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Diva's Chocolate Ice Cream - Inspired By Johnny Depp

Posted: August 9, 2006
by: T.Alexander

My friend Toby Bloomberg, the Diva marketer herself,  never fails to surprise me with treats from her kitchen. Last year I was introduced to Toby's homemade chocolate ice cream. Oh my goodness - I have never experienced anything so delightful, especially in these hot summer months. Well Toby surprised me again a couple of weeks ago and this time I had to ask - "what is your secret to making this sensational chocolate ice cream?" I should have known that the story behind the ice cream was as exceptional as the ice cream itself. I'll let Toby tell you. Enjoy!

One of my favorite films is Chocolat. Wonderful story, acting, cinema shots of the French countryside and of course .. Johnny Depp!  You might say this was inspired by Johnny ;-) The main character, Vianne Rocher played beautifully by Juliette Binoche, opens a chocolaterie in a small French village.

During the course of the film she explains how to enhance chocolate. I incorporated some of those into my chocolat ice cream. Here's the recipe along the secret extras for

Diva's Chocolat Ice Cream:


1 c whole chocolate milk

2 c heavy cream - chilled

1/2 c granulated sugar

8 ounces of very good chocolate (semi sweet, bittersweet, milk chocolate - your choice. I like to mix them up.)

1 T pure vanilla extract - or to taste

>Secret Extras

1 T cold coffee

1/8 - 1/4 t chili powder

1/8 - 1/4 t cinnamon

In a blender or food processor chop/pulse the chocolate and sugar until chocolate is very fine. Heat the chocolate milk until barely bubbling around the edges and pour into the chocolate and sugar mixture. Add the chili powder, cinnamon and coffee and process until well blended and Very smooth. Transfer to a bowl and cool the mixture completely.

Add the chilled heavy cream and vanilla. Chill for at least 60 minutes. Longer is better to allow the flavors to blend.

Strain into your ice cream maker and follow manufacturer's directions about 25-30 minutes. I sometimes add additional chocolate during the last 5 minutes of mixing.

Pour into freezer containers. Chill until firm and Enjoy!  Toby

Your Comments

I also suggest some ground coriander (seed) as an additional 'secret ingredient'. I use coriander in a number of my sweet recipes and get rave reviews

Posted by: Jim at Nov 9, 2006 1:51:26 AM

Since ages, chocolate is loved by all people due to its special taste. Many experts have noted that chocolates are

unhealthy and continuous eating often results in tooth decay. Some medical experts have stated that chocolates contain

sugar substances and thus add calories to the body and increase the sugar levels in the blood. But, it has been recently

found that chocolates are good for our health as they have a lot of advantages. Chocolates contain antioxidants.

Therefore they kill the free radicals and obstruct the oxidization of lipids into our body. The antioxidants are a

concentrated form of flavonoids.

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to use are dry, then allow them to be room temperature warm prior to making them. After the strawberries have been

covered in chocolate, put them in your refrigerator to cool, but do not store them in the fridge. Consume within 1-2


Posted by: chocolate strawberries at Mar 12, 2007 2:56:52 PM

Thanks for the yummy ideas to make "Johnny Depp Inspired Ice Cream" even more wonderful! I'm betting those chocolate covered strawberries won't see day 2 (smile).

Posted by: Toby at Mar 12, 2007 3:11:38 PM

Hay gay he is very very best actor he is good singging a song all the best ..

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