Easy Chocolate Homemade Ice Cream

I got this recipe from my friend Heather, and it is absolutely the easiest homemade ice cream recipe out there.  And it’s Oh-So-Creamy!!  Even my oldest has become a pro at making this, and now I can kick back and relax and tell her to go make some ice cream. (Ha!)

You have only THREE ingredients.  I told you it was simple.

1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 8 oz. tub Cool Whip
1/2 gallon chocolate milk

Yes, I use off-brand.  Except for paper towels.  I’m a Viva snob.

Anyway, first mix the sweetened condensed milk with the cool whip and about half of the chocolate milk (or whatever will fit into your bowl).

Next, pour the mixture into your ice cream freezer, and fill the remaining chocolate milk to the fill line.  (Ours fits 1/2 gallon just perfectly).

And if you have a helper, they might have to lick the bowl…

Follow your ice cream freezer directions to finish the ice cream.  Ours involves adding ice and rock salt every now and then while the ice melts down, and stops on its own.

And when it’s done… Perfection.

Doesn’t it just make you want to end your hot summer’s day with some of this yumminess??  Enjoy!!

~Mama Tutu

P.S.  If you like the ease of this recipe, be sure to check out our 4-ingredient recipe for homemade orange creme ice cream as well!

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97 Responses to Easy Chocolate Homemade Ice Cream

  1. Amanda July 15, 2011 at 9:57 pm #

    Oh. Yum. Yall need to bring your ice cream freezer when you come! Also, your Viva paper towels still mess with my mind. ;)

    • Mugs September 20, 2012 at 11:05 am #

      I am having a moment of nostalgia for the heavenly bliss I had when my kids were little and I was a stay at home mom. They would have loved to make ice cream. The wallpaper in the background brings me back to those days, can you believe I had the same paper? Making the ice cream tonight. Love your blog title, Trains and Tutus says it all.

  2. Shelly July 12, 2012 at 9:23 am #

    Is there a way to make this without the ice cream machine? We don’t have one. :(

    • Laura July 12, 2012 at 9:30 pm #


      I did a quick search and found this:


      You could probably use my recipe and give it a try with this method, but I’ve never made it this way, so I wouldn’t know for sure. Worth a try, though!


    • Ilene July 16, 2012 at 4:52 pm #

      You can make ice cream by just placing mixture into a bowl with lid and placing in freezer. In an hour, stir or beat contents scraping sides of bowl. Repeat this as needed till frozen. You might even want to stir it every half an hour once or twice through out the process . Then when done, eat it or just store it the way it is.

      P.S. Anytime you want to protect your ice cream from getting that dried out or gummy texture it gets sometimes, just press a piece of wax paper against frozen ice cream and leave it on there after every use. Can do same thing for frozen cool whip.

    • Melissa July 17, 2012 at 7:53 pm #

      You can use 2 coffee cans (the smaller one needs to be metal) – one small and one large. Put the ingredients in the smaller can and put the lid on and seal it shut with duct tape. Then set the can inside the larger can and fill the extra space with ice and rock salt. Put the lid on that can and seal it shut well with duct tape, too. Shake, rattle and roll the cans non-stop (take turns, enlist the kids) for about 15 minutes. You will likely need to add more ice and salt about halfway through.
      Voila! Ice cream.
      If this seems like too much work to make, you can also purchase an ice cream making ball for under $20: http://www.amazon.com/Play-Freeze-Cream-Maker-Quart/dp/B000QV5W9W/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1342576148&sr=8-1&keywords=ice+cream+maker+ball.

  3. Jennifer A. July 13, 2012 at 4:05 am #

    Hi, I found you on pintrest. Looks great! You said a 1/2 gallon of chocolate milk, but I don’t know if my ice cream maker can hold that much liquid. I use the ice cream maker attachment for my kitchen aid mixer. Any suggestions if I cannot get all of the milk to fit?

