Frozen yogurt. It’s what summers are made of. This chocolate frozen yogurt is creamy, delicious, and deeply chocolaty, without the cloying sweetness. It’s a perfect refresher that beats the heat and satisfies that chocolate craving. The lighter texture and added tartness from the yogurt are perfect to beat this week’s summer heat.
My search for the perfect homemade frozen yogurt recipe led me to this post on the Serious Eats blog, which describes the process in detail. I tried both the basic and the white wine frozen yogurt recipes and they both turned out perfectly. My search was over and I’m never going back to store-bought again.
Having gotten the basics down, it was now time to experiment. Naturally, the first variation was to be of a chocolate variety. I searched online for chocolate frozen yogurt recipes but didn’t like all the extra ingredients people were adding. In addition, many were calling for Greek yogurt, which I knew from Max’s post wasn’t the way to go unless adding a lot of tart liquid. I quickly rejected all the recipes I found and decided to experiment on my own.
The most useful thing I’ve gleaned from the recipes I browsed was that cocoa powder was the magic ingredient. Here’s what I came up with:
1 large container of full-fat plain yogurt (750ml)
1 cup sugar
½ cup cocoa powder
Good quality dark chocolate to taste, chopped
How to make the magic happen:
Whisk sugar into the yogurt until sugar dissolves. Whisk in the cocoa powder, making sure any lumps are broken up and fully integrated into the liquid (you might want to sift it first!). Transfer to an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer’s directions.
I have the ice cream attachment for my Kitchenaid mixer and find that I usually let it run for a good 15-20 mins. You can tell by the condensation lines on the outside when the gel inside has warmed up. When the line is almost all the way at the bottom, the frozen yogurt is about as frozen as it’s going to get.
At the last stage, just before transferring to a container to finish freezing, mix in the chocolate bits. Transfer to a container and place in the freezer to finish up. Depending on the size of the container you use, this can take anywhere between 30 mins and several hours. I like to make the “ice cream” before dinner and put a part of it into a small container so it’s frozen in time for dessert.
This recipe produces a smooth, creamy frozen yogurt that is perfectly scoopable right out of the freezer. No need to defrost on the counter before serving. It also darkens as it hardens in the freezer, so it will look extra rich the following day.
Happy treat day!