Peppermint Ice Cream!

Burnt Macaroni - Peppermint Ice Cream 122aHere’s a special holiday treat for your Christmas celebration.  It combines my favorite holiday desserts… ice cream and candy canes!  When I was young, I would eat a candy cane off the tree and have it with a full glass of cold milk.  It was a must at Christmas.  Now I’m putting those two  flavors together in Peppermint Ice Cream.  This is a great dessert you can get the kids to help with.  And you can make it with your favorite vanilla ice cream or as a homemade treat.  One of the best gifts Mark and I got for our wedding was an ice cream maker, so I made this recipe from scratch.

Burnt Macaroni - Peppermint Ice Cream 017aThe ingredients are simple.  Candy Canes, whole milk, heavy cream, sugar, vanilla extract and peppermint extract.

Burnt Macaroni - Peppermint Ice Cream 027aPut the whole milk, heavy cream, sugar, vanilla and peppermint extract in a mixing bowl and mix with a whisk.

Burnt Macaroni - Peppermint Ice Cream 057aPour the mixture into your ice cream maker and let churn for about 30 minutes.

Burnt Macaroni - Peppermint Ice Cream 071aIn the meantime, have the kids help with crushing the candy canes.  We used this mallet and a towel.  It’s a good way to get out your holiday frustrations too!

Burnt Macaroni - Peppermint Ice Cream 090aThen once the ice cream is almost ready, pour in the crushed candy cane and let mix for a few more minutes.

Burnt Macaroni - Peppermint Ice Cream 101aThe ice cream will look like this.  The chunks of candy cane are mixed in the ice cream and give you a great crunch with every taste.

Burnt Macaroni - Peppermint Ice Cream 138aServe the ice cream in a small bowl and sprinkle a few candy cane pieces on top for an added crunch.  Serve after your Christmas Eve or Christmas dinner!  It’s really yummy.  And if you don’t have an ice cream maker, pick up your favorite vanilla ice cream.  Let it soften just enough to get a mixing spoon through it.  Transfer into a mixing bowl and add a teaspoon of peppermint extract and about 3 crushed candy canes.  Once it’s completely mixed up, transfer back into it’s original container and put it back in the freezer to harden.  You will be able to serve it as Peppermint Ice Cream!

Peppermint Ice Cream!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 1 cup Whole Milk well chilled
  • 3/4 cup granulated Sugar
  • 2 cups Heavy Cream well chilled
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 teaspoon Peppermint Extract
  • 4 Candy Canes


Directors for an Ice Cream Maker

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine whole milk, sugar, heavy cream, vanilla extract and peppermint extract. Mix with a whisk
  2. Put on the ice cream maker and pour the mixture into the freezer bowl (it comes with the maker).
  3. The bowl will need to be spinning while you pour.
  4. Churn for about 30 minutes or until it thickens like ice cream.
  5. Crush the candy canes and pour 3 of them into the ice cream maker for a few minutes until it's all mixed together.
  6. Use the remaining crushed candy cane to sprinkle on top

Recipe Notes

This is a simple recipe to liven up your vanilla ice cream. And it tastes good too. Enjoy!

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