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Leftover Easter Egg Chocolate Ice Cream

Leftover Easter Egg Chocolate Ice Cream

The concept of a leftover Easter egg is something I find hard to get to grips with. In our house, uneaten Easter eggs must have something seriously wrong with them, or have fallen down the back of the sofa. The whole point of self-denial during Lent is to celebrate your resolve with a massive blow-out at the end, which is where the Easter eggs fit in. Fit into your stomach, I mean.

I do understand, however, that sometimes you can have too much of a good thing, including Easter eggs. So when Sainsbury’s asked me to come up with a delicious recipe for using up leftover Easter eggs, I immediately thought of ice cream. If you’re fed up with chocolate or feel you need to stop indulging, it can go into the freezer until such time as chocolate becomes desirable once again.

Leftover Easter Egg Chocolate Ice Cream

Leftover Easter Egg Ideas

So, assuming there are such things as leftover Easter eggs in your house, here are some suggestions on how to use them in addition to the leftover Easter egg chocolate ice cream recipe given below.

  • Melt leftover Easter egg chocolate down and use to drizzle over cakes and biscuits such as these peanut butter and chocolate cookies.
  • Turn leftover chocolate into chocolate sauce for pouring over ice-cream or any number of other things – it keeps well in the fridge. This honeyed chocolate sauce is rather delicious.
  • Chop all your leftover Easter eggs and chocolate into bits and use for any recipe using choc chips: cookies, flapjacks, brownies, cakes – the list could go on. Substitute choc bits for the walnuts in this brownie recipe.

Leftover Easter Eggs and Chocolate

I may claim that there are no leftover Easter eggs in our house, but I am a hoarder and tend to squirrel things away, often forgetting about them. This post prompted me to do a little search and lo and behold, I found some mini eggs from Easter 2013 nestling at the back of a cupboard. Plain chocolate eggs filled with creme de cassis, I thought they would be an ideal addition to my ice-cream. The unfortunate crushed bunnies and one of my less successful Easter egg attempts went into the mix too.

Leftover Easter Egg Chocolate Ice Cream

Leftover Easter Egg Chocolate Ice Cream

Initially I was going to flavour this no churn ice-cream with vanilla as I wanted the various tastes from the eggs to stand out. But then I remembered a bar of mint and vanilla chocolate that I used to be rather fond of. The vanilla and mint were both subtle and finely balanced and worked together surprisingly well. So in order to create my own version of this flavour combination, I decided to use some fresh mint from the garden which wouldn’t give too strong a flavour; I only used a little bit of vanilla pod for the same reason.

Mint & Vanilla Choc-Chip Ice Cream

The balance of flavours and ratio of ice-cream to chocolate was just perfect and it was not overly sweet. The hint of mint, made it quite refreshing and the light creamy ice-cream was easy to eat. Chunks of varying types and size of chocolate made each mouthful an adventure. I served it with this dark chocolate sauce with some added water to make it a better pouring consistency. 

Leftover Easter Egg Chocolate Ice Cream – The Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Leftover Easter Egg Chocolate Ice Cream
Leftover Easter Egg Chocolate Ice Cream
Prep Time
25 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 
A creamy but light and not overly sweet no churn choc-chip ice-cream flavoured with vanilla and a hint of mint. Ideal for using up all those leftover bits of Easter chocolate. Serve with chocolate sauce if desired.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: British
Keywords: chocolate, easter eggs, ice cream, leftovers, mint
Servings: 8 people
Author: Choclette
Ingredients
  • 600 ml double cream
  • 200 g (half a standard sized tin) condensed milk
  • large sprig fresh mint
  • half vanilla pod
  • 250 g Easter chocolate - mixed or otherwise
Instructions
  1. Warm 100ml of the cream with the mint in a covered pan until nearly boiling. Turn off the heat and leave to infuse until cool.
  2. Strain the cooled cream and add it along with the rest of the cream to a large bowl. Add the condensed milk.
  3. Scrape out the seeds from the vanilla pod and add to the cream (you could use vanilla extract, or ground vanilla pod or even vanilla paste).
  4. Whip the cream until soft peaks form.

  5. Roughly chop the chocolate (or place in a bag and bash with a rolling pin) and add to the cream, reserving a couple of spoonfuls to scatter on top if desired. Fold into the cream.
  6. Pour the cream into a 1 litre tub and scatter over the reserved chocolate. Place in the freezer.
Recipe Notes

Yields one litre plus a little bit more.

Sharing

Cooking with Herbs over at Lavender and Lovage is all about mint this month. Using my own fresh mint to flavour this ice-cream makes it particularly apt. 

I’m also submitting this to Simple and in Season with Ren Behan. Fresh mint is now in season as evinced by this use of my first picking of this year’s mint. This month’s event is being hosted by Michelle from Utterly Scrummy Food for Families

As this really is a Dead Easy Dessert and can be in the freezer in under 30 minutes, I am sending this off to Michelle of Utterly Scrummy Food for Families who is hosting this month for Sarah of Maison Cupcake. 

Despite it’s seeming lavishness, this is a very frugal recipe. I bought the cream at a bargain price as it was going out of date and the Easter eggs were already there and needed to be used up. I am thus sending my ice cream off to the No Waste Food Challenge normally hosted by Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary, but this month by Ness of JibberJabberUK.

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Leftover Easter Egg Chocolate Ice Cream. PIN IT.

Vanilla & mint choc chip ice cream. Ideal for using up leftover Easter Eggs or any other unwanted chocolate.

