Fresh Mint Choc Chip Mason Jar Ice Cream

Mason jar ice cream is one of the most fun ways to make ice cream without an ice cream maker. With a little mixing and shaking and a whole lot of patience, you can get a delicious fresh mint chocolate chip ice cream in a jar that everyone can enjoy.

a jar full of liquid for fresh mint choc chip ice cream ready for freezing
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Why I love homemade mint ice cream

If you’re anything like me, this year you’ve got a herb garden over producing on the goods. Constantly searching for fresh mint recipes can be a little tricky, but thankfully I found this recipe.

My husband and kids LOVE mint chocolate chip ice cream, so being able to make it at home is a fun way to use our fresh mint leaves and control the ice cream to chocolate ratio.

ingredients needed for mint chocolate chip ice cream

Mint chocolate chip ice cream ingredients

  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Heavy cream
  • Sugar
  • Vanilla
  • Mint leaves
  • Green food coloring *optional

What you’ll need to make this recipe

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Tips for making homemade ice cream in a jar

You may not need to mix this ice cream for a full three minutes depending on how well you can mix it. I find that it helps to turn the jar sideways and at angles as I’m shaking because it gets mixed better that way.

If you overmix the cream it will become butter instead of ice cream. While delicious, this isn’t what we are looking for.

If you have the time and desire to do so, you can heat the mint leaves and cream in a small pot until simmering and remove from heat. Let them sit and soak for about an hour as they cool down to room temp. Then strain out the leaves and use the flavored cream as directed.

a spoon holding up liquid for mint choc chip ice cream, no drips
Will mason jar ice cream expand in the freezer?

No this ice cream does not expand as it freezes. That said, leave room in the jars because it helps it to chill more evenly and quickly.

Can I refreeze the ice cream?

Yes you can refreeze this ice cream but it isn’t as enjoyable as it will have had ice crystals form and “tastes” like refrozen ice cream.

What size jar works best?

Using a wide mouthed pint sized mason jar is best because it’s not too big or too small and the wide mouth helps so that you can get your hand in there and scoop out the ice cream to eat.

spoon and bowl with fresh mint choc chip ice cream

How to make fresh mint chocolate chip ice cream

  • Pour your heavy cream into a mason jar.
  • Add in the sugar and vanilla.
  • Add the green food coloring, mint leaves, and chocolate chips.
  • Close the lid securely on the mason jar.
  • Shake for a good 3 minutes or so until the mixture has been well mixed and combined. You’ll know it’s mixed enough when you can insert a spoon and it doesn’t drip.
  • Place the closed mason jar in the freezer for at least 3 hours to chill before serving.
a bowl full of fresh mint choc chip ice cream garnished with mint leaf

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Fresh Mint Choc Chip Mason Jar Ice Cream

Mason jar ice cream is one of the most fun ways to make ice cream without an ice cream maker. With a little mixing and shaking and a whole lot of patience, you can get a delicious fresh mint chocolate chip ice cream in a jar that everyone can enjoy.
Prep Time5 mins
Freeze Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 5 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fresh mint chocolate chip ice cream, mason jar ice cream, mint choc chip ice cream
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 265kcal
Author: Beeyond Cereal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp mint leaves, chopped
  • 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, roughly chopped
  • 1-3 drops green food coloring

Instructions

  • Pour your heavy cream into a mason jar.
  • Add in the sugar and vanilla.
  • Add the green food coloring, mint leaves, and chocolate chips.
  • Close the lid securely on the mason jar.
  • Shake for a good 3 minutes or so until the mixture has been well mixed and combined. You'll know it's mixed enough when you can insert a spoon and it doesn't drip.
  • Place the closed mason jar in the freezer for at least 3 hours to chill before serving.
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Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 265kcal | Carbohydrates: 50.8g | Protein: 5.7g | Fat: 37.7g | Saturated Fat: 23.8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5.5g | Trans Fat: 0.7g | Cholesterol: 67.8mg | Sodium: 16.8mg | Potassium: 64.8mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 46.9g | Vitamin A: 247.2IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 40.8mg | Iron: 0.1mg

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