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peppermint ice cream in a metal tin with a scoop being taken out to enjoy along side a candy cane heart.

Easy Peppermint Candy Cane Ice Cream

Sometimes you want ice cream in the middle of December and this Easy Peppermint Candy Cane Ice Cream will make you happy all season long!
Prep Time 1 hr 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 44 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 9


  • 1 C Whole Milk
  • 2 C Heavy Cream
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1 TSP Vanilla or Peppermint Extract
  • 1 C Sugar
  • ½ C Crushed Candy Canes or Peppermint Candies I use Yum Earth


  • In a small saucepan, combine the heavy whipping cream, a few candy canes and the sugar over medium heat stirring just until the sugar is fully dissolved
  • While the sugar is dissolving, combine the milk and eggs into a bowl and whisk until thoroughly combined and no eggs are easily visible.
  • Slowly add the warm cream to the eggs, whisking so you do not cook the eggs and create scrambled eggs.
  • Once all the cream and sugar mixture is combined, add the vanilla and whisk again.
  • Place the mixture into the fridge to allow it to cool for at least an hour. You do not want to proceed until the mixture is cool.
  • Follow the instructions on your ice cream maker to churn the ice cream or see notes below on how to make this recipe without an ice cream maker.
  • Once the ice cream is formed, place it in a freezer-safe container to set up and enjoy!


  • Do NOT let your cream and sugar mixture come to a boil.
  • Carefully temper the egg mixture so you do not end up with scrambled eggs in your final ice cream.
  • Allow the mixture to completely cool before processing it in the ice cream maker. (If the mixture becomes thick in areas while chilling just whisk it back together before processing.)
  • Store your ice cream in freezer-safe containers to help prevent it from getting hard. I like to use these containers whenever I make ice cream.
  • Having an easy to use ice cream maker makes this recipe even easier to do. This is the ice cream maker that I have and I find it makes the perfect creamy ice cream in no time without all the salt and ice of some machines. I also have extra bowl inserts so I always have one frozen to make ice cream when the craving hits someone in the family.
  • If you want to make this without an ice cream maker, simply let the mixture chill, instead of processing it in an ice cream maker whisk or stir the mixture and place it in a freezer-safe container. Every 30-45 minutes stir or whisk the mixture again until it becomes thick, leaving it to sit lightly covered in between. Once the mixture is thick, you can let it chill for 4-6 hours and then enjoy!
Keyword candy cane, Christmas, dessert, frozen treats, gluten free, ice cream, peppermint