Coconut charcoal ice cream

You probably already know that coconut charcoal has many uses and benefits. But do you know that it can be added to ice cream too? In this post, we tell you what coconut charcoal ice cream is and give you a recipe so you can make it at home.

What Is It?

Coconut charcoal ice cream or black ice cream that incorporates activated charcoal was a trend back in 2016. The trend was started by an ice parlor in New York City who experimented with activated charcoal. Then they named their ice cream coconut ash.

What’s interesting about the black ice cream story is that it was originally meant to create an ice cream flavor that is “coconut to the max”. What they get instead was tasty, coconut-flavored ice cream with a rich, dark shade. 

Unfortunately, today black ice cream is not as common as back then. No need to worry, though. Below, we have a coconut charcoal ice cream recipe so you can make it yourself at home.

Health Benefits of Coconut Charcoal Ice Cream

Health benefits are probably not among the first things that come to mind when you think about ice cream. But this is what makes charcoal ice cream unique. It has potential health benefits, thanks to its activated charcoal content.

What are the potential benefits of the ice cream? Activated charcoal has been known to be a powerful detoxifier. It is often used to treat patients who have poisoned or overdosed themselves. 

Active charcoal binds to chemicals and toxins and draws them out of the body. Do you know what the best types of active charcoal are made from? Yes, coconut shells.

Besides drawing chemicals and toxins, activated charcoal can also help alleviate gas and bloating. Not only that, it can be used as a teeth whitener, too.

Coconut Charcoal Ice Cream Recipe

Want to make coconut charcoal ice cream at home? Don’t worry. It’s not difficult. Just try the recipe below.


  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup or honey
  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot starch
  • 2 cups condensed coconut milk
  • 2 cups full-fat coconut milk
  • 3 tablespoons raw cacao powder
  • 4 tablespoons activated charcoal powder


  1. First, freeze the ice cream freezer bowl for at least 9 hours.
  2. Prepare a medium-size saucepan. Then mix charcoal, cacao powder, milk, condensed milk, starch, honey, and vanilla extract on medium-low heat. (Note: Don’t allow this mixture to come to a boil.)
  3. Pour the mixture into a bowl. Cover the bowl and put it in the fridge for at least 1 hour before you make the ice cream.
  4. Assemble your ice cream maker. Turn on the rotating freezer bowl.
  5. Pour the mixture into the freezer bowl. Then allow it to churn for about 15 to 20 minutes (or until it reaches your desired consistency).
  6. Scoop and serve with your favorite toppings.

Now you know what coconut charcoal ice cream is and how to make it at home. Want to give it a try but don’t know where to buy quality coconut charcoal? We can help with that. Get your quality coconut charcoal at Indonesia Coconut Charcoal. Visit our site or click here to order.