I met my husband when we were both working at a Swenson’s Ice Cream factory in Springfield, Missouri. We were both seniors in high school, and I was assistant manager, working after school and weekends. It’s funny the things we remember from 30 years ago (that can’t be right, how has it been that long?). He remembers how I used to tell him he didn’t clean the ice cream freezers good enough, and I remember him being sweet and changing out tubs of ice cream for me. I guess things never change. Another thing we both remember is the Swiss Orange Chip Ice Cream. It was a dark chocolate ice cream flavored with orange, with chocolate chips. I have never tried to recreate that flavor, but have thought about it often.
Then, I decided it was time. Even though I’m trying to lose some weight and not cook too many fattening things, I had some nice heavy whipping cream leftover from a dinner I made a couple of weeks ago, and I didn’t want to waste all of the nice cream. So, Chocolate Orange Chip Ice Cream is was. I used the Chocolate Ice Cream in David Lebovitz’s The Perfect Scoop as my base recipe. To it, I added orange zest, orange extract, Grand Marnier, and chopped chocolate. The ice cream turned out luscious. It is one of the creamiest ice creams I have made, with a nice fluffy texture. The orange is pronounced, but not overly so. And the extra chocolate from the chips is just perfect. I know this is one I will be making again in the future. Next time, instead of chocolate chips, I might have to chop up some chocolate covered candied orange peel…

Makes about 1 Quart
2 cups heavy cream
3 tablespoons unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
5 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped (I used Guittard 72% cacao)
1 cup whole milk
3/4 cup sugar
Pinch of salt
5 large egg yolks
Grated zest of 2 large oranges
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon orange extract
2 tablespoons Grand Marnier
5 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
Warm 1 cup of the cream with the cocoa powder in a medium saucepan, whisking to thoroughly blend the cocoa. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer at a very low boil for 30 seconds, whisking constantly. Remove from the heat and add the chopped chocolate, stirring until smooth. Then stir in the remaining 1 cup cream. Pour the mixture into a large bowl, scraping the saucepan as thoroughly as possible, and set a mesh strainer on top of the bowl.
Warm the milk, sugar, salt, and orange zest in the same saucepan. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks. Slowly pour the warm milk into the egg yolks, whisking constantly, then scrape the warmed egg yolks back into the saucepan.
Stir the mixture constantly over medium heat with a heatproof spatula, scraping the bottom as you stir, until the mixture thickens and coats the spatula. Pour the custard through the strainer and stir it into the chocolate mixture until smooth, then stir in the vanilla and orange extracts, and the Grand Marnier. Stir until cool over an ice bath.
Chill the mixture thoroughly in the refrigerator, then freeze it in your ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions. At the end, stir in the chopped chocolate pieces.



  1. Cindy Ruth, I really enjoyed your story of beginnings in your long and “sweet” relationship with your husband. Nice to have that kind of history to look back on. Indeed, “where do the years go?” Thank you also for the great idea for ice cream. I’ll for sure try this one! Sweet tales, nothing better.

  2. Yum! I might just have to bring my ice cream maker out of hibernation for this one. Thanks for sharing your sweet story of meeting your husband.

  3. Oh, Cindy, that looks luscious!
    And what a nice story about meeting your husband. Very sweet!

  4. I’m glad everyone enjoyed the story about my husband and I. If you like chocolate, orange, and ice cream, I would highly recommend making this ice cream. We are just loving it!

  5. If you have been waiting for the right ice cream recipe to come along, then this is it. I am still working on my cleaning skills and Cindy is still helping me work on my cleaning skills 🙂
    Oh, and our first date was the midnight showing of the Rocky Horror Picture Show one night after working at the ice cream shoppe.

  6. Thanks honey. At first I couldn’t figure out what you were talking about “cleaning skills”-I thought you meant something to do with the ice cream I made. And by the way, since you’ve been out of town, I haven’t had one bite of this ice cream-saving it for you!
    Yes, Rocky Horror Picture Show…

  7. Thank you so much for posting this recipe! I have been pining for Swiss Orange Chip ice cream for years now and all of the Swenson’s shops seem to have disappeared. I will try making this soon.

  8. I enjoyed reading the story of how you and your hubby met and even more so his comment to you clarifying your first date and how he will do better at cleaning. How sweet! Great photo of the ice cream. You could sell it to an advertiser. It would definitely sell lots of ice cream. Sounds like a delicious flavor. Too bad I can’t eat chocolate anymore (migraines) or I would definitely give the recipe a try.

  9. OMG!!! I had everyone at a party dying over this recipe because it was so good. I am a big fan of the Swenson’s Swiss orange chip and there are no longer stores in my area. I had the craving and gave your recipe a try. Your recipe was a perfect match. Thanks so much.