    • Laura July 13, 2012 at 6:18 am #

      Do you have a fill line on your KitchenAid attachment? If so, just fill to the maximum fill line with as much chocolate milk as will fit.

      • Jan September 8, 2012 at 12:52 pm #

        Just wanted to ask the size of your ice cream freezer, is it 4 qts. or 6 qts.?

        • Laura September 8, 2012 at 1:57 pm #

          Jan ~ It’s a 4 quart machine.

    • Ilene July 16, 2012 at 4:58 pm #

      You could make up your ice cream and then fill your ice cream maker to the fill mark. Then pour rest of ice cream mixture into small dixie cups or ice cube trays. Place in sticks or toothpicks and freeze that way.

      • Alice November 6, 2012 at 9:28 pm #

        Mix all ingredients together. Fill your machine to fill line. Put remaining mixture in the fridge. When the first batch of ice cream is done, transfer to a freezer container, then make the second batch.

    • Sherry July 30, 2012 at 5:35 am #

      I tried this and it was great… You can also use either grape soda or Orange soda in the place of the chocolate milk…. Yummy..

  4. Jennifer July 13, 2012 at 12:14 pm #

    I NEED this ASAP! lol Looks so delicious!!!

  5. Christy July 13, 2012 at 7:59 pm #

    Yum! My ice cream maker is pretty tiny so I think I would maybe do half a batch at a time so I don’t miss out on being able to add more than a splash of chocolate milk! Also, I mostly hate Cool Whip (it’s made with horrible fake things and tastes SO inferior to real whipped cream), so I think I will try this with freshly-whipped cream. There is so much sugar in chocolate milk and sweetened condensed milk anyway that I’ll bet it’ll be sweet enough without any more sugar!

    • Laura July 13, 2012 at 8:53 pm #

      I’m sure it would be awesome with real whipped cream!

      • Kathy Schroeder July 14, 2012 at 11:22 am #

        Hello Laura! This ice cream recipe looks yummy! I do however, have a quick question. My freezer holds 11/2 gallons. what size is the one pictured? I wanted to know so I could adjust the recipe if necessary. Thanks! Kathy

        • Laura July 14, 2012 at 11:45 am #

          Hi Kathy! Great question! Mine is a 4 quart machine.

  6. Dori July 14, 2012 at 4:17 pm #

    Would you mind if I featured this on my web site using your picture and giving you all the credit of course. I will link the recipe so they have to go to your site to see how it is made. It looks wonderful and I think people will really like this.

    • Laura July 14, 2012 at 10:32 pm #

      Sure! Thanks for asking. :)

  7. AMANDA July 14, 2012 at 8:26 pm #


    • Ashley July 17, 2012 at 6:31 pm #

      I have heard the same thing too about off brands being name brands! I just found that out about Magic Erasers!!!

  8. Brenda July 14, 2012 at 8:30 pm #

    I have been making this for years. But I just pour the condensed milk, cool whip & chocolate milk (in that order) into the ice cream canister, no mixing necessary. Then freeze according to directions of your ice cream freezer. Fantastic!!!

  9. Teresa July 15, 2012 at 2:46 pm #

    this looks awesome….just went and bought ingredients to make it! I’m using 1% low fat chocolate milk, FF Cool Whip and FF condensed milk – trying to make it Weight Watcher friendly:) How many servings does this make? Thanks!

    • Laura July 15, 2012 at 3:33 pm #

      My ice cream maker has a 4 quart capacity, and it fills it all the way to the top!

    • Zac August 30, 2012 at 10:55 pm #

      I will show this weight watcher friendly version to my mom. Thanks for posting this version, I never would have thought of using FF ingredients.

  10. Harold Richard July 15, 2012 at 5:57 pm #

    I have a 1 1/2 gal freezer.
    Do I need to double receipt?

    • Laura July 15, 2012 at 9:26 pm #

      Doubling it would make too much. You could multiply by 1.5 or you could just make the recipe as is and it just won’t fill the freezer to the top.

