No-Churn Chocolate Soft Serve



You know that moment when you are craving some ice cream, you pull it out of the freezer, and it’s hard as a rock? You decide to microwave it, but it ends up completely melting. Well guess what? This no fuss, no churn recipe will deliver a rich, decadent ice cream that’s scoopable the minute you take it out of the freezer.

The presence of liqueur in this dessert prevents it from fully solidifying, leaving us with a delightful soft serve. You will be able to taste the liqueur you are using, so feel free to play around—you could use Cointreau, sambuca, pistachio liqueur, coffee liqueur, raspberry liqueur, and the list goes on and on. If you want to skip the alcohol in this, the recipe will work without it as well, the ice cream will be firmer when pulled out of the freezer, so give it 2-3 minutes at room temperature before scooping.


  • Chocolate soft serve
  • 3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/4 cup liqueur of choice (see author notes)
  • 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon Dutch-process cocoa powder, sifted
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup heavy cream, super cold
  • Chocolate shell
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped (75 grams) dark chocolate


  1. Whisk the sweetened condensed milk, liqueur, cocoa powder, and salt in a bowl until combined. In a separate bowl, whip the heavy cream until soft peaks form.
  2. Gently fold all the whipped cream in the cocoa mixture. Pour the mixture in a container and let it freeze overnight. Serve it as soon as you pull it out of the freezer—it will be nice and scoopable. Bonus points if you serve it in a frozen bowl. Don’t let it sit at room temperature for too long, it will start melting fast.
  3. For the chocolate shell sauce, simply melt the coconut oil and chocolate in a bowl, in the microwave or over a bain marie. Whisk to combine, then pour it over the ice cream and watch it harden.

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