Chocolate Hazelnut Ice Cream

by smth good on June 19, 2011

in desserts

It’s so hot these days. Too hot for any kind of meal, except ice cream :) . So, chocolate ice cream is the recipe I want to share with you today. I was in the mood for a creamy, rich chocolate ice cream and I came across a jar of Gianera hazelnut spread. It’s similar to Nutella, but ten times better :)

Serves 6, prep. time: 45 minutes (+ refrigerating time)

Utensils: a saucepan, a whisk, an ice cream maker, a bowl


  • 700 ml heavy cream
  • 120 grams (4 tbsp) hazelnut chocolate spread (Nutella, Gianera etc)
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 8 tbsp sugar
  • 4 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 20 ml rum extract
  • a pinch of salt

Pour the heavy cream and a little bit of salt in a saucepan over low heat. Stir slowly and let it reach the boiling point, but do not actually boil it. Add in the hazelnut chocolate spread and stir well.  Turn off the heat.

You might notice that the hazelnut spread looks a little bit weird and non homogenous; don’t worry, it will incorporate just fine in the next phase.

In a big bowl, whisk the egg yolks with sugar and a little bit of salt until they become whiter and creamy.

Add the cocoa powder and the rum extract and whisk. Then, with a spoon, add the hot mixture of heavy cream and hazelnut spread, little by little, into the bowl and keep whisking.

Submerge the bowl into a shallow bath of ice cold water . Stir from time to time and allow the mixture to cool off completely (approximately 30 minutes).

Transfer the mixture into the ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions.

If you don’t have an ice cream maker, transfer the mixture into a plastic container and cover it with a lid. Put it in the refrigerator for 90 minutes. Take the ice cream out and, using a fork, stir well to break the ice and allow the ice cream to be creamy and smooth. Repeat the procedure at least twice, every 40 minutes. Let it in the refrigerator overnight (or at least 4 hours) before serving.

Serve it with hazelnuts on top. Enjoy!

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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

ping June 20, 2011 at 5:29 am

Finally able to connect. Wow! This looks really nice!


Medeja June 20, 2011 at 11:32 am

Looks very delicious!Yummmmm..!!!


Valerie June 20, 2011 at 12:40 pm

I’m keeping your ice cream, it looks great and sounds soo good! With hazelnut, mmm! Nothing better in summer!


Sabrina June 20, 2011 at 9:42 pm

MMM I love these flavors!!!! I just made a chocolate hazelnut cake for fathers day! I can’t wait to try your ice cream!


Kate@Diethood June 21, 2011 at 5:03 am

This is like a Nutella ice cream!! YUMMMM! :)


Jill Colonna June 21, 2011 at 8:27 am

This is amazing: must get my hands on Gianera, since not keen on Nutella. Fantastic recipe!


something_good June 21, 2011 at 12:04 pm

Jill, Gianera is exquisite! It’s worth every penny and it works wonders in desserts.


Carolyn June 21, 2011 at 11:37 am

You said the magic words, hazelnut and chocolate (and ice cream!). And the pictures look every bit as good as the words sound!


Tina@flourtrader June 21, 2011 at 2:39 pm

Perfect summer treat-nice flavor! I will be glad to take that last scoop with the hazelnuts on top-yum..thanks for sharing.


Irena June 21, 2011 at 8:51 pm

Sounds amazing…. lovely photos:)


The Chocolate Priestess June 21, 2011 at 9:32 pm

I agree, too bloody hot and that’s a good excuse for ice cream.


Nami @ Just One Cookbook June 22, 2011 at 7:49 am

This must be a fate. So I just bought an ice cream maker after seeing all the posts from food bloggers. I’ve got lychee, mango…all kinds of fruits. When I told my son, he said he wants to eat chocolate, and I told him I don’t know any chocolate recipe. Ta da! This is my first visit to your site and you just posted beautiful chocolate ice cream recipe here! Thank you for sharing the recipe. Going to bookmark now. BTW, can I omit hazelnut? I’m not sure if my kids like the flavor…so I just want to start with simple chocolate…


something_good June 22, 2011 at 10:47 am

Yes, Nami, you can omit hazelnut and use dark chocolate instead. Or milk chocolate.


Tori @ The Shiksa in the Kitchen June 25, 2011 at 12:29 am

Gorgeous! I bet this has a hint of Nutella flavor to it– which is great, because I’ve got a Nutella-obsessed little girl in my home. :)

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Liz June 30, 2011 at 11:38 am

Oh, wow, this looks AMAZING! What a fabulous flavor combination…my family would love this!


Bakingmehungry July 3, 2011 at 3:07 am

I love everything hazelnut. I can not wait to try!


Nikita July 13, 2011 at 8:56 pm

Wow this looks amazing! Thanks for the add, I will send some buzz your way!


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