Easy Homemade Ice Cream Ideas + Giveaway

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Jul 26, 2023

It's officially ice cream season and while there's nothing like a trip to your favorite ice cream place to pick out a scoop or two, it is equally as fun to make this sweet treat right at home!  Luckily, it is so easy to whip up your favorite ice cream flavor with this simple homemade recipe - no machine required! Once you make your base, the possibilities for mix-ins and new flavors are ENDLESS. 

We have tried this simple recipe out and it is the easiest way to make a batch of ice cream at home, resulting in surprisingly rich and creamy flavor! 

Start with your base recipe, a creamy vanilla recipe. Amazingly, you only need THREE ingredients and you probably already have the supplies you need to make this right at home. 

You'll need:

a big mixing bowl, a stand mixer or hand mixer and a freezer safe container (1 - 1.5 quart) 


1. Whipping Cream
2. Sweet Condensed Milk 
3. Pure Vanilla Extract  OR Vanilla Bean Paste 


1. Whip the cold cream with your electric stand or hand mixer until it has stiff peaks. This usually takes 3-4 minutes. 

2. Lower the speed of your mixer and slowly add the vanilla and condensed milk. Mix on low until the mixture is combined - approximately 1-2 minutes. 

3. Add the base to your freezer-safe container, spread evenly, and pop it in the freezer to set. Overnight is best, but it should be ready in about 5 hours. 

It's that simple! If you're feeling more adventurous than classic Vanilla, check out the ideas below for different flavor combinations. You might even think of some of your own ideas as you try this out and experiment with your favorite additions. 

Flavor Variations: 

  • One of the easiest ways to add flavors is to swirl in sauce before freezing: think Fudge, Caramel, Strawberry Puree, Peanut Butter, Lemon Curd to name a few! 
  • Chocolate Variation: Whip in 1 cup of cocoa powder at Step 1. 
  • Berry Combination: Stir in fresh fruit at step 1 - strawberries, blueberries and/or raspberries. 
  • Birthday Cake: Stir in 1/4 cup of sprinkles at step 3. Fold in gently. 
  • Coffee: Stir in 1-2 tbsp of instant espresso at Step 1. 
  • Other toppings that can be mixed in at Step 3: chocolate chips, edible cookie dough bites, coconut, cookies, chopped or crushed candies. Note: Always remember to chop or fully crush candy since it will be hard once frozen. 

And once summer ends, the fun doesn't need to stop as we head into fall! Pumpkin ice-cream anyone? Simply stir in pumpkin pie filling and nutmeg at step 1. 

Want to try this recipe and some flavor combinations at home this summer? Enter below to win a $50 Grocery Gift Card to purchase all the ingredients and supplies you'll need to create this at home.  

Homemade Ice Cream Giveaway  

One lucky winner will be chosen at random to receive a grocery gift card - winner choice on retailer gift card. (valued at $50) Giveaway is open to U.S. residents 18 years or older. Enter through August 21, 2023.  Winner will be chosen randomly and notified by email. Entrants must be a member of SheSpeaks. If you are not a member, click here to join.

Thanks to all who entered! Congrats to our winner SheSpeaks member gijeanie79.

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by Honeypie411 | Chandler, AZ
Aug 21, 2023

My favorite ice cream flavor is chocolate and more chocolate!

by Honeypie411 | Chandler, AZ
Aug 21, 2023

My favorite ice cream flavor is chocolate and more chocolate!

by wigget | SILVER SPRING, MD
Aug 21, 2023

vanilla. and then i'd put it on a brownie and cover it with toppings

by EmilyNorup | Croswell, MI
Aug 21, 2023

We love ice cream in our house

by tzevans | Rocky Point, NY
Aug 21, 2023

I love Praline Pecan ice cream and I have made it at home with the praline pecans from Costco.

by pyrolilly | Bergton, VA
Aug 21, 2023


by starzine | SN BERNRDNO, CA
Aug 21, 2023

My favorite ice cream flavor is pecan praline. I would make pecan praline ice cream at home.

by asp090812 | discovery bay, CA
Aug 21, 2023

love rocky road

by hwone87 | WOODSTOCK, GA
Aug 21, 2023

We love making homemade ice cream! My personal favorite is chocolate chip cookie dough.

by nan20052 | BRISTOL, VA
Aug 21, 2023

Sounds yummy

by Asher5000 | Cabot, PA
Aug 21, 2023

I love peanut butter ice cream, any kind. I would def make some ice cream with peanut butter and chocolate swirls! I also like marshmallow in ice cream too!

by Domino01 | OSHKOSH, WI
Aug 21, 2023

I love blueberry ice cream shakes, they used to make them at DQ, not sure if they do anymore. I would love to try to make it myself.

by laurie655 | BILOXI, MS
Aug 20, 2023

My favorite ice cream is strawberry. I would make it at home.

by frankstuart73 | Waco, TX
Aug 20, 2023

That certainly looks delicious and easy to make.

by Ginaferrell | CHALMETTE, LA
Aug 20, 2023

My favorite ice cream flavor is chocolate peanut butter.