Paleo Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Recently my son was bemoaning the fact that he doesn’t eat candy anymore.  Granted, we do allow the boys to cheat every once in a while, but it is far from a free-for-all at our house.  I asked him his very favorite candy and his answer was:  mommy’s favorite Christmas candy.

Ahh, peppermint bark.  Yes, I have been known to eat a bar (or twelve!) of Ghiradelli peppermint bark during the holiday season.  Last year, I started giving the boys little nibbles of it, and they were hooked as well.

So when I announced that I bet I could make an ice cream that tasted like mommy’s favorite Christmas candy, Mario’s eyes nearly bugged out of his head!

I know that most store bought mint chocolate chip ice cream is green, some is even just plain white, but in the spirit of the candy cane, I used India Tree natural food coloring to make ours a pale pink.

Peppermint chocolate chip ice cream is a perfect flavor for a hot summer day…..or to eat while admiring your Christmas lights.  Meanwhile, Mario has declared it the best ice cream ever.  Maybe even the best thing he ever tasted.  I tend to agree…..

Paleo Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

2 cans full fat coconut milk (preferably chilled)

1/2 cup honey

1 tsp. peppermint extract

2 tsp. vanilla extract

1/2 cup enjoy life chocolate chips or other soy/dairy free dark chocolate, coarsely chopped

India Tree red food coloring (optional)

Combine all ingredients and add them to your ice cream maker.  Prepare according to the ice cream maker instructions.  Enjoy!!

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