When summer approaches and the temperatures start going up, we really start craving homemade ice cream. That ice cream maker has been sitting in the cabinet for way too long, collecting dust, waiting for the opportunity to mix up some new and fun flavors.
Well, it’s time to get churning again! Below we’ve got a collection of some amazing ice cream flavors. There’s even one for olive oil ice cream, which you absolutely MUST try to believe. It’s so delicious.
The three of us here at A Food Lover’s Kitchen were debating which was our favorite.
- Angela chose the Peach Ice Cream because it reminds her of childhood.
- Jillian chose Cherry Mascarpone
- I’m sticking with the Olive Oil
How Long Does It Take to Make Ice Cream?
In an ice cream maker, it takes around 20-45 minutes to churn ice cream. This is assuming you’ve already frozen the bowl, which alone can take anywhere from 4 to 12 hours. If you’re planning to make ice cream in the next day, be sure to put yours in the freeze right now!
Once you place the ice cream mixture into the bowl and started the machine, it takes about 20 minutes for the ice cream to churn and thicken. At this point, you can add extras, like fruit or candy, and continue to churn it to thicken and harden even more.
There is a point at which it’s gotten as hard as it will get and continual churning won’t do any more good. After 40 minutes, the drum will have heated up enough that it won’t continue to freeze the ice cream.
How to Get the Best Results From Your Ice Cream Maker
- Always ensure the bowl is thoroughly dry before freezing.
- Keep the bowl upright in the freezer.
- Ensure your ingredients are refrigerated before making your ice cream.
- Use high quality, high fat ingredients.
- Don’t over churn the ice cream.
- Refrain from using alcohol or liquid ingredients in your recipes, this will inhibit the freezing process.
How to Make Homemade Ice Cream
The easiest way to make homemade ice cream is in an ice cream maker. There are many different types. If you don’t have one already, we recommend one that doesn’t require rock salt.
Most modern ice cream makers, like this one from Hamilton Beach ($39.99 – free shipping), only require you to pre-freeze the bowl (we just keep ours in the freeze all the time), and then you can whip up ice cream in just 20 minutes.
When making ice cream in an ice cream maker like the one above, there are just four steps.
- Mix up your recipe (no more than 4 cups total). It’s best when the mix is chilled before pouring into the machine.
- Take the pre-frozen bowl out of the freezer and put it on the machine. Cover it with the plastic guard. Turn it on.
- Pour the mix into the bowl as it’s churning.
- Check it after 20 minutes. Add any extra at this stage, just before the ice cream is firm enough.
The ice cream is done when it’s firm and set. It can take up to 40 minutes for some recipes. It also varies based on how cold the ingredients were when you added them.
Basic Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe
So many recipes start with a good vanilla ice cream base. Then you can add any fruit or additions you wish to the base. Here is a super easy and quick vanilla ice cream recipe to make in your ice cream maker.
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 2 1/4 cups milk
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- Mix together the sugar, whipping cream, and milk in a sauce pan over medium-low heat. Stir together and let it heat until the sugar is dissolved. It shouldn’t reach a boil.
- Pour the mixture into a container and add the vanilla. Chill the mixture in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, until cold. Transfer the mixture to the ice cream machine and process until it reaches desired thickness, around 20-25 minutes.
- If you’re adding fruit or additions, pour them into the mixture after 5 minutes of churning.
22 Creative Ice Cream Recipes
Here are 22 super creative and delicious ice cream recipes you can make in your ice cream maker. These recipes were compiled from expert recipe creators. Click through to see the full recipe. If you’ve made ice cream at home before, you know that sometimes things can go wrong, even when you’ve done everything right. Here is a guide for troubleshooting any issues that might arise while making these ice creams.
The Ultimate Homemade Peach Ice Cream
Like a bowl full of summer, the Ultimate Homemade Peach Ice Cream will blow your mind with flavor. This easy homemade ice cream recipe can be made with frozen or canned peaches, giving you that summer flavor year round, although I highly encourage you to use fresh, perfectly ripe peaches. Test them before using to make sure you get the best flavor.
Raspberry Swirl and Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream
The classic combination of luscious raspberry sauce swirled into vanilla ice cream and mixed with chocolate chunks makes this custard-base ice cream a must try. You must use fresh raspberries in this recipe to avoid large water crystals forming. For the chocolate, you can use milk chocolate or dark chocolate.
Stroopwafel Ice Cream with Bourbon & Caramel
Stroopwafel Ice Cream comes fully loaded with hints of bourbon, a river of caramel sauce and chunks of stroopwafel throughout. If you’ve never had it before, stroopwafel is two layers of crispy cooked waffle sandwiched together with a caramel syrup in the middle. They come from the Netherlands, but can be purchased everywhere. If you can’t find them, you can use any kind of crunchy cookie.
