Sweet, tart, and creamy with juicy caramelized fruit flavors, this roasted apricot chocolate chunk ice cream is the perfect summer frozen treat!
roasted apricot chocolate chunk ice cream

Can we just declare this National Ice Cream CENTURY?!

A single day of devotion will really just never be enough.


I’m actually not sure I could possibly eat enough ice cream in a lifetime to satisfy all of my cravings. I mean, I could try…but it wouldn’t be pretty.

And in the end, it just wouldn’t work.

Too many flavors! So little time! Not enough belly space!


Better to just inhale it at a moderate pace and still fit into my skinny jeans.

And by moderate, I mean that I stand in front of the freezer every night spooning it from the container straight into my mouth. I’m fairly convinced it tastes better that way.


Last weekend I found myself with extra apricots and a freezer that felt far too empty. Solution: ICE CREAM.

Roasted apricot ice cream, to be precise! In general, I find apricots to be a bit iffy, but after a spell in the oven, they get totally sticky and lick-your-fingers-good sweet. They’re mixed into my favorite egg free ice cream base along with a slow chocolate drizzle that turns into shards the second it hits the frozen custard. Each creamy bite is sweet, tart, fruity, with just enough chocolate bits to get your heart racing.

Exactly how I like my ice cream.


Roasted Apricot Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream
Sweet and tart with juicy fruit flavors, this roasted apricot chocolate chunk ice cream is the perfect summer frozen treat!
Yield: 1 quart
  • 1 pound apricots, halved and pitted
  • ⅓ + ½ cup sugar, divided
  • 2 cups milk, divided
  • 1 tablespoon +1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1½ tablespoons light corn syrup
  • ¼ tsp. kosher salt
  • 3 tbsp. cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup bittersweet chocolate chips (or chopped)
  1. Heat oven to 400F.
  2. Toss the apricots in a baking pan with ⅓ cup of the sugar. Roast for 30-40 minutes, stirring every ten minutes. Remove from the oven and smash to coarsely puree them in the pan. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, stir together ¼ cup of the milk with the cornstarch to form a slurry. Set aside.
  4. In a 4-quart saucepan, stir together the remaining sugar, milk, heavy cream, corn syrup, and salt. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook for 4 minutes. Stir in the cornstarch slurry. Return to a boil and cook until thickened, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and slowly pour into the cream cheese, whisking with each addition to combine. Whisk until smooth.
  5. Fold in the apricot puree. Pour into a ziploc bag and place into an ice bath. Let sit for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until very cold.
  6. Pour into an ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer instructions.
  7. While the ice cream is churning, melt the chocolate in the microwave in 30 second intervals, until smooth and totally melted. When the ice cream looks like soft serve, slowly drizzle in the chocolate. Transfer to a storage container and freeze until set.
Recipe from Not Without Salt
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 cup

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39 Responses to Roasted Apricot Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream

  1. With all the ice cream flavors out there, this looks like a just stellar one! Love the roasted apricots, I’m sure they work wonderfully in here 😀

  2. I never would have thought of apricot ice cream but this is kind of genius. And moderation in ice cream eating is completely overrated!

  3. Beth says:

    I’m pretty sure this is the best thing I’ve seen in my life. Holy cow, Joanne, you are brilliant.

  4. Nicola says:

    Oh man this looks delicious. Perfect use for apricots! This looks like the Jeni ice cream base I was going to try this weekend. Now I’m even more excited!

  5. Joanne, ok, this might be the BEST ice flavor combo ever. Roasted apricot?! I die!!! love this . . and I love that ice cream container. . Amazon?

  6. Yum! This ice cream looks so dreamy and perfect. I love apricots but haven’t had any yet this season. Adding this to my to-do list!

  7. This ice cream looks so good! Love the idea of roasted apricots!

  8. You are an ice cream goddess, lady! And heck yes to National Ice Cream Century, lol. I’m dying to try that apricot/chocolate combo!

  9. Julia says:

    Le sigh…if only we could fuel ourselves on ice cream all day every day without consequences.. I luuurve zee apricots and happen to have a bunch of them in my refer right now. Perfect for the ice creaming! Have a marvelous weekend, dear!

