Easiest Homemade Ice Cream Recipe + Video (2024)

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WHY YOU WILL LOVE THIS RECIPE You don’t need an expensive ice cream machine to enjoy homemade ice cream. I’ll show you the easiest way to make ice cream at home. My two-ingredient, no-machine ice cream recipe is easy to whip up and so versatile.

And finding your next go-to ice cream recipe will not be a challenge – I have 50+ ice cream flavors and dozens of frozen desserts at my Gemma’s Freezer Section Ice Cream Destination.

IMPORTANT NOTE This recipe was updated and improved on 5/3/2023, to include additional photography, answers to the most frequently asked questions and Pro Chef Tips.

Table of Contents

  • What is the Easiest 2-Ingredient Homemade Ice Cream?
  • Tools You Need
  • Easiest Homemade Ice Cream Ingredients
  • How to Make the EasiestHomemade Ice Cream
  • Can I use Evaporated Milk Instead of Condensed Milk? What is the difference between condensed milk and evaporated milk?
  • Can I ReplaceHeavy CreamWith Milk?
  • How to Store Ice Cream at Home?
  • FAQs
  • Gemma’s Pro Chef Tips

What is Homemade Ice Cream?

Myeasy homemade ice creamreciperequires just two simpleingredients–heavy whipping creamandsweetenedcondensed milk, but without anice cream maker!

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HeavyWhipping Creamis readily available in the United States, and it’s referred to asWhipping/Double Cream in Britain, Slagroom in the Netherlands, andWhipped CreamorHeavy Creamin the Philippines. There is also a heat-treated cream from Nestle in large parts of Asia. In parts of South East Asia and the Philippines, there is a Nestle product, which is calledwhipping cream. It is made from milk powder and milk fats. It is good for some applications, such as no-bake cheesecakes, but not for this ice cream.

Condensed milk can be difficult to find in many places but can be very easy to make at home using mysweetenedcondensed milkrecipe!

(No specialIce Cream MakerNeeded!)

Ingredients You Need for Homemade Ice Cream

  • Heavy whipping cream:Heavy whipping creamis a fresh liquid dairy product skimmed from full-fat cow’s milk, with afat contentof around 35% towhipup well.

1)Heavy whipping creamnot only incorporates air but also retains the incorporated air to aerate ice cream to make it light and tender.

2) The fat fromheavy whipping creamalso addsflavorand creaminess. In the meanwhile, the fat lowers thefreezingpoint to make ice cream still scoopable once frozen.

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  • Condensed milk: Condensed milk is traditionally cow’s milk that has much of the water content boiled away and then sugar added.

1) Cold condensed milkis a keyingredientand there is no substitute.Condensed milk provides sugar to dissolve in water from cream to form inverted sugar, which sweetens ice cream to enhanceflavors, and lowers thefreezingpoint to provide a smooth and creamy texture.

2) Condensed milk’s sugar also coats air bubbles to stabilize the light and aerated structure.

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How to Make Homemade Ice Cream

1. DO NOT add condensed milk in the beginning.

1)BEFORE adding condensed milk: whip cold cream only to SOFT peaks (which barely hold their shape and flop over immediately when you lift the beaters).

2)Whippingupheavy creamto soft peaks will build up a structure to hold upcoming condensed milk and won’t get cream over whipped later.

2. “INTRODUCE” condensed milk.

1)Condensed milk tends to weigh down the cream due to its thick consistency and is hard to mix. You can mix condensed milk with a small amount of surrounding softwhipped creamfirst then continue to mix with the rest (majority) of thewhipped cream.

2)This will introduce condensed milk to soft whipped cream more easily to get stiff peaks eventually, which stand straight up when you lift the beaters.

Can I use Evaporated Milk Instead of Condensed Milk? What is the difference between condensed milk and evaporated milk?

No. You can not replace condensed milk with evaporated milk in this Easiest Homemade Ice Cream Recipe due to the lack of sugar.

  • Both are made by reducing the percentage of the water content from the milk.
  • The biggest difference between condensed andevaporated milk is the sugar content. Evaporated milk has NO sugar. While condensed milk has sugar which can caramelize to thicken the milk, so it is called Sweetened Condensed Milk.

Can I ReplaceHeavy CreamWith Milk?

No. Milk has up to about 3.5% milk fat (full-fat milk or whole milk) which is much less than the 35% in heavy cream. Milk does not contain enough milk fat to whip up well to incorporate or retain air.

