Best homemade ice cream recipe

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Some people call summer bikini season, but here we prefer to call it ice cream season. The temperature rises, as does your need for frozen desserts; why not take the opportunity to hone your skills in making homemade ice cream? Here are 13 ice cream recipes that are sure to motivate you, heat wave or not.

If you don’t have an ice cream maker, no worries! Here are eight ways to make ice cream without an ice cream maker, including with just four ingredients and a mason jar:

But if you wanted As To own a dedicated frozen dessert maker, we’ve also rounded up the best ice cream makers and snow cone machines.

Either way, it’s time for some creamy, dreamy treats that will make you forget about the ice cream truck. Eat them as is, give them the sundae treat, or even try them with tasty ice cream toppings. They are worthy of screaming, everyone.

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1. Caramel ice cream

caramel ice cream recipe

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It’s hard to get the right caramel flavor when making ice cream – some like the flavors to be sweet and others rather burnt – but we think ours is right in the middle. Get our caramel ice cream recipe.

2. Rich chocolate ice cream

rich chocolate ice cream

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If you’re a chocolate purist with a fondness for ice cream, look no further than this rich chocolate ice cream, which contains no foreign spices, liquors or nuts, just a flavor of pure cocoa. Get our rich chocolate ice cream recipe.

3. Vanilla ice cream

Vanilla ice cream recipe

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It’s easy to want to jump into creative frozen desserts, but Classic Vanilla, made with fresh vanilla bean and no artificial flavors, is a great starting point for any homemade ice cream lover. Master that, then jump into the mix-ins. Get our recipe for vanilla ice cream.

4. Pepper ice cream

pepper ice cream recipe

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This recipe, which is seemingly basic except for whole peppercorns (black or pink), is a sure-fire conversation starter after dinner. Get our Pepper Ice Cream Recipe.

5. Mexican chocolate ice cream

Mexican chocolate ice cream recipe

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For those who can’t decide between sorbet and ice cream, this rich, icy and creamy Mexican chocolate ice cream will cover both bases. The addition of cinnamon gives it that signature Mexican touch, but feel free to add a pinch of cayenne pepper for an extra-delicious little kick. Get our Mexican Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe.

6. Fresh strawberry ice cream

fresh strawberry ice cream recipe

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Strawberry ice cream costs a dime a dozen, but a good recipe is hard to come by. Make this one and you’ll relive peak strawberry season no matter when you eat them. Get our fresh strawberry ice cream recipe.

7. Cinnamon ice cream

cinnamon ice cream recipe

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The assertive flavor of cinnamon is the star of this ice cream. Crush it between two sugar cookies for a snickerdoodle ice cream sandwich. Get our cinnamon ice cream recipe.

8. Roasted pistachio ice cream

roasted pistachio ice cream recipe

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It’s really rare to find a pistachio dessert that doesn’t stink of artificial ingredients. It turns out that the secret to a real pistachio flavor is in many toasted nuts. Get our Roasted Pistachio Ice Cream Recipe.

9. Grasshopper ice cream

grasshopper ice cream recipe

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Grasshopper ice cream, with its green tint, minty flavor, and brownie bits, is the stuff dreams are made of, but it’s far less common than plain mint chocolate chips. Correct this by making your own. Get our Grasshopper Ice Cream Recipe.

10. Coconut ice cream

coconut ice cream recipe

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Two forms of coconut – grated coconut and coconut milk – give this ice cream a particularly saturated tropical flavor. Get our coconut ice cream recipe.

11. S’mores Ice Cream

s'mores ice cream recipe

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Summer is the time for ice cream and s’mores, so why not combine them into a delicious dessert? Get our S’mores ice cream recipe. (And to make it meta, try it in an S’mores Sundae.)

12. Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

strawberry cheesecake ice cream recipe

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You might expect fresh strawberries and cream cheese in a rich strawberry cheesecake ice cream, but the other featured ingredient here is a very welcome surprise: cookie butter. Yes please. Get our Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream Recipe.

13. Maple ice cream

maple ice cream recipe

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It’s too early to think about fall (although those who live in heatwave parts of the country already dream of it anyway), but when you want both fall flavors and the chill of l summer is your choice. Use heavy, golden Grade B maple syrup for this ice cream, which is perfect to accompany apple and pear desserts. Get our maple ice cream recipe.

Are you looking for something a little different?

15 unusual ice cream flavors to try this summer


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