Once Upon A Time, my parents used to take me to a Swensen’s ice cream shop in San Rafael. The Lady My Mother would always get Swiss Orange Chip ice cream – a dark chocolate ice cream, infused with orange flavor and tiny chocolate chips.
Personally, at the time, I liked bubble gum ice cream because I was a callow youth. As I matured, I discovered that mom had it right – that Swiss Orange Chip was awesome ice cream.
Alas, there is no Swensen’s anywhere near me.
Then a while ago, I found a recipe for a dark chocolate orange chip ice cream that sounded like it might be somewhat close to the idea.
It wasn’t. In point of fact, it was rather vile…which perversely made me feel like I had to try it again, only this time with a bit of fiddling.
I have a two-quart ice cream maker, people, and I’m not afraid to fire it up in the name of science.
And so it was that I came up with the following recipe, which makes a bit less than two quarts of something that is very close to the Swiss Orange Chip I remember. Yum!
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 cup milk
1/2 cup half-n-half
3-1/4 cups heavy cream (hey, I didn’t claim this was diet ice cream!)
1 teaspoon orange extract
1/2 cup miniature chocolate chips (get the good stuff – trust me on this one)
Dissolve the cocoa powder and sugars in the milk – a whisk works best to get them all mixed in. Add the half-n-half, cream and orange extract, give them a good stir and pour them into your ice cream maker of choice. Mix until it’s almost ready (at the “soft serve” stage), then add your chocolate chips and let it go until it’s ready-ready.
If you want it like the store-bought stuff, move it out of the ice cream maker and into the freezer for a couple hours.
I can’t wait to make a batch of this for The Lady My Mother…
In other news, after a week of extra-crazy-fatigue-laden-working (could you tell by the absolute blog silence?), I’ve got a super-busy weekend coming up. Hopefully, there will be pictures of madness and advanced recreation…