Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate Ice Cream + $200 VISA Gift Card Giveaway!

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate Ice Cream tastes just like Starbuck’s Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate. Thick, luxurious, and ultra-decadent!

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate Ice Cream. No ice cream maker required! | iowagirleats.com

I talk a lot when I’m nervous. Like, ramble to the point where I look back and sigh, really, Kristin? REALLY? Networking events makes this introvert sweat – I never know what’s going to come out of my mouth!

While I’m never nervous typing to you, I feel like I’m on the cusp of an incredibly wordy, word-vomit post because I’m just so excited about this recipe for Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate Ice Cream. I’ll try to come to a happy place in the middle for you though. You’re welcome.

Here’s the deal: KitchenAid recently challenged me to COOL DOWN HOT CHOCOLATE and make a homemade hot chocolate ice cream recipe with my KitchenAid® Artisan Stand Mixer. Ben got me this baby, gosh, 4 or 5 years ago and it is an absolute work horse. I use it for everything from mixing up cakes and muffins, to making whipped cream, and now churning homemade ice cream, gelato, and sorbet. (Don’t mind my plaid PJs!)

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate Ice Cream. No ice cream maker required! | iowagirleats.com

Now, you might think the season that shall not be named is not the best time of year to make homemade ice cream, but I beg to differ. When you’re snuggled into your couch on a chilly, blustery night, perhaps with a fire roaring in front of you, a scoop of cold ice cream can be Heavenly in the cozy warmth.

KitchenAid sent me their Ice Cream Maker Attachment to complete the challenge, which affixes to the base of the stand mixer and produces soft-consistency ice cream, and I knew exactly what flavor of ice cream I’d be making when it showed up on my doorstep. Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate Ice Cream.

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate Ice Cream. No ice cream maker required! | iowagirleats.com

Have you ever had Starbucks’ Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate? (If not, get in your car and drive straight to the nearest store for a fix.) This hot chocolate ice cream tastes exactly like it! Intensely chocolaty, thick and creamy, with a salted caramel twist. Buttery smooth and decadent.

The reason I’m loving this recipe so much, besides the mind-melting (har) flavor is because it’s Philadelphia-style ice cream vs French-style which means you don’t need to make an egg custard for the ice cream base. If you can heat ingredients in a saucepan – you can make this ice cream. Also because while my KitchenAid® Stand Mixer and Ice Cream Maker Attachment made whipping up this ice cream very easy, you don’t need either to make it. I’ll show you!

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate Ice Cream. No ice cream maker required! | iowagirleats.com

Start by collecting all your ingredients. Many of them are fridge and pantry staples (granulated sugar refused to join the group photo, FYI.)

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate Ice Cream. No ice cream maker required! | iowagirleats.com

First add 2 cups heavy whipping cream, 1 cup 2% milk, and 1/4 cup each sugar and cocoa powder to a large saucepan over medium heat.

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate Ice Cream. No ice cream maker required! | iowagirleats.com

Next add 1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt (look for this in the bulk bins if you don’t want to buy an entire container.) The sea salt is what takes this ice cream over the top. That slightly salty bite is perfect to cut the richness. Whisk the ingredients together then bring to a simmer, stirring every so often.

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate Ice Cream. No ice cream maker required! | iowagirleats.com

Meanwhile get your chocolate ready. Mmm…chocolate. You’ll need 4oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped finely.

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate Ice Cream. No ice cream maker required! | iowagirleats.com

And 1 King-size Caramello Bar. This bar is serving double duty to both amp up the chocolate factor and provide sweet caramel flavor to the ice cream.

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate Ice Cream. No ice cream maker required! | iowagirleats.com

Add the chopped bittersweet chocolate and Caramello bar squares to the ice cream base then whisk until melted. It helps to kind of crush the Caramello squares to get ‘em going.

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate Ice Cream. No ice cream maker required! | iowagirleats.com

Once the chocolate has melted, remove the pan from the heat then stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla.

