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Charcoal Ice Cream

A unique and striking dessert that combines the creaminess of ice cream with the detoxifying properties of activated charcoal. Perfect for those who love to try new and adventurous flavors.

Tasty Team
60% would make again

Under 30 minutes

Charcoal Ice Cream

Under 30 minutes


for 4 servings

  • 2 cups heavy cream (480 mL)
  • 2 cups half & half (480 mL)
  • ½ cup sugar (100 g)
  • 2 tablespoons mint extract
  • 4 tablespoons black food coloring
  • ¼ cup activated charcoal (10 g)
  • dry ice

Special Equipment

  • freezer bag
  • whisk
  • kitchen towel
  • kitchen mallet

Nutrition Info

  • Calories 660
  • Fat 65g
  • Carbs 24g
  • Fiber 0g
  • Sugar 26g
  • Protein 6g

Estimated values based on one serving size.


  1. In a large freezer bag, place a piece of dry ice. Close the plastic bag, but leave a one-inch (2 ½ cm) opening to prevent the bag from fill with gas.
  2. Cover the bag with a kitchen towel and carefully use a kitchen mallet to break the dry ice into a powder.
  3. In a large bowl, combine heavy cream, half & half, sugar, activate charcoal (avoid consuming more than 100 grams of activated charcoal), 2 tablespoons mint extract, and at least 4 tablespoons black food coloring (more food coloring might be needed depending on concentration).
  4. Whisk together ice cream mixture until frothy.
  5. Slowly add a spoonful of dry ice into the mixture and whisk together. Gradually add and mix in dry ice until a solid consistency is achieved.
  6. Wait for all the dry ice to evaporate before consuming. Do not eat solid dry ice.
  7. For best results, eat within 24 hours.
  8. *Consuming activated charcoal can interact with certain medications, check with your doctor before ingesting
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Charcoal Ice Cream