8 Homemade Ice Cream Flavors for the Last Taste of Summer
There is no better way to end the summer than one last sweet treat! Homemade Ice Cream is perfect for end of the summer memories, because you can customize the flavor for your family. My Sister-in-law is known for bringing the Ice Cream to family gatherings, so when she visited for a week with my nephew she asked what flavor we wanted. The only problem was, there were 9 answers from our family of 5. So instead, she packed up the Ice Cream Maker and brought it with. We had an Ice Cream Party while she was here and made all 9 flavors we had dreamed up!
I had never made ice cream before this summer and I discovered how easy it really is! After her visit I ran out and bought our own ice cream maker so we could keep our freezer full of all the yummy flavors. In our area in the Midwest, dairy is inexpensive. We can get a gallon of milk for 85 cents! So buying sugar, milk and heavy cream to make the base for our ice cream is cheaper than buying the large tubs of boring vanilla, even at Aldis! What you choose to flavor it with can add up quickly, but using in-season fruit can keep the price down and make it a healthy treat.
Step 1: Make the Base
The ice cream base we use makes 5-6 pints based on the volume of the flavoring.
- 2 cups Whole Milk
- 1.5 cups Sugar
- 2 cups Heavy Cream
Dissolve the sugar in the milk on the stove over medium heat.
Place finished mixture in the fridge to cool overnight.
if you are making a flavor such as strawberry or chocolate, you could alternatively choose to dissolve the sugar in your flavor preparation and skip this step. You will then add both the milk and cream to the flavor mixture when you churn.
Step 2: Pick your Flavor!
– No prep needed, add this to your ice cream base before churning.
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (more or less to taste)
Rich Chocolate –
Mix your flavoring on the stove to melt the chocolate variety and dissolve the sugar. Add only the milk and cream from the ice cream base recipe to the flavor mixture before churning.
- 1 cup dutch chocolate powder or combination of your favorite chocolates 🙂
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2 Tablespoons vanilla
- 2/3 cup white sugar
Add to ice cream base at time of churning.
- 2 cups pureed fruit
- orange food coloring (optional, but it will be white otherwise)
Dissolve sugar from ice cream base in strawberry puree. Add flavor mixture to cream and milk when churning.
- 2 cups strawberries or jam
Liquefy lemon in blender and add to ice cream base at time of churning. Lemon juice can be substituted for fresh lemon.
- 1 lemon peeled and seeded
- lemon zest
Red Velvet –
Add Cream Cheese to ice cream base during churning. Add crumbled cake for the last 5 minutes of churning.
- 1/2 recipe of red velvet cake cooked and crumbled
- 8oz cream cheese
Add extract and color to ice cream base before churning, Mix in Oreo crumbs after churning is complete. Adding Oreos early on will result in a brown colored mixture, but still yummy!
- Mint Extract to taste
- 6-8 Oreos crushed
- Green food coloring (optional)
Add Marshmallow Cream in small dollops and crushed Graham Crackers to ice cream base before churning. Add broken chocolate bars for last 5 minutes of churning.
- 1 jar (7oz) Marshmellow cream
- 6 Graham Crackers, crushed
- 2 Hershey Chocolate Bars broken in to small pieces
Step 3: Enjoy!
When the churning is done and the mix-ins have been added, you have 2 choices. You can dig in immediately to the fresh soft delicious homemade ice cream and enjoy your labors. Or you can pour the ice cream in to a freezer safe container and let it harden and enjoy later. Having learned the basics of homemade ice cream by following these recipes, its now time for you to have fun making your own flavors and experimenting on your own to make your own signature Homemade Ice Cream flavor.
What flavor do you want to create?