Now that summer is in full swing, so are our cravings for cold treats and delicious iced dishes! We’ll be the first to admit that we eat way too much ice cream in the summer, but we’re okay with it so long as we practice self control in other areas and stay active. Since we’re actually pretty good at doing those things in the warmer months, we enjoy our favourite ice creams pretty guilt free when the sun gets hot! Of course, there are countless different kinds and flavours of ice cream that you can buy in stores or at shops, but we’ve actually always found that we feel even better about treating ourselves if we’re doing it with something that we made ourselves.
Just in case you’re as in love with the idea of making your very own homemade ice cream in all kinds of different flavours as we were, if not more, here are 15 of the best homemade ice cream recipes we’ve come across so far in our mission to try every kind of ice cream on planet Earth!
1. Easy homemade strawberry ice cream
Just because you’re making the ice cream yourself does not, of course, mean that you have to make a flavour that’s really unique or unconventional. Sometimes it’s nice to learn how to make a classic because, if you do it right, yours is pretty much guaranteed to be better than the mass produced kind you’ll find in the stores! That’s why we adore this homemade strawberry ice cream recipe outlined nice and clearly on Divas Can Cook.
2. No-churn homemade vanilla ice cream made with sweetened condensed milk
Speaking of classic ice cream flavours, here’s a delicious homemade vanilla ice cream that can hardly be beat! Besides the fact that we love being able to make it from scratch without having to churn it, we adore that this recipe is made with sweetened condensed milk because it makes the texture particularly creamy and the flavour just perfectly sweet. Get the full details for making it happen on Foodie Crush.
3. Homemade peach ice cream
While it’s true that you might be able to find delicious peach ice cream at specialty stores or gourmet ice cream and gelato boutiques, it’s not usually a flavour you’d find in the average store aisle, which is a shame because it’s actually one of the most delicious ice cream flavours we’ve ever tasted! That’s why we were so pleased to come across this mouth watering homemade peach ice cream recipe featured on She Wears Many Hats. It tastes fresh, summery, and the perfect combination of fruity and sweet!
4. Homemade mango ice cream
Have you actually always been a huge fan of the delicious ice cream flavours you get at the end of a big meal at your favourite sushi buffet, but you’ve never been able to find those in stores? Then perhaps it’s time to try your hand at making them yourself! This surprisingly simple tutorial featured on Recipe Tin Eats guides you step by step through the process of making a deliciously smooth mango ice cream that’s just as fresh and yummy as the one you’ve always loved in sushi restaurants.
5. Homemade orange vanilla ice cream
Did we almost catch your full attention when we started talking about making fantastically sweet and creamy homemade vanilla ice cream but you can’t help but wonder whether you might like the whole idea better if you put a bit of a yummy twist, perhaps with a light fruit flavour hinted in the background of each bite? Then we’ve definitely found the perfect recipe for you thanks to this homemade orange vanilla ice cream featured on Weed ‘Em & Reap!
6. Homemade banana ice cream with shaved chocolate
Have you actually been scrolling through our list hoping to find a more mild fruit ice cream that lets you enjoy each bite with a little something extra, preferably chocolate because you, like us, are a self admitted choco-holic? Then we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how Well Plated made this super smooth homemade banana ice cream that’s mixed and topped with shaved milk chocolate to amp up every bite!
7. Homemade butter pecan ice cream
Now, we’ll fully admit that we’ve had delicious butter pecan ice cream in stores before, but have you ever taken a bite of something good and suspected that, if you really tried your hardest, you might be able to make a version of that same thing at home that tastes even better, if you do say so yourself? Well, that’s precisely what happened when we found this irresistible homemade butter pecan ice cream recipe featured on Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom.
8. Coconut macadamia homemade ice cream
Just in case you’ve been sitting here scrolling through our list to search for a really unique flavour idea, but preferably one that doesn’t have quite as strong a taste as most fruit based ice creams, here’s a taste and recipe from Tasty Kitchen that you simply cannot miss out on! Their tutorial guides you step by step through the process of making your very own coconut macadamia ice cream in a big enough batch for the whole family to share.
9. Honey lavender homemade ice cream
If you’re going to go to the trouble of making an entire batch of ice cream from scratch, would you rather try your hand at one of those light, fragrant tastes that you’ve seen in gourmet shops that strive to introduce people to new taste combinations they might not have tried before? Then we think you’ll get along quite well indeed with this heavenly tasting lavender honey ice cream recipe featured on Growing Up Gabel!
10. Banana pudding ice cream
Are you one of those kitchen enthusiasts who has fallen completely in love with the whole concept of combination recipes, where the treat you’re making is a clear mash up with, or at least tastes a lot like, another sweet thing you really enjoy? Well, if you’re a banana pudding lover, or even just a fan of how bananas taste, we have a feeling you’re going to fall right in love with this delicious banana pudding ice cream recipe featured on Cooking With Janica!
11. Blueberry pie homemade ice cream
Did we really catchy our attention when we started talking about combination recipes to help you make ice creams that taste like other kinds of treats, but you’ve just never been a fan of banana pudding so the above recipe doesn’t quite appeal to you? Then perhaps you’d prefer something berry based instead! We’ve actually tried this homemade blueberry pie ice cream featured on A Spicy Perspective before and our family loved it so much that we’ve made two big batches this summer alone.
12. Lemon meringue pie homemade ice cream
Are you very intrigued indeed at the idea of making homemade ice cream that tastes like your favourite kind of pie, but the only pie you’ve really ever liked enough to try making yourself is lemon meringue? Then you’re in luck and it’s all thanks to A Simple Pantry! Check out how they created a smooth, light tasting ice cream that’s so lemony and refreshing and yet so similar to the taste of lemon meringue that your tastebuds will dance for joy!
13. Homemade cookie dough ice cream
When we do decide that we want to treat ourselves to something quick and store bought because we don’t have time to make ourselves homemade ice cream from scratch, it’s usually cookie dough ice cream that we indulge in. Just because it’s easily available all kinds of stores and from all different brands, however, doesn’t mean we didn’t want to try making it ourselves at home as well! We love this particular recipe from Tasty because it tastes just as scrumptious as the brand name ice creams we’ve tried before… only this time we have control over how many irresistible cookie dough chunks are mixed in!
14. Delicious sweet cream ice cream
Despite all of the delicious ice cream flavours we’ve had the pleasure of trying from all different places, whether store bought or homemade, there’s one surprisingly simple ice cream flavour that we just might love above all the rest: sweet cream. That’s why we were so incredibly pleased to come across this deliciously creamy sweet cream ice cream recipe from Ice Cream Science! This is another fantastic example of a recipe that just might make you think your own creation is even yummier than what you could get in stores in the same flavour.
15. Homemade cookies n’ cream ice cream cake
If you’re going to make a delicious ice cream treat from scratch, would you rather go above and beyond and make something that’s really a special treat? Then maybe trying out this awesome ice cream cake recipe from Little Indiana is the best idea for you! Besides showing you how to make an awesome ice cream based dessert dish, this particular tutorial also shows you how to create a mouth watering cookies n’ cream flavour that, once again, we actually preferred when it came from our own kitchen versus the store down the block.