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate Ice Cream. No ice cream maker required! | iowagirleats.com

Now you could certainly drink the hot chocolate at this point (guilty,) but since we’re making ice cream we need to cool it down. Pour the mixture into a large glass bowl then place a sheet of plastic wrap directly on top to prevent a skin from forming. Refrigerate until completely chilled, 4-6 hours, or overnight.

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate Ice Cream. No ice cream maker required! | iowagirleats.com

The result is a thick and ultra-decadent mixture that has the consistency of pudding. YUM.

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate Ice Cream. No ice cream maker required! | iowagirleats.com

Alas, our final goal is ice cream, so pop the mixture into the Ice Cream Maker Attachment and proceed according to package instructions.

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate Ice Cream. No ice cream maker required! | iowagirleats.com

Once the mixture is ready, scoop it into a shallow dish, cover with another sheet of plastic wrap, and then freeze until hardened a bit, 2-3 hours (if you can wait that long!)

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate Ice Cream. No ice cream maker required! | iowagirleats.com

Finally, scoop then savor the Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate Ice Cream!

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate Ice Cream. No ice cream maker required! | iowagirleats.com

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate Ice Cream

Print this recipe!

Inspired by A Beautiful Mess

Ingredients:
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 cup 2% milk
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt
4oz bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
1 King-sized Caramello Bar (2.7oz)
1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions: 

    1. Whisk together heavy whipping cream, milk, sugar, cocoa powder, and sea salt in a large saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, whisking every so often. Add bittersweet chocolate and Caramello bar, crushing squares slightly with fingers, then whisk until melted and smooth. Remove pan from heat then stir in vanilla.
    2. Pour mixture into a large glass bowl then place saran wrap directly on top to prevent a skin from forming. Cool slightly then place in the refrigerator to chill completely, 4 hours or overnight. Freeze according to your ice cream maker’s instructions.
    3. If making without an ice cream maker: Pour chilled ice cream base into a large glass bowl or in the bowl of your electric mixer then place in the freezer until the sides have begun to freeze, 45-60 minutes. Using a whisk, hand-held mixer, or electric mixer, mix ice cream on low speed until smooth. Scrape sides then place back in the freezer and repeat mix/scrape process until ice cream is thick, 4-5 rounds (I needed 4.) Scoop into a shallow dish then place plastic wrap on top and freeze for 2-3 hours or until firm. Hand churned is best when consumed within 2 days.

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate Ice Cream. No ice cream maker required! | iowagirleats.com

This was my first attempt at making homemade ice cream and I was THRILLED with how it turned out. Such a treat, and I loved the cold twist on a hot drink.

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate Ice Cream. No ice cream maker required! | iowagirleats.com

Now, as promised, you CAN make ice cream without an ice cream maker. Here’s how you do it:

  1. Pour the chilled ice cream base into a large glass bowl or in the bowl of your electric mixer then place it in the freezer until the sides begin to freeze, 45-60 minutes.
  2. Next, using a whisk, hand-held mixer, or electric mixer, mix the ice cream on low speed until smooth. Scrape the sides then place the bowl back into the freezer and repeat the mix/scrape process until the ice cream is thick, 4-5 rounds (I needed 4.)
  3. Scoop the ice cream into a shallow dish then place a piece of plastic wrap on top and freeze for 2-3 hours or until firm. Hand churned is best when consumed within 2 days.

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate Ice Cream. No ice cream maker required! | iowagirleats.com

So that you can make your own luscious batch of Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate Ice Cream, KitchenAid and BlogHer are giving away a $200 VISA Gift Card! To enter, just leave a comment telling me if you’ve ever made ice cream (and if so, which flavor) OR another cooking challenge which you’ve recently attempted by 12am CT on 1/1. 

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This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winner will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected. The Official Rules are available here.

This sweepstakes runs from 12/18/13 – 12/31/13.

