Coffee Ice Cream with Chocolate Chunks and Homemade Dulche de Leche

Coffee Ice Cream with Chocolate Chunks and Homemade Dulche de Leche

The fun continues at the Bunkycooks this weekend as we are winding our way towards the end of the wedding odyssey. As you may know, we have been party animals entertaining family all week long leading up to the big day.

We have shared way too much wine, food, laughter that caused me to pee in my pants and great times. I am now ready for it all to end and for everyone to go home so that I can have my house back, stop the insanity and get some rest! However, until that time comes, we will continue the fun and keep on drinking and eating!

As you may know, we had quite the Cinco de Mayo celebration Tuesday evening. We had really fabulous sangria from Barcelona and some traditional Mexican dishes. It was lots of fun (proven by the sluggish movement of all individuals in the house the next morning) and the food was really yummy (if I must say so myself!).

I decided to make some ice cream for dessert for our little party along with some homemade dulche de leche. There is nothing better than the taste of ice cream that has been freshly churned in your kitchen. You will never again want to buy a carton of the stuff in the frozen foods section. Well, let me tell you, the same is true of dulche de leche! OH MY GOODNESS! This is one of the best things I have ever put in my mouth! Homemade, rich, gooey caramel…yum!

The process of turning milk and sugar into caramel took a little longer than I had anticipated, but, what the heck. I was rocking in the kitchen cooking the main dish, drinking some sangria and just stirring the pot of dulche de leche…it was okay by me and so worth it!

I added some dark chocolate chunks to the the coffee ice cream, so we had coffee, dark chocolate and caramel all in one dessert! Oh, yay!

Besides eating the rest of the ice cream over the next few days, I will follow in the footsteps of the world famous partiers from Saturday Night Live until everyone is gone and all of the festivities have come to a close…Party on Wayne! Party on Garth!

Cuban Coffee Ice Cream with Dark Chocolate and Dulche de Leche

Adapted from (Sunset magazine)
Serves 8


Ice cream
6 large egg yolks
2 cups whole milk
2 cups whipping cream
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup dark-roasted coffee beans, coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons dark rum
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup dark chocolate chunks

Dulche de Leche
4 cups whole milk
1 1/4 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda


For ice cream:
1. In a bowl, beat egg yolks to blend.

2. In a 3- to 4-quart pan over medium-high heat, combine milk, cream, sugar, and coffee beans; stir until sugar is dissolved and mixture is simmering. Remove from heat, cover, and let stand 30 minutes. Pour through a fine strainer into a bowl; discard coffee beans. Rinse pan, return milk mixture to it, and bring to a simmer over low heat.

3. Whisk 1/2 cup of the warm milk mixture into egg yolks; pour yolk mixture into pan. Stir constantly over low heat until mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, 4 to 6 minutes; do not boil.

4. Pour into a clean bowl and chill, stirring occasionally, until cold, about 2 hours; if desired, cover and chill up to 1 day.

5. Stir rum and vanilla into custard. Freeze mixture in a 1-quart or larger ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s directions. While ice cream is still soft, stir in chocolate chunks. Transfer ice cream to an airtight container and freeze until firm, at least 6 hours, or up to 1 week. Scoop into bowls and top with dulce de leche.

For dulche de leche:
In a heavy 5- to 6-quart pan over medium-high heat, stir 4 cups whole milk and 1 1/4 cups sugar until sugar is dissolved and mixture is boiling. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon baking soda. Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally with a flexible spatula, until mixture is golden brown and reduced to about 2 cups, about 1 1/2 hours (mine took about 2 1/2 hours on very low heat).

Pour through a fine strainer into a bowl; discard residue. (*I did not have to do this step. Mine was smooth and rich and had no residue.)

Makes 2 cups.

54 Responses to “Coffee Ice Cream with Chocolate Chunks and Homemade Dulche de Leche”

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    zenchef — May 8, 2010 @ 11:09 am

    Oh my God.. i want this.. NOW! And i don’t care if it’s time for breakfast.

    • bunkycooks replied: — May 8th, 2010 @ 11:28 am

      Thank you! :) I will trade you for a slice of your Omelette Thailandaise!

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    Lazaro — May 8, 2010 @ 11:23 am

    Saw you on Denise’s page. Look forward to following you here. Fantastic post. Cheers!

    • bunkycooks replied: — May 8th, 2010 @ 11:30 am

      Thanks Lazaro. I appreciate your comment. I have taken peeks at your blog as well. Great recipes! I love the collaboration with Denise. She is truly awesome!

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    Punctuation Mark — May 8, 2010 @ 12:52 pm

    Yum!!! what a delicious recipe… will add it to my weekend’s links on my blog!

