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Orange Chocolate Almond Gelato


Happy New Year and Blessings to All!

I hope your holidays were surrounded with the love and laughter of your family, friends and most importantly GOOD FOOD ;-).

My goodness, it’s been FOREVER since I’ve posted about one of our “Edible Adventures” and let me tell you… there have been a lot.  Unfortunately, I just didn’t get around to  photographing & posting. 

The last couple of weeks our home was filled with lots of great food, which we have done our best to consume before either freezing or God forbid dispose 😦 (I feel so guilty throwing food away).  

Part of that inventory were a few Navel Oranges that were just begging to be devoured…and if I was a good, disciplined woman, I would have peeled those babies and had them for breakfast and lunch.

Instead, I noticed that we were almost out of our homemade vanilla gelato. Now, I don’t know about you, but our freezer must be stocked with either gelato or ice cream at all times.  

In addition,  I was feeling experimental 🙂

Therefore, I decided to make Orange Chocolate Almond Gelato (which Sam refers to as Fruity Pebbles). 

Based on my love of dark chocolate and almonds (any type of nut, really), I customized Martha Stewart’s recipe for Blood Orange Gelato.

Makes about 1 quart


  • 2 cups whole milk
  • Zest of 1 blood orange, plus 1 cup freshly squeezed blood-orange juice (about 4 oranges)
  • 5 large egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream

SamCyn’s additions:

  • Substituted Navel Oranges
  • 4 oz. of Ghiradelli Bittersweet Chocolate
  • 1 cup of toasted almonds
  • 2 tablespoons of Grey Goose Citron Vodka (optional, this keeps the gelato from getting rock hard, thus easier/quicker to scoop out right out the freezer).


  1.  In a medium saucepan, combine milk and orange zest. Bring to a gentle boil, cover, and remove pan from heat. Let steep 30 minutes.
  2. In a small saucepan, cook orange juice over medium-low heat until reduced by three-fourths, 30 to 40 minutes. Remove pan from heat, and let orange syrup cool completely.
  3. Combine egg yolks and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Cream at medium-high speed until very thick and pale yellow, 3 to 5 minutes. Return milk to a simmer.
  4. Add half of warm milk to egg-yolk mixture; whisk until blended. Return new mixture to saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until thick enough to coat back of a wooden spoon.
  5. Remove saucepan from heat; immediately stir in cream. Pass mixture through a sieve (I purposely left in some of the zest), stir in orange syrup and vodka and chill in the fridge for about 2 hours.
  6. Melt chocolate and spread over toasted almonds on parchment paper.  Place in fridge until chocolate hardens completely. Chop up the chocolate almonds (small enough so that you don’t damage your ice-cream maker).
  7. Freeze in ice-cream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions, add chocolate almonds towards the last 5 minutes of churning.  Store in an airtight plastic container up to 2 weeks.

 Can you say YUMMY-LICIOUS??

Yes, Ladies and Gentlemen, there are a lot of steps in making this baby, but I’ve got to tell you… it is SO WORTH IT. 

Sam says it tastes like Fruity Pebbles (I’m glad I made something that brings him back to his childhood), I just love the combination of the sweet tasting oranges, mixed with milk and cream, along with the contrast of bittersweet chocolate and almonds.


Without ice cream, there would be darkness and chaos.  ~Don Kardong
Chocolate is the answer.  Who cares what the question is.  ~Author Unknown

  1. 01/23/2011 at 3:25 pm

    First of all, great looking site you have here and great post too. I would like to keep up with your posts but having problem subscribing to your rss.

    • 01/25/2011 at 9:41 am

      Thanks for the compliment…your comment ended up in my spam folder…should be able to subscribe now.

  2. 01/04/2011 at 6:20 pm

    You are totally right…. the world is a better place because of Ice Cream!

    Now you and Sam better be making pizza this weekend…!

    • 01/04/2011 at 7:53 pm

      LOL, yes mommy ;-)…we can’t wait, b/c next to ice cream, pizza is one of my favorite foods.

  1. 01/19/2011 at 5:33 pm

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