Guinness-Milk Chocolate Ice Cream

My history with the combo of beer and chocolate has been less than memorable, so I haven’t tackled it much on my own. Quite a long time ago I was attending a work conference out in California and had lunch at a place called the Yard House, where the beer list may have actually been longer than The Cheesecake Factory’s menu (quite an astonishing feat). There was a chocolate beer that I naturally thought I would love, since I adore chocolate and am a big beer fan too. However, I couldn’t have been less of a fan. So when brainstorming ideas for St. Patrick’s Day this year, I decided I was going to tackle the combination again with Guinness, in a couple of different ways. This ice cream was my “out there” recipe to try and I wasn’t terribly sure I would like it. However… I LOVE it!

The base of the ice cream is nearly identical to all of the others that I have made from The Perfect Scoop – a custard base made with sugar, milk, cream and egg yolks. Throw in a healthy dose of milk chocolate and some Guinness and you have your recipe! The ice cream is super creamy, has a rich milk chocolate flavor that is highlighted by the Guinness. You can taste it, but not in the beer-type way you would imagine. It’s subtle and actually accents the chocolate in the best possible way. This is definitely perfect for dessert on St. Patrick’s Day! Grab a spoon and dig in!

One year ago: Chewy Brownies
Three years ago: Russian Grandmothers’ Apple Pie-Cake
Four years ago: Texas Sheet Cake

Guinness-Milk Chocolate Ice Cream

Yield: 1 quart

Prep Time: 20 minutes (active), 8 hours (inactive)

Cook Time: 20 minutes (churn time)

Total Time: 40 minutes


7 ounces milk chocolate, finely chopped
1 cup whole milk
½ cup granulated sugar
Pinch of salt
4 egg yolks
1 cup heavy cream
¾ cup Guinness Stout
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


1. Put the chocolate pieces in a large bowl and set a mesh strainer over the top.

2. Warm the milk, sugar and salt in a medium saucepan. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks. Slowly pour the warm mixture into the egg yolks, whisking constantly, then scrape the warmed egg yolks back into the saucepan.

3. Stir the mixture constantly over medium heat with a heatproof spatula, scraping the bottom as you stir, until the mixture thickens and coats the spatula. Pour the custard through the strainer over the milk chocolate, then stir until the chocolate is melted. Once the mixture is smooth, whisk in the cream, then the Guinness and vanilla. Stir until cool over an ice bath.

4. Chill the mixture thoroughly in the refrigerator (at least 8 hours or overnight), then churn in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's instructions.

(Recipe adapted from The Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz)

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66 Responses to “Guinness-Milk Chocolate Ice Cream”

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  1. Nikki (Pennies on a Platter) on March 11, 2011 at 12:42 am

    Hey Michelle! I actually have this recipe bookmarked in my Perfect Scoop book to make this weekend, as well! :) Question for you, though. The reason I planned on making it is because I have Guinness leftover to use up. But, it is Guinness Draught, not Stout. I noticed Draught is pictured with your ice cream. Is that what you used? Thanks!!


    • Michelle on March 11th, 2011 at 8:47 am

      Hi Nikki! I did use the Draught, it was the only bottled Guinness that the local beer shop had.


  2. Natasha Kay on March 11, 2011 at 2:22 am

    This is awesome! I was struggling with what to bring to a St.Paddy’s party and now I know! :)


  3. Jil @ Big City, Lil' Kitchen on March 11, 2011 at 3:12 am

    Oh, wow – this is something my brother would love.


  4. Lauren at Keep It Sweet on March 11, 2011 at 5:47 am

    I’ve had some fantastic guinness cake but never guinness ice cream. It looks incredible creamy, though so I bet it is amazing!


  5. J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) on March 11, 2011 at 6:18 am

    That sounds sooo good Guinness is kind of chocolate-y and smooth on its own so I can see how well this combo would marry. Yum!


  6. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on March 11, 2011 at 6:42 am

    Is something wrong with me that I’m craving this at 6:45 am? I want this so bad!!


  7. Katrina on March 11, 2011 at 6:54 am

    Great idea! I’m not a fan of Guinness, but think it would add a really neat flavour to ice cream. I’m excited to try!


  8. Jul on March 11, 2011 at 8:34 am

    Wow- this looks good! A girl after my own heart- beer and chocolate :-)


  9. Happy When Not Hungry on March 11, 2011 at 8:59 am

    Even though I don’t like Guinness, I’m pretty sure I would love this ice cream. It looks amazing!


  10. heather on March 11, 2011 at 9:17 am

    Since the first go at this recipe last year, my fiancée and I have since enjoyed it quite a few times. However, both of us aren’t huge on milk chocolate, so we always sub a mixture of bittersweet and dark, dark, dark chocolate. And while I’m sad to say that Guinness is low on my list of great beers, this more than blew my socks off. Rich, velvety, almost melt-in-your-mouth.




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  12. Lindsay @Eat, Knit, Grow on March 11, 2011 at 10:05 am

    Yum! It’s good in cake so I bet it’s wonderful in Ice Cream. Looks delicious!


  13. Maria on March 11, 2011 at 10:18 am

    I want a scoop!


  14. Jenny Flake on March 11, 2011 at 10:35 am

    Whoa! Gimmie!


  15. Tracy on March 11, 2011 at 10:54 am

    I am all over this! Amazing!


