Roasted Rhubarb and Dark Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream

Roasted Rhubarb and Dark Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream is a creamy dreamy homemade ice cream with a unique flavor combination ~ if you don’t have an ice cream machine, this is the reason to get one!

Roasted Rhubarb and Dark Chocolate Chunk ice Cream in a glass dish with scoop

Here’s the lowdown on this roasted rhubarb ice cream ~ it’s utterly delicious!

It has the subtle but unmistakable tangy taste of rhubarb, with chunks of dark chocolate to keep it from being too retiring. But my fresh rhubarb was on the pale side, and so the color didn’t come through in the finished ice cream as vibrantly as I’d hoped. It’s actually a little pinker than it shows up in the photos, but without the visual cue you probably can’t imagine the flavor. So from a blogging/photographic standpoint this was a failure, but otherwise, it was fun to make, and tasted really good. If you can find yourself some bright red rhubarb this spring, I recommend giving it a try.

roasted rhubarb and dark chocolate chunk ice cream in a glass dish

The dark chocolate chunks were a last minute whim. I was watching the pale cameo pink ice cream churn around in the machine and my chocoholic side got the better of me. I grabbed a couple of dark chocolate bars, chopped them up and threw them in. Good decision.

Roasted Rhubarb and Dark Chocolate Chunk ice Cream in a pan with spoon

I broke out my new ice cream maker for this recipe. It’s the same one I used to have but got rid of in a fit of ‘lightening our load’ when we moved a couple of years ago. It’s so quick and easy and I love that you can watch the whole process through the open top. I dipped my spoon in a couple of times while it was churning.

Roasting rhubarb brings out and intensifies its amazing flavor. 

It only takes a few minutes in a hot oven. The puree is added to sugar, heavy cream and milk and then into the machine. If you don’t have an ice cream maker you can make this with a food processor or good blender. Check out my Blackberry Ice Cream post for details. Basically you freeze the mixture in a large zip lock baggie and then break it up into your processor and process till smooth and creamy. It works!

Roasted Rhubarb and Dark Chocolate Chunk ice Cream in a metal pan with scoop

I know most people would have started off with plain vanilla or chocolate for their first try. But I couldn’t resist jumping right in and experimenting. If you’re going to make flavors that you can easily find in every grocery store, what’s the point of having an ice cream maker?

4.86 from 7 votes

Roasted Rhubarb and Dark Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream

Roasted Rhubarb and Dark Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream is a creamy dreamy homemade ice cream with a unique flavor combination ~ if you don't have an ice cream machine, this is the reason to get one!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
chilling 6 hours
Author Sue Moran


  • 1 lb fresh rhubarb washed, trimmed, and cut in 2 inch chunks.
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 vanilla bean seeds scraped, pod reserved
  • 1 cup sugar
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 10 oz dark chocolate chopped


  • Set oven to 400F
  • Put the rhubarb on a silpat lined baking sheet and roast for about 15 minutes, just until it softens and starts to release its juice.
  • Puree the hot rhubarb in a blender or food processor. Process until very smooth. Add the lemon juice and set aside.
  • Heat the cream, milk, sugar, vanilla seeds, and pod to a simmer. Take off the heat and let steep until cool.
  • Strain the cream mixture to remove the vanilla pods, and whisk it with the rhubarb puree. Chill in the refrigerator until very cold.
  • At this point taste the mixture. Add a little more lemon juice if needed. Pour into the bowl of your ice cream maker and process according to your machine's directions. When it is almost finished, add in the chocolate chunks and process just until they're evenly dispersed.
  • Transfer the ice cream to a loaf pan or freezer container and freeze until ready to enjoy.
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.


  • If you don’t have an ice cream machine but still crave homemade frozen treats, I have a few really great no churn ice cream recipes on the blog. One of my favorites is a decadent No Churn Dulce de Leche Ice Cream, it has an intense caramel flavor and an incredibly creamy consistency. Another one of my faves is my classic No Churn Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, it goes with anything and everything.
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    SavoringTime in the Kitchen
    May 5, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    This is the first year I’ll be able to pick some stalks off of my rhubarb plants that I started a couple of years ago. I’m so pumped to try some rhubarb recipes soon. This one is so unique and delicious.

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      Sue/the view from great island
      May 5, 2013 at 3:51 pm

      I’m so envious that you have your own rhubarb, I didn’t know the plants took that long to produce, what a luxury. Save a few stalks for this ice cream, you’ll love it.

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    From Beyond My Kitchen Window
    May 5, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Oh yum, a great way to use rhubarb other than in a pie. Ice cream is a summer weakness for me.

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    May 5, 2013 at 1:46 am

    I have to say, this is so creative! I’ve never seen an ice cream flavor like this, I think I have to get an ice cream maker just to be able to make some!!

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    Nicole Pearce
    May 4, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    I love the idea of this combination. So many rhubarb recipes…so much snow covering my plants! I’m sure spring will come some day…maybe July!

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    Sue/the view from great island
    May 4, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Thanks, Dom. I think the pale color seems so retro because we’re used to everything being artificially colored. It’s such a soothing shade.

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    belleau kitchen
    May 4, 2013 at 7:57 am

    Love the roasted rhubarb idea. I adore this kind if ice cream. Beautiful stuff. Live the light pink colour too. Very retro!

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    Steph C.
    May 4, 2013 at 5:20 am

    Do you think this would work with frozen rhubarb? I vacuum sealed lots last year after having a wonderful yield, and still have them. Spring hasn’t gotten to us yet (Alaska), so it will be a while before I have fresh to work with.

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      Sue/the view from great island
      May 4, 2013 at 3:35 pm

      I think it would, but not the roasting part. I would just stew it briefly and then puree it. Lucky you to have that stash in your freezer!

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      Steph C.
      May 7, 2013 at 3:02 am

      Thanks for the tip. I am going to try this. Rhubarb grows really nicely in our climate (and thrives on neglect) and I usually get 2-3 harvests out of it. That being said, this year there is 3′ of snow on it (atypical for May). Chopping and vacuum sealing into 1 or 2 cups packets means we can have rhubarb crisps, etc. year ’round. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks
    May 3, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    THIRD blog in a row with rhubarb today. Clearly, the universe is telling me something here. But your post is the most sweet tooth-oriented. So I am the most happy ๐Ÿ™‚

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    hobby baker
    May 3, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    It is beautiful and the puree looks pretty luscious too. At first I wrinkled my nose at the flavor combination but then I remembered how much I adored a pomegranate and dark chocolate ice cream I had tried and thought of all the chocolate covered tart berries that are so good. Now I really want to try this out! Your pictures are gorgeous, I love the scoop shot. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      Sue/the view from great island
      May 3, 2013 at 9:26 pm

      I’m crazy about tart fruit and dark chocolate together. My absolute favorite is dark chocolate with lemon. Pomegranate and chocolate sounds pretty good, too, I might have to give that a try!

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    Tricia Buice
    May 3, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    I love the light pink tint and ice cream can never be bad. What a lovely creative combination. Yum! Way to start the weekend Sue!

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      Sue/the view from great island
      May 3, 2013 at 9:20 pm

      I do like the pale tint, too, it looks vintage to me. But the word rhubarb conjures up a stronger pink in our minds, I think. Have a great weekend, Tricia!

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