Orange Chocolate Chip Ice Cream combines zesty oranges with sweet chocolate chips and a creamy vanilla custard base. Yum!

Orange Chocolate Chip Ice Cream combines zesty oranges with sweet chocolate chips and a creamy vanilla custard base. Yum!

In high school, I worked at an ice cream shop. It was the place to work. Our “crew” consisted of awesome guys and girls, and besides the owner, no one was over 18 (that is, unless the now-college kids came home from school looking for some cash). The store was in a large building with brick walls and large black and red tiles, and we got to play whatever music we wanted.

People came for miles for the store’s ice cream. It was incredibly rich and creamy, and the freezer was always stocked with over 30 flavors. I remember on one slow night, two of the guys and I decided to make an “everything” frappe. We proceeded to take tiny scoops of every. single. flavor in the store, toss in a teaspoon of every topping available and some milk, and blend it all together. I have to say, it wasn’t half bad. 

Orange Chocolate Chip Ice Cream combines zesty oranges with sweet chocolate chips and a creamy vanilla custard base. Yum!

The funny thing about working at an ice cream shop is that even if you don’t like ice cream to start, within a matter of weeks you can’t get enough of it.  I can attest to this.

Growing up, I was a cookies and brownies girl. But ice cream? I mean I would eat it, but I would never choose it over a good piece of coffee cake or a chocolate bar.

So on my first night of work, I told this fact to one of the other girls. She grabbed a taster spoon, scooped up a bite of bittersweet chocolate ice cream, and, popping it in her mouth, turned to face me with a shrug: “you will soon.”

Orange Chocolate Chip Ice Cream combines zesty oranges with sweet chocolate chips and a creamy vanilla custard base. Yum!

Sure enough, she was right. I ate coffee & Oreo frappes, vanilla yogurt & butterscotch sundaes, and countless scoops of ice cream. And ever since, I’ve liked ice cream.

I’m really not sure how it happened, but it did. And to this day I like having a pint (or two!) of ice cream in my fridge for safe measure.

So today, I bring you Orange Chocolate Chip Ice Cream! The vanilla custard base is paired with citrusy orange zest and swirled with tiny dark chocolate pieces. And because it’s citrus season, oranges are super flavorful right now; if you put this ice cream up to your nose you can smell them!

Orange Chocolate Chip Ice Cream combines zesty oranges with sweet chocolate chips and a creamy vanilla custard base. Yum!

What’s the takeaway in all of this? Well, clearly it’s that if you don’t like ice cream all you have to do is eat a lot of it and soon enough, you will. Also that chocolate and orange is a wonderful combination that is perfectly accentuated by a vanilla custard ice cream.

Orange Chocolate Chip Ice Cream combines zesty oranges with sweet chocolate chips and a creamy vanilla custard base. Yum!

All gone!


Orange Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Orange Chocolate Chip Ice Cream combines zesty oranges with sweet chocolate chips and a creamy vanilla custard base. Yum!
  • Author: Sarah Fennel
  • Prep Time: 24 hours
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 25 hours
  • Yield: 1 quart ice cream 1x


For the ice cream

  • 5 large egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • zest from 1 large orange
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

For the chocolate chips

  • 3/4 cup dark chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Fill a large bowl with cold water and ice. Set aside.
  2. Whisk the yolks and 1/4 cup of the sugar until light and creamy, about 2 minutes. Set aside. Heat the cream, milk, remaining 1/2 cup of sugar, and salt in a medium pot and cook on medium heat for 2-3 minutes, until the sugar is dissolved and the milk is nearly simmering. Lower the heat and scoop a 1/2 cup of the milk mixture into the creamed yolks, whisking the entire time to combine. Scoop another 1/2 cup of milk into the yolks, whisking the entire time to combine. Pour the heated yolk mixture back into the pot, again whisking the entire time to combine. Then, using a spatula, slowly stir the custard mixture while it heats. The custard should thicken in 3-5 minutes. You will know it’s ready when it coats the back of a spoon and holds its shape when you draw your finger through it. Quickly remove from heat and stir in orange zest, lemon juice, and vanilla extract. Immediately pour into a bowl, and place bowl in the ice bath to cool the mixture.
  3. Once ice cream chills to a warm (not hot) temperature, cover with plastic wrap and allow to chill in the freezer for at least 3 hours, and up to overnight.*
  4. Once chilled, make chocolate chips. Melt the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl in 30 second increments, stirring in between each heating. Pour onto a parchment-lined cookie tray and spread thinly with a spatula. Sprinkle with salt and place in freezer for 10-15 minutes. Finely chop the chocolate and set aside.
  5. Pour ice cream into your ice cream maker and churn according to manufacturer’s instructions. 2 minutes before removing from ice cream maker, stir in chocolate chips. Transfer to freezer-proof container and allow to harden for at least 12 hours. Then serve!


