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Mocha Pretzel Ice Cream Recipe

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Warning: Addicting and Delicious Ice Cream Recipe Ahead!


mocha pretzel ice cream recipe

Our family loves making homemade ice cream and I can tell you we have enjoyed our share of it this summer.

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Chuck and I bought our first ice cream maker when we were newlyweds and were blown away at just how delicious the homemade stuff is and how easy it is to make. We have tried a variety of flavors over the years, including our favorites:  vanilla, ginger, chocolate, and mint chocolate chip.

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Homemade ice cream is simple and easy to make and I love that I know exactly what is going in it. If I’m going to splurge on a high-calorie dessert, I want it to be worthwhile.mocha-ice-cream-recipe

Unfortunately, I found out earlier this year that my favorite ice cream (Java Chip Frappuccino) was no longer being made. I tried half a dozen other variations of ice cream and couldn’t find one with the rich, coffee flavor I was craving. So I decided to come up with my own. A few experiments and I came up The Perfect Ice Cream Recipe.

No really, I did.mocha pretzel ice cream recipe

My kids devoured this stuff. It was so good in fact, that I had to make it three different times to get the photos for this post. You know why? Because not once, but twice Chuck ate the last of the ice cream from the freezer. The portion I was saving to photograph for this post.


mocha pretzel ice cream recipe

Without further ado:

Mocha Pretzel Ice Cream Recipe:

In a bowl combine:

2 cups heavy whipping cream

2 cups half and half

3 packets of Starbucks Via coffee. Stir these in well. Trust me, you don’t want a chunk of undissolved instant coffee in your ice cream!

1 cup of sugar

2 teaspoons of vanilla

Pour into ice cream maker; follow manufacturers instructions to freeze. When ice cream reaches desired thickness add in one bar of dark chocolate (grated). Mix in gently and place in freezer.

When ready to serve, add in pieces of broken pretzel. DON’T skip this step! I know it sounds weird, but I promise it really “makes” the ice cream.

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How about you? Do you ever make homemade ice cream? What’s your favorite flavor?



  1. Liz

    Hi from CA still…..

    I am always toying with the idea of buying an ice cream maker. Now that our family is growing even larger we will soon be a “half gallon family” and even though we buy the “natural” stuff there are still thickeners etc.
    The kids would have a blast. How do you choose what flavor you are making? Do you stick to one or make a few? I can already hear kids arguing over chocolate vs something else.
    Do you use an electric ice cream maker? I don’t know much about them. Thanks..Looks so yummy!! 90 here today.ugh!

    • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

      Generally we make whatever we are craving! I really love the chocolate and vanilla. I would never buy vanilla ice cream at an ice cream shop, but really love the homemade stuff. I also personally avoid any recipes with egg…My base is: cream, half and half and sugar…then we just add flavoring. We have also done peppermint, which is great.

      Our first ice cream maker lasted 12 years or so…then someone gave us a huge one that can make 3 gallons at a time. The problem was, it was cheap and plastic and kind of made a mess 🙁 I just ordered this ice cream maker. It was expensive, but I am hoping to get a decade or so of use out of it. It also doesn’t require ice and salt, instead it has an insulated bowl that you freeze ahead of time. I’ll let you know what I think once we test it out 🙂

      Ice Cream Maker

  2. Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom

    Other than coffee can ice cream, I have never made homemade ice cream. Every year I ask everyone for an ice cream maker for my birthday (in December) or Christmas and every year I don’t get one. Maybe this year… or maybe this is the year I break down and buy one for myself.

    This recipe sounds fabulous. I imagine the saltiness of the pretzels and that bit of crunch really makes it pop!

    Pinning for the one day that I will get an ice cream maker.

    Wishing you a lovely week!

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