Buffalo milk produces a really good high-fat cream and will be perfect for this.

There are manufactured products, made with milk powders and fats, in places where there is no dairy industry. Although good for somerecipes, they are not the fresh cream required in my homemadeice cream recipe.

How to Store Ice Cream at Home?

Vanilla extractkeeps your ice cream fromfreezingtoo hard. If you omitvanilla extract, you can leave your ice cream at room temperature for about 15 minutes to make it more scoopable. Store your ice cream in an airtight container or a well-coveredloaf panfor up to six weeks. Try thesefrozen dessert containersto store your ice creamflavors.


1. How to make homemade ice cream less sweet?

⅓ more heavy whipping cream or a ripe avocado in your ice cream base to reduce its sweetness without making it icy or freeze-rock-hard.

2. How to avoid an icy-hard ice cream?

1) INCORPORATE ENOUGH AIR: Note to whip up heavy cream till SOFT peaks to build an aerated structure then add in condensed milk. If you whip cream and condensed milk at the same time from the beginning, you won’t distribute condensed milk evenly. More water will float onto to form crystals.

2) Do not cut back condensed milk (sugar) more than ¼. As condensed milk is beaten in, sugar from it will coat the air bubbles to prevent them from popping or drying out. Ice cream will be light and creamy instead of dense and hard.

3) Adding morevanilla extractwill help.Vanilla extractis alcohol based which has a lowerfreezingpoint than water so the ice cream will notfreezeicy hard.

3. How to make 2-Ingredient Ice Creamin Ice Cream Makers?

Gradually introduce about 1/4 cup of cold heavy whipping cream into cold condensed milk until the mixture is smooth. Add this mixture with the rest of the cold heavy whipping cream into your ice cream maker. Churn ice cream accordingly to its manual instructions.

Foldin desiredadd-insbefore storing it in thefreezer.

4. How to Make Dairy-Free Homemade Ice Cream

Don’t eat dairy? Not a problem! You can make my homemade ice cream completely dairy-free with full-fatcoconutmilk andvegancondensed milk. Learn more about mydairy-freecoconutice cream recipe.

Gemma’s Pro Chef Tips on Making the Easiest Homemade Ice Cream at Home:

  1. Chilling yourbowland thewhisk attachmentin thefreezerwill help to keep theingredientscool during high-speedwhipping.
  2. Cold condensed milkis a keyingredientand there is no substitute. You can use fat-free or low-sugar if you wish.
  3. After you add the condensed milk,whipthe mix on high speed toSTIFF PEAKS. They will hold their shape and will be firmer than before. Take care not to over-whip at this stage or your cream will curdle.
  4. Add in a littlevanilla extractat the end. The alcohol in theextractwill lower thefreezingpoint making your ice cream a little softer and easier to scoop. (Think about a bottle of vodka in thefreezer?! It doesn’tfreeze!)
  5. How to read labels to calculatefat content? What’s the “7%” on the label?

1) DAILY VALUE -DVs are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume or not to exceed each day.

The %DV is how much a nutrient in a single serving of an individually packaged food or dietary supplement contributes to your daily diet.

2) For example, most brands label 1 Tbsp (15ml) as one serving. The fat is around 5g. 15ml heavy (whipping) cream weighs around 13.8-15g. So 5g/13.8-15g=around 30%-36%fat content. The “7%” means in each serving of 1 Tbspheavy whipping cream, the fat should not exceed 7% of all the nutrients/food that you consume in one day.

MakeVanilla Ice Cream& 50+Flavors

With just this base, you’ll be able to make an endless supply of homemade ice cream flavors! It’s also a vanilla ice cream recipe and a blank canvas to make more than fifty of my favorite flavors. You can find all the flavors of the easiest ice cream on my Gemma’sFreezerSectionIce Cream Destination. From classic vanilla, strawberry and chocolate to pistachio kulfi,strawberry cheesecake,Cookies& Cream, tiramisu and green tea, I’ve made a countless variety of ice creams.

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  • Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream
  • HomemadeVanilla Ice Cream
  • 6 Ice CreamFlavors(Mintchocolate chip, Nutella, Pistachio and Raspberry,Cookiedough, Cotton Candy)
  • Mochi Ice Cream

IMPORTANT NOTE This recipe was updated and improved on 5/3/2023, to include additional photography, answers to the most frequently asked questions and Pro Chef Tips.

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