Bacio ice cream or chocolate nut ice cream

Creamy Bacio ice cream with delicious chocolate-nut pieces.
Creamy Bacio ice cream with delicious chocolate-nut pieces.

An Chocolate nougat ice cream with crunchy hazelnuts not only sounds tempting, it is also mega delicious. Maybe you know this ice cream also under the name Bacio ice cream or Gelato al Bacio.

Especially Italy enthusiasts are likely to Baci will be a household name. This Italian chocolates is very well known and it is a chocolate praline with a whole hazelnut and nougat cream as the core. Remotely reminiscent of Ferrero kisses and in fact Baci also means Kisses. So if you can't find a Baci in the supermarket, you can also without much problems Ferrero kisses use as a substitute.

I brought you a recipe ovuleless created. Who does not Ice cream machine owns, you can also make the ice cream in the freezer. But I would recommend you to use an ice cream maker to make the Creaminess to increase. If you're still wavering over whether or not you should buy an ice cream machinecheck out my article on it.

Ingredients Bacio ice cream

4 portions

  • 400 g milk
  • 100 g cream
  • 45 g glucose
  • 20 g skimmed milk powder
  • 15 g cane sugar
  • 15 g dextrose
  • 5 g cocoa powder
  • 1,5 g locust bean gum
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 25 g nougat
  • 20 g hazelnut puree
  • 45 g chopped hazelnut pralines (e.g. Baci or Ferrero Küsschen)
Chopped Chocolate Nut Pralines. Half goes into the ice cream mixture, the rest is added later at the end of the freezing process.
Chopped Chocolate Nut Pralines. Half goes into the ice cream mixture, the rest is added later at the end of the freezing process.

Preparation Bacio ice cream

  • Heat milk, cream, glucose, skimmed milk powder, cane sugar, dextrose, cocoa powder, locust bean gum and salt together in a saucepan while stirring and heat up to approx. 60°C.
Heat the ice cream mixture including the cocoa powder while stirring.
Heat the ice cream mixture including the cocoa powder while stirring.
  • Stir in the nougat, hazelnut nut and about half of the hazelnut pralines until the nougat and the pralines have dissolved as much as possible.
  • Hold at approx. 60°C for 10 minutes while stirring.
When the bacio ice cream mixture is ready, the hazelnut pieces float on top.
When the bacio ice cream mixture is ready, the hazelnut pieces float on top.
  • Allow the ice cream mixture to cool and, as far as possible, let it sit overnight in the refrigerator. Otherwise, continue to process after cooling.
  • The remaining chopped hazelnut pralines are melted just before the end of the freezing process to be incorporated into the ice cream mixture. The chocolate mixture should only be warm to the touch.
Melt the second half of the chopped chocolate nut pralines just before you finish making the ice cream and let it cool to lukewarm.
Melt the second half of the chopped chocolate nut pralines just before you finish making the ice cream and let it cool to lukewarm.

The Ice cream machine prepare and pre-cool for a few minutes depending on the model. Switch on the stirrer and add the ice cream mass (duration approx. 30 minutes).
Just before the ice mass is ready, add the melted hazelnut pralines to the ice cream mixture.

At the end of the freezing process, drizzle in the melted chocolate nut pralines.
At the end of the freezing process, drizzle in the melted chocolate nut pralines.


Alternatively in freezer compartment freeze and mix well every 30 minutes with a hand mixer (total time about 4 hours). When the ice cream is ready, the melted hazelnut pralines can be layered with the ice cream.

Fun Fact

Who searches the Internet for "Bacio Gelato" instead of "Gelato al Bacio" will come across a few pages that have absolutely nothing to do with ice cream production. Because this name also bears a plant that was bred to satisfy completely different cravings than those for ice cream. 😉

Bacio ice cream served with a halved chocolate praline and wafer rolls.
Bacio ice cream served with a halved chocolate praline and wafer rolls.

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