this and add more sugar, coffee or extract if desired. Just remember you still have to add the cream which will sweeten it up some more and change the taste profile.
- Remove from heat and cool slightly.
- Add cream and stir well
- Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight.
- Follow your ice cream maker's directions.