This has to be the richest, most decadent chocolate ice cream I've ever eaten, let alone, ever made! The addition of espresso powder takes the chocolate flavor to a whole new level and the maraschino cherries are just a little added surprise in every bite. Seriously, you'll want to tuck this one away in the back of the freezer and tell everyone it's already gone.
Chocolate-Lover’s Ice Cream
2 c. heavy cream
2 Tbsp. cocoa powder
1 Tbsp. espresso powder
2/3 c. granulated sugar
Pinch of salt
12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/3 c. maraschino cherries, chopped (stems removed)
1 c. Half and Half
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Pour heavy cream in medium pot. Add cocoa powder, espresso powder, sugar and salt. Whisk all ingredients together over medium-low heat. Whisk or stir frequently. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat.
Pour chocolate chips into large mixing bowl. Pour cream mixture over chocolate chips and let it sit about 5 minutes.
Add Half and Half and vanilla extract. Whisk all ingredients together to make sure chocolate is completely melted and everything is mixed together well. Stir in cherries.
Pour into frozen bowl of electric ice cream maker and churn about 45-50 minutes or until mixture starts to thicken.
Pour into plastic container and cover with a lid. Place in freezer for about 2 hours before serving.