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Iced Irish Cream and Chocolate

Updated on June 19, 2015
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Ice cream, chocolate and Irish cream

This chocolate and ice cream dish is probably the easiest dessert you'll ever make.

It's certainly the easiest I know and is so very tasty.

We have it often as a special treat because it's delicious and takes just a couple of minutes to make. When I've cooked dinner, I don't have the time (or the patience!) to make elaborate desserts so this does the trick admirably.

It's flavored with beautiful Irish liqueur.What's interesting too is that I've made this for dinner parties too, and guests always love it.

It can be made in advance with the finishing touches being added just before serving. It looks quite elegant served in a well-shaped glass.

You can vary the quantities as much as you like and there's no measuring or weighing of ingredients to slow you down when you're making this quick and easy dessert. Although it contains chocolate, it's quite a light dessert but always feels like a super treat. I always have ice cream in the freezer and a bottle of Bailey's in the pantry - in fact, I think I need to make this for dessert tonight!


All you need are these:

  • Ice cream
  • Chocolate
  • Irish cream liqueur (Bailey's is best)
  • Mint to garnish

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To make

You can vary the quantities as much as you want depending on your preferences.

  • You'll need one glass per person so line these up on your countertop.
  • Add a dollop of ice cream into the bottom of each glass. I tamp it down a little so the surface is flat.
  • Take a bar of chocolate and shave it with a knife so that you have chocolate chips. (This is easier if you keep the chocolate in the fridge beforehand).
  • Add a layer of chocolate flakes on top of the ice cream in each glass.
  • Add another layer of ice cream. If you're using tall glasses such as champagne flutes, you can keep layering but end with a top layer of the ice cream.
  • Gently heat Irish liqueur in a pan.
  • With a skewer or pointed knife make small holes in the ice cream in the glasses. Go right down to the bottom of the glass if possible. If you're preparing this in advance you can now store the glasses in the fridge.
  • When it's time to serve, pour a little warmed Irish liqueur into each glass. This will run down the holes and slightly melt the chocolate and the ice cream.
  • Garnish with more shaved chocolate, mint leaves and serve.

Variations

  • Use orange flavored chocolate and garnish with crystallized or candied orange. I always like to use Irish cream but I've used Cointreau on the orange version and it's just as good!
  • Mint chocolate is very tasty and can be used for this dish.
  • Add a layer of chopped nuts if you want to add crunchiness.
  • It can of course be made with vegan ice cream and vegan chocolate. Disaronno Amaretto is a vegan liqueur and chopped almonds are a great addition.
  • I've made this using Malibu (also vegan) instead of Irish cream and added shredded coconut - that's tasty!
  • I've also make this with a layer of sliced strawberries in between the ice cream and the chocolate.
  • The variations are endless!

Ice cream makers

My friend and her husband live on a boat. I thought we were very clever for living and working in an apartment that's under 450 square feet but Claire's boat is much smaller and they live on it full time. She keeps her kitchen appliances to an absolute minimum because of space restrictions but even so she has an ice cream maker!

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All photographs taken my me during the preparation of this dessert.

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      Jackie Jackson 3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Sylvestermouse - now you mention it, I'm pretty sure we prefer it to cake too!

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      Jackie Jackson 3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @mgbphoto - my favourites too :)

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      Jackie Jackson 3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @BuckHawkcenter - thank you so much for featuring it!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 3 years ago from United States

      We have several family members would would prefer this dessert to cake! Thank you for sharing your recipe.

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      Mary Beth Granger 3 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      This sounds wonderful...but then how could it be otherwise with three of my favorite ingredients: ice cream, chocolate and Irish creme. mmmm

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      BuckHawkcenter 3 years ago

      This Irish Cream Chocolate looks so good that I featured it on Holiday Desserts: Thanksgiving Menu on Review This.

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 4 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      A yummy ice cream treats sounds good.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Craftymarie: It's wonderful - I promise :)

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      Marie 4 years ago

      I have a real love of ice cream and this looks like heaven. Yum!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      uhmmmmm, where's your bookmark button - I wanted to bookmark this. And yes, you can delete this comment or leave it! Heck a comment is a comment lol

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      oh I love ice Irish cream chocolate! Come to think of it I like anything chocolate, and Irish. Like Baileys.

