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Candy Cane Ice Cream Recipe

    I don’t know about you, but I can’t find Candy Cane Ice Cream anywhere in my local grocery stores, so I decided to make my own recipe. Now you can make your own holiday ice cream at home.

    Lead in image of the Candy Cane Ice Cream Recipe with scoops of ice cream with chocolate dipped cones.

    I have looked high and low for my favorite seasonal ice cream flavor, but to no avail. I’m not sure who is making candy cane ice cream anymore, so I’ve done the next best thing and decided to make my own!

    Homemade Candy Cane Ice Cream

    Homemade ice cream is so easy when you start with my Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe. Start with eggs, cream, sugar, and milk and you’ve got a basic ice cream base. Toss in some candy cane bits and you’re golden!

    A photo of a scoop of ice cream in a green Christmas tree plate with lots of candy cane bits.

    Crushed Candy Canes

    I find that spending a few extra bucks for a bag of pre-crushed candy cane bits is worth it in favor of crushing my own full candy canes.

    However, if you would rather buy some candy canes and pulverize them yourself – use a food processor. It’ll make a racket, but its easier than using a mallet to pound them out on the counter and get shards all over the place.

    An image of two scoops of candy cane ice cream in a glass cup with bright red ornaments in the background.

    Perfect Holiday Treat

    I think that candy cane ice cream is the perfect holiday treat. I have fond memories of enjoying ice cream like this as a kid, and later, with my kid. That cool pepperminty flavor just makes me so happy.

    I love candy canes in the winter, don’t you? It’s what Christmas is made of!

    A photo of a candy cane ice cream standing up with two scoops of candy cane ice cream and Christmas ornaments in the background.

    Candy Cane Ice Cream Cones

    Once the ice cream was made, I decided to zhuzh up some ice cream cones. These are just some sugar cones dipped in chocolate then rolled in more crushed candy canes.

    Allow the cones to dry and store them in in plastic bag until ready to serve them with a scoop of ice cream.

    A photo of hands holding a cone full of candy cane ice cream.

    Ice Cream Maker Required

    I much prefer to make ice cream slow-churned with an ice cream maker. I use my KitchenAid Ice Cream Attachment to make all my ice cream recipes. Sure, you can use heavy cream and sweetened condensed milk for a no-churn version, but you will really miss out on the smooth and creamy texture that only slow churning can achieve.

    Do you prefer using an ice cream maker or the quicker no-churn version?

    Here’s a few more awesome candy cane treats:

    Yield: 2 quarts

    Candy Cane Ice Cream Recipe

    Candy Cane Ice Cream Recipe
    Prep Time 5 minutes
    Churn Time 30 minutes
    Additional Time 6 hours
    Total Time 6 hours 35 minutes


    • 2 eggs
    • 3/4 cup sugar
    • 2 cups heavy cream
    • 1 cup whole milk
    • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
    • 1/2 cup crushed candy canes


      1. Whisk 2 eggs until light and fluffy – approximately 2 mins with a hand mixer.
      2. Whisk in 3/4 cup sugar a 1/4 at a time until completely blended (I suggest extra fine sugar, but granulated works just as well).
      3. Whisk in 2 cups heavy cream and 1 cup whole milk along with the vanilla bean paste.
      4. Transfer into an ice cream maker and follow the manufacturer's instructions and churn the ice cream.
      5. Add in the crushed candy cane in the last few minutes of churning.
      6. When the ice cream is done it should be doubled in volume. Transfer to a freezer-safe container and freeze for at least 6 hours. If you are adding any mix-ins, now is the time to do it.


    For the fancy ice cream cones, dip the tops in melted chocolate and then add crushed candy canes. Dry completely before serving.

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    Karyn Granrud

    Karyn Granrud

    I'm Karyn, a mom and wife, and I founded this little baking blog. Baking and making desserts have been my passion since I was a kid. I love experimenting with different flavors and sharing delicious recipes with all of you. Read more.

    4 thoughts on “Candy Cane Ice Cream Recipe”

    1. Hi! Quick question: the ingredients list says I’ll need vanilla extract but the recipe itself mentions vanilla bean paste. Which is correct? Thank you!

      1. Hi Christin, you can make cold or hot churned ice cream. The purpose of heating is to reduce the possible germ content of eggs. However, this is not a problem with really fresh eggs, just like with homemade mayonnaise. Of course, you can also heat the milk, cream and egg yolks first (but don’t boil them) and then leave to cool for several hours.

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