Chocolate-Hazelnut and Toasted Marshmallow Gelato

So…technically this recipe wasn’t made on the grill. But it did require lighting things on fire.

See. I told you guys. I have an obsession. Grills, fire pits, open flames, whatever. Can’t stop, won’t stop. It’s getting very toasty around these parts.

But don’t worry. We have ice cream to help cool things down.

Since Memorial Day is this weekend, I wanted to make something special to mark what most people consider to be the official/unofficial start to summer. And I can’t think of anything more summery than s’mores and ice cream. So I combined the two together to make one deliciously decadent frozen dessert.


Well…sort of. Strictly speaking, there are no graham crackers in my Chocolate-Hazelnut and Toasted Marshmallow Gelato. But we’ve got waffle cones, which I’m going to go ahead and call a close second to graham crackers. So I think that’s good enough. I doubt anyone will complain about the lack of graham crackers. And if they do, no ice cream for them!

I was pleasantly surprised at how the smoky flavors from the toasted marshmallows really carried through the whole ice cream. Every bite will remind you of sitting around a campfire!

I hope you all have a wonderful and delicious Holiday weekend!



Recipe inspired by Williams-Sonoma Ice Cream

Chocolate-Hazelnut and Toasted Marshmallow Gelato

Makes about 1 quart

Chocolate-Hazelnut and Toasted Marshmallow Gelato


  • 4 egg yolks
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • ¾ cups sugar
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1/3 cup chocolate-hazelnut spread
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 4 ounces dark or semi-sweet chocolate, roughly chopped
  • About 16 marshmallows
  • Waffle or regular ice cream cones for serving, if desired


  1. Before you start, make sure the canister of your ice cream maker is frozen. To freeze completely, the canister should be in the freezer for a minimum of 6 hours.
  2. Make the ice cream base. In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, cream, sugar and salt. Set aside. In a large heavy-bottom saucepan, combine the chocolate-hazelnut spread and the milk over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until the chocolate-hazelnut spread is dissolved and small bubbles have formed around the edge of the pan, about 5 minutes. Don’t bring the mixture to a full boil. Remove the saucepan from the heat. Temper the egg mixture by whisking in about ½ cup of the hot milk mixture. Then whisk the tempered egg mixture back into the saucepan with the remaining milk mixture. Return the saucepan to medium heat and cook, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until the mixture has thickened and coats the back of the spoon, about 5-6 minutes. Remove the saucepan from the heat. Add in the chopped chocolate and stir until the chocolate is fully melted. Strain the ice cream base through a fine mesh sieve into a clean bowl. Cover with plastic wrap, pushing the plastic wrap directly down onto the surface of the ice cream base so a skin doesn’t form, and refrigerate until completely chilled, at least 4 hours or up to 24 hours.
  3. Churn the ice cream. Pour the chilled ice cream base into the canister of your ice cream maker and churn until the mixture is nearly frozen and the consistency of soft serve, about 20 minutes. While the ice cream is churning, toast your marshmallow. I threaded the marshmallows on skewers and used the flame on my gas stove. You can also place the marshmallows under the broiler in your oven for 30-60 seconds. When the ice cream is almost finished churning, start adding in the toasted marshmallows a couple at a time, pushing them down into the ice cream base to make sure they get mixed in.
  4. Transfer the ice cream to a freezer safe container. Cover the top with plastic wrap, pushing the plastic all the way down to the surface of the ice cream, and freeze until firm, about 3 hours. The ice cream can be stored in your freezer for several days.

50 comments on “Chocolate-Hazelnut and Toasted Marshmallow Gelato”

  1. Oh my! I’ve been curious as to where your toasted marshmallows were going. What a great destination!! Gelato perfection 🙂

  2. I plan to wash down all my bbq-ed foods with this gelato over the weekend. Those marshmallows? Bangarang. Can I make ice cream s’mores by sandwiching this between two graham crackers please and thank you? Have a great weekend!

  3. Yum! I just made an ice cream like this recently and it was to. die. for. Gotta love anything chocolate! I may even forgo the cone and go directly spoon to mouth. Have a great weekend!

  4. I’m going to invite myself over and lick a few of these cones up, ok?(That sounded weird and creepy, plz ignore my weirdness!). Have a lovely weekend dear, I hope it’s filled with beer+dogs+a belly full of ice cream! xo

  5. Got to love anything nutella-esque combined with lighting things on fire! Looks divine!

  6. Liz!!! I LOVE gelato!!! in fact, I just got a cookbook yesterday!!! love this!!!! I’m all about the cold, yummy desserts over Memorial Day weekend. . and the toasted marshmallows .. oh my gawd!

  7. OMG. Please, please make this for me. This is everythinggggg.

  8. Thank goodness you have this gelato to balance out all you pyromania! Nutella and toasted marshmallows? I’ll be right over!

  9. It’s only 9:15 in the morning and I want a big bowl of this! Charred marshmallows and chocolate will do that to me every time — this is my kind of ice cream!

  10. Too good Liz! Obsessed with this gelato! The flavors just scream summer. Hope you have a great 3 day weekend friend!

  11. Liz I am drooling over this one!!! Chocolate marshmallow is my favorite!! Reminds me of my Dad!!

  12. Okay…..this looks so good right now!!!! (*insert drool on chin)

  13. This is seriously drool-worthy! What a brilliant to put the toasted marshmallows in the ice cream. So good!

  14. This is just pure genius. I love rocky road ice cream – how had I never considered toasting the marshmallows first!? Drooling on my keyboard….

  15. Ohhhh yum! This is like all sorts of nutella/smores combo heaven here! Gelato is one of my weaknesses 🙂

  16. Yum! This gelato just screams perfection! Love the toasted marshmallows and Nutella! Perfect for ringing in the weekend!

  17. Yes please! This looks amazing!!!

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  19. Whoa! This looks insane! Those toasted marshmallows!

  20. It is finally feeling like summer here, so I guess it’s officially ice cream/gelato season! Woo hoo! I saw these on facebook and couldn’t stop thinking about them! They look just perfect! Hope you have a great long week-end!

  21. I am feeling pretty angry that I didn’t make this for myself yesterday. ULTIMATE FROZEN SUMMER TREAT. And that’s a fact.

  22. Uhm, ARE YOU KIDDING ME with this!? Those toasty marshmallows, OMG. This looks so, so amazing. I want!!

  23. Wow yum! Looks amazing and super flavourful 🙂 totally making this this summer!

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  27. I made this recipe last evening-didn’t have enough milk on hand and substituted 2 C 1/2&1/2. Oh my it is just delicious! Also added about 2/3 C toasted chopped hazelnuts-fantastic addition! I really can’t imagine it without them! So glad I came across your recipe on Pinterest! Thanks for sharing!

    • Oh that’s awesome, Cindy! And glad to hear it worked will with those substitution. I’m gonna add hazelnuts next time – great idea!

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