July 06, 2017



No churn black raspberry ice cream made even better with cream of coconut, shredded coconut, and mini chocolate chips. This is a refreshing treat you will want to make all summer long!

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Hi y'all! I hope your day is going well!

I hope you know how much I adore you and that I will go to the ends of the earth for you because I  do—kinda. You see, after suffering through an excruciatingly painful photoshoot to get ice cream pictures for this post, I swore off ice cream photoshoots indefinitely. However, despite my gallant effort, the resulting images were not to my satisfaction. Because I felt that I could deliver better material to you, I made another batch of the frozen goodness for a second photoshoot and hoped for the best.

Ice cream is one of the toughest things to photograph in the best of conditions but factor in summer heat and humidity, it's a recipe for disaster. Throughout the first photoshoot I kept thinking how ice cream is the bane of my existence. It literally melted within seconds right before my eyes! There were pictures upon pictures of one melty hot mess! The photoshoot lasted for what appeared to be an eternity as I had to continually refreeze the ice cream in between shots. Uggggh!!

To my delight, the second photoshoot went a lot more smoothly. Everything was planned to an exact science...with the tablescape in place and camera positioned and ready to go. The necessities (wet and dry paper towels, ice cream scoop, spoon, spatula, extra cones, etc.) were lined up within arm's reach like operating room equipment on a tray. I even had masking tape to mark precisely where the ice cream was to be placed once it came out of the freezer as not to waste one precious second of the window of opportunity for optimal ice cream shots. Thank goodness the second time was a success!

Now, to make the black raspberry ice cream: it starts with a coulis, made from fresh black raspberries. Basically, the berries are cooked till soft, mashed, then passed through a fine mesh sieve. Just so you know, I have made this ice cream with both black raspberries and blackberries. I prefer the former purely based on nostalgia as it was what I grew up eating. However, sometimes blackberries are the only ones available, and it is an ideal substitution for black raspberries. Both are entirely interchangeable.  

Once the berries are pureed and the heavy cream and coconut cream are whipped, everything is chilled. And when it's time to assemble, all that is needed is the simple folding of ingredients—the two creams are folded together, followed by the addition of the raspberry coulis. Finally, the shredded coconut and chocolate chips are folded in. All that is left to do is to freeze the ice cream and wait with anticipation to eat it!

That's it for today, guys! I am so glad you stopped by (again). Till next time, take care!

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Note: This recipe has been updated since the original publication for more berry flavor.


24 oz. black raspberries (or blackberries)
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tbsp. water
2 cups heavy cream
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 (15 oz) can cream of coconut (Comes sweetened. I use Goya.)
2/3 cup mini chocolate chips
1 cup sweetened shredded coconut


Place black raspberries, granulated sugar, and water in a small saucepan. Cook covered on medium to medium high heat for 4 minutes, stirring twice. Juices will start to release. 

Remove lid. Cook uncovered for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Take off heat. Mash raspberries with a potato masher (immersion blender would also work). Continue to cook uncovered, on medium heat, stirring frequently until liquid reduces to roughly 1/3 percent. This should take 10-15 additional minutes.

While the raspberries reduce, whip the creams. Place heavy cream and vanilla extract in a medium mixing bowl. Starting on low, beat cream. Gradually increase to medium high as cream begins to thicken. Beat until cream is smooth, fluffy, and holds a stiff peak. This should only take a minute or two. Refrigerate.

Place the entire content of cream of coconut can in a large mixing bowl. Starting low and increasing to medium high, beat for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes.  Refrigerate at least 30 minutes or until coconut cream thickens.

Once the black raspberries have reduced, pass it through a fine mesh sieve and into a bowl. Use  a rubber spatula to press juice through sieve, scraping the puree off the outside of the sieve. Continue to press and scrape repeatedly to extract all of the puree. There should be about 3/4 cups of puree in the bowl. Discard seeds remaining in the sieve. Refrigerate the puree for at least 30 minutes to thicken slightly.

To assemble ice cream, fold the chilled whipped cream into the coconut cream. Drizzle black raspberry puree into the cream mixture. Gently fold until the cream mixture is marbled. Add chocolate chips and shredded coconut. Continue to fold until cream mixture is one solid color.

Pour ice cream into a 2 quart container (I use a 10-inch loaf pan). Cover tightly with plastic wrap and a layer of foil. Freeze overnight for best results.

Makes 2 quarts ice cream.

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  1. The photos are stunning! Shame it was such a hard work to get them tough, it happened to me with some popsicles. But it was well worth it, they look so yummy, l feel like reaching through the screen to get one.
    Love the combo raspberries, coconut and chocolate, it sounds like a heavenly summer treat.

    1. Thank you so much for your sweet comment, Daniela! You understand my frustration having dealt with it yourself. I am glad I did the second photoshoot. It was worth the trouble. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. I can totally relate! Even if you get a great looking scoop it starts melting before I can click the shutter. You did a magnificent job with your second batch! Maybe I need to make my ice creams in the winter??? Sigh. The flavors of black raspberry and coconut are divine, too!!

    1. Making ice cream exclusively in the winter or getting a walk-in freezer might be our two best options!
      Thanks. That second batch turned out to be totally worth the extra work. But let's hope for smooth sailing the next time we take ice cream shots! :)

  3. This looks AMAZING, Thao! That color is stunning! I so feel you about the photography. Even with the ac blasting it's next to impossible to get a great shot before your ice cream melts! Have a great rest of your weekend!

    1. Thanks Kelsie!! I do adore the color even though it is not purple like the black raspberry ice cream I purchase. As far as taking pictures, it's a good thing ice cream is so darn good, because we would have probably given up on taking pictures of it long ago! ;)

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  5. All those raspberries...and that color...this ice cream looks so creamy & delicious!
    I have to giggle at the story of the first round of your ice cream shoot. You def have more patience than myself. I've been there - I just ate it all and called it a day :)

    1. It is funny in retrospective, but I was not a happy camper at the time. ☺️ Your way of dealing with sounds so much more fun!!

  6. Your photos are beautiful ;) I have never tried coconut base ice cream before but this sounds delicious and so refreshing!

    1. Thank you, Trang! I love coconut, so I try to put it in everything! :)

  7. UGH yes photographing ice cream is the worst. i had some ice cream pops arranged on a plate once, and they were shockingly holding their shape even though they'd been out of the freezer for a while. and then i tried to move one... and the stick came ripping right through the pop. sigh. anyways, these pics look amazing and this combo sounds delicious! i've been looking into no churn coconut ice cream, and this base with whipped cream of coconut sounds delicious.

    1. Thanks Heather! I see that we SO can relate. I think going through a frozen dessert photo shoot is like going through childbirth where you never want to do it again. But then somehow, along comes a sibling (or another ice cream)! The end product is so worth "forgetting" about the unpleasantness. Slow churn ice cream is a must try, Heather. And the coconut cream is the best thing ever!

  8. The tempting ice creams above reminded me of Best Coconut Ice Cream by CanAsian Ice Cream in Winnipeg.

  9. Omg! The raspberry ice cream seems so delicious.
    The ice creams seems original and refreshing. Thanks for sharing the photographs.

  10. Wow, what a fun ice cream idea! I love the mix of flavors here.

    1. Thank you!! It’s my favorite summer ice cream to make :)