Baileys ice cream is the perfect way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day or any special occasion. It’s a boozy, decadent treat studded with chocolate chips that any Irish cream liqueur lover will enjoy.
Not just any chocolate either, but these stunningly gorgeous and equally delicious colossal truffles from Simply Chocolate paired with a creamy, decadent boozy Irish cream flavored ice cream.
*This post is sponsored by Simply Chocolate. All content and opinions are my own.
With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, a Baileys infused ice cream seemed like the perfect pairing for these creamy chocolate truffles. If you’re going to go all out with dessert, you might as well go all out, right?
Irish cream is one of my favorite after dinner drinks, whether adding it to some coffee or incorporating it into desserts like this no bake Irish cream cheesecake, I just love the flavor and creaminess of it.
Initially, I debated adding these truffles to the Baileys ice cream recipe but the thought of ruining the appearance of these gorgeous truffles just pained me.
Instead, I opted to double up on the chocolate fun by using chocolate chips in the Baileys ice cream and serving the truffles alongside it.
I’ve never been one to paint my face green, eat weird green food dyed baked goods or pretend like leprechauns are a real thing for St. Patrick’s Day but I’m definitely down to embrace some Irish with a bowl of this Irish cream ice cream and a colossal truffle on the side after some corned beef tacos.
What Does Baileys Ice Cream Taste Like?
If I had to describe this homemade Baileys ice cream in one word it’d be decadent.
I’ve made my fair share of healthier ice creams like Chocolate Coconut Avocado Ice Cream and dairy-free ice creams like this Roasted Strawberry Mint Ice Cream but this is not one of them. Sometimes you need a dietary splurge and this ice cream recipe is exactly that.
The Irish cream liqueur adds its delicious flavor and helps make this ice cream super creamy.
With an egg yolk base, this ice cream recipe is already incredibly creamy, the Baileys just takes it to the next level.
The chocolate chips aren’t necessary (you can definitely omit them if you wanted) but I do love the texture (and of course the chocolate flavor!) they bring to help offset all that rich creaminess.
How Do I Make Baileys Flavored Ice Cream?
I used the egg yolk base method for this ice cream which involves tempering the eggs with the milk mixture before combining it all to create the thick and luscious ice cream base.
To make Baileys ice cream, I simply added 1/2 cup Baileys (you can use any Irish cream liqueur) to the milk mixture. It’s one extra ingredient to a basic ice cream method that brings an enormity of flavor and richness!
Using alcohol in ice cream also helps keep the ice cream a bit softer when frozen than normal. If you hate waiting for ice cream to thaw enough to scoop, this recipe is for you!
To churn the ice cream, you can use any ice cream maker. I personally have the ice cream attachment for my Kitchen Aid stand mixer which works well enough for me. I think stand alone machines might work better but I don’t really want to store another small kitchen appliance given how infrequently I make ice cream at home.
Now that we’ve discussed the ice cream, let’s talk about these truffles!
As a self-proclaimed chocolate lover, these colossal truffles are some of the most delicious chocolates I’ve ever tasted. And guys, I’ve tasted A LOT of chocolate.
Truffles are my favorite of all chocolates because they’re basically a two in one deal. You get two totally different textures in one chocolatey bite (which is way I love these coconut almond butter truffles so much!).
If you visit the Simply Chocolate website, you’ll find a chocolate lovers dream. It’s the perfect place to search for a gift for a fellow chocolate lover.
The colossal truffles are a recent addition but you’ll find a huge assortment, many from iconic artisans and chocolatiers with prices varying from as little as $20 all the way to $300.
I had so much fun sampling truffles from the 6 and 12 piece truffle sets, there wasn’t a single flavor I didn’t love.
Always partial to dark chocolate, I think that would be my favorite of the bunch and the one I loved pairing with a couple scoops of the Baileys ice cream the most.
Their colossal size (seriously, they’re quite large!) makes them perfect for sharing or just making it possible to try multiple flavors before feeling full on chocolate!
I also love the decoration of these truffles. They’re stunning, simply put. It definitely gives them a special occasion vibe and perfect for when you want to use them as a gift.
While there’s a bit of a St. Patrick’s theme to this Baileys ice cream, along with the truffles, it’s really a recipe you can enjoy all year round.
Boozy ice cream and chocolate know no season. I hope you give them both a try!
Love this Baileys Ice Cream recipe?
Make sure to try these other ice cream flavors as well: Sweet Potato Cream Cheese Ice Cream, Sweet Corn Bacon Ice Cream with Cacao Nibs, Coconut Coffee Ice Cream, Dark Chocolate Gingerbread Ice Cream and Strawberry Granola Rose Hip Ice Cream.
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1/2 cup Baileys Irish cream (or other Irish cream liquor)
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 6 egg yolks
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Place heavy cream, milk, Baileys and vanilla extract in a medium sauce pan and bring to a simmer.
- Meanwhile, whisk the egg yolks and sugar together in a medium bowl until smooth and well combined.
- Once simmering, pour about half the milk mixture into the egg mixture while whisking vigorously so the eggs don't scramble.
- Once combined, pour the egg mixture back into the sauce pan over medium-low heat stirring constantly until thickened. This will take 2-5 minutes. Mixture will be slightly thinner than pudding consistency when thickened.
- Remove from heat and let cool in the sauce pan for 15 minutes.
- Pour the mixture through a fine mesh strainer into a large bowl to remove any solids.
- Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, pressing the plastic wrap down on top of the mixture and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.
- Once chilled, transfer mixture to ice cream maker and churn according to manufacturer's directions.
- Add chocolate chips 1-2 minutes before ice cream is done churning.
- Transfer ice cream to a freezer safe container and freeze for 2 hours to freeze/set completely.