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Oct 10, 2011 09:22 AM

HELP! - Ice cream base is too sweet...


Hello all,

I would appreciate your help in fixing an ice cream base that has turned out way too sweet for my liking!

I am in the process of making a bittersweet chocolate ice cream; the ingredients I used are as follows:

2 cups heavy cream

1 cup milk

1/2 cup sugar

1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

8 ounces dark chocolate (preferably 72 percent cacao), roughly chopped

1 tablespoon rye, bourbon or rum.

I definitely added more chocolate than the 8oz. it called for. I was thinking of adding half and half or 2% milk to the mix in order to thin it out a bit, but I am not too sure as to how I should proceed with this since the base is already chilling in the fridge and it's pretty much ready to be poured into the machine.

Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

  1. It'll taste less sweet when it's frozen.
    Freeze an ice-cubes worth and taste it then.

    1. Right. It will taste much less sweet later. Your sugar proportion looks about right (it actually looks a little low) unless you used a sweeter chocolate. Spin it and let it cure first, then taste. If it is still too sweet you can melt it down, dilute and try again.

      But less sugar would also adversely affect the texture and make it less scoopable.

      The base was heated and the chocolate evenly melted throughout the mix, yes?

      2 Replies
      1. re: acgold7

        Thank you, both!

        acgold7 - I couldn't find 72% cacao and ended up using 70%, which i don't think would make much of a difference in terms of it being much sweeter .

        Also, yes. I first simmered the milk/heavy cream/sugar/salt mix until it coated the wooden spoon. I had previously processed the chocolate in my food processor; once the dairy ingredients had simmered I added a cup to the chocolate until it was fully incorporated, then I finished off by pouring the rest of the milk base and mixed all thoroughly.

        I was also considering adding chopped walnuts to the ice cream once it's in the machine to give it a bit of crunch and balance the flavors.

        1. re: e2nyc

          Generally you want to add the nuts after it's at soft-serve consistency when you take it out of the machine when you put it in the freezer to harden and cure.

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