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Candy Cane Ice Cream

A sweet vanilla ice cream is blended with crushed peppermint candies to create a delicious Christmas treat.  Make sure you freeze your ice cream maker insert first, according to your manual's instructions!
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time15 mins
chilling time1 d
Total Time1 d 1 hr 15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: candy cane ice cream, Christmas party dessert, kids Christmas dessert, peppermint ice cream
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 380kcal
Author: Katie Shaw


  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup crushed peppermint candies


  • Add the milk, cream, and 1/2 cup of the sugar to a large saucepan.  Over medium heat, warm the mixture until it is very warm (175 degrees), about 5 minutes.
  • While the mixture is heating, combine the egg yolks with the remaining cup of sugar.  Beat until it turns lighter yellow in color.  
  • Remove the milk mixture from the heat, and half a cup at a time, add roughly half of it to the egg mixture.  Mix after each addition.  This keeps it from cooking the eggs.  Once you have blended half of the milk into the eggs, pour the  entire milk- egg mixture back into the saucepan.  Place it all back on the heat and heat over medium and cook.  Stir constantly and cook until the mixture is 185 degrees, or has thickened enough the coat the back of a spoon.   Do not boil.
  • Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla and salt.  Strain the mixture using a stainer or cheesecloth set over a large bowl.  Allow to cool at room temperature, then cover and place in fridge until very cold- at least 6 hours, up to overnight.
  • Remove custard from fridge and set up ice cream maker, according to manufacturer's instructions. Churn until it is the consistency of soft serve ice cream, then add the crushed peppermints 1/4 cup at a time.
  • Cover and refreeze 2-4 hours until hardened.  Scoop and serve.  Will last up to week in the freezer.



Do not rush any stage of ice cream making or it will not freeze properly.  
Add 1/2 cup crushed chocolate sandwich cookies with the peppermint candies
Add 1/2 cup chocolate chunks or chips with the peppermint candy.


Calories: 380kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 218mg | Sodium: 55mg | Potassium: 138mg | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 1147IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 123mg | Iron: 1mg