How To Make Ice Cream At Home

Soft, creamy, sweet, and delicious, ice cream is one of the most adored desserts around the globe. While we all...

S oft, creamy, sweet, and delicious, ice cream is one of the most adored desserts around the globe. While we all have our favorite ice cream manufacturers and flavors, people tend to shy away from making ice cream themselves at home because they fear it’s too hard. In this blog, we’ve covered three quick-and-easy recipes you can follow on how to make ice cream at home. Each recipe is fully adaptable to whatever flavors and add-ins you’re craving! 

Make Ice Cream At Home With An Ice Cream Machine 

If you already have an ice cream machine at home, making ice cream by yourself is super easy. Simply follow the recipe below for some deliciously soft, freshly-churned vanilla ice cream! If you wish, you can customize the recipe by adding crushed cookies, additional flavoring, chocolate chunks, or anything you please! 

What You’ll Need 

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream 
  • 2 ¼ cups milk 
  • ¾ cups white sugar 
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 


  1. Heat milk in a saucepan over low heat and slowly mix in heavy whipping cream and sugar. Keep stirring till the mixture is smooth and all the sugar has dissolved. Make sure not to boil the milk; heat it only till it’s hot or a small ring of foam has started appearing around the edge. Then turn off the stove. 
  2. Transfer the mixture into a container (such as a measuring cup). Mix in the vanilla extract and chill for at least 2 hours. Refrigerate overnight for best results. 
  3. Pour the cool ice cream mixture into your ice cream maker. Churn according to the directions given on the machine. 
  4. Once the ice cream is churned, you can either serve it immediately or allow it to ripen in the freezer for 2 to 3 hours.
  5. Eat as it is, or serve on top of a delicious gooey brownie or some freshly-baked pie! 

Make Ice Cream Without Ice Cream Machine 

Getting your hands on an ice cream machine makes the job a whole lot easier, but if you don’t have one, don’t worry! We’ve covered two simple methods below that will allow you to enjoy some delicious homemade ice cream without having to purchase a bulky machine! You can customize each of these recipes to your favorite flavors- from mint chip to caramel, Nutella, rocky road, peanut butter, mocha, cookies n cream, blueberry, and beyond! 

Method 1: Two-Ingredient Ice Cream 

  1. Whip two cups of heavy cream (either by hand or with an electric mixer) until you achieve stiff peaks. 
  2. Slowly drizzle in a can of sweetened condensed milk that has been chilled.
  3. Fold softly, and be careful not to let the air out of the whipped cream.
  4. Now comes the fun part- customize the ice cream however you like! Add in your desired flavors such as chocolate chunks, caramel, sprinkles, or whatever else you please. 
  5. Carefully mix add-ins to the mixture, keeping your electric mixer on low speed. 
  6. Transfer mixture to an airtight resealable container and cover the surface with plastic wrap. 
  7. Freeze for at least six hours or until ice cream is firm. 
  8. Enjoy! 

Method 2: Food Processor Ice Cream 

Make the ice cream base following any recipe directions, such as the vanilla ice cream one above, and then follow the directions below. 

  1. Instead of churning in an ice cream maker, simply pour the mixture into a zip lock bag. 
  2. Carefully squeeze all the air out of the bag until it lies flat. 
  3. Seal the bag.  
  4. Freeze with the bag lying flat until it hardens and becomes solid. Freeze overnight for best results. 
  5. Remove the bag from the refrigerator and break the frozen base into chunks. Don’t crush it entirely but make sure the chunks are small enough to fit into your food processor. 
  6. Pulse on high speed until the ice cream is completely smooth. 
  7. If you wish to add any flavorings or add-ins, do so at this stage. Softly fold them into the mixture or pulse again until you achieve your desired consistency. 
  8. Transfer mixture to an airtight container. 
  9. Seal and freeze until ready to serve. 
  10. Enjoy! 

Whether you’re looking for a fun DIY project to keep you engaged in the kitchen or simply wish to satisfy some late-night sweet cravings, these three methods are the top ways to make ice cream at home

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