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Make It Yourself: Chocolate Ice Cream in Your Blender

Blenders are typically used to make smoothies, milkshakes and other liquid purees, but did you know that you can actually make ice cream in a blender in just a few seconds? No churning and no special equipment needed!

How to Make Ice Cream in a Blender

And while there are a lot of recipes out there for making ice cream in a blender, this one is easy, produces consistent results and doesn’t require a ton of planning. Not to mention, the ingredient list is short: milk, heavy cream, nonfat milk powder, cocoa powder, sugar, vanilla and ice. 

Milk and heavy cream are needed to give the ice cream richness and a velvety texture, while cocoa powder, sugar and vanilla all give the ice cream flavor. Ice freezes the mixture and thickens it. The nonfat milk powder — aka powdered milk — is the only unusual ingredient in the list and it plays an important role. 

Nonfat Powdered Milk for Making Ice Cream

Did you know that most regular ice cream recipes don’t use ice cubes or include added water?

That’s because water can make an ice cream grainy and coarse, instead of smooth. A blender can smooth out the ice, but the milk powder adds the richness of extra dairy without adding any additional liquid to the ice cream. In short, the nonfat milk powder makes the ice cream feel richer and creamier, even though it is made using ice in a blender. 

How to Make Ice Cream in a Blender

Have a little more free time on your hands?

You can always fill up an ice cube tray with milk and freeze it for about 12 hours before you plan to make your ice cream. The frozen milk cubes will enrich the ice cream in the same way that the milk powder does, making the finished product much creamier and far less icy.

Personally, I prefer not to make milk ice cubes. I figure if I’m going to use my blender to make ice cream, I want instant satisfaction and not a recipe that requires a lot of advance planning. And frankly, if you’re going to plan that far in advance anyway, you may as well use a regular ice cream maker.

How to Make Ice Cream in a Blender

The finished ice cream has a strong bittersweet chocolate flavor, not unlike a fudgesicle. It will be scoopable, but a bit like soft-serve, when it is done “churning” in the blender. This texture is fine if you want to eat your ice cream out of a dish, though I recommend freezing it for about an hour if you want a firmer texture that is more suited to scooping in a cone

How to Make Ice Cream in a Blender


Once you have the basic chocolate recipe down, you can play around with other flavors. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Double Chocolate Peppermint Chip – Add 1 tsp peppermint extract and 1/2 cup chocolate chips to the blender  along with the other ingredients. 
  • Chocolate Cherry – Add 1/2 cup frozen cherries to the blender along with the other ingredients. 
  • Chocolate Cookies n’ Cream – Crush 8 Oreo-style cookies and stir into ice cream after it has blended. Freeze mixture for an hour for best results, as stirring in the cookies can melt the ice cream slightly.
How to Make Ice Cream in a Blender

Blender chocolate ice cream recipe

Serves 4


  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup nonfat dry milk powder
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 16 ounces (approximately 500g) ice cubes


Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend at low speed until ice is crushed, then blend at high speed until mixture is very thick and creamy. Serve immediately or, if firmer texture is desired, freeze for about 1 hour. 

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This sounds wonderful, but does anyone know of a good substitute for milk powder for those of us sensitive to lactose?

Margie Stankoven

You talk about powdered milk and then it isn’t in the recipe. Please explain this. What kind of powdered milk-instant or noninstant? There is a big difference between the two.

Also how much powdered milk.

Susan Strong

It’s the second ingredient on the list…..1/2 cup nonfat dry milk powder.


1/2 cup nonfat dry milk powder is the second ingredient in the recipe.

Arden Allen

Looks like a great treat but the one ingredient you mention as important, the powdered milk, is not in recipe. How much of it would you use?

Gail Stairs

I’m Confused. . .
I sat up and took notice when I saw powdered milk being expounded upon. . .it’s a staple in my pantry. Wow! . .then I read the recipe. . .where did the powdered milk go . . . . ..


Nonfat milk is mentioned in the post but not in the actual recipe. How much is used?


This sounds amazing!!! However, I am allergic to chocolate!? Can I substitute anything else for the cocoa powder ?

K Lytle

The recipe omits the powdered milk that the article mentions.


That is a fun recipe. My brother has an “ice cream machine” and to be honest it is more of a pain than what it is worth, especially given that it has only one purpose. This would definitely be fun to do though especially since I already have a blender.

Have you made other flavors beyond chocolate with this method?


Umm, I thought this recipe called for non-fat dried milk…I don’t see it on the list. How much, please. Thank you.


The recipe does not say how much dried milk powder to us

Linda Geib

Hello! This recipe sounds delicious. One question: is heavy cream the same as the cream used to make whip cream?

Sue Sawyer

How much milk powder do you use in this recipe? It is not listed in the ingredients list.


This looks like fun. How much non-fat milk powder should be used? Thanks!

Nicole Weston

Hi everyone,
I’m so sorry to have left out an ingredient! The recipe should include “1/2 cup nonfat dry milk powder”

Joan – There isn’t a direct substitute for the cocoa powder, but you can experiment by adding different frozen fruits for different flavors.


This is fun for kids to help with! I do have s good friend of my son who visits a lot and is allergic to dairy and egg. Is there a good stand in for powdered milk?


I’ve been using “Better Than Milk” powder for years. You can get it in soy or rice. I personally love the soy, I think it is better than milk. Google it you can find it on line from several sources.

Survival Gearist

Sounds yummy! I’ll have to give this a try as I’m addicted to ice cream!

Sparkly Prairie Designs

This sounds great, especially when one does not having an ice cream machine. It is good to know there are other ways to make homemade ice cream. Thanks for sharing!


Can I leave out the chocolate altogether and make Vanilla ice cream instead?


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