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Strawberry Dark Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe

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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, women (and men) everywhere are looking for something special to share with their sweetie. Chocolates will be presented a million times over. If you’re really lucky, you’ll get chocolate-covered strawberries. And if you’re REALLY REALLY lucky, you’ll get this Strawberry Dark Chocolate Ice Cream!
 
To make this ice cream, you will need an ice cream maker. I recommend the Cuisinart 1.5 Quart Frozen Yogurt–Ice Cream Maker. It doesn’t use any salt or ice, and your ice cream will be ready in half an hour or less.
 
You’ll also need whole milk, sugar, cream, strawberries, lemon juice, vanilla, and dark chocolate. 
 
You will need to plan ahead a little to make this ice cream. But Valentine’s Day is all about planning ahead, right? So this should be no problem. The reason this takes some advanced planning is so you can properly prepare the strawberries.
 
If you have ever used frozen strawberries in smoothies, you know that they are rocks. We don’t want strawberry rocks in our ice cream. The way to avoid this is to put the cut-up strawberries in a bowl on the counter with some sugar and a little lemon juice and just let it all sit for a couple of hours. The juice will be drawn out of the strawberries, and the sugar will go into the strawberries. This is the magic that prevents your strawberries from freezing in the ice cream, because sugar inhibits the formation of ice crystals.
 
From there, you just mix everything together (except the strawberries and dark chocolate) and churn it up! The last five minutes, add your strawberries. Then as you transfer the ice cream to an airtight container, drizzle the melted dark chocolate over it. Voila! Romantic ice cream that tastes just like chocolate-covered strawberries!
 
For more great ice cream recipes, visit Ice Cream Inspiration.
 
 
 
Strawberry Dark Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe
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Ingredients
  1. 1 pint fresh, ripe strawberries, stemmed and thinly sliced. (An egg slicer works perfectly for this). Be sure to save any juice released while slicing.
  2. 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  3. 1 cup sugar, divided
  4. 1 cup whole milk
  5. 2 cups heavy cream
  6. 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  7. 1-2 drops red food coloring, optional
  8. 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips, melted
Instructions
  1. Combine the sliced strawberries (and any juices), the lemon juice, and 1/3 cup sugar in a bowl. Leave on the counter for two hours. The strawberries will release their juices and absorb some of the sugar. This will lower the freezing point of the strawberries so that they do not turn into rocks in your ice cream!
  2. In a separate bowl, mix 1 cup whole milk with the remaining 2/3 cup sugar and stir until the sugar is dissolved.
  3. Add the heavy cream and vanilla. Pour in the liquid from the bowl with the strawberries, reserving the strawberries. Mix well.
  4. Pour into your ice cream maker and follow the manufacturer's directions.
  5. When ice cream has reached soft-serve consistency, add the strawberries. Let the ice cream maker run another minute or two to distribute the strawberries throughout the ice cream.
  6. Transfer to an airtight container in layers, drizzling each layer with the melted chocolate.
  7. Store in the freezer for several hours or overnight.
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