Vanilla Ice Cream with Nutella Chunks

Posted on 27 July 2010

Vanilla ice cream with Nutella chunks

I’d like to pretend that the waning days of National Ice Cream Month were the inspiration for this recipe. But they’re not.

It all started when I found some Nutella in the pantry. I went through a Nutella period earlier in the year, but this jar was untouched. Coupled with that bottle of ground vanilla that appeared a few weeks ago, this was clearly an entreaty — from the universe — for baked goods.

Vanilla ice cream with Nutella chunks

Alas, the oven was (still) broken. So, baked goods were not an option.

But the ice cream maker was not broken. Hooray for small appliances! What about vanilla ice cream? With Nutella? Sounded heavenly — perhaps even transcendent.

Vanilla ice cream with Nutella chunks

Here’s the thing about Nutella: it’s thick. I mean, really thick. Those twirly swirls I envisioned rendered as chunky hunks. Mighty tasty hunks, but hunks nonetheless.

Next time (because there will be a next time), I may try melting the Nutella a bit to achieve the right viscosity.

Vanilla ice cream with Nutella chunks

Don’t get me wrong — I devoured three scoops in 30 seconds flat. Definitely a result worthy of National Ice Cream Month.

Vanilla ice cream with Nutella chunks

Vanilla Ice Cream with Nutella Chunks

Yield: 10 1/2-cup servings


2 cups heavy cream, chilled
1 cup whole milk, chilled
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon ground vanilla (or vanilla extract)
4 tablespoons Nutella


Place ingredients in a medium mixing bowl and combine until well-blended. Pour into freezer bowl, turn on the machine on, and let mix until mixture thickens, about 20-25 minutes.
Place 1/3 of vanilla mixture back in mixing bowl. Add one tablespoon Nutella and gently fold into vanilla mixture. Repeat with remaining mixture and Nutella.
Transfer mixture to an airtight container and place in freezer until firm, about 2 hours

Adapted from Cuisinart recipe booklet

10 responses to Vanilla Ice Cream with Nutella Chunks

  • daph says:

    yum! 🙂 gotta try this now!

  • Carolyn Jung says:

    When I first saw your title, I thought, “How did she get her Nutella into chunks??” Hah. Now, I see. The Nutella did that on its own. How sneaky of that hazelnut spread. Well, be it chunks or swirls, I can’t ever resist anything with Nutella. I’d easily eat a double-scoop of this. 😉

    • allfourburners says:

      Carolyn, I wish that I were that clever! Next time, I am going to substitute Nutella into a peanut butter ice cream recipe — I hope that the results will be as delicious.

  • Rebecca says:

    I wish they had some at the corner store. I would make this, but I refuse to buy an ice cream maker because I need to be super selective about kitchen space. Also, I would gain 20 pounds.

    • allfourburners says:

      Rebecca, I think that you can try swirling Nutella into softened vanilla bean ice cream and end up with a similar — maybe even tastier — result.

  • Ginger says:

    Where do you find ground Vanilla? I have not heard of such a thing.

    • allfourburners says:

      Ginger, I found the ground vanilla in my pantry; I think Matt picked it up by accident at the grocery store. You can substitute the same amount of vanilla extract.

  • Sydney says:

    This looks delicious. I must say, I am a little disappointed because I wanted to invent and ice cream called nutella vanilla swirl, but that’s okay. 🙂

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