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Easy Homemade Ice Cream (without a machine)

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Yes, it’s entirely possible to make delicious homemade ice cream without an ice cream maker! The only machine you need is a hand mixer.

A simple formula makes infinite flavors!

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

Heavy cream + sweetened condensed milk + flavor

Using this little formula, you can make an infinite amount of ice cream flavors so easily!

The recipe below details making a yummy yet basic homemade vanilla ice cream. By adding to this, you can create lots of other flavors.

Flavor Ideas + Add-ins

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.

Here are some flavor ideas you can try! You truly can’t go wrong adding in whatever flavors you want.

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 cup strawberry 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 + 1/2 cup chopped pecans + 1/4 tsp salt

Cookies and Cream
Add 1 cup Oreo cookie crumbles

Cookie Dough
Add 1 cup edible cookie dough crumbles (get my edible cookie dough recipe here)

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

There are so many other possibilities too! If you try some that you love, please leave a comment and let us know what you added in.

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Easy Homemade Ice Cream (without a machine)

Yes, it’s entirely possible to make delicious homemade ice cream without an ice cream maker! The only machine you need is a hand mixer.
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Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Skill Level: Easy
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 12 servings


  • 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!

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