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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 11 recipes sure to motivate you to practice until your ice cream game is perfect.

1. Caramel Ice Cream

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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.

2. Maple Ice Cream

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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.

3. Rich Chocolate Ice Cream

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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.

4. Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

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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. Get our Vanilla Bean Ice Cream recipe.

5. Peppercorn Ice Cream

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

6. Mexican Chocolate Ice Cream

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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. Get our Mexican Chocolate Ice Cream recipe.

7. Fresh Strawberry Ice Cream

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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.

8. Cinnamon Ice Cream

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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.

9. Roasted Pistachio Ice Cream

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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.

10. Grasshopper Ice Cream

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Grasshopper ice cream, with its green hue, minty flavor, and brownie chunks, is the stuff that dreams are made of, but it’s hard to come by. Remedy this by making your own. Get our Grasshopper Ice Cream recipe.

11. Coconut Ice Cream

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

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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