  16. Annalise on March 11, 2011 at 10:59 am

    Ooooh my husband would LOVE this, and I’m sure I would too. Gotta love The Perfect Scoop!


  17. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel on March 11, 2011 at 11:02 am

    Wow! I’m gonna have to try this sometime… whenever I finally get an ice cream maker.


  18. Erin on March 11, 2011 at 11:37 am

    *swooning* As a California girl, I looooooove the Yardhouse… I also love chocolate AND beer, so this is pretty much a match made in heaven in my book :)


  19. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite on March 11, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    This looks creamy and wonderful :) I love ice cream so much. I finally got an ice cream maker, but haven’t yet taken it for a spin…I’m praying for the warm weather to get here so that I feel like making ice cream!


  20. Michelle on March 11, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    Score! My husband is a homebrewer, and his birthday is St Patrick’s day. I’m sooooo making this for him. Thanks!!!


  21. Stephanie on March 11, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    I love Yard House! Was it the Young’s Chocolate Stout? That one is actually one of the better chocolate beers. This ice cream looks incredible!


  22. Sues on March 11, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    Yum!! I just recently made an ice cream with Southern Tier’s Choklat Stout and it was awesome. So, I’m SURE it must have been fabulous with Guinness, too :)


  23. Amanda on March 11, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    I actually made a Guinness Chocolate Ice Cream for a St. Patty’s Day party last year and I agree, the combination is amazing. I made a Guinness chocolate cheesecake a few weeks later – also delicious!


  24. Liz on March 12, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    Wonderful ice cream…you can’t go wrong with David Lebovitz!


  25. Evan Thomas on March 12, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    Sounds delicious! I’d love a bowl on St. Patty’s day.


  26. Lindsey@Lindselicious on March 12, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    Yum! I want this sandwiched between some bacon chocolate chip cookies!


  27. Addicted Baker on March 12, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    what a great idea! Wish I could have some :)


  28. eizel on March 12, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    This is very cool! I thought my corn and parmesan recipe was out there – I’m digging this!


  29. egb on March 12, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    Wow! Looks awesome! I know what I am making this week!


  30. Sandra on March 12, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    Very different St. Paddy’s Day recipe. Nice!


  31. Elle (Bromography) on March 13, 2011 at 1:38 am

    My mom always made a type of shake with Guinness, condensed milk and crushed ice. She would love this ice cream. Thanks for sharing.


  32. Firefly on March 13, 2011 at 3:20 am

    Yummy :)


  33. The Food Hound on March 13, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    I’ve always really wanted to like chocolate and Guinness together, but it’s never worked out– it’s usually too bitter. But this looks awesome! Can’t wait to try it! You’re right- perfect for St. Patty’s!


  34. A.Foxx on March 13, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    Guiness Chocolate Ice Cream? GUINESS Chocolate Ice Cream. GUINESS CHOCOLATE ICE CREAM!! OMG, looks AMAZE! I seriously have been contemplating buying an ice cream maker purely because of the recipes on your blog!!!


  35. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction on March 13, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    Wow… This looks AMAZING!

    I was online reading through blogs looking for some healthy dinner inspiration for this week. Now, I’m just craving some of this ice cream :)


  36. Brian @ A Thought For Food on March 13, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    I would say that this would be the perfect thing for folks here in South Boston, but they’d rather just drink the stuff and not eat this miraculous creation. They’re missing out!


  37. RavieNomNoms on March 13, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    This is SO genius! I really want to try it!


  38. Sandra@Sandra's Easy cooking on March 14, 2011 at 1:16 am

    Wonderful! I love this idea and your photos are stunning! Congrats on top 9!!!


  39. Maja on March 14, 2011 at 9:31 am

    Oh Wow, this looks mouthwatering !


  40. Eliot on March 14, 2011 at 10:22 am

    It’s not green but it is definitely Irish!


  41. Emily @ on March 14, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    I used to go to Yard House when I was in Cali for work too! They have so many crazy beer combos – I had one that was a chocolate stout with a raspberry beer (I think called black velvet??) that I thought I’d love but didn’t at all. My favorite was the snake bite – I think its half Harp and half hard pear cider. Yum!

    And this Guinness Milk Chocolate ice cream looks so good! I wish I had an ice cream makers!


  42. Alicia at Poise in Parma on March 14, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    Holy goodness in ice cream form. Yet another reason I curse my gluten intolerance. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!


  43. Diaczun Style on March 14, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    Wow…two of my favorite things all rolled into one. Perfection! Happy St. Patty’s Day indeed. :) Congrats on Top 9!


  44. Tiffany on March 14, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    This ice cream makes me want to say, YES, I’ll have another scoop please 😀


  45. Mary @ Delightful Bitefuls on March 15, 2011 at 12:50 am

    Innncredible! Love this!


  46. The Chocolate Priestess on March 15, 2011 at 10:17 am

    I don’t think I could wait 8+ hours for ice cream…


  47. Felice on March 16, 2011 at 2:07 am

    This sounds amazing. I’ve added a bottle of Guinness to my shopping list and I’m looking forward to trying this.


  48. Alex on March 16, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    This was DELICIOUS! Thanks for the recipe!


  49. LIsa on March 17, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    Wonderful ice cream! I love that David Lebovitz!


  50. Jen on April 4, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    *Drool* I love Guiness and ice cream!


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