  11. Audra O. July 15, 2012 at 7:22 pm #

    Oh, my goodness. That looks amazing. I’m sure I’ll have to adjust quantities for my tiny ice cream maker, but I can’t wait to try this!

  12. amy July 15, 2012 at 8:57 pm #

    This is great. And real tasted like Wendy’s frosty s.

  13. alice July 15, 2012 at 10:36 pm #

    HI can you use other flavors do not like chocolate.

    • Laura July 16, 2012 at 6:18 am #

      Yes! You can use strawberry milk or even regular with anything you like mixed in!

  14. Court July 16, 2012 at 4:55 pm #

    This sounds amazing! I’m an ice cream lover but dairy doesn’t love me back…have you ever tried dark chocolate almond milk instead of chocolate milk?

    • Madeline July 18, 2012 at 8:49 pm #

      I just made this tonight with dark chocolate almond milk and it was delicious!

      • Laura July 18, 2012 at 10:52 pm #

        Glad it worked! Thanks for letting us know!

      • Laura March 25, 2013 at 6:11 am #

        I make chocolate almond milk and Baileys slushies for girls night… imagine it as an ice cream!!

  15. Madeline July 18, 2012 at 7:17 am #

    This looks delicious! I can’t wait to try it! Do you think i could substitute chocolate soy milk for the chocolate milk? Thanks! : )

  16. Cindy Griffin July 19, 2012 at 8:04 am #

    We make something similar to this and call it Big Red Ice Cream.
    1 can Eagle Brand Milk
    1 2liter bottle of Big Red

    Pour it in the ice cream freezer container. Put the paddle in and stir is around a little and then start the freezer. In about 45 min. a wonderful cool summer dessert is ready! We’ve used a peach flavored beverage and grape flavored, too. We like the Big Red the best though.

    • Laura July 19, 2012 at 9:34 pm #

      Sounds yummy! We’ll have to try it!

  17. Sarah W. July 19, 2012 at 7:47 pm #

    Oh my goodness, I just came across this on Pinterest this afternoon and I already went to the store and bought everything to make this tonight lol. ;) You’ve got a new fan here in Southern Oregon! Thank you!!

    • Sarah W. July 20, 2012 at 6:18 pm #

      Made the ice-cream lastnight and today (it took two batches with my machine lol) and it is AMAZING! Really does taste just like a frosty, thank you again for sharing! :)

  18. Joanna B July 19, 2012 at 8:41 pm #

    I found this from Pinterest; when I saw your picture at the bottom of the blog, I recognized you! I’m your mom’s first cousin! How cool is that? One of my husband’s nieces pinned this recipe. Tell your Mom Hi! from me. :) Joanna (Tonn) Buchanan

    • Laura July 19, 2012 at 9:36 pm #

      How funny! Good to hear from you!

  19. kathy July 20, 2012 at 9:52 am #

    Has anyone tried this with the low fat condensed milk and low fat cool whip? Just curious as I’m on weight watchers and still enjoy my ice cream and would prefer to make my own! Thanks for your help!

    • Marcia July 24, 2012 at 10:43 am #

      Just tried this for the first time with fat free Eagle Brand, light Cool Whip and low fat milk. It was good but not as creamy as a frosty; so next time I will go with whole milk and maybe add a little chocolate syrup to boost the chocolate flavor. You can’t beat it for ‘quick and easy’.

  20. Mark July 22, 2012 at 9:04 am #

    I can’t wait to try this. I make another EASY icecream…..1 can sweetened condensed milk and enough orange soda, such as Fanta, to come to the fill line of your freezer. It is fabulous! I will try the chocolate today.

  21. Susan August 1, 2012 at 7:27 pm #

    Made this tonight, FANTASTIC!!! Thank you!

  22. Darla August 2, 2012 at 4:22 pm #

    OM-Goodness….this was oh so amazing!

    I just have a 2 quart Cusinart—the kind where you freeze the bowl, once it is frozen…then put it on the machine and add ingredients to bowl. Start, and 20-30 minutes later…ICECREAM!!!!

