“I scream, you scream… we all scream for ice cream!”
Buying an ice cream maker was definitely on my “to purchase” list when I first got into the real food gang. The very first thing I purchased was a KitchenAid.
When I saw that they had an ice cream attachment, I was sold and picked one up as soon as the weather got a little bit hotter.
Now came the fun part, deciding which recipes I just had to make first. Here's what I found:
Delicious Ice Cream Recipes
1. Vanilla Ice Cream
Naturally, the first thing I made was vanilla, and then chocolate ice cream.
There are several ways to make vanilla.
The first time I made vanilla ice-cream, I thought that cooking the eggs, sugar, whipping cream, and milk was the only way to make it. It definitely provides a very rich and delicious flavor, but it is not the only option here, especially if you are short on time.
The added benefit of finding this recipe is how the cook includes mint Oreos and cookies n' cream.
What about that “short on time” aspect I just talked about? Well, here you go.
This quick recipe combines sweetened condensed milk. You can mix up the ingredients and pour into your maker. Before you know it, twenty minutes will be up and you will be scooping fresh vanilla ice cream into your bowl or, if you're lucky, waffle cone maker.
2. Chocolate Ice Cream
Maybe chocolate is more your style? If that is the case, then this recipe is for you! It is sweet and provides so much comfort. It does take time to make and cool down as well, so keep that in mind.
When it comes to the time aspect of making ice cream, I look at it like this: You have to put the bowl in the freezer for twenty-four hours anyway, so you might as well make the mixture when you put the bowl in the freezer.
Yet, what about those who keep their bowl in the freezer? Well, then make it the morning you want to eat it. The cooking process is only ten minutes long, and then refrigerate it until later in the evening.
3. Ice Cream Coffee
I am forever a fan of coffee. It's no joke in my life. Yet, when summer begins to roll around the idea of drinking it hot goes away.
I do the same thing with my coffee that I talked about with the ice cream, I make a big pot early in the morning and let it sit in the fridge until I am ready for it.
Adding ice cream to my already cold coffee is amazing. It adds the sweetness I desire combined with the acidity of the coffee.
Coffee Ice Cream with coffee just makes sense.
Want to get a little crazy? Add the ice cream to an Oreo crust and drizzle it with chocolate and caramel! Ah.maz.ing!
4. S'mores Ice Cream
S'mores ice cream quickly became a favorite of mine. I think I made it three times in a row after the first time I tried it. What set it off for me was the cinnamon in the base.
Very delicious. One thing I have learned to add since first reading this recipe is chunks of browned marshmallows.
That might partially be because I love toasted marshmallows, it might also be because I love to get the kitchen torch out.
5. Peppermint Ice Cream
This recipe is one my daughter made for Christmas.
Yes, she's a little crazy.
She used the vanilla base and right at the end, she added peppermint candy.
She topped it with chocolate drizzle and my seven-year-old was happy.
6. Fresh Mint Ice Cream
I chose this recipe because you actually can use mint from your garden. I normally have so much fresh mint, that I do not know what to do with it all.
Finding this recipe pleased everyone – it's my husband's favorite ice cream dish and I used some of my fresh mint.
Needless to say, this is a recipe that goes over well and is used quite often in our household.
7. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
What recipe list of ice cream recipes would be complete without Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream?
You can get a container of Ben and Jerry's, which has the most amount of chocolate chip cookie dough, or you can make your own.
This recipe cannot be found online but, instead, through the Ben and Jerry's Cookbook, which is found on Amazon or many other great bookstores!
Another added benefit? You can really have fun with crazy ideas.
Chocolate Chip cookie dough ice cream was my first crazy ice cream recipe. I added the cookie dough, crushed Oreos, and sprinkles. I felt so wild that night. Perfect birthday treat!
8. Birthday Cake Ice Cream
This was another favorite of mine. The simplicity of this recipe is really nice too, especially considering the great taste of the ice cream.
All you do is take your vanilla ice cream and add 1/4 a cup of dry cake mix. Super simple and super yummy!
9. Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream
I like this one for the same reason I like the mint recipe, you can use what is in your garden. Add to that the cream cheese chunks and bits of graham cracker and it makes for a pretty solid winner in my eyes.
The freshness of the strawberries combined with extra pieces really brings out the different flavors well in this recipe. I highly recommend it!
10. Salted Pecan Ice Cream
As a child, I never understood the fascination with butter pecan ice cream. As I have grown up and my taste buds have changed, I completely get why they like it now!
This salted pecan ice cream is extra fun.
I get maple syrup from my dad and pecans from my yard.
I do not add the maple syrup extract though because it is not something I would keep in stock at my house for any other recipe. If you have some, send them my way!
No matter, I sure hope you enjoy this light treat!
11. Butterbeer Ice Cream
Oh yes, I just went there!
Are you an avid reader of Harry Potter? Then this will tickle your summer taste buds.
Added benefit? It's highly unlikely that you will get drunk from eating this delicious treat! I originally tried this recipe because my daughter loves the books and I knew she would love this sweet treat.
And she did.
12. Salted Caramel Ice Cream
This recipe is a bit different from the rest. Not because of the taste of the ingredients but because of the machine used to make the ice cream.
The first time I saw this ice cream made was a couple of months ago at a store that was cramped and people were lined up out the door to grab some ice cream.
This place made the ice cream in front of you and rolled it into, well, rolled ice cream.
Once it was laid out flat they added drizzle (in my name) and waited for it to harden.
Then they add some extra goodies on top, like Twizzlers or Teddy Grahams. It was a really fun ice cream shop experience. I am glad my student requested it!
Naturally, I figured why not make it yourself? I went researching what kind of ice cream maker they were using and came up with the Chef's Sweet Spot Ice Cream maker.
This recipe was the first one I made, though I have yet to try rolling it into ice cream rolls.
That day will come.
13. The Non-Ice Cream Recipe That is Super Important
I am adding this recipe because it is so super simple, it surprised me and made me really gleeful to try it and succeed.
Now there is no need to go to Dairy Queen or purchase chocolate hardener with all those added chemicals. Just two ingredients and you are good to go!
My absolute favorite ice cream we ever made was called “trash ice cream” and it was all the different flavors I had made that the person wanted, chocolate shell, sprinkles, and whipping cream from our iSi whipper.
It was amazing and such a fun way to use up all our leftover goodies!
Ice Cream Is…
Ice Cream is fun. It is a way to cool off after a hot day, a way to escape.
No matter your favorite flavor, making your own gives it extra sweet satisfaction. I highly recommend picking up your personal preference for a maker and getting busy in the kitchen early in the morning.
Let it sit and then dump it in the ice cream maker. If it's a traditional one, then you get the benefit of walking away.
Or if you want a small amount of ice cream at the flip of a switch, try the Chef'n Sweet Spot.
Either way, it's getting hot outside and the perfect excuse to enjoy your sweet treat!