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.
And if you don’t have an ice cream maker, no worries! Here are seven ways to make ice cream without an ice cream machine—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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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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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.
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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These adorable ice cream cone bowls might just make dessert taste even better.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Two forms of coconut—shredded coconut and coconut milk—give this ice cream an especially saturated tropical flavor. Get our Coconut 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
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.