Saturday, January 7, 2012

“Magic” Peppermint Ice Cream

The time of year after the holidays can get annoying.  Is anyone with me on this?

I hate going back to work after having all this time off (especially in a year like 2011 was, where Christmas & New Years fall on a Sunday and most people get Monday off).

I hate taking down Christmas decorations.

I hate that I always put last year when I write the date.

I hate hearing people's New Year's resolutions, especially when they get all crazy like, "Oh, I resolved not to eat chocolate any more, and run 5 miles a day."

Ummm... good luck with that.

And you know what else I hate (that's actually completely unrelated, but equally annoying)?

When bloggers post incredible-looking recipes that require specialized equipment that I don't own.

And then I have to go out and buy things like a mandoline sliceran ice cream machine, and a donut pan, and then I can't fit all this #%*& into my kitchen anymore, and HOW DARE YOU brainwash me with these delicious treats?


But I am totally guilty of this myself.  Red Velvet Ice Cream.  Apple Chips.  Mini Baked Apple Cider Donuts.  Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream....

...ok ok, I know, sorry!

There's still more that belong on that list - and we all know I probably won't stop there.

Sooo... I will try to make up for it (just a little bit) right now.

This ice cream is magic because you don't need an ice cream maker!

And even if you have an ice cream machine, you may still want to try this because this method is a) way easier and b) pretty cool.  The ice cream comes out rich & creamy, and very scoopable even after days in the freezer.

By the way, for all you white-chocolate haters out there, worry not.  I'm not entirely sure why there is an ounce of white chocolate in the original recipe ... probably to do with the texture or a slight upgrade in taste?  But in no way does this ice cream taste like white chocolate, so don't be deterred by that.

P.S. - the reason why I made peppermint ice cream in the first place is because I saw this 'peppermint punch' on Pinterest and instead of eggnog someone suggested pouring ginger ale and Bailey's over the ice cream! Haven't tried it yet but I am definitely going to :)

“Magic” Peppermint Ice Cream

  • 1/2 C. sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 oz. white chocolate, chopped fine (or you can use white chocolate chips)
  • 1 1/2 t. peppermint extract
  • 1 1/2 t. vanilla extract
  • Pinch salt 
  • couple drops of red food coloring (optional)
  • 1/4 C. sour cream
  • 1 1/4 C. cold heavy cream

Microwave sweetened condensed milk and white chocolate in large bowl until chocolate melts, stirring halfway, in 30-second intervals.  Let cool.  Stir in peppermint, vanilla, salt, red food coloring (if using) and sour cream.

With electric mixer on medium-high speed, whip heavy cream to soft peaks, about 2 minutes.  Whisk one-third of whipped cream into white chocolate mixture.  Fold remaining whipped cream into white chocolate mixture until incorporated.  Mixture will be very light & airy.

Place in airtight container and freeze until firm, at least 6 hours or up to 2 weeks.  Serve.  Makes about 1 quart.

Recipe Adapted from Cooks Country


  1. Ooohh... yum. And no fancy equipment necessary makes it even better! Your post made me smile - thank you. :)

  2. hehehehe...ok who in a right mind would make a resolution to stop eating chocolate hehehe..just crazy even to think about it!!!
    Your Ice-cream sound your photo, very pretty color and tasty recipe too! Nicely done!!! Have a lovely weekend!!!!

  3. Okay, THANK YOU. I crave craploads of tools, and I live in a one bedroom apartment with a tiny half kitchen. No way is anything fitting. This sounds pretty darn fantastic!

  4. Luce deliciosos y de un color maravilloso,me encanta es mi adicción,abrazos hugs,hugs.

  5. I dont have an ice cream maker here in Israel so I just love any recipe that doesnt require one! This looks great.

  6. I am so intrigued. I have never heard of making ice cream like this. I am going to try it out.

  7. Oh!, Your ]e]]ermint ice cream is gorgeous, and so inviting. Santa didn't bring a new ice cream maker, ours broke that summer, so I can'twait to try your "Magic" Ice cream.

    Congrats on the Top 9 today!

  8. Love the simplicity of this recipe! Great post - a real joy to read!

  9. Oh wow, this sounds fantastic, I am so making this! (ice cream is damn expensive these days) ;(

    Is heavy cream = double cream? I live in Britain recently... not sure if it's the same... and the C., is that a cup? Sorry for all the questions, want to get it right! ^^

  10. Yeah, a blog that speaks my language and a recipe where I have all the ingredients. As if i needed an excuse to make some ice-cream.
    Just bookmarked your blog.

  11. What a great recipe. I've never made ice cream with sour cream, and I am intrigued! Looking forward to trying it out.

  12. @Gwendolyn Dünner Thanks! Hmm I've never heard of double cream here in the States so I'm not sure... heavy cream is whipping cream though, like if you wanted to make your own whipped cream you would buy 'heavy' cream and beat it with a whisk until it's solid. Does that help??? And yes, C. is an abbrevation for cup. Hope it turns out well for you! :)

  13. Thanks for this post, i'm excited to try it out!!! Ice cream without needed an ice cream maker, genius!

  14. Yum! Thanks for the recipe! =)

  15. Oh, I love peppermint ice cream...and this sounds like a fabulous recipe to try!

  16. Peppermint ice cream is my favorite and I didn't find very much this Christmas. I'll be making this ASAP. Thanks so much!

  17. Mmmmm... I love peppermint anything! and this seems so easy to make too! Love this post... Thanks for sharing :)

  18. You saved the day!!! I have to make Vanilla ice cream and my ice cream maker is broken!!! I don't want to buy a new right now. So Thank you for this post!!!! I will be linking back to you for this!

  19. Hmm...I'm intrigued. Do you think I could replace the white chocolate with milk/semi-sweet and increase it to make it a mint-chocolate ice cream?

    1. Hi Ashley! Increasing the amount of chocolate might alter the consistency too much... I'm also not sure that the taste would come out the way you are hoping. Your best bet might be to fold in chocolate chips at the end if you are looking for mint-chocolate! :)


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