Chocolate Ice Cream with Ceylon Cinnamon
The fruity flavour of natural cocoa and dark chocolate plays against the spicy fragrant Ceylon cinnamon in a match-made-in-heaven kind of way for a wonderful homemade ice cream.
Black Sesame Ice Cream
Black sesame (kurogoma) ice cream is a popular dessert in Japanese restaurants. It has a sweet and nutty flavour that is really delicious and perfect to eat after a nice Japanese dinner.
Lemon Basil Cookie Crunch Ice Cream
Perfect for warm weather, this lemon basil cookie crunch ice cream is a summer dream. This lemon basil ice cream is soft, creamy and full of delicious lemon cookie chunks for a little crunch.
Rose Ice Cream
This Rose Ice Cream is easy to make and combines the floral taste of rose with fresh cream. This is definitely a traditional English version based on the old-fashioned roses in the garden.
Graham Cracker Ice Cream
Loaded with graham crackers, chocolate chips and Buncha Crunch, this graham cracker ice cream will have you wondering where it has been all of your life.
Coconut Macadamia Nut Ice Cream
If you love Hawaii and ice cream, then you are probably going to fall head over heels for this easy Coconut Macadamia Nut Ice Cream recipe. This creamy, easy ice cream has buttery macadamia nut flavor and there are chunks of chopped nuts in each bite.
Cherry Mascarpone Ice Cream
Embrace fresh summer cherries and rich mascarpone in this creamy ice cream that’s perfect for a treat on a hot day with its mild, fresh fruit flavour that balances with the cheese for a sweet, creamy treat.
Apple Pie Ice Cream
Ice cream is not only for summer, it can be perfect for fall too! This Apple Pie Ice Cream has everything you want for the season. Tender apples, warm spices, buttery pie crust & creamy ice cream.
Pina Colada Ice Cream
Turn your favorite frozen drink into tropical Piña Colada Ice Cream! Loads of coconut and pineapple will have you feeling like you are on vacation.
Hokey Pokey Ice Cream
Hokey Pokey Ice Cream hails from New Zealand. Essentially it’s honeycomb ice cream, so try one lick and you’ll see what all the fuss is about!
Honey-Lavender Ice Cream with Peach Compote
While this honey-lavender ice cream sounds extra fancy, it couldn’t be simpler to make. With its floral notes and optional peach compote topping, its the perfect ice cream to take you through the summer months.
Olive Oil Ice Cream
This olive oil ice cream has the perfect combination of quality ingredients giving an incredible delicate, smooth, silky-like texture, and an exquisite, unforgettable taste.
Chunky Elvis Ice Cream
Chunky Elvis Ice Cream, inspired by his famous sandwich. This easy homemade ice cream recipe is full of bananas, honey, peanut butter, and bacon!
Coconut Mango Ice Cream
If you like tropical flavors, this coconut mango ice cream is for you. This ice cream is creamy, fruity perfection. A tropical ice cream that transports you to a sun-soaked beach.
Pistachio Ice Cream
This is an easy Pistachio Ice Cream made in an ice cream maker with just 4 ingredients. Freshly ground pistachios are the star of this ice cream.
Caramel Corn Ice Cream with Vanilla Goat Milk Caramel Swirl
Caramel Corn Ice Cream is a decadent Salt & Straw inspired homemade, sweet ice cream base infused with the juice of fresh corn kernels that are sautéed in brown butter and then simmered in heavy cream for a subtle sweet corn flavor.
Cherry Amaretto Crunch Ice Cream
If you’re an ice cream lover and an almond lover, you’re going to swoon for this amaretto ice cream with cherries and toasted almonds. Cherry Amaretto Crunch Ice Cream is creamy and lush with chewy bits and satisfying crunch.
Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookie Ice Cream
This ice cream tastes like a delicious oatmeal cookie with a cold glass of milk! Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookie Ice Cream is a copycat Ben & Jerry’s flavor that tastes better than the original!
Butter Brickle Ice Cream with Homemade Toffee
Butter Brickle Ice cream made with Homemade Toffee. Rich, buttery and creamy. The perfect dessert for summer! Cream is sweet with a hint of caramel with lot’s of crunch from the toffee bits.
Before use, the bowl should be placed in the freezer 24hrs in advance. Do not remove the bowl until ready to use.
Even a built-in freezer model which is off and running at the flick of a switch, needs the custards, base creams and anything else you are going to add to be as cold as possible.
The best ice cream is full of flavour thanks to the richness of the ingredients and needs plenty of fat for it to churn well, this is not the time to skimp. Use full-fat milk or double cream whenever possible.
There are so many fun and unique flavors that go great in ice cream. We just scratched the surface with these recipes. Let your imagination go, dust off the ice cream maker and try a few.
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Laura is a home cook who loves making new recipes and finding new favorite things to eat, whether at home or abroad. She also runs a popular travel blog and spends a lot of her time traveling for food.