Be sure to visit the KitchenAid Brand Page on BlogHer.com where you can read other bloggers’ reviews and find more chances to win!

 

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  1. steph 12.20.2013

    My boyfriend is a chef and he has made ice cream. Would love to win so he could make me more :)

  2. Julie 12.20.2013

    I have never attempted homemade ice cream but this post sure has me tempted. I didn’t know I could get an ice cream attachment for my KitchenAid!

  3. Nancy 12.20.2013

    I recently tried to make non-dairy pumpkin pie…it didn’t turn out well but part of the problem may have been that I was cooking in an unfamiliar kitchen!

  4. Nicole 12.20.2013

    I have never made “real” ice cream… Just the kind in the baggies I saw on Pinterest!

  5. Anie U 12.20.2013

    I’ve never made ice cream before but it’s on my “must make” list :)

  6. Samantha 12.20.2013

    I made vanilla ice cream in science class in 8th grade. I think I added way too much vanilla so it was awful! I also made chocolate ice cream in Girl Scouts using a coffee can and salt and rolling it back and forth on a picnic table while we were camping. I have never used an ice cream machine.

  7. Rachael Midura 12.20.2013

    I did make homemade ice cream one time as a child. One of my friends dad’s was a chef and he had the old school style ice cream maker. Was so so good! We made vanilla.

  8. Karen F 12.20.2013

    I have never made I e cream, but my boyfriend and I have made lemon balm sorbet during the summer using fresh lemon balm from my garden. Salted caramel hot chocolate sounds amazing!

  9. Gloria 12.20.2013

    I have never made ice cream except in a classroom(since I am a teacher) an attempt
    at the baggie kind. It didn’t turn out too well.

  10. Sue 12.20.2013

    I’ve never made ice cream before but this makes me want to try !

  11. I made vanilla ice cream once.. the old way though… with a HUGE ice cream maker that goes round and round and round!

  12. Ramzi 12.20.2013

    I’ve only made vanilla ice cream, but this recipe looks so good!

  13. Whitney 12.20.2013

    Banana ice cream!

  14. Caryn 12.20.2013

    This looks delicious! Didn’t realize KitchenAid had attachments like this – would love to win! Thanks for showing!!! Happy Holidays! :)

  15. Erin Young 12.20.2013

    Last summer we made a young’s chocolate stout ice cream (and made floats with framboise)… it was delish!

  16. brenda 12.20.2013

    I have not made ice cream, but you made it look so easy and so yummy – I will definitely try this! thanks!

  17. Christina 12.20.2013

    I have an ice cream maker and have only tried a couple of times. My fave was making vanilla, and when it is ready, it’s really soft serve, so you can mix in stuff for the last minute or so and make it like a DQ Blizzard.

  18. Susan 12.20.2013

    I’ve made both roasted banana ice cream and avocado ice cream. Now you’ve got me thinking about rocky road…

  19. Jessica 12.20.2013

    I haven’t ever made my own ice cream but my brother in law recently made a smores ice cream and it was delicious!

  20. Lindsey 12.20.2013

    My mom has an ice cream maker, but I’m the only one who has ever used it! My favorite to make is banana ice cream (with real bananas, but also lots of sugar and cream so it isn’t the healthy banana ice cream you make), but I’ve also made some boozy watermelon sorbet, which is amazing!

  21. Jessica 12.20.2013

    I remember making hand-churned ice cream at family reunions when I was a kid! Homemade ice cream is wonderful in the middle of the hot, humid Midwest summers.

  22. Ariel 12.20.2013

    This ice cream looks amazing! Would love to have the attachment to make some at home!

  23. Esther 12.20.2013

    I made a green tea ice cream before that was an epic failure! I’ll have to try again with my kitchen aid.. Here’s the tweet: https://twitter.com/starr593/status/413999812908838912

  24. Laura 12.20.2013

    My favorite homemade ice cream to make is vanilla with fresh strawberries or peaches! Thanks!