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      yourlocalpt 4 years ago

      i want this too.. Ice cream, chocolate and Irish cream

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      Jackie Jackson 5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @CozyKitty: To be honest, I've never tried because I love the liqueur so much! But the essential thing is that lovely Bailey's flavor so I imagine it will be delicious.

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      InfoCoop 5 years ago

      This dessert looks so easy and delicious, I have no choice but to try it! Fish-n-chips yesterday, this today. If I don't stop reading your lenses, I'm gonna gain a hundred pounds!

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      CozyKitty 5 years ago

      Oh, yum! Easy to make and delicious too, plus it looks like a fancy dessert you would get at a restaurant. Do think it would work using Baileys Coffee Creamer (non-alcoholic) as a substitute for the Irish Cream? It's worth a try anyway. Can't wait 'til dinnertime :)

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      Jackie Jackson 5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @InfoCoop: Hehe - who wants to be skinny anyway? There are plenty more recipes for you to look at too :) Anyway, St Patrick's Day is coming up and as this dessert uses Irish cream liqueur, that's a great excuse!

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      Auriel 5 years ago

      uhmm..i like it.

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      Jackie Jackson 5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Elastara: Exactly right! I wanted to make it this evening but I find that the ice cream in our freezer has 'mysteriously' disappeared!

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      Elastara 5 years ago

      Hmm.... yummy yummy!

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      Jackie Jackson 5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @gravityx9: Thank you so much!

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      gravityx9 5 years ago

      yummmmmmmmy! liked and shared at Pinterest on my 'nom nom nomm' board

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      Jackie Jackson 5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @myspace9: You're very welcome!

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      myspace9 5 years ago

      Thank you so much for squidliking one of my lenses. Appreciate your time and visit.

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      Jackie Jackson 5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @ecogranny: Oh, you've made me SO hungry now :)

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      Jackie Jackson 5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @LouisaDembul: Isn't it? Thanks!

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      Kathryn Grace 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Mmmmmmm. This sounds so good. I'm thinking the orange variations might be fabulous with Grand Marinier.

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      LouisaDembul 5 years ago

      Ice-cream and Irish cream is such a good combination.

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      Jackie Jackson 5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @cmadden: It's wonderful - thanks!

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      cmadden 5 years ago

      Sounds delicious!

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      Jackie Jackson 5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Naakordai: You'll love it - thanks for visiting!

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      Naakordai 5 years ago

      Its going to be one of my party desserts - Irish cream and chocolate: sensational combination!

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      Naakordai 5 years ago

      Its going to be one of my party desserts - Irish cream and chocolate: sensational combination!

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      Jackie Jackson 5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @pauly99 lm: Oh that's a terrible temperature! Make hot chocolate!

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      pauly99 lm 5 years ago

      Well I have the chocolate but I'm missing the Irish Cream. Seeing as we are going to be -10 with the wind chill tonight, I need to find a hot drink.

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      Jackie Jackson 5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @pauly99 lm: I was going to make it tonight and he's just told me that he's eaten the chocolate! I'm glad you keep finding my lenses :) Thanks for visiting!

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      pauly99 lm 5 years ago

      Somehow I keep finding your lenses. I'm a brit too... well who moved to Chicago when I was 18 month old. Seriously though, the Iced Irish Cream and Chocolate looks yummmmmmy.

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      Jackie Jackson 5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @SuzyShopping: Haha - I know the feeling! Must get the ice cream out of the freezer NOW!

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      SuzyShopping 5 years ago

      For Goodness Sake, I want some of this right now, lol!

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      Jackie Jackson 5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @anonymous: It's very easy - I could eat it every day :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This looks so easy to make and sounds quite tasty too.

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      Jackie Jackson 5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @MiaMusement: Wow, that sounds wonderful!

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      MiaMusement 5 years ago

      What a great idea! I'm in love with Irish Cream. One of my faves is to make ice cubes out of it and use them for iced coffee.

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