Fresh mint chip ice cream in 3 small bowls

Mint Chip Ice Cream

Making your own mint chip ice cream with fresh mint from the garden is the simplest dessert recipe you can make this summer. It only takes a few ingredients to make the freshest, tastiest, creamiest ice cream you've ever eaten. 

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword fresh mint chip ice cream, homemade ice cream
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
chilling/freezing time 12 hours
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 455 kcal
Author betsy


  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 bunch fresh mint leaves at least 1 cup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla paste
  • pinch salt
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup chocolate chips


  1. In a heavy saucepan, combine milk and sugar. Heat on medium heat, stirring constantly until sugar is dissolved. Do not boil. 

  2. Add mint and allow to steep for at least 30 minutes. (see recipe note 1) 

  3. Meanwhile, whip the heavy cream until frothy. About 3-4 minutes. 

  4. Stir vanilla and salt into milk mixture. Strain mixture into heavy cream and whisk until combined. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight. (see recipe note 2) 

  5. Remove mixture from fridge and give it a good whisking to ensure all elements are fully combined. Pour mixture into ice cream machine and whip according to manufacturers instruction (see recipe note 3). You want the ice cream to have a soft serve consistency before freezing. Add chocolate chips at the very end and mix until thoroughly combined. 

  6. Spoon mixture into a freezer container and freeze 4 hours or overnight. 

Recipe Notes

1. The more mint you add and the longer you let it steep, the more intense mint flavor your ice cream will have. 

2. Having a very cold base mix is essential to ensuring the texture of the final ice cream. Do not skip this step. 

3. I used the ice cream bowl attachment for a KitchenAid mixture and my mixing time was 20 minutes. Even 5 minutes longer will change the texture of the final ice cream so keep an eye on your ice cream machine. 


Nutrition Facts
Mint Chip Ice Cream
Amount Per Serving (0.5 cup)
Calories 455 Calories from Fat 261
% Daily Value*
Fat 29g45%
Saturated Fat 18g90%
Cholesterol 90mg30%
Sodium 64mg3%
Potassium 125mg4%
Carbohydrates 45g15%
Sugar 42g47%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 1045IU21%
Vitamin C 0.7mg1%
Calcium 134mg13%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.