Philadelphia Style Stracciatella Ice Cream

A deliciously sweet milk ice cream base with plenty delicate grated chocolate in every spoon – what’s not to love?

Stracciatela gelato is probably the Italian equivalent to chocolate chip ice cream, although I am going out on a limb and say that the Italians probably got there first. Chocolate chip ice cream is delicious, but there is just something a little different about stracciatella ice cream. The grated chocolate is more delicate and distributes better throughout the ice cream, making sure that get chocolate in every spoon. Did you know that they make this ice cream by pouring melted chocolate over the milk ice cream base towards the end of the churning process, therefore breaking the chocolate up into shreds and distributing it evenly? As interesting as this process sounds, I simplified it by adding grated chocolate towards the end of the churning process. An ice cream connoisseur might judge me, but whoever does the clean-up will thank. When in doubt I will always go with the option that creates less dishes.

Philadelphia Style Stracciatella Ice Cream


  • 200 ml whole milk*
  • 400 ml cream*
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • dash of salt
  • 1 tbl honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla-extract
  • 1/4 cup grated chocolate


1. Mix all the ingredients and stir until the sugar has dissolved.

2. Pour the mixture into the container of your ice cream machine and churn until it has doubled in volume.

3. Add the grated chocolate to ice cream machine while it is still churning to incorporate the chocolate in the entire ice cream.

4. Transfer into a freezer-friendly container and freeze for at least six hour or over night.

* The ratio of whole milk to cream can be flipped creating a lighter texture ice cream, which will be somewhat colder due to the lack of fat

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1 thought on “Philadelphia Style Stracciatella Ice Cream

  1. Sweet dreams come true with this! Thanks

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