Chocolate Walnut Gelato

Chocolate Walnut Gelato

The not-too-sweet chocolate flavor with a hint of orange zest, and the crunch of toasted California walnuts is a frozen treat that is sure to be a favorite.


  • 3 cups water
  • 1/2 cup sugar, granulated
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder, Dutch process, unsweetened
  • 3 ounces chocolate, bittersweet, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1 cup California walnuts, finely chopped, toasted


  1. In medium saucepan over medium heat, bring water, sugar and cocoa powder to a boil, whisking constantly. Reduce heat and simmer until sugar is completely dissolved and cocoa is well blended, about 1 minute.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in chocolate until melted. Let cool completely.
  3. Stir in orange zest and walnuts.
  4. Cover and refrigerate until completely cold, about 4 hours.
  5. Spoon chilled chocolate into shallow metal pan; freeze until almost firm, about 3 hours.
  6. Break into chunks; purée in food processor. Pack into airtight container and freeze until firm, about 1 hour.
  7. Alternatively, transfer chilled mixture to ice cream maker and prepare according to manufacturer's instructions.


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