Thursday, May 23, 2019

Triple Chocolate Gelato and Passion Fruit Sorbet

Those who follow me on Instagram know
that we just had a marvelous trip with 13 
of our family to Europe.  

The minute we returned I knew I wanted
to recreate some of the memories by 
making some gelato and sorbet.

Our first night in Rome, we had gotten settled 
into our Airbnb about 11:00 pm, and my 
son said Trevi Fountain was only a short distance 
away, so we all took off for a night time walk.
It was really fun because we saw a walking tour 
out at that same time of night and all of the many 
restaurants and shops were still open.

Trevi Fountain is magical at night, with no 
crowds, and all lit up.  It was a madhouse during 
the day, so we were thrilled that we got to 
experience it like this.  

Then on our way home, we were drawn into an 
open gelato shop for a late night snack. 

Who could resist their gorgeous mounds of gelato. 
Of course, it became a daily habit

for everyone!!!

And which we carried on at Disneyland Paris.

I happened upon a Passionfruit Sorbet, and 
passionfruit has to be one of my favorite 
flavors, so I had that a couple of times.  

My sister and I started making Passionfruit Sorbet 
a couple of summers ago.  I have to say, I like a 
spoonful with a little rich chocolate, and a little tart 

Gelato differs from ice cream in that it is 
made with mostly milk, a little cream,
and heavy on the egg yolks.  It makes 
such a smooth and creamy treat.

You know I love chocolate, and most chocolate 
ice creams are chocolate colored, but don't 
taste much like chocolate.  I like mine to really 
taste like chocolate.  

A few years ago I read on a blog (sorry I forget who) 
that the only cocoa powder they used was 
which I found on Amazon.  I have to 
admit that I probably was curious about it 
because of the name, but I am sold - everything 
I make with it is so much better than any other 
cocoa powder I have used, and I have used 
the cheap grocery store ones, and very 
expensive ones.  There is something about 
this cocoa that adds such flavor.

Triple Chocolate Gelato Recipe

4 C. milk 
1 C. cream
2 C. sugar
1 C. Extra Brute Cocoa Powder
1 C. semi-sweet chocolate chips
8 large egg yolks
1/2 C. sugar
4 tsp. good quality vanilla (I use Mexican)
1/4 tsp. salt
1 C. chocolate shards or mini chips (I
got the chocolate chunks from Trader Joe's and 
they were perfect.)

Mix the milk, cream and sugar and bring to a simmer.
Turn off the heat.
Sift the cocoa powder into the milk mix and blend 
with a whisk until the cocoa powder is blended completely. 
Add the chocolate chips and whisk until they are
completely melted.  

Pour through a sieve to remove any chunks.

Now beat the egg yolks with 1/2 C. sugar 
with the whisk attachment on your mixer 
for about 3 minutes until pale yellow.  

With the mixer running on medium high slowly 
pour the chocolate mix into the eggs.  When 
everything is incorporated, return it to your
saucepan, which you have washed out, and 
turn the heat to medium.  Using a thermometer, 
bring the mix back up to 180 to 185 - until the 
custard mix coats the back of a spoon.  

Remove from heat and pour into a bowl.  
Cover the top of the custard with plastic 
wrap, touching the custard so it doesn't form a skin.

Let cool overnight, or if you are in a rush, as I 
often am, cool it in the freezer, stirring occasionally. 

I love my Cuisinart 2 quart ice cream freezer.  Be 
sure to have had it in the deep freezer for at least 
24 hours.  Freeze the custard mix until it is thick 
and holds its shape.  Then slowly pour in the chocolate 
chunks.  Have a storage container cooled in the freezer, 
and spoon the frozen gelato into the container.

Sprinkle some additional chocolate chunks on the top 
and cover and freeze overnight.  

Passion Fruit Sorbet Recipe

2 C. water
2 C. sugar
1 C. sweetened condensed milk

In a saucepan mix the water and sugar and heat 
on medium heat until the sugar is dissolved.  
Mix in the passion fruit concentrate and sweetened 
condensed milk until well blended.  Cool in
the fridge until the mix is completely cold.

Freeze in ice cream freezer.  This sorbet doesn't 
get as firm as some, so when it holds its shape 
with a spoon, place it in a cold container, cover and
freeze overnight. 

I have not found any passion fruit concentrate
in my local stores, so I buy a few at a time on
Amazon.  Click here. 

We have a whole list of flavors we plan on 
trying - obviously I have to do a mint chocolate chip 
one to make some of the little ones happy!

Be sure to stop back for our Tales of 
the Traveling Tote June 1 and a 

I am sure you can guess where Miss Madi K 
and I went!!!  We have so much to share.


Chocolat - French for Chocolate. I adored chocolate from a young age when I had to sneak in the cupboard to find where my mother had hidden the Nestle's Chocolate Chips. Having read about the famous chocolat shoppes in Paris, when I finally got there I was determined to try a chocolate from every Paris shoppe. I invite you to share my adventures in creating, in travel, and in life.


  1. Wow...looks delish! When we saw Trevi, a few years back it was under construction and renovations and with scaffolding....I was so disappointed. Your photo is perfect! The only time we enjoyed Gelato was on this post brought back many delightful memories for me!! Cant wait to see your pics of the TTT!

  2. Oh wow Jacqueline, what better way to begin your trip than a quite walk through the streets of Roma! Love the pic of you and your husband in front of Trevi Fountain. We were there again a little over a year ago and it never gets old. Your sorbet looks amazing...........loved the pic of your grand enjoying the treats of Rome.

  3. What a fabulous trip. Seeing the Trevi Fountain at the time of nights is lovely, no crowds and a beautiful photo of you and your hubby. The gelato looks so delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe and the hint about the cocoa. What a treat for the family to enjoy a beautiful vacation together. Looking forward to seeing more of your travel photos. Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.

  4. Mmmmmmmm...delicious icecream ice....mmmmmm happy summer love Ria 💕💕💕


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