Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream Recipe

Photograph: Max Falkowitz

A rich peanut butter ice cream with a fudgy dark chocolate swirl and chunks of frozen Reese's cups.

Recipe Details

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream Recipe

Active 50 mins
Total 0 mins
Serves 8 to 12 servings
Makes 6 cups


For Peanut Butter Ice Cream:

  • 2 3/4 cups half-and-half

  • 1 cup no-stir peanut butter

  • 3/4 cup sugar

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 cup chopped peanut butter cups, chilled in freezer

For Chocolate Fudge Swirl:

  • 1/4 cup light (clear) corn syrup

  • 1/4 cup sugar

  • 2 tablespoons water

  • 1 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil

  • 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate

  • 2 tablespoons Dutch process cocoa powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt


  1. For Peanut Butter Ice Cream: Combine half and half, peanut butter, sugar, salt, and vanilla in blender. Blend until smooth, then transfer to an airtight container and chill for 3 hours or until very cold.

  2. Churn base in ice cream maker according to manufacturer's instructions. Transfer to an airtight container, stir in frozen peanut butter cups, and chill in freezer.

  3. For Chocolate Fudge Swirl: Combine corn syrup, sugar, water, oil, chocolate, cocoa powder, and salt in a heavy-bottomed saucepan. Cook mixture on very low heat until chocolate is melted, sugar is fully dissolved, and all ingredients are fully incorporated. Cool chocolate sauce until just warm enough to pour freely from a spoon.

  4. Retrieve peanut butter ice cream from freezer. Working very quickly, fold chocolate sauce into ice cream with a large spoon or rubber spatula. Fold—don't stir—ice cream just until swirl is distributed. Immediately return to coldest part of freezer and chill until firm, at least 3 hours.

Special Equipment

Blender, ice cream maker

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
425 Calories
26g Fat
42g Carbs
9g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8 to 12
Amount per serving
Calories 425
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 26g 34%
Saturated Fat 10g 51%
Cholesterol 21mg 7%
Sodium 281mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 42g 15%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 34g
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 92mg 7%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 317mg 7%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)