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Homemade Ice Cream and Fudge Sauce

This year Santa brought my 11 year old daughter, Hannah, an ice cream maker!

We are a huge ice cream-eating family and couldn’t wait to try this out. It’s so fun for the kids, and they don’t need to know that my ulterior motive is to learn to make some lower-fat versions of a treat we all love in this house.

We are all about the big Sunday dinner, since we don’t always get to sit down as a family during the week.
What to have for Sunday dinner is discussed over the course of the week and everyone looks forward to a good hearty meal and some kind of yummy dessert. For yesterday’s dessert, Hannah whipped up her first batch of chocolate ice cream, along with homemade fudge sauce (sundaes for Sunday!!)

Okay, I know it’s the beginning of a new year and we are all trying to cut down on the sugar and be more healthy….but every once in a while it’s just necessary to indulge. And if you’re going to enjoy a decadent treat, you might as well make those calories worth it!

{You don’t have an ice cream maker to make this recipe at home.}

Adapted from allrecipes


3/4 cup sugar
1 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
3 egg yolk, lightly beaten
2 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
2 cups heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Combine sugar, milk, salt, and cocoa powder in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly. Bring to a simmer.
Place the egg yolks into a small bowl. Gradually stir in about 1/2 cup of the hot liquid and return to the saucepan. Heat until thickened, but do not boil. Remove from the heat, and stir in the chopped chocolate until chocolate is melted.
Pour into container with tight-fitting lid and refrigerate until cold.
Stir in the cream and vanilla. Place in the freezer for 4 hours or overnight, until firm.

{A note about our new KitchenAid ice cream maker attachment:  
What this attachment does is make soft-serve ice cream. The bowl is placed in the freezer for at least 15 hours. To make the ice cream, you mix up your batter (all the ingredients) and then pour it into the chilled bowl and set the mixer on “stir” for 20-30 minutes. The cold bowl turns the batter into iced cream. Ah-ha! For hard ice cream, this step can be skipped and the batter placed right into the freezer in a airtight container until hardened.}

While you’re at it, you might as well whip up a batch of this……

From The New Boston Globe Cookbook


1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter
6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped (I used semi-sweet chips)
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup evaporated milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the cocoa and mix until smooth. Stir in the chocolate, sugar and evaporated milk.
Bring to a boil and cook, stirring constantly, for 5 minutes.
Remove from the heat. Stir in the vanilla.
Use hot or transfer to a plastic container and refrigerate. Reheat over medium-low heat until liquid and
hot again. (I microwave a couple tablespoons of fudge sauce for 20 seconds.)
Makes 2 cups.

Have a wonderful day everyone and thanks for visiting!

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Wednesday 11th of January 2012

Hello sweet Lisa! Merry Christmas and a very healthy happy prosperous New Year to you and your family! I have always wanted an ice cream adapter for my kitchen Aid--maybe for Valentine's day??? hint hint hubs! Your daughter is quite the gourmet and that fudge sauce I am going to be right over yummy!! Thank you for hosting this wonderful party! There are so many yummy treats and wonderful crafts I am heading over to check them out! It is always so great to see you!! I have linked up my Cranberry Nut Muffins, hope you like them! Nettie

Carrie @ Hazardous Design

Wednesday 11th of January 2012

I got an ice cream maker last year for Christmas. I also got 5 extra pounds :)

Mo 'Betta

Tuesday 10th of January 2012

I really want to stick my face in that hot fudge sauce. TMI? Sorry, looks heavenly!


Tuesday 10th of January 2012

Aaaah how Sweet! An ice cream maker.I am sure that that is an item that will never get dusty or get pushed to the back of the shelf (lol)

Wonderful way and treatment to make more memories (as you make the ice cream).

Have a lovely week Lisa!

P.s. you can also use it as a good tool for taking privileges away.- example...If you don't listen... "no Ice-Cream"And you can scream all you want!-just made that one up myself-

Tracey @ The Kitchen is My Playground

Monday 9th of January 2012

Happy Monday, Lisa! Your ice cream looks divine!! ... glad you all enjoyed your Sunday sundaes. :-)Tracey