    So I halved all ingredients—and did not add the additional milk.

    It was LOVED in my house—thank you so much for sharing this very simple easy to do recipe~

  23. Gigi August 3, 2012 at 12:34 am #

    I don’t like Cool Whip. Do you think this would work with real whipped cream? Thanks!

    • Laura August 4, 2012 at 11:48 am #

      I’m sure it would work fine!

  24. Deana @ CountryMommaCooks August 4, 2012 at 5:29 pm #

    Found you on pinterest………so I came over to check it out……..I’d like to invite you to share this amazing recipe @ CountryMommaCooks Link and Greet Party (now-Mon)
    thanks again I can’t wait to try this : )

  25. CJ @ Morsels of Life August 9, 2012 at 6:23 pm #

    This sounds like a great idea! And so simple too. :)

  26. Vickey August 13, 2012 at 3:12 pm #

    I make this ice cream with crushed butterfinger
    candy bars. Great!!

  27. Kelly August 20, 2012 at 8:40 pm #

    I have made this twice already in 2 wks and it is a huge success at my house.
    The second time I made it I added 2 cups powdered and it turned out even creamier. Thank you for this delicious recipe.

    • dee April 27, 2013 at 6:13 pm #

      Can’t wait to try this recipe. Does anyone know what 2 cups powdered ingredient that Kelly added is? Is it powdered milk maybe? thx

  28. Fran September 28, 2012 at 5:40 pm #

    I usually can tweek a recipe to be sugar free, but using the sweetened condensed milk, that seems a bit more difficult to replace. Got any ideas?

    • Laura September 28, 2012 at 6:54 pm #

      I don’t know how I would substitute for Sugar free with this recipe, since all three ingredients contain sugar. Sorry! :(

  29. Amber Knerr October 3, 2012 at 5:16 pm #

    Just made this and it was delicious! Made one change, instead of regular chocolate milk we used Nesquik Chocolate Milk. Their big bottle is 1/2 gallon. This was actually forced on me since the local grocery store had no other option at the time. Very much enjoyed this. Thanks again!!

  30. Connie November 25, 2012 at 9:02 pm #

    I have made this using white milk and adding crushed up Butterfinger Candy bars. So Good and can’t wait to try the chocolate. Thanks

  31. Mallory January 14, 2013 at 3:58 pm #

    I LOVE this ice cream! I also love the fact that my picture is in the recipe.

  32. Amy January 23, 2013 at 11:19 pm #

    Oh for the love of God, people PLEASE do not eat Cool Whip. It is FULL of artery clogging hydrogenated fats!!! Not to mention a billion other chemicals. This is not a THREE ingredient recipe. It is three PRODUCTS with multiple ingredients, most of them chemicals that humans should not eat. You’d do yourself a lot better to mix up a frozen banana with milk and cocoa powder.

  33. Vickie March 6, 2013 at 11:36 am #

    I added a few tablespoons of chocolate Ovaltene as it was freezing when I could taste that the chocolate flavor was extremely faint. Adding the Ovaltene gave a better chocolate flavor yet is still a lighter chocolate like wendys frostys are. Very easy & tasty!

  34. Jill March 21, 2013 at 8:53 am #

    So I am planning on making this this weekend but for the chocolate milk do we use the whole 1/2 gallon or do you use just half of the 1/2 gallon of milk?

    Looks yummy and I can’t wait to make it!! :))

    • Laura March 21, 2013 at 8:57 am #

      Yes, use the whole half gallon. Enjoy!

      • Jill March 21, 2013 at 10:54 am #

        Thanks so much Laura!! So excited for this!!

  35. ~Tammy March 28, 2013 at 12:15 pm #

    OMG…she looks just like my daughter! They say everyone has a twin and I believe we’ve just found her ;)

    • Laura March 28, 2013 at 12:30 pm #

      Wow! I’d love to see. :)

  36. liz April 21, 2013 at 7:09 pm #

    I made this tonight with out coolwhip, just used 8 oz of heavy whipping cream and not quite all my half gallon of chocolate milk. Part of mixture froze well and part was soft like frosty consistency. I put everything in the icecream canister and set it up no premixing required.

