Chocolate Gelato


OMG! This is seriously good chocolate gelato. There is simply nothing more to say, but I did want to share this recipe because it would just be wrong not to :)

Chocolate Gelato

gelatoSummary: This is a delicious treat for any chocolate lover. You will need an ice cream maker for this dessert.


  • 2 1/4 cups whole (3.5% b.f.) milk
  • 1/3 cup heavy (35%) cream
  • 3/4 cup white granulated sugar, divided
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 4 extra-large egg yolks (or 5 large egg yolks)
  • 2 Tbsp. Mexican coffee flavoured liqueur (Kahlua)
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • Large pinch kosher salt
  • 8 chocolates, roughly chopped, optional


  1. Heat the milk, cream, and 1/2 cup of the sugar in a 2-quart saucepan. Stir over medium heat until the sugar dissolves and the milk starts to simmer. Add the cocoa powder and chocolate and whisk until smooth. Pour into a heat-proof measuring cup.
  2. Place the egg yolks and the remaining 1/4 cup sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and beat on high speed for 3 to 5 minutes, until light yellow and very thick. With the mixer on low speed, slowly pour the hot chocolate mixture into the egg mixture. Pour the egg and chocolate mixture back into the 2-quart saucepan and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until thickened. A candy thermometer will register about 180 degrees F. Do not allow the mixture to boil.
  3. Pour the mixture through a sieve into a bowl and stir in the coffee liqueur, vanilla, and salt. Place a piece of plastic wrap directly on top of the custard and chill completely.
  4. Pour the custard into the bowl of an ice cream maker and process according to the manufacturer’s directions. Stir in the roughly chopped chocolate, if using, and freeze in covered containers. Allow the gelato to thaw slightly before serving.

Prep time: 15 min | Cook time: 15 min | Total time: 50 min

Number of servings (yield): 8

Adapted from an Ina Garten recipe | Photo

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  1. This reads like an incredible recipe. I will be trying it tonight with a twist – Xylitol sugar substitute.
    If it is close to as good in taste as it reads, my daughters will be enjoying it tonight.

  2. Oh it definitely would be Trish. I have a little red Cuisinart one that only cost about $40. The best $40 I ever spent! :)

  3. Now that would be worth purchasing an ice cream maker for!!!!

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