Cool Chocolate Desserts

Eaten cold—whether in ice cream, pudding, ganache, or cream pie—chocolate's earthy bitterness and buttery tones allow for an unexpected depth of flavor. Simultaneously rich and refreshing, soothing and invigorating, these summertime chocolate desserts are an irresistible marriage of extremes.

French Silk Pie
French Silk Pie
This dreamy chocolate pie is a customer favorite at the Country Dove restaurant in Elk City, Oklahoma.James Roper
Chocolate Sorbet
Chocolate Sorbet
The rich flavor of bittersweet chocolate takes center stage in this sorbet from pastry chef Tracy Obolsky of North End Grill. Because it is dairy-free, the chocolate flavor is much more intense than with an ice cream; keep it vegan, or serve it with a dollop of lightly sweetened whipped cream. Get the recipe for Chocolate Sorbet »Matt Taylor-Gross
Mint Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwiches
Mint Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwiches
In these minty ice cream sandwiches, the chocolate mousse "ice cream" and cake are both sweetened with bittersweet chocolate, letting the chocolate's richness—brightened by fresh spearmint—be the main flavor.Farideh Sadeghin
Chocolate Pudding Pie
Chocolate Pudding Pie
This rich, creamy chocolate pudding pie is pure nostalgia.Helen Rosner
Chocolate Mousse
Chocolate Mousse
This simple yet sophisticated, airy yet intense concoction has been a hit with home cooks in America at least since the New York Times published its first recipe for the dessert in 1955.Todd Coleman
Chocolate Egg Cream
For many kids, it's a relief to discover there's no actual egg in a chocolate egg cream--just a frothy mix of cold milk, seltzer, and rich chocolate syrup.Todd Coleman
The Darkest Chocolate Ice Cream in the World
Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams in Columbus, OH has some of the most amazing flavors around, but they all start with one simple base. This recipe calls for both cocoa powder and bittersweet chocolate.Todd Coleman
David Lebovitz's Mocha Sherbet
This chocolate and espresso delight from David Lebovitz is a rich fudgy combination of favorite flavors that is surprisingly light and refreshing.David Lebovitz
Alice Medrich's Chocolate Pudding
Don't get fooled by the simplicity of a chocolate pudding. This rich, velvety dessert, flavored with bittersweet chocolate and rum, is a real crowd pleaser.Todd Coleman
Ovaltine Pudding with Honeyed Rice Krispies
Malty Ovaltine flavors this pudding from New York City chef Pichet Ong.Todd Coleman
Chocolate-Peanut Butter Pie
Chocolate-Peanut Butter Pie
Chocolate pudding is layered with a peanut butter mousse in this pie inspired from Bradley's Corner Cafe in Topeka, Kansas.Todd Coleman
Chocolate cream pie
Chocolate Cream Pie
A crunchy crust and pudding-like filling make this pie a standout.Michael Kraus
Thin Edge of the Wedge
This dessert comes from the cookbook The Eating in Bed Cookbook (MacMillian, 1962). It is a voluptuous chocolate pudding, perfect for eating in the privacy of your own bed.Michael Kraus
Chocolate Caramel Tart
Dark Dutch-process cocoa powder makes for a more flavorful, cookie-like crust, serving as the perfect base for a layer of rich caramel topped with decadent ganache.André Baranowski
Horchata with Chocolate and Pumpkin Seeds
Horchata, a cool, creamy drink popular across Latin America, is frequently made from ground almonds and rice. This decadent adaptation, spiked with cinnamon and dark chocolate, tastes rich and nutty and makes a delightful liquid dessert.Sarah Karnasiewicz
Pistachio Gelato
This delectable Italian specialty is cool, creamy, lightly nutty, and especially delicious when paired with our Chocolate Gelato.Christopher Hirsheimer
Vanilla Banana Black & White Milkshake
Vanilla Banana Black & White Milkshake
This recipe for a chocolate and banana layered shake is based on one in Thoroughly Modern Milkshakes (Norton, 2009) by Adam Ried.André Baranowski
White Chocolate-Cream Cheese Mousse
White Chocolate-Cream Cheese Mousse
In this updated take on a classic French dessert, cream cheese adds stability and a pleasing tang, which balances the sweet white chocolate without overpowering it.Todd Coleman
Mexican Chocolate Icebox Cookies
At brunch at the Liberty Bar in San Antonio, a plate of these spicy-sweet cookies is set down on the table at the beginning of the meal—gratis. Featured in our book Best Cookies, they make a perfect cookie for holiday parties, especially when drizzled with a little melted white chocolate.Helen Rosner