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37 Comments

  1. Johanna GGG

    16th April 2014 at 1:47 pm

    how funny that you found easter eggs from last year – I don’t think we have leftover easter eggs ever in our house (not that we have too many as it is not my favourite chocolate). I do remember my brothers throwing easter egg about wantonly as if it didn’t matter to them and our neighbour always had easter eggs she kept for months when I was little – but such things are less common now I am older – sigh! I am sure if I did make this ice cream both e and sylvia would be very excited

    Reply
    • Choclette

      17th April 2014 at 10:53 am

      I usually still get an Easter egg from my mum, so always look forward to that, but unless I’ve hidden something away for a rainy day, CT hoovers up anything that is left “lying around”!

      Reply
  2. talesofpiglingbland

    16th April 2014 at 3:54 pm

    There are SO many easter egg recipes around today and I want to eat all of them. Better get to the gym beforehand…

    Reply
  3. beautyqueenuk

    16th April 2014 at 4:03 pm

    Oh now that does look and sound amazing, not that I will have any leftovers 😉 x
    http://www.beautyqueenuk.co.uk

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    • Choclette

      17th April 2014 at 10:54 am

      No indeed, this leftover chocolate seems like a strange concept 😉

      Reply
  4. Torviewtoronto

    16th April 2014 at 4:09 pm

    looks wonderful

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    • Choclette

      17th April 2014 at 7:16 pm

      Thank you. We’ve had such lovely weather here recently, ice cream feels sort of right.

      Reply
  5. belleau kitchen

    16th April 2014 at 4:43 pm

    absolutely genius idea and I love the addition of the mint too… it’s like where all the bad bits of Easter eggs go to die.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      17th April 2014 at 7:17 pm

      No, not to die Dom, to live again 😀

      Reply
  6. Angie Schneider

    16th April 2014 at 5:28 pm

    A fantastic idea! It looks so creamy and smooth.

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    • Choclette

      17th April 2014 at 7:30 pm

      It has a lovely texture Angie and a lovely flavour too.

      Reply
  7. Janice Pattie

    16th April 2014 at 7:23 pm

    That is the best looking Easter dish I have seen this year, it appeals to me much more than creme eggs in cake or bars does. Great invention.

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    • Choclette

      17th April 2014 at 7:37 pm

      Thank you Janice – what a lovely thing to say 😀

      Reply
  8. Kate Hackworthy

    16th April 2014 at 8:26 pm

    What a great way to use up leftover choc!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      17th April 2014 at 7:38 pm

      Thanks Kate – strangely I never seem to have a problem using chocolate 😉

      Reply
  9. Bintu @ Recipes From A Pantry

    17th April 2014 at 7:06 am

    I am like you finding chocolate (and duplo) everywhere. This looks good.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      17th April 2014 at 7:39 pm

      Haha, glad I’m not alone Bintu.

      Reply
  10. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    17th April 2014 at 8:44 am

    What is leftover easter egg? 😉

    Reply
    • Choclette

      17th April 2014 at 7:39 pm

      Yes, good point Dannii, something I too am wrestling with!

      Reply
  11. Nayna Kanabar

    17th April 2014 at 8:48 am

    This icecream looks amazing and so delicious.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      17th April 2014 at 7:40 pm

      Thank you Nayna. I have to admit, it is rather good 🙂

      Reply
  12. Ren Behan

    17th April 2014 at 4:24 pm

    How lovely and indulgent – fresh mint choc chips with leftover Easter eggs – can’t think of anything better. Have a wonderful Easter! Thanks for the Simple and in Season entry x

    Reply
    • Choclette

      17th April 2014 at 7:42 pm

      Thank you Ren – add a bit of refreshing fresh mint and suddenly it doesn’t seem quite so decedent somehow!!!

      Reply
  13. London Unattached

    17th April 2014 at 9:00 pm

    I’m with you on the never having any left over easter eggs. But, what a lovely idea (even if you used a bar of chocolate!!!)

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    • Choclette

      20th April 2014 at 11:01 am

      You’re right Fiona, this is really a glorified choc chip ice-cream.

      Reply
  14. Aunt Bee

    21st April 2014 at 12:28 pm

    What a terrific idea! I love mint ice cream! <3

    Reply
  15. Sooze

    24th April 2014 at 2:00 pm

    Hi there, I love the idea of using up leftover choc in an icecream. I have some mint choc to use up and this could be interesting. Do you think it would work as a frozen yoghurt (natural yog + condensed milk) or would the yoghurt’s sourness not work with the mint?
    SW x

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    • Choclette

      25th April 2014 at 5:19 pm

      Mint chocolate sounds like a fantastic addition. Not sure if the yogurt would work as a no-churn, I’ve not tried it. Taste wise I think it could be good – think of tzatziki. If you try it, would love to know how it turns out.

      Reply
  16. Sarah Trivuncic

    29th April 2014 at 2:02 pm

    Oh my that looks fantastic! I would love a chunky slice of ice cream 🙂 Thanks for sending to Dead Easy Desserts!

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    • Choclette

      30th April 2014 at 10:30 am

      Yes thanks Sarah, I’m sort of thinking of having a freezer raid today 😉

      Reply
  17. Jibber JabberUK

    29th April 2014 at 9:50 pm

    I’m just looking around my living room to see how many Easter Eggs the kids won’t notice if I appropriate one. I’m sure they would appreciate the ice cream I put them in! Thanks for linking up with this month’s No Waste Food Challenge.

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    • Choclette

      30th April 2014 at 10:32 am

      You still have Easter eggs Ness? Mind you, I think I still have a few mini ones lying around too 😉

      Reply
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  19. Urvashi

    29th March 2016 at 4:09 pm

    The perfect post Easter use up those eggs and spare double cream recipe!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      30th March 2016 at 8:33 am

      Exactly Urvashi – I have both again this year, so it might be time to fill the freezer.

      Reply

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