Chocolate- Cinnamon Gelato with Toffee Bits

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Chocolate- Cinnamon Gelato with Toffee Bits

Yield: 3 cups

Prep Time: 25 min + chilling and processing time

Cook Time: 7 min

This is, hands-down, the BEST ice cream we have ever tasted. It's incredible. My husband says it's just like what we had in Italy.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup granulated white sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 pinch of salt
2 cups whole milk, divided
5 ounces bittersweet (not unsweetened) or semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped
1/2 cup chilled heavy whipping cream
2 whole Heath or Skor candy bars, crushed into small pieces

Directions:

1. Whisk the sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon and salt in a heavy, medium saucepan until blended. Gradually add 1/4 cup milk, whisking until cornstarch is dissolved. Whisk in remaining 1 3/4 cups milk. Whisk over medium-high heat until mixture thickens and comes to boil, about 6 minutes. Reduce heat to medium and cook 1 minute longer, whisking occasionally. Remove from heat; add chocolate. Let stand 1 minute, then whisk until melted and smooth.

2. Transfer gelato base to medium bowl. Mix in cream. Place bowl over large bowl filled with ice and water and cool, stirring often, about 30 minutes. Place in refrigerator until well chilled.

3. Process gelato base in ice cream maker according the manufacturer's instructions, adding toffee during the last minute of churning. Transfer to container; cover. Freeze at least 3 hours and up to 2 days.

Tips:

*If you are preparing this recipe as gluten-free, just be sure to use toffee and chocolate that is known to be GF.
*As with any ice cream recipe, it will turn out best if the container is frozen for at least 24 hours prior to processing. The ice cream base should be well chilled before making.

Source: RecipeGirl.com (via Bon Appetit)