  25. Lisa Brown 12.20.2013

    I am better with my cooking challenges, have not overcome them; I do not like cooking and have to motivate myself to do it. I keep recipes about and buy gadgets that will help make it easier and fun, if you can call cooking fun :)
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

  26. Lisa Brown 12.20.2013

  27. Crystal E. 12.20.2013

    Just made vanilla ice cream last night. Make peanut butter cup flavored tonight.

  28. Leslie 12.20.2013

    Making homemade ice cream is a big deal for us when the family gets together, but my dad insists on vanilla, just like his uncle always made for us. It’s great, but I’d love to try something chocolate!

  29. Bri 12.20.2013

    I’ve made oreo ice cream and frozen yogurt before. Both were delicious!

  30. Lori H 12.20.2013

    I haven’t made ice cream – it seemed intimidating! When I was younger, my grandfather would hand-crank the best ice cream ever.

  31. ashley 12.20.2013

    i love plain homemade vanilla ice cream

  32. Ive made hand cranked ice cream with ice and salt when on the outside of the churner when I was really little. It was the best vanilla ice cream ever :)

  33. I love making ice cream! I bought the KitchenAid ice cream maker attachment when it first came out and have been making lots of homemade ice cream ever since! I actually just picked up the ingredients to make a batch of peanut butter ice cream this week!

  34. Michelle B. 12.20.2013

    I’ve only made ice cream once – we made vanilla the coffee can way when I was younger. It was fun – I’d love to make it more often!

  35. Alexandra 12.20.2013

    I’ve never made ice cream, but I was gifted the Kitchen Aid attachment for my wedding. I can’t wait to put it to use. I recently made 200+ Christmas Cookies for the first time and it was so fun!

  36. Shani 12.20.2013

    I made ice cream once. It was by hand when I was little at girl scout camp. Still remember the taste!

  37. Andrea 12.20.2013

    I’ve never made ice cream but I made a molten chocolate lava cake that I was pretty proud of!

  38. Lara 12.20.2013

    Love!! I need this, I <3 icecream!

  39. Amy 12.20.2013

    Oh my, two of my faves – salted caramel & chocolate ice cream together!! Years ago we were on a big ice cream making kick – our favorite that we did was blueberry ice cream made with fresh Maine wild blueberries.

  40. Kristin D 12.20.2013

    I’ve made two ice cream recipes that i frequently go back to – a strawberry ice cream recipe from Paula Deen that uses sweetened condensed milk and a tin roof sundae recipe that is ahhh-mazing, but kind of a pain for having to chocolate dip all the peanuts. I don’t have an ice cream maker, though – that would make things much easier!

  41. Leah 12.20.2013

    I have never made ice cream but would love to try

  42. I have made ice cream many times, but my favorite is coffee.

  43. Kelley 12.20.2013

    I’d like to try making a cinnamon vanilla type ice cream…that amazing flavor that restaurants always seem to serene with their warm desserts that is o-so-delicious!

  44. Hayley 12.20.2013

    Every day seems to be a cooking challenge these days with a 5 year old developing their own likes and dislikes! Maybe I’ll try to make some ice cream for a special treat…only is veggies are finished first!

  45. Camille 12.20.2013

    I often make ice cream. Favorite flavor hands down is salted caramel!

  46. Steph 12.20.2013

    I have never made ice cream. In high school I used to “make” frozen yogurt all the time by adding brown sugar to plain yogurt and putting it in the freezer. Haven’t tried it since!

  47. Bryn 12.20.2013

    Mint cookies and cream last weekend.

  48. Jen 12.20.2013

    I have never made ice cream before. I would love to try this recipe. I LOVE salted caramel mochas!

    I have been making lots of soup lately due to the cold weather here in Wisconsin!

  49. Alissa 12.20.2013

    We usually make vanilla and add delicious toppings.

  50. Candy 12.20.2013

    I made pumpkin ice cream with coconut milk this fall. Wonderful!

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