Swiss Orange Chip Ice Cream

Growing up in the 1980’s in the Valley of the Sun (Phoenix, Arizona), on special occasions or particularly hot days (over 110 degrees), my family would drive across town to Swensen’s Ice Cream to enjoy one particular flavor: Swiss Orange Chip. It featured a dark chocolate ice cream base infused with the essence of orange and littered with dark chocolate chips. It was delicious, decadent, and totally awesome — a perfect tribute to the 80’s. Here’s my version of this cool treat.

  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 5 ounces dark chocolate (60-70%), chopped
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 8 ounces sugar
  • 1 cup cream
  • ¼ teaspoon orange oil
  • ½ cup mini chocolate chips

Place milk, dark chocolate bits, and cocoa in a medium heavy pot and heat to just below a simmer, stirring occasionally. In a medium bowl, beat together yolks and sugar until well combined. Pour one cup of the hot milk mixture over egg mixture, whisking constantly. Pour egg mixture into saucepan. Heat mixture very slowly, stirring constantly with wooden spoon in figure eight pattern. Cook gently over very low heat for about 10 minutes, until custard has be-come quite thick. Add cold cream to stop the cooking and stir in orange oil. Pour through fine strainer into clean bowl and refrigerate until completely cold. Freeze mixture in ice cream freezer then scrape into container. Stir in mini chocolate chips while ice cream is semi-soft. Cover and freeze completely. Makes one quart.

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3 thoughts on “Swiss Orange Chip Ice Cream”

  1. Nate! I was just telling my kids about my favorite ice cream flavor from when I was a kid in the 80s, Swiss Orange Chip from Swensen’s, and how nothing — NOTHING– compares! We decided to google to see if it existed anywhere, and how thrilled am I to find your recipe. I am running out right now to by an ice cream maker and the ingredients. Please, please tell me this is a worthy replication! Once, as a teenager, I went to Swensen’s (towards the end of their existence) and ordered SOC.. . The guy said they didn’t have any. “Why?” I asked, “because people order it so much you ran out?” His reply: “Uh . . . no. Because no one ever orders it.” How excited am I now to find your recipe AND learn that I am not alone in loving this flavor! I am not alone!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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