The secret to this recipe is real, chocolaty, chewy gooey brownies in the ice cream. I simply bought a package of (insert favorite brownie mix here) and cooked it for the shortest time suggested on the box so it was extra soft. Then I made the following ice cream recipe which I found originally here: http://find.myrecipes.com/recipes/recipefinder.dyn?action=displayRecipe&recipe_id=10000001206175
I was very pleased with the results, and so were my friends!
Brownie Fudge Ice Cream
1 Box of Brownie Mix (Make sure you have everything to make the brownies.)
1 1/3 cups sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
3 1/2 cups 2% reduced-fat milk, divided
3 large egg yolks
1/2 cup half-and-half
2 1/2 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
Bake the brownies according to the package directions. When they are done baking take a fork and run it through half of the brownies so that they get crumbly. If they are cool you can use your fingers, but please don't burn yourself on the brownies or the pan! I would wait a good 20 minutes before using your fingers to touch anything that has come out of the oven without hot pads. Set brownies aside.
To prepare ice cream, combine 1 1/3 cups sugar and 1/3 cup cocoa in a medium, heavy saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring well with a whisk. Stir in 1/2 cup milk and egg yolks. Stir in remaining 3 cups milk. Cook 12 minutes or until a thermometer registers 160°, stirring constantly. Remove from heat.
Place half-and-half in a medium microwave-safe bowl; microwave at high 1 1/2 minutes or until half-and-half boils. Add 2 1/2 ounces chocolate; stir until smooth. Stir half-and-half mixture into milk mixture. Place pan in a large ice-filled bowl, or cover and place outside in the snow! Cool completely, stirring occasionally. If you do place it outside in the snow (I did make this in January) make sure you can keep an eye on it! You don't want any squirrels making your ice cream into a delicious hot tub.
Now that the mix is cool, and squirrel free, pour it into the freezer bowl of your ice cream freezer; freeze according to manufacturer's instructions. I added in the brownie bits as it was mixing, and it gave it a much better taste than simply freezing the brownies in the ice cream when placed in the refrigerator.