mocha almond fudge ice cream

A wise person (hi Mom!) once said that ice cream is to be consumed year round, and I’m inclined to agree. I understand that ice cream might be a strange concept when there’s snow on the ground for some of you, but if you’ve never made ice cream in the winter, now’s the time to crank up the heat and give it a shot.

Mocha Almond Fudge Ice Cream | Tutti Dolci

Mocha almond fudge ice cream was always a family favorite during childhood jaunts to the ice cream store, but we all know homemade is infinitely better. Crunchy roasted almonds and slivers of semisweet chocolate accentuate the deep mocha flavor making these scoops a dream for all coffee, chocolate, and ice cream lovers!

Mocha Almond Fudge Ice Cream | Tutti Dolci

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Mocha Almond Fudge Ice Cream


  • 2 1/2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 4 cups half-and-half, divided
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 Tbsp dark cocoa
  • 1/2 Tbsp instant espresso
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp vodka
  • 1/2 cup roasted salted almonds, finely chopped
  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped


  1. Whisk together cornstarch and 1/4 cup half-and-half in a small bowl; set aside. Combine remaining half-and-half, sugar, cocoas, instant espresso, vanilla, salt, and vodka in a heavy saucepan over medium heat, whisking to dissolve cocoa. Whisk in reserved cornstarch mixture and bring to a boil over medium heat, whisking constantly. Cook until mixture resembles a thick milk shake. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature, then cover and chill for 6 hours in the refrigerator.
  2. Pour chilled ice cream mixture into frozen cylinder of ice cream maker; freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions. Add almonds and chocolate in the final minute of freezing. Spoon mixture into a freezer-safe container and place in the freezer until firm.


For the instant espresso, I used one pack of Starbucks VIA Italian Roast. The vodka prevents the ice cream from freezing too firmly.


  • Serving Size: 1/2 cup
  • Calories: 250
  • Carbohydrates: 30

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  1. Laura, this ice cream looks amazing….. All my favorite ingredients, dark chocolate, almonds, espresso!
    Thank you for the recipe – can’t wait to try it!

  2. I’m the one that’s always frozen at my house, but no one else would balk at ice cream in the winter. Especially rich, decadent fudge ice cream 🙂

  3. My husband made me take the ice cream maker bowl out of the freezer to make room for his ice — I’m going to sneak it back in…this looks to good to miss Laura!

  4. It’s been such a warm California winter that ice cream sounds perfect! Especially when dark chocolate and almonds are involved!

  5. Ok, now you are talking!! This would be my favorite and I would likely eat the whole batch in one siting!! 🙂

  6. Wow! Can’t beat dark chocolate and almonds. We reached a high of -16C today here. I wouldn’t even have to find room in my freezer my KA ice cream canister. I’ll just set it out the back door 😉

  7. I thought we were the only family who ate ice cream in winter! You know, it’s -25C here in Toronto, but we always have ice cream in our freezer. It would be nice to have your mocha almond fudge right here, right now!

  8. I agree with your Mom – this is a treat to be enjoyed year round! Yours is making my mouth water big time!

  9. Your Mom is a very wise woman!! I eat ice cream year round! Your flavors here are amaaaazing! Beautiful photos!

  10. Your mom is very very wise indeed. We had ice cream today, in fact 🙂 These are just gorgeous and oh so chocolatey!

  11. All year on the ice cream please! This is a great recipe – wonderful flavors and gorgeous photos!

  12. I like the way your mother (and you) think! 🙂 I wonder if ice cream making will make all of our Pacific Northwest rain go away? I’m definitely going to give it a try. This looks fantastic!

  13. oh ice cream is most certainly to be consumed all year round!! I love this mocha almond fudge ice cream . . it has all of my fave things! chocolate, espresso and almonds!

  14. Aha this is where you get your wiseness from clearly Laura! What a gorgeous sounding combination and luckily we are still having warm weather so it is perfect for us 😀

  15. So glad you take after your mom, Laura! Ice cream year ’round is a real thing at our house. I can never get enough of coconut ice cream or any chocolate flavor! Love, love, love this flavor combination and how you added a bit of dark cocoa for a more intense flavor. Gorgeous styling and photography as usual, my friend. 🙂 Definitely will be pinning and making! xo