Chocolate Overdose at The Ambassador’s Ball

I took inspiration from a certain spherical hazelnut chocolate available at all good diplomatic functions for this month’s entry of Bloggers Scream For Ice Cream, and created an ice-cream version that is super chocolately.


I have used my basic vanilla ice-cream custard recipe for this recipe and then added more chocolate than most people consume in a year, a slug of Frangelico and a handful of chopped hazelnuts to decorate.


  • 568ml full fat milk
  • 300ml double cream
  • 150g sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 6 egg yolks, beaten
  • 100g 70% dark chocolate
  • 4tbsp cocoa powder
  • Frangelico to taste
  • chopped hazelnuts

Pour milk and cream into a heavy based saucepan, add sugar.  Heat gently, stirring until sugar is dissolved, remove from the heat once the milk/cream mixture has just started to simmer.

Add the cocoa powder and broken up chocolate, stir until everything has dissolved and you have a saucepan of rather rich cocoa.

Return the milk/cream mixture back to a low heat in a clean saucepan, add the beaten egg yolks and stir until the mixture becomes a silky custard.

Cool the custard by placing it in the fridge for a few hours.

Churn the custard until it becomes ice-cream, and towards the end of the churning process add a few tablespoons of Frangelico to taste.  This will leave you with an ice-cream that tastes like hazelnut praline and one that is equally as rich as hazelnut praline.

Put the finished ice-cream into the freezer so that it can set a bit more.

Once it was set I shaped the ice-cream into balls and roll in chopped hazelnuts.  I went with ice-cream scoop sized balls but as this ice-cream is so rich you could easily get away with serving this as a bite-sized dessert along side a handful of the chocolates from which this took its inspiration.

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2 Responses to Chocolate Overdose at The Ambassador’s Ball

  1. Kavey says:

    I love the ambassador’s chocolates, so I know I’d love your ice cream version, how adorable are they? And booze in ice cream is a must, I feel, so yes yes yes!

    • Jacqui M says:

      I think the ice-cream version is just a little better than the real thing. I’m just creating ice-creams that use up my collection of half empty bottles of spirits, I’m lucky someone drunk the Midori or that’s be next!!

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