Ice cream balls: fresh and fun to prepare!

Total time: 15 min prep 3 hr freezer
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 4-6
By Cookist

Indulge in the sweet bite and pure bliss of chocolate-covered ice cream balls—the perfect ending to any meal! These delectable treats, similar to ice cream bon bons, are a delightful twist on traditional ice cream. Homemade ice cream is set into balls, then dipped into melted chocolate. With a creamy center and a rich chocolate shell, they are a delicious frozen treat that is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. Whether you enjoy them on their own or as a decadent addition to a dessert platter, ice cream balls are the ultimate treat for any occasion, and it’s perfect for summer!


For added texture, add nuts, chocolate chips, crushes Oreos, or rainbow sprinkles to the ice cream mixture before freezing.

Use any type of chocolate for the coating. White chocolate will be very sweet, dark chocolate will be less sweet and slightly bitter, whereas milk chocolate will fall right in the middle.

If you don’t have a silicon sphere mold, you can use an ice cream scoop to make small ice cream balls.

You can also sprinkle the ice cream balls with additional toppings. Do this directly after dipping them into the melted chocolate, before it starts to set. You can sprinkle them with any of the following:

  • rainbow sprinkles
  • chopped nuts
  • cookie crumbs
  • coconut flakes

To set up a double boiler (to melt the chocolate), you’ll need a medium-sized pot and a heatproof bowl (usually glass). Make sure that the bowl and pot fit nicely onto each other—the bowl should be resting on top of the pot (in other words it should be larger). Place water inside the pot (it should not touch the bowl) and place over medium heat.


How to Store Ice Cream Balls

Store the ice cream balls in a Ziploc plastic bag for up to 3 months.

Can I Make It Ahead of Time?

Because the ice cream balls are stored in the freezer, they’re perfect for making ahead of time!

How To Serve Ice Cream Balls

Serve the ice cream balls on a stick, or, if you want to serve them without a stick, place the balls in a paper cupcake liner.

Keep the balls in the freezer and you will always be ready with a treat!

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600ml (2 1/2 cups)
50g (1/4 cup)
40g (1/3 cup)
Milk powder
60g (1/2 cup)
melted chocolate
60ml (1/4 cup)


In a bowl mix together milk, sugar, cornstarch, and milk powder.

Pour the mixture into a pan over low-medium heat. Add the coffee. Cook over low heat until the mixture starts to thicken. Allow the mixture to cool completely.

Use a stick blender to blend the mixture until smooth.

Transfer the mixture to a large piping bag and pipe it into a silicon dome tray. (Keep out some of the mixture to use later).

Freeze for at least two hours.

Use a teaspoon to make small grooves in the ice cream halves.

Pipe a small amount of the mixture onto the grooves of three of the spheres. Place a stick on top. Pipe the mixture onto the other three spheres.

Remove the spheres and combine them to form a ball. Freeze for another hour.

Dip into the melted chocolate, making sure the ball is completely covered. Freeze for another 30 minutes before serving.


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