No Churn Homemade Ice Cream

Ice cream is the real deal. But the problem is that not all ice cream is created equal. When you have the option to choose a half gallon from the grocery store or this homemade goodness, I have zero doubts which one you will choose. And, while ice cream can seem complicated to make - this recipe couldn't be any simpler. Which is also why I stand by my zero doubts statement.

Are you wondering how homemade ice cream can be so simple? The answer is in the churn. Back in the day (ok, kind of a joke - but not really) most homemade ice cream was created using a base of egg custard. Which like most types of curds, is similar to walking on eggshells around a toddler who is on the verge of a meltdown. Once you got done tip toeing through the custard making, you had to have some sort of an ice cream maker that would churn the ice cream for a while! Now... don't get me wrong, this ice cream is delicious -however, it just requires more attention and time than I have.

End ramble. Back to the churn. This recipe only requires 3 ingredients, no heating & no churning. Plus, if you've been around here a while you know I love a recipe that is like a blank canvas. Is there anything better than being able to tweak a recipe to you and your family's liking? This is just that. I will tell you what we did, but... really, the options are endless.

Let's kick off with what you need and how to make your blank canvas...


2 Cups Heavy Whipping Cream

14 oz can of Sweetened Condensed Milk

Vanilla Extract (or if you're fancy, Vanilla Bean or Vanilla Paste)


  1. Whip the Heavy Whipping Cream with a hand mixer until stiff peaks form.

  2. Fold in the can of sweetened condensed milk & vanilla.

  3. If you're going for the straight up vanilla ice cream, you will want to transfer the ice cream to a freezer safe dish. You don't want to risk freezer burn, so you will want to make sure whatever you are using has a decent lid. Think Tupperware, or if you're invested in ice cream making you can get an insulated tub!

But wait, we're not done! If you want to jazz up your ice-cream you will want to mix in your goodies after step 2 but before step 3.

Our favorite variations, which McKinley choose for her birthday party was 1/3 cup salted caramel ice cream topping, almost an entire bottle of magic shell & a bunch of chopped up candy Rolos.

Note.... being from Wisconsin and surrounded by Culvers, it should be easy to come up with variations! If you need some inspiration, which I'm sure you don't because who would... but in case you do, go check out their flavor of the days and get creative at home!