So. If you are anything like me, you forgot Valentine’s Day is next week. Yea, I know, how is it already that time of year?
I have one of my favorite ice creams that I have ever made for you to try just in time for Valentine’s Day, because you know this time of year is all about the chocolate.
And for good reason. Chocolate is good for you. You should really take it in the place of your multi-vitamin (just don’t tell your doctor that I said that.) But seriously. The cocoa bean, which chocolate comes from, supposedly helps with high blood pressure, cholesterol, brain health, and, most importantly this time of year, it has mood-enhancing properties – at least that is what ever dark chocolate bar likes to tell me.
So, make yourself or a friend or a special someone this ice cream for Valentine’s Day. This ice cream has minimal ingredients and is seriously the best chocolate ice cream that I have ever had. Not joke.
So while you are over there making yourself a practice batch this weekend, I’ll be over here eating the whole batch by myself. If Vienna lets me.
Chocolate Date Ice Cream
Prep Time: 4-6 hours
Servings: 2-4 servings
2 cups half and half
1 cup dates
brimming 1/2 cup cocoa powder
2 egg yolks*
Cover the dates in boiling water and let them sit for 5 minutes.
Pour out the water and mash the dates. Blend all the ingredients together in a blender.** Put the mixture in the fridge for 1-2 hours.
Place the chilled mixture into your icecream maker and follow your ice cream maker’s directions.
Once frozen play into a freezer safe bowl and let the icecream freeze for another 2-4 hours before serving. Or if you like more of a soft serve texture, eat it straight out of the icecream bowl.
*Note: There are raw yolks in this recipe. I like the creaminess that the egg yolks give, but if you are uncomfortable with raw yolks in your food, you can omit them from the recipe.
**Note: If you don’t have a blender, throw the mixture into a mason jar with a lid and shake it rigorously. The dates will not be completely incorporated that way, but it will still taste absolutely delicious!