*If chilling overnight, chill in fridge and not freezer

Recipe adapted from Eat The Love


Molly Robinson

That looks and sounds absolutely delicious! Your photos are beautiful as well – I thoroughly enjoy reading your blog and gazing over all of your photographs!

Amazing work : ) M x

Liz @ Floating Kitchen

Well, glad you turned the corner and became an ice cream lover. I would have been worried about you. This looks fantastic! Love your photos, girlfriend!

Traci | Vanilla And Bean

Yup, on the list! Hands down a delicious flavor combination and so in season, Sara! Working in an ice cream shop clearly rubbed off on you… it’s a good thing, else I wouldn’t have this fabulous recipe on hand! Thank you, my dear!

BTW – I had to scroll through the missing ice cream a few times, wishing those scoops were in my granola bowl. 😀 Beautiful photography, Sarah!!

Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

Loving the flavors of this ice cream, Sarah! Very creative! Even though it’s only 10 degrees by me now, I totally want this for breakfast!

Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

haha, I guess working in an ice cream shop will do that to you! glad you finally came to your senses! 😛 ok, I LOVE this ice cream. . I love orange + chocolate together and this citrusy orange zest swirled ice cream with tiny dark chocolate pieces. . SO GORGEOUS! beautiful!

The Blonde Chef

Ok, girl. You have seriously outdone yourself with this post! These photos are GORGEOUS! Seriously, you killed the lighting! Definitely wishing I had a scoop of this right now!

Abby @ The Frosted Vegan

This is gorrrrgeous! Girlfriend, how could you NOT like ice cream?! So even though it’s winter, I want a big bowl of this ice cream.


Oh my word!! This looks amazing! What a great combo of flavors! Sounds like your ice cream shop was such a fun time! I worked at an ice cream shop for 2 summers! It was such a blast! …and you get free ice cream so double win!!

Lisa @ Healthy Nibbles & Bits

Ice cream definitely has that hold on all of us! I don’t know if I would be able to handle working in an ice cream shop–I would want to eat everything! I just want to get a spoon and dig right into this lovely, creamy decadence!

Jen @ Baked by an Introvert

Hands down my favorite flavor combination. I was put on a diet when I was 3 because I ate way too much ice cream and become a tubby version of myself. True story!

Christina @ Bake with Christina

That ice cream though, it looks SO fresh and delicious! And I love the flavors going on, chocolate and orange are just amazing together!! Pinned 🙂


I am a long time, dedicated lover of ice cream, so I would go crazy working in that shop! So neat that you brought a flavor to share with us today 🙂


I used to hate ice cream (don’t know why?) until recently. So glad this changed and now I simply love it! Love the flavors in this one and your photographs look awesome!

Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes)

Seriously you worked in an ice cream shop? Jealous! And over 30 flavors always in the freezer? Double jealous! And then you made this masterpiece which I am now craving? Triple jealous!

Amanda @ Cookie Named Desire

Chocolate and orange is my favorite flavor combination. this is just the best thing ever to me right now. Even better than the blueberry pancake ice cream (and I DREAM about that ice cream almost daily).

Sarah @ SnixyKitchen

The flavor pairing has my heart! I wish I worked with you so I could have tasted your everything frappe – reminds me of my “suicide” sodas of everything in the dispenser.

Now I want ice cream!!

Amy | Club Narwhal

Oh man, this is one babely ice cream! And I can only imagine how delicious it both smelled AND tasted!


I was wondering if you had any good substitutes for heavy cream that is lactose free?

Sarah | Broma Bakery

Hi Nance! I cannot confirm that these would work, as I haven’t tried them myself, but would assume that coconut cream and full-fat coconut milk would work! Hope this helps 🙂

Anja and Lauren

Orange, chocolate and ice cream. Three magic words. It looks absolutely perfect!

Tad Davis

How can anyone look at those pictures, and not make it. It’s like dreamsicle ice cream with chocolate bits! Yum. I used the rind from a big Minneola tangerine, so the flavor might be a tad different, but the concept is golden!


So made this (actually made one batch exactly as is and made a lemon-lime second batch at the same time in my double ice cream maker).


Do NOT use 1 teaspoon of any kind of salt. 1/4 teaspoon, maybe.

Use only 1/2 cup sugar… A key reason to make this ice cream is for the tangy creaminess of the citrus with the custard base. That tangyness is lost when the ice cream is so sweet.

With those changes I’d make it again!

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