  37. Jennifer April 26, 2013 at 8:50 pm #

    We love this! I have made it twice in a week and a half. lol The second time we tweaked it a bit and added some chocolate syrup to up the chocolate flavor though. We think it tastes just like a Wendy’s Frosty. My son is wanting to try a vanilla version so we are going to whip that up soon. I am scheduling a post on my blog to share this recipe. Would you like for me to send people here to get the recipe or just list the recipe and add a link to your blog? Thanks for sharing.

    • Laura April 26, 2013 at 9:09 pm #

      Either way is fine. Thanks for linking back! And I’d love to hear how the vanilla version turns out! ~Laura

  38. Sharon T. April 27, 2013 at 10:58 am #

    Hi Mama Tutu!

    Thanks for the great recipe! Just wanted to let you know that I understand the “Viva snob” attitude toward paper towels, but have a nice surprise for you to try….if they have an Aldi’s store near you, they now have a generic version of Viva that, dare I say it, is equal to or better than Viva!! Check it out…..a real bargain. One roll lasted me over a week (in which I would normally go through two or two and a half Brawny pick-a-size!). God bless you!

    • Laura April 27, 2013 at 11:01 am #

      Oh! Thanks for the recommendation! We just got an Aldi. I haven’t been yet, but it sounds like I might need to make a visit!

  39. Karen May 22, 2013 at 6:57 pm #

    Just finished this in my small table-top maker… It was wonderful – and so easy! Thanks.

  40. Liza June 12, 2013 at 8:55 pm #

    You don’t by chance know how many servings this makes or the caloric value? My daughter’s on a high fat, high calorie diet and I think she might like this! And for the person that’s going to try a vanilla version, will you let us know what you used instead of the chocolate milk to make it vanilla?! Looking forward to giving it a try!

    • Laura June 13, 2013 at 8:19 am #


      Using 1 cup as a serving, each serving has:
      calories: 210
      carbs: 33
      fat: 6
      protein: 6
      sodium: 117
      sugar: 32

  41. Laura July 16, 2013 at 11:40 am #

    This is my kids’ favorite ice cream! I am not a chocolate fan, but this is so yummy! It reminds me of Wendy’s frostys. This is definitely my go-to recipe for chocolate ice cream. For my husband, it isn’t chocolatey enough, so I’ll be adding some chocolate syrup. Numerous times I’ve made this and he’s just now telling me…lol. Thanks for posting this!

  42. Sue July 26, 2013 at 7:54 pm #

    Hi! I use this recipe as a “Fun Friday” treat at school. Our 3rd grade text has a story about homemade ice cream. The kids love it and it is much simpler than my regular recipe.

  43. Shelley March 29, 2014 at 12:33 pm #

    How would you use Baileys; instead of choc milk?

  44. Jessica Blackwell July 12, 2014 at 1:14 pm #

    This is the best recipe, we made this tonight at a sleepover and ever one even adults liked it and said it taste just like a frosty, and the kids wanted the recipe. Even one who said he wasnt a chocolate lover, he tried it and ate it all! Thank you.

  45. Katie August 3, 2014 at 8:23 pm #

    Just made these for my husband in our Cuisinart ice cream maker. It’s a smaller ice cream maker so I just halved the recipe and they came out perfect. My husband loves Frosties and he thought these were just as good! Thanks for this recipe. So quick and easy too!

  46. Paulette May 24, 2016 at 9:21 pm #

    Hi I found your recipe for chocolate ice cream on the Pintrest website I love the look of it but I don’t have an ice cream maker is there any other way of making it other than the ice cream maker ? Also I’m not sure if we can buy cool wip in Australia so wondering if there is an equivalent product ?
    Thanks for any help you can give me


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