Mint Dark Chocolate Chip Ice Cream (w/ a secret ingredient for coloring)

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Today I’m very (what I like to refer to as)….#Hormotional. (And the hashtag part is important.)

Do you ever have friends who teach you things? A few weeks ago my friend Lara was talking about trying to buy a new home and all the pitfalls and hang-ups that come with that, especially in city like Los Angeles where property is ridiculously priced and everyone seems to have more money than you. After a phone call of bad news from her realtor, she hung up and decided to fix up her apartment. Not because she felt like she’ll be there forever, she still intends on moving, but she felt like if she was striving for something bigger and better, that maybe it’d be a good idea to feel grateful for what she already has. Asking, striving from a place of gratefulness.

I haven’t really stopped thinking about that conversation for a few weeks now. I’m not sure what it really means for me, but I know that every day I try and with that comes anxiousness and impatience. Two traits that aren’t the most admirable in myself and in other people.

Recently, I’ve felt like stopping for a moment to say thank you. Not necessarily to a specific person or thing but just in general.

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So every single day, I’ve been taking mental notes of things that make me happy in the smallest ways.

Do you ever do this? It’s one part cheesy and one part absolutely necessary.

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In other #hormotional news, there is Mint Chocolate Chip with dark chocolate and coloring that comes from juicing spinach!

I tried juicing mint but it came out brown? What? Very strange, especially since the mint I had was so beautiful and bright and fresh.

Spinach gives this mint ice cream, a beautiful hue of green without tasting a bit like spinach. This ice cream is so minty fresh and pleasantly sweet. The dark chocolate chunks are cold and delicious.

Please try it and tell me what you think.

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Mint Dark Chocolate Chip Ice Cream (w/ a secret ingredient for coloring)

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Serving Size: 1 1/2 pints of ice cream

Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 large sprig of mint, about 5 to 6 mint leaves, plus a few more for folding in the ice cream
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 4 ounces dark chocolate chunks
  • Handful of spinach, juiced (about 3 tablespoons)

Directions

  • To a large bowl, prepare an ice bath by adding a heaping handful of ice cubes to a large bowl and topping it off with a few splashes of water. Set a slightly smaller bowl inside the larger bowl and place a sieve or strainer inside. Set the whole ice bath contraption aside.
  • Add the whole milk and pinch of salt to a medium saucepan. Turn the heat to medium and stir until the milk is hot to the touch. Turn off the heat and add the mint and submerge it in the milk; cover the pot and allow it to steep for 1 hour.
  • In a medium bowl, beat the egg yolks with the sugar; whisking them together until they turn a pale yellow, about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove the mint from the milk and discard. Bring the milk back until it's hot to the touch. Whisking the entire time, add about 1/4 cup of warm milk to the beaten egg yolks. Return the egg yolk and milk mixture back to the medium saucepan and place over medium low heat. Cook the mixture, stirring constantly, until the thermometer reads 170 to 175 degrees F and the custard appears thick and coats the back of a spoon.
  • Pour the custard through the sieve into the bowl. Stir in the heavy cream until completely incorporated. Keep mixing until the mixture is room temperature. When the custard has cooled down, stir in the spinach juice, about 2 tablespoons until it turns a pale yet vibrant green color. Place plastic wrap on the surface of the custard, which will prevent the surface from creating a skin, and transfer to the fridge for 4 to 5 hours, until very cold.
  • Mince up 3 to 4 leaves of fresh mint. When the custard is cold, churn the mixture into the bowl of your ice cream maker, according to the maker's instructions. At the very end of the ice cream churning, pour in the dark chocolate chunks and sprinkle in the minced mint. When the chocolate and mint are mixed and distributed throughout the ice cream, transfer it to a quart container and freeze until the ice cream is firm, about 4 to 8 hours.
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    Reply heather @ a sweet simple life August 7, 2014 at 4:10 am

    Love everything about this post… the recipe, the conversation, the hashtag… I’ve definitely been feeling the same recently… like there are so many obstacles to moving forward, but I want to push from a place of thankfulness. Have you read the book “One Thousand Gifts” by Ann Voskamp? It’s a really interesting take on gratitude.

    Can’t wait to try this ice cream… Spinach is way better than food coloring.

    • Adrianna Adarme
      Reply Adrianna Adarme August 7, 2014 at 8:44 am

      No I haven’t but I’ll check it out. Thank you! XO

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    Reply Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar August 7, 2014 at 5:07 am

    Cool!! Love the spinach in there. This ice cream looks so yummy!

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    Reply Kate August 7, 2014 at 5:52 am

    I guessed spinach, and thanks for doing this flavor! My all time favorite is mint chocolate chip.

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    Reply Cara August 7, 2014 at 6:05 am

    You juiced spinach to make homemade mint chip ice cream green. That is the coolest thing I’ve heard all year.

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    Reply kristin August 7, 2014 at 6:48 am

    brilliant!

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    Reply Abby @ The Frosted Vegan August 7, 2014 at 9:04 am

    I was so ready for this to say that the color came from avocados, but nope! You tricked me : )

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    Reply Sarah August 7, 2014 at 9:14 am

    Where did you find that adorable pineapple dish?

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    Reply Teresa Rivas Ugaz August 7, 2014 at 11:54 am

    Every single one of your ice cream recipes is amazing <3 I love the combination of flavours! But I was wondering if you could post a recipe for vegan ice cream? I'm not vegan, I just don't eat regular ice cream because I can't stand the faintest taste of milk πŸ™ (It's a psychological thing I have ever since I was a child)

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    Reply Cecelia Dardanes August 7, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    Yummy! This looks so incredible! I am having a link party for back to school ideas, and I would love if you shared your link to this recipe on the link party. Who ever visits my site will get linked back to yours. Here is the link if you are interested. No pressure, this just looks too good to pass up. haha.
    Cheers!
    Cecelia
    http://ceceliasgoodstuff.com/back-to-school-link-party

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    Reply Liz @ Floating Kitchen August 7, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    Love this! Never thought to use spinach for a subtle green color. It’s perfect. And chemical free!

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    Reply Meg August 7, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    I think I am going to start using that hashtag for, um, EVERYTHING. So great! This ice cream looks and sounds so delicious, and using spinach is such a good call. I love mint chocolate ice cream, but I especially love it when it is green – but not the chemically kind. I will be making this soon!

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    Reply K August 7, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    I was actually guessing you used matcha. I bet the flavour of the mint, chocolate and matcha might be interesting.

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    Reply Jacklyn August 7, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    That’s so crazy that when you juice mint, it’s brown?! Spinach juice made your ice cream the perfect mint color. I will have to give it a try πŸ™‚

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    Reply DessertForTwo August 8, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    I am definitely not in a place of gratitude right now. I’m in a place of WORK WORK ANXIETY WORK. I had to start running to deal. I slam my feet on pavement until the runner’s high kicks in and makes me forget. Yikes. Ok, this comment is getting a little too hormotional. Sorry. Ice cream me, please πŸ™‚

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    Reply autumn August 13, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    Hahaha. #hormotional is my new fav hashatg. Thank you!

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    Reply Zeba August 26, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    Tried this today, and it turned out so delicious
    The spinach coloring was spot on
    I adde couple of tablespoons of creme de menthe