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Easy Homemade Mocha Ice Cream Recipe

This delicious homemade mocha ice cream recipe only uses 6 ingredients!

Why Homemade Ice Cream?

I scream you scream, this the world’s best ICE CREAM. It truly is, my friends. Years ago a friend brought me a pint of Starbucks Mocha Java Chip Ice Cream and it was pure heaven. Shortly after this life-changing discovery, Starbucks discontinued it. I was heartbroken. I tried a bunch of other brands of coffee ice cream, but none even came close to the rich, creamy flavor of Mocha Java Chip, so I began experimenting on my own. I can now proudly say I have conquered the battle and come up with a mocha ice cream recipe that surpasses Mocha Java Chip…so take that, Starbucks!

This simple homemade mocha ice cream recipe is  made from just a few simple ingredients.

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6 Simple Ingredients for Perfect Mocha Ice Cream

The best part about making homemade ice cream is it only takes a few simple ingredients. In this case, milk, cream, sugar, vanilla extract, instant coffee, and grated chocolate.

I cannot recommend this Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker highly enough. I bought this in 2014 and it is still going strong. This ice cream maker makes two quarts of ice cream (with no need for ice or salt!) and I eventually bought a second bowl so we can make two batches, one after the other.

Hacks for Making Perfect Homemade Ice Cream

Making homemade ice cream is easy, but there are a few hacks that will make your life easier and your ice cream better.

  1. Mix the milk, cream, and sugar before you pour it into the ice cream maker. The sugar doesn’t need to completely dissolve (there is usually a thin layer of sugar at the bottom of my bowl) but if you add the ingredients without pre-mixing your ice cream won’t have a smooth texture.
  2. Buy an ice cream maker that doesn’t require ice or salt.
  3. Buy a second bowl (you thank me for this).
Simple mocha ice cream recipe.

Mocha Ice Cream Recipe

A rich and delicious recipe made with real coffee

Course Dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6


  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 chocolate bar grated
  • 3 tablespoons instant coffee
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  1. In large bowl, combine milk, cream, and instant coffee. Stir with whisk until coffee is dissolved.

  2. Add in sugar and vanilla extract. Mix well.

  3. Pour into ice cream maker.

  4. Turn on ice cream maker. Slowly pour in grated chocolate while ice cream is mixing.

  5. Freeze ice cream in ice cream maker per instructions. This takes about 30 minutes for my ice cream maker.

  6. Eat immediately, or pour into freezer container and place in freezer until ready to eat.

Apollo licking ice cream.

Even my kids love mocha ice cream!

And be sure and try this along with my Waffle Ice Cream Sandwich recipe.

What is your favorite ice cream flavor?



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