When you get the urge to snack on something during a hot summer day, what’s the first thing that comes to your mind? Ice cream, right? Ice cream has come a long way, with all sorts of delicious flavors ranging from vanilla to chocolate and even some that you can’t even imagine (think of bacon).
Whether you get it in a cup or cone or on top of a waffle, these easy homemade ice cream recipes are still the best treat to devour on those sweltering summer days—or any day of the year!
Easy Homemade Ice Cream Recipes You Must Try
1. Apple Cinnamon Ice Cream
This apple cinnamon ice cream recipe is packed full of apple pie filling and caramel! Sounds incredible, right? This is the perfect goodbye treat for the end of summer. Remember, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away!”
2. Monster Cookie Dough Ice Cream
Feel like a kid again with this monster cookie dough ice cream recipe, served in cute little waffle cups and sprinkled with M&Ms for extra chocolatey goodness. This recipe doesn’t require an ice cream machine, which is great news for those who don’t own one.
3. Chocolate Ice Cream
Chocolate is one of the most popular ice cream flavors among consumers, so it’s only right we include this custard-based chocolate ice cream recipe to this list. It’s incredibly smooth and creamy and has a rich, sinful taste of decadent chocolate. Chocolate lovers will go crazy!
4. Pistachio Gelato
A handful of pistachios a day gives enough recommended levels of minerals, vitamins, protein, and antioxidants. It’s the best excuse to devour a bowl of this pistachio gelato any time of the day.
5. Biscoff Cheesecake Ice Cream
Biscoff, much like Nutella, is a popular spread from across the pond and has made quite an impact in the United States. Biscoff also goes hand in hand with chocolate, so there’s no reason to expect this Biscoff cheesecake ice cream recipe to be anything less than mind-blowing.
6. Coffee Almond Ice Cream
If you feel like the weather is too hot to have a cup of coffee in the morning, then why not have it as a refreshing treat like this coffee almond ice cream? This is the perfect way to enjoy coffee on a balmy morning. This ice cream is infused with almonds, so expect this to be as nutty, creamy, and yummy as it can possibly be!
7. French Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
For the past few years, vanilla has reigned as American’s favorite ice cream flavor, for good reason. This custard-based homemade vanilla ice cream recipe is very rich and has a creamier consistency than any other ice cream you’ll taste. If you love homemade vanilla ice cream, 10 minutes are just what you need!
8. S’mores Ice Cream
S’mores are traditionally made using a toasted marshmallow, a square of chocolate, and a couple of graham crackers. This unique twist blends all of the ingredients and takes it to a whole other level. Feel the campfire vibe in a bowl of this s’mores ice cream.
9. Cherry Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
Sometimes, the cherry on top just isn’t enough. So why not just dig into some cherry flavored ice cream? Better yet, why not sprinkle it with chocolate chips? This amazing cherry chocolate chip ice cream is vegan, gluten-free, dairy- free, and even paleo-friendly.
10. Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream
If you can’t choose between the rich, pungent dark chocolate taste and the thick, nutty taste of decadent peanut butter, don’t worry. You don’t have to! You can have them both in one serving with this dark chocolate peanut butter ice cream. It is easy and quick to whip up and the taste is just amazing.
11. Mango Ice Cream
You’ll love how easy it is to make an ice cream that tastes both refreshing and velvety. This homemade mango ice cream is exactly that! A bowl of this (or even a cone) will totally wipe out that parched feeling due to the searing heat of the sun.
12. Wild Blueberry Lavender Coconut Ice Cream
You might already have tasted a blueberry ice cream, but lavender infused wild blueberry coconut ice cream? That one I’m not sure of! This easy homemade ice cream recipe is not like any other ice cream. It’s a coconut based ice cream swirled with wild blueberries and infused with dried lavender. It tastes as good as it smells!
13. Red Velvet Cheesecake Ice Cream
Sometimes a recipe so good comes along that you completely blank out on what to say about it. This red velvet cheesecake ice cream is just that. You can’t go wrong with ice cream and red velvet cheesecake. Combine them together in one easy homemade ice cream recipe and enjoy a dessert you’ll never forget.
14. Dr. Pepper Ice Cream
A delicious and fun way to use up all Dr. Pepper in your house! This ice cream tastes so good, you’ll probably never go back to simply drinking Dr. Pepper again! It’s easy, you just need ice, rock salt, sweetened condensed milk, and Dr. Pepper.
15. Cookie Monster Ice Cream
This cookie monster ice cream is the perfect treat to share at parties and other kid-friendly occasions you plan to have. Kiddos will love this blue cookie monster themed ice cream so much, they might even go crazy tugging at your shirt just to have another batch.
16. 4-Ingredient Piña Colada Ice Cream
This piña colada ice cream just yells out summer and for good reason—it’s extremely refreshing. The tropical vibe you get with every scoop will make you feel like you’re relaxing at the beach, under a palm tree, with a reggae music playing in your ears.
17. Roasted Strawberry Ice Cream
Where there’s ice cream, strawberries are sure to follow. Try this roasted strawberry ice cream that is sure to have strawberries in every single bite.
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When the weather gets hotter, ice cream recipes will follow! This roundup gives you 17 quick and easy homemade ice cream recipes to try at home. These are fuss-free recipes anyone can prepare. Some of these recipes don’t require an ice cream machine so everyone can try and enjoy!
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Editor’s Note – This post was originally published on September 22, 2015, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.