December: Peppermint Gelato with Dark Chocolate

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Buon giorno!

Think of the creamiest, mintiest, crunchiest Peppermint Gelato you can imagine. This is it! PEPPERMINT GELATO WITH DARK CHOCOLATE! I do not need another thing this holiday season. I would be content with just this. Well, maybe this and …something else?

Not only is this gelato the best ever and so easy to make – an added benefit is that it makes your kitchen smell of mint while you make it!

For those sensitive to food coloring – the red food coloring is optional. I just like using it at holiday time – seems to make the gelato more festive. It’s up to you! Merry Merry!


Makes: about a quart

Prep: 30 minutes + time required in the ice cream maker


1 1/2 C. Whole Milk

1 1/2 C. Heavy Cream

8 Egg Yolks

1 C. Sugar

Dash Salt

1 tsp. Vanilla Extract

1 Tsp. Peppermint Extract

3-4 Drops Red Food Coloring (optional but nice for holidays)

3/4 C. Crushed or Chopped Peppermint candy ( I use candy canes) – chill in refrigerator until ready to use

3/4 C. Coarsely Chopped Dark Chocolate – chill in refrigerator until ready to use


Heat the milk and cream in a pan until bubbles form on the edges. Remove from heat and cool 5 minutes.

Peppermint Gelato 1

In a bowl, beat the Egg Yolks with the sugar and salt until light colored and thickened.

Peppermint Gelato 2

Add a little of the hot milk and cream mixture to the yolks while whisking constantly. Gradually add a little more – whisking.

Then add all of the yolk mixture to the pot.

Peppermint Gelato 3

Heat and stir constantly over medium heat with a wooden spoon until the mixture thickens. Do not overheat or it will separate. This takes just a few minutes. It is done when it coats the back of the wooden spoon.

Remove from heat and pour into a bowl. This is your custard which will thicken more when chilled.

Add the extracts and food coloring – stir in.

Peppermint Gelato 4

Peppermint Gelato 5

Cover with plastic wrap so that the plastic sits directly on top of the custard to prevent a skin from forming. Refrigerate overnight.

When ready to make gelato, pour into your ice cream maker and proceed according to your machine directions.

Peppermint Gelato 6

When finished quickly add the chilled peppermint candy and chopped chocolate and fold in or add as directed to your ice cream maker.

Peppermint Gelato 7

Place in freezer to freeze to desired consistency.

Peppermint Gelato 8

If frozen hard, let stand a few minutes before serving as gelato is  served a little softer than ice cream.

Enter Stage Left: PEPPERMINT GELATO WITH DARK CHOCOLATE  as Sugarplums making ready to dance in head!


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  1. Christina says:

    Looks absolutely delicious!

  2. What a delicious gelato! I got so many raves and complements. I will definitely make this again.