Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream

Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream

Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream
From The Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz

There’s not many ways to justify posting two ice cream recipes in a row, but a tribute to one of the greatest, dessert-loving men I’ve ever known is certainly one of them.  Although my grandpa, Bob Miller, passed away this past weekend, his memory will certainly never be forgotten – not only in the hearts of his 6 children, 4 step-children, 8 sons- and daughters-in-law, 11 grand kids, 2 grand kids-in-law and 2 great grand kids, but also right here on this blog.  At the tender age of 89, the man was hands down one of our most loyal readers and top commenters.  Truly one of the most talented men I know, it should be no surprise that he embraced the internet, Netflix and DVR well into his 80’s.  In his 70’s he was tutoring me in calculus, in his 30’s and 40’s he was excelling as an electrical engineer, and in his 20’s he was trying out for the Chicago Cubs AND learning to fly planes for the US Air Force.  But perhaps his most impressive feat took place in his 60’s, when he won over my grandma, Arlene.  The women in my family are a force to be reckoned with.  Never wrong, stubborn to a fault, and more than a little Type A, we are quite a delight 🙂  But Bob navigated it all perfectly – I’m pretty sure John and my dad idolize his instinct for when to smile and sip his wine versus politely proving grandma wrong.  And one topic always worth putting his foot down on was dessert.  More specifically his need for it and the quantity he should be served (more).  The man loved his cake.  And cookies.  And pie.  And I’m pretty sure he’s enjoying a bowl of this ice cream in heaven right about now.

DancingDancing with my grandma at our wedding in 2011.

Grandma and GrandpaAn early one from their 28 years together – Christmas at my parent’s house in the late 80’s.

Me and GrandpaMy all time favorite pic with grandpa – playing catch at my 6th birthday.


  • 2 cups half-and-half
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter (I am wholeheartedly against commercial, trans-fat laden peanut butter, but according to the all-knowing Mr. Lebovitz, the natural stuff just doesn’t work as well in ice cream)


  1. Whisk together the half-and-half, cocoa powder, sugar and salt in a large saucepan.  Heat the mixture over medium-high, whisking frequently, until it comes to a full rolling boil and starts to form up a little.
  2. Remove from heat and whisk in the peanut butter, stirring until thoroughly blended.
  3. Pour into a bowl or container and chill over night in the fridge.
  4. The next day, freeze mixture in your ice cream maker, according to manufacturer instructions.

Makes about 1 quart.

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5 Responses to Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream

  1. Mary Ellen Gardels says:

    Only you Tera, could write such a beautiful “dessert based” tribute to Bob. Brought a little tear to my eye.

  2. Maureen Naset says:

    Beautiful tribute, Tera!

  3. Doreen Dodero says:

    Wow, what a perfectly stated blog. Since it brought him true joy to read your postings, this one takes the cake. (Pun intended because your grandfather would be the happiest if he could pare your ice cream with cake)

  4. Linda Miller Puetz says:

    You picked the perfect food tribute, Tera! While my Dad loved all desserts, ice cream was especially dear to his heart!! And your pictures capture his fun loving nature and the joy that family brought to him! So beautiful!

  5. Gayle Anthony says:

    Love this beautiful tribute to my Father in Law and one of the finest men I’ve ever known- Captain Robert John Miller. And he loved his chocolate! We shared many a Vogues truffle – He will be soooo missed.

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