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    roxan — May 8, 2010 @ 1:25 pm

    YUM! I could go for a huge bowl of that right now. That looks delicious. Can I come over for some ice cream?

    • bunkycooks replied: — May 8th, 2010 @ 11:14 pm

      I still have about a scoop left in the freezer and a good bit of dulche de leche left, so come one before it’s all gone! :)

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    pegasuslegend — May 8, 2010 @ 1:37 pm

    I’ve been wanting to make dulche for so long, but never have the time, have you ever tried the condensed milk version? I love this one as it obviously is the right way to make it….this looks sensational~ would love to try this soon going to book mark, thanks for the homemade version, love it!

    • bunkycooks replied: — May 8th, 2010 @ 11:13 pm


      This was sooo worth making! I had to leave it off and on to do other things so I kept it on a simmer plate over really low heat. When I knew I would be able to keep an eye on it constantly, I moved it to a direct heat. It never stuck to the pan…it was perfect. It just took awhile. I have never made any version of dulche de leche before, so I was happy when I saw this one starting to darken and thicken like imagined it would! It is true caramel goodness!


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    Elin — May 8, 2010 @ 2:13 pm

    Hi Bunkycooks…this is sinfully decadent but I heart it just the same. Thanks for sharing this delectable ice cream…slurp slurp slurp :p

    • bunkycooks replied: — May 8th, 2010 @ 11:09 pm

      It is totally decadent and so good! We had a little scoop tonight. You don’t need much and it satisfies the craving!

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    Jenn @ Defunkt Gourmet — May 8, 2010 @ 3:09 pm

    Hi Gwen,
    soooooo true. Once you make your own ice cream, it’s so much better than bought stuff. Also since ice cream from the store is no longer “ice cream” but “frozen dessert”. It’s so depressing. Embarassingly, bought some the other day, Breyers’s Mint Chocolate Chip. Ugh… it’s like ingesting foam. Gross.
    Yours on the other hand is a dream. So lucky you’re not eating this mint green crap. :p

    • bunkycooks replied: — May 8th, 2010 @ 11:08 pm


      That’s so true. Even the good stuff is bad now. Breyer’s ice cream has gotten kind of weird lately. “Foam” is an accurate description. I have gotten where I will make my own. You just need to plan ahead. Otherwise, I will use Haagen-Dazs or Blue Bell. The other stuff is too expensive or 500 calories/scoop. If I am going to eat ice cream that is 500 calories a serving…I will eat my own!


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    Kim at Rustic Garden Bistro — May 8, 2010 @ 3:53 pm

    Beautiful! While you’re on your entertaining streak, why dontcha bring some of that goodness with you to CA?! [K]

    • bunkycooks replied: — May 8th, 2010 @ 10:55 pm

      I thought about bringing some goodies with me, but security would eat it if I packed it or it would melt if I ship it…guess you will have to come to ATL to have some of my fattening desserts! :)

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    The Cilantropist — May 8, 2010 @ 4:11 pm

    Oh goodness. This looks divine and decadent. My mouth is watering!!!

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    Chef Dennis — May 8, 2010 @ 5:55 pm

    I love Ice Cream….and I love Caramel….sigh…….now I want ice cream and caramel…see what you’ve…like I need an excuse to eat Ice Cream

    • bunkycooks replied: — May 8th, 2010 @ 10:41 pm

      Hi Chef,

      Not too many people need an excuse to eat ice cream! Especially not homemade with dulche de leche from scratch! It is soooo good!

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    sippitysup — May 8, 2010 @ 6:25 pm

    That’s one tempting my of goodness!

    • bunkycooks replied: — May 8th, 2010 @ 10:40 pm

      That’s a good thing! I just had some tonight for dessert. It can tempt even those of us on so-called diets! 😉

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    Memoria — May 8, 2010 @ 8:15 pm

    This ice cream looks AMAZING!! Your photos are awesome! Wow. Can you make this ice cream without the alcohol?

    • bunkycooks replied: — May 8th, 2010 @ 10:39 pm

      Thanks for the comment, Memoria. I think it would be fine without the rum. You could also substitute rum flavoring. The one thing that I do like about adding alcohol to ice cream is that is does not freeze quite so hard. If you leave out the rum, you might want to serve it shortly after freezing it so that it still has a nice texture.

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    5 Star Foodie — May 8, 2010 @ 8:34 pm

    Wow, that is one incredible ice cream dessert! Sounds wonderful with chocolate chunks and dulce de leche!

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    Maria — May 8, 2010 @ 9:30 pm

    I wish I was eating this right now! Yum!

