Did you know that in the USA, July is National Ice Cream Month? Ronald Reagan designated it as such in 1984. Did you know that one of my hidden talents is that I can recite all of the Presidents in order … Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe … etc. Reagan was the 40th President of the United States, Canada hasn’t even had 25 Prime Ministers yet. Fun little history lesson for ya. See, here at Living Lou you’re always learning something, whether it’s a recipe or a history lesson, be prepared for learning.

Ice cream has consistently been one of my favourite desserts, like bacon has been my favourite food. From ages 10 to about 13, I would eat ice cream daily. Usually after school whilst watching my Queen, Oprah. I’ve always been a chocolate gal myself, my older sister is vanilla, and only vanilla. Just one way to highlight our differences, we really are pretty opposite. It is a good thing that she doesn’t like chocolate ice cream though, because that means when I make it, she won’t eat it all.

I’ve tried and tested a bunch of chocolate ice cream recipes before finding The One. Like in Say Yes To The Dress (great show!) when a bride to be tries on a wedding dress and the tears well up in her eyes, and she exclaims “Oh, this is the one!” I had that reaction with this ice cream. Except I didn’t try it on, I took a bite and the tears started flowing. Well, not exactly, what really happened was I took another bite and then looked at my mom and said “Oh man” and she nodded, knowing exactly what I was thinking. We both agreed, this is The One.

Chocolate Ice Cream
Recipe Adapted from: Baked Bree

1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups whole milk
3 1/4 cups heavy cream
1 tbsp vanilla


In a large bowl, whisk cocoa powder, brown sugar and granulated sugar together. Pour in the milk, heavy cream and vanilla. Whisk until combined.

Freeze ice cream according to manufacturers instructions.

Please, celebrate National Ice Cream Month with me and make some chocolate ice cream today!

– Lou

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