  10. Heather says:

    I’ve never been a huge fan of apricots, but I’ve also never tried roasting them before, and definitely not in ice cream, so perhaps it’s time to give them another try.

  11. Zainab says:

    Apricot?? Never would have thought of it and now it’s all I want. So many flavors, so little time.

  12. Oh YES. Chocolate + apricot is a low key dream team. And it looks soOoOo creamy!

  13. I have never seen apricot ice cream before. I’m not usually a fan of fruit ice cream (I kind of think why have fruit when you can have chocolate), but you have added chocolate, so that’s awesome.

  14. Mira says:

    That combo is perfect! Love ice cream! Pinned!

  15. What a cool flavor combo- I would never think to put apricots in ice cream and it works so well! 🙂

  16. All we can say is YUM YUM and more YUM! Can’t wait to try this flavor – thanks:)

  17. This looks amazing!! I love that you roasted the apricots, fabulous addition!

  18. This ice-cream looks fantastic, Joanne! And that roasted apricot looks so YUM! Lovely share!

  19. This ice cream sounds fantastic!! Love that you roasted the apricot!

  20. I love apricots but have never had them in ice cream. It looks like that needs to end!

  21. Emily says:

    Sounds magical! You can’t go wrong with chocolate chunks in your ice cream:)

  22. Kelly says:

    I’m with you on National Ice Cream Century, I can never get enough of ice cream. Love love love the roasted apricot with chocolate chunks! What an amazing and brilliant combo!

  23. This sounds totally delicious! I love chocolate/apricot, and in fact I had choco covered dried apricots on my wedding dessert buffet!

  24. Erica says:

    Mmmm yes!!! Adding the chocolate is brilliant. Aaaand now I’m going to grab my ice cream and sneak in a few bites before dinner.

  25. Corina says:

    I love apricots! I’ve never thought to put them in ice cream though and still haven’t got my ice cream maker out this summer.

  26. Hotly Spiced says:

    I’ve been disappointed with apricots lately too; they’re so dry and wooden although the organic apricots are more like the apricots I used to know. Good to know they come good when roasted. Your ice cream looks amazing and I love the tones of colour xx

  27. Christine says:

    For some reason this brings back wonderful memories from ages ago. Maybe at a family get-together someone made something similar? No idea, but this looks incredibly delicious!

  28. Monica says:

    Oh my – very creative! My husband just polished off the last of the cherry garcia and your ice cream totally makes me think of it. I think he would love this. And I am behind any ice cream with “chocolate chunk” in the description! Yum!

  29. What an interesting flavour combination 🙂

  30. Agness says:

    Wow, girl! Your recipe is not that difficult to follow. In fact, a bucket of ice cream is so easy to make. I could save around 3-4 euro using your recipe instead of buying them in a store. Yummy, yummy! Would they taste better with a glass of hot chocolate :)?

  31. I love those chunky roasted apricots in your ice cream! Delicious!

  32. WOw… This ice cream looks so perfect!! I’ve never had ice cream apricots but I am sure this must taste wonderful!!

  33. Whoa… This looks too good!
    Also, I totally agree. I always want to make ALL these new ice cream flavors, but I end up always making…plain vanilla. What is wrong with me??

  34. easypeasy says:

    Never heard of Roasted apricot ice cream before but it’s sounds incredible! Got to make this my taste buds are intrigued! 🙂

  35. katie says:

    sounds like an incredible flavour combination, and ice cream definitely tastes best straight out of the tub.

  36. National Ice Cream CENTURY totally needs to be a thing!! I don’t want to spend just a DAY on it! And this icecream totally has my heart!

  37. Yummy!! I got an ice cream maker recently and am excited to make so ice creammm!!! esp apricot chocolate chunk ice cream. This looks especially delicious, and unique with apricots in it!

  38. Danielle gonzalez says:

    Oh my goodness!!!!!! Let me tell you how truly mind changing this recipe is!!! I’m not to into apricots, but I’m in the process of making this ice cream right now, its in the ice water chilling, but the slurry of goodness alone is soooooooo freaking good I can’t wait to have it as the finished product! This is a recipe to put into your family’s absolute greatest recipes. Thank you so much ?

  39. Danielle gonzalez says:

    Amazing amazing amazing!!!!!!

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