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    Diane {} — May 9, 2010 @ 12:19 am

    That looks delicious.
    I’ll be seeing you at camp blog away :)

    • bunkycooks replied: — May 10th, 2010 @ 2:00 pm

      Thank you! I am looking forward to meeting you, too.

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    Daydreamer Desserts — May 9, 2010 @ 12:40 am

    I’m really loving the combination of flavors you used here, and your photos are stunning!

    • bunkycooks replied: — May 10th, 2010 @ 2:00 pm

      Thank you so much! I really appreciate your comment.

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    sweetlife — May 9, 2010 @ 1:31 am

    dulce de leche…oh how you know the way to my heart and chocolate..yum,yum,yum,


    • bunkycooks replied: — May 10th, 2010 @ 2:00 pm

      It’s so good! I still have a little bit in the fridge….

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    lululu — May 9, 2010 @ 2:15 am

    I’m trying really hard to cut down my coffee intake as I’m pregnant now. But I can tell you I would never ever let go of this sinfully delicious treat!

    • bunkycooks replied: — May 10th, 2010 @ 2:05 pm

      You could make the ice cream with decaf coffee beans, although that may not be much better for you. It will give you something to look forward to making once you have had your baby! BTW, good luck!

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    penny aka jeroxie — May 9, 2010 @ 6:49 am

    This is AWESOME! I will like to have some of this right now.

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    Truffle Shuffle — May 9, 2010 @ 8:04 am

    Mmm… Most of my favorite things in one dish. Delicious!

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    Anna — May 9, 2010 @ 9:30 am

    It looks so luscious, I love dulce de leche, its a taste of home for me. It’s a delicious combination.

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    Conor @ HoldtheBeef — May 9, 2010 @ 9:59 am

    Wow, three totally winning components with this! Party on!

    • bunkycooks replied: — May 10th, 2010 @ 2:07 pm

      Where’s the party now? :)

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    Drick — May 9, 2010 @ 10:17 am

    yep, nothing finer than homemade icecream – and the dulche de leche topping is well, the tops…

    • bunkycooks replied: — May 10th, 2010 @ 2:07 pm

      Thank you, Drick! The topping is to die for….

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    Rumana Rawat — May 9, 2010 @ 1:01 pm

    U have a great space and very delicious recipe’s.
    Do visit mine if u have time:-)

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    patty Price — May 9, 2010 @ 2:29 pm

    Thanks for sharing such an awesome ice cream recipe, I agree why waste those calories on store bought treats, better to make something wonderful in your own kitchen!

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    Katie @ Cozydelicious — May 9, 2010 @ 6:01 pm

    Oh man… I could use one of these right now!!! Your ice cream looks so amazing – an dthat dulce de leche! I’m drooling.

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    Linn @ Swedish home cooking — May 10, 2010 @ 2:52 am

    Dulche de leche may just be the most amazing thing in the world. Mm. Your recipe sounds soo delicious.

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    patty Price — May 10, 2010 @ 2:29 pm

    Congratulations on being in the Food Buzz top 9! Again, your ice cream looks amazing!

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    risaeats — May 10, 2010 @ 3:13 pm

    This sounds amazing. Can I have some??? I love the combination of coffee and dulce de leche. OMG I want some now!

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    Janice — May 10, 2010 @ 6:10 pm

    I think I am starting with dessert tonight. Fantastic pics.

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    Liren {Kitchen Worthy} — May 10, 2010 @ 6:58 pm

    Congrats on Top 9! This is a stunner of an ice cream – all the best flavors in one! I have been holing off on pulling out the ice cream maker, because once I start, I can’t stop making ice cream. This is tempting me to get started :)

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    Simply Scrumptious — May 10, 2010 @ 9:12 pm

    Looks absolutely delicious!

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    Paula — May 10, 2010 @ 9:22 pm

    Wow looks soo good! I think I need one of right now!!

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    Emily — May 11, 2010 @ 4:11 am

    I’ll be more than happy to spend my coming weekend with this addictive dessert and tv, nothing else 😀
    Your photos look gorgeous! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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    Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen — May 11, 2010 @ 1:13 pm

    Wow…this looks absolutely amazing. Coffee and dulce de leche are a match made in heaven, I believe.

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    Cookin' Canuck — May 11, 2010 @ 2:05 pm

    This looks unbelievably good! Not only are your photos beautiful, but the dessert is packed with all the flavors I love most.

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    Fuji Mama — May 12, 2010 @ 9:08 pm

    Oh my goodness, I am fighting an almost uncontrollable urge to lick my computer screen! This looks phenomenal.

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