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Some people refer to summer as bikini season, but around here, we prefer to call it ice cream season. The temperature rises, and so do your frozen dessert needs along with it; why not take that as an opportunity to hone your homemade ice cream-making skills? Here are 13 ice cream recipes sure to motivate you, heatwave or no.

If you don’t have an ice cream maker, no worries! Here are eight ways to make ice cream without an ice cream machine—including with nothing more than four ingredients and a mason jar:

But if you would like to own a dedicated frozen dessert machine, we rounded up the best ice cream makers and snow cone machines too.

Either way, it’s time for some creamy, dreamy treats that’ll make you forget all about the ice cream truck. Eat them as-is, give them the sundae treatment, or even try them with some savory ice cream toppings. They’re scream-worthy, every one.

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1. Caramel Ice Cream

caramel ice cream recipe


It’s tricky to achieve just the right caramel flavor when making ice cream—some like the flavors to be mild, and others on the burnt side—but we think ours fits somewhere nicely in the middle. Get our Caramel Ice Cream recipe.

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2. Rich Chocolate Ice Cream

rich chocolate ice cream


If you’re a chocolate purist with an ice cream inclination, look no further than this rich chocolate ice cream, which contains no extraneous spices, liqueurs, or nuts—just pure cacao flavor. Get our Rich Chocolate Ice Cream recipe.

3. Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Vanilla Bean Ice Cream recipe


It’s easy to want to branch into creative frozen desserts, but classic vanilla—made with fresh vanilla bean and no artificial flavorings—is a wonderful starting point for any homemade ice cream enthusiast. Master this, then go wild with mix-ins. Get our Vanilla Bean Ice Cream recipe.

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4. Peppercorn Ice Cream

peppercorn ice cream recipe


This recipe, which is seemingly basic with the exception of whole peppercorns (black or pink), is a surefire after-dinner conversation starter. Get our Peppercorn Ice Cream recipe.

5. Mexican Chocolate Ice Cream

Mexican chocolate ice cream recipe


For those who can’t decide between sorbet and gelato, this rich, icy, creamy Mexican chocolate ice cream will cover both bases. The addition of cinnamon gives it that signature Mexican twist, but feel free to add a pinch of cayenne too for an extra-delicious little kick. Get our Mexican Chocolate Ice Cream recipe.

6. Fresh Strawberry Ice Cream

fresh strawberry ice cream recipe


Strawberry ice creams are a dime a dozen, but a good recipe is hard to come by. Make this one and you’ll relive peak strawberry season regardless of when you’re eating it. Get our Fresh Strawberry Ice Cream recipe.

7. Cinnamon Ice Cream

cinnamon ice cream recipe


The assertive flavor of cinnamon is the star of this ice cream. Smash it between two sugar cookies for a snickerdoodle ice cream sandwich. Get our Cinnamon Ice Cream recipe.

8. Roasted Pistachio Ice Cream

roasted pistachio ice cream recipe


It’s truly rare to find a pistachio dessert that doesn’t reek of artificial ingredients. The secret to genuine pistachio flavor, it turns out, is lots and lots of toasted nuts. Get our Roasted Pistachio Ice Cream recipe.

9. Grasshopper Ice Cream

grasshopper ice cream recipe


Grasshopper ice cream, with its green hue, minty flavor, and brownie chunks, is the stuff that dreams are made of, but it’s far less common than plain mint chocolate chip. Remedy this by making your own. Get our Grasshopper Ice Cream recipe.

10. Coconut Ice Cream

coconut ice cream recipe


Two forms of coconut—shredded coconut and coconut milk—give this ice cream an especially saturated tropical flavor. Get our Coconut Ice Cream recipe.

11. S’mores Ice Cream

s'mores ice cream recipe


Summer is prime time for both ice cream and s’mores, so why not combine them into one delicious dessert? Get our S’mores Ice Cream recipe. (And to make it meta, try it in a S’mores Sundae.)

12. Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

strawberry cheesecake ice cream recipe


You might expect fresh strawberries and cream cheese in a rich strawberry cheesecake ice cream, but the other star ingredient here is a very welcome surprise: cookie butter. Yes, please. Get our Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream recipe.

13. Maple Ice Cream

maple ice cream recipe


It’s too early to think about fall (although those in heatwave-stricken parts of the country may be dreaming of it already anyway), but when you want both autumn flavors and summer chill, this is your go-to. Use hearty, golden brown Grade B maple syrup for this ice cream, which is perfect for serving alongside apple and pear desserts. Get our Maple Ice Cream recipe.

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Susannah Chen is a San Francisco–based freelance writer. When she’s not cooking or writing, she’s on the hunt to find the world’s best chilaquiles. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.
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