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★ Why You’ll Love this Recipe ★

This homemade ice cream is rich, creamy, and has the perfect texture. All made without a churn.

This recipe does not get any easier. You need just 3 ingredients to make vanilla ice cream. For other flavors, just add in a few extra ingredients. Get a list of ideas below.

Who knew. It’s entirely possible to make delicious homemade ice cream without an ice cream maker! The only machine you need is a hand mixer. No eggs. No churn. EASY!

★ Ingredients You’ll Need ★

There are truly just THREE! This recipe follows a simple formula and all you need to do is mix in extra ingredients to make infinite flavors!

The formula for this easy homemade ice cream is pretty basic. It looks like this:

Heavy Cream + Sweetened Condensed Milk + Vanilla Extract

1. Heavy cream. You can’t use milk or even half and half because you need the whipping properties of heavy cream. By whipping heavy cream you’ll add ice to your ice cream giving it that perfect ice cream texture you know and love.

2. Sweetened Condensed Milk. This adds all the sweetness you’ll need, no additional sugar needed. No worries about grainy sugar. Or using overly sweet powdered sugar. This handy bakery staple does all the jobs in one easy step.

3. Vanilla Extract. This creates your base flavor. If you love vanilla ice cream, you can stop here. It’s a deliciously easy, 3-ingredient ice cream recipe!

Vanilla Ice Cream Cone: Just 3 Ingredients!

★ Build More Flavors ★

If you’re caving something beyond vanilla, no problem. All you need to do is add in some extra ingredients. You can make any ice cream flavor you can dream up.

The recipe below details making a yummy yet basic homemade vanilla ice cream. You can simple add to this to create lots of other flavors. You’ll still include the vanilla extract as it provides a nice base flavor to build upon.

Vanilla extract goes well with almost any flavor so you can opt to leave that in plus add additional ingredients to create new flavors, or leave it out completely if you don’t want that added vanilla flavor. Your choice. This does not affect the recipe other than taste.

Flavor Ideas + Add-ins

Here are some flavor ideas you can try! You truly can’t go wrong adding in whatever flavors you want if you go with what sounds good to you.

Mint Chocolate Chip
Add 1 tsp mint extract + 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips + couple of drops of green food color (optional)

Birthday Cake
Add 1 tbsp cake batter extract in place of 1 tbsp of vanilla + 1/2 cup rainbow sprinkles

Strawberry Ice Cream
Add 1/4 cup strawberry syrup

Chocolate Ice Cream
Add 1/4 cup chocolate syrup

Raspberry Cheesecake
Add 1/2 cup no-bake cheesecake filling then swirl in (don’t fully mix in) 1/2 cup seedless raspberry jam

Caramel Swirl
Lightly swirl (don’t fully mix in) in 1/2 cup caramel syrup right before freezing

Butter Pecan
Add 1/4 cup molasses + 2 tbsp browned butter* + 1/2 cup chopped pecans

*Brown butter in a pan on the stove over medium heat just until you get an aroma of nuttiness and you see little brown bits form within the butter. Immediately remove from heat, transfer carefully to a dish and let cool before adding to ice cream mixture. (pop in the freezer to speed up cooling)

Cookies and Cream
Add 1 cup Oreo cookie crumbles

Cookie Dough
Add 1 cup edible cookie dough chunks – Get my edible cookie dough recipe here or use store bought cookie dough as long as its labeled “edible”

Peanut Butter Cup
Add 1 cup Reese’s peanut butter cup chunks

Banana Foster
Mix in 1 mashed banana + 1 tsp cinnamon + 2 tbsp rum extract then swirl in 1/2 cup caramel syrup

Create Your Own Flavor!

There are so many other possibilities! Just remember to start with the base vanilla flavor and stir in whatever sounds good to you.

If you try some extras that you love, please leave a comment and let us know what you added in!

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3-Ingredient Homemade Ice Cream - Vanilla

Easy Homemade Ice Cream (without a machine)

Make delicious homemade ice cream without an ice cream maker! Try this easy 3-ingredient recipe. No churn. No special machine. Just a hand mixer.
Author: Angela G.
5 from 4 reviews
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Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Skill Level: Easy
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Yield: 6 cups


  • 4 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 14 oz sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tbsp vanilla extract


  • In a large bowl, beat on high speed heavy whipping cream until thick, stiff peaks form.
  • Add sweetened condensed milk and extract and beat on low until combined.
  • Stir in optional ingredients as desired like nuts, chocolate chips, caramel syrup, candy bar chunks, etc!
  • Transfer mixture to a freezer-safe contain with lid and freeze for at least 2 hours. 3+ for a more solid ice cream.
  • Scoop and serve!


Nutrition Facts

Calories: 382kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 101mg | Sodium: 64mg | Potassium: 201mg | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 1255IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 147mg | Iron: 1mg
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Thursday 11th of August 2022

Can I use fresh fruit or do I have to use a syrup?

Angela G.

Thursday 11th of August 2022

Fresh fruit is totally OK! Syrup blends into the ice cream a bit more but fresh fruit will likely give you a chunkier texture. So it’s just a matter of what you prefer.


Monday 18th of July 2022

I made this and wow! My kids want me to make it with all kinds of extras. I added crushed Oreos. Delicious and simple.

Angela G.

Monday 18th of July 2022

So glad you and the kiddos enjoyed it, Kimberly!

Kelly A.

Saturday 25th of June 2022

Just delicious. I made the vanilla and now I’m going to make chocolate

Angela G.

Saturday 25th of June 2022

I’m so glad you are enjoying the recipe, Kelly! Thanks for the review.


Wednesday 15th of June 2022

Hi I am new to working with condensed milk, do we have to cook it?

Angela G.

Saturday 25th of June 2022

Hi Naomi. No cooking is required!

Carmen Benard

Saturday 26th of February 2022

It is excellent and fun to make with your children

Angela G.

Saturday 26th of February 2022

Hi Carmen, I agree! Glad you enjoyed it.