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18 Creamy Ice Cream Flavors You Can Make at Home

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I Scream, You Scream, We all scream for Ice Cream!

Long hot summer days call for cooling off with cold, creamy, delicious ice cream.  I remember the tingles of excitement that vibrated through my bones when I’d hear the tinkling sound of the ice cream truck’s melody as it wended it’s way through my childhood neighborhood.    I remember the joy of picking out the most colorful ice cream treat from the truck and trying to eat it before it melted and dripped all over me.

As wonderful as those memories are, my very favorite childhood ice cream memories revolve around the homemade ice cream that my dad made every summer.  I remember the rock salt, the fresh fruit, the cream and the churning handle of our old ice cream maker.  To me, the memories of bare feet propped on the deck rail, the pendulum back and forth of my legs as I sat in the porch swing all while enjoying the unmatched treat of fresh homemade ice cream trumps all ice cream truck memories.

It’s summer now, and I want to share those same memories with my own kids. I want them to know the joy of pulling the top off the ice cream maker and the pure goodness that is the first bite of homemade ice cream.  I want them to relish in the thrill of picking the fruit and flavors that will go in their ice cream.  I want to pass on this tradition so that those memories live on for another generation.

I started researching homemade ice cream recipes, and I was blown away by all the delicious ice cream recipes that are out there. Homemade ice cream has come a long way from plain vanilla with a simple fruit.

As part of our celebration of summer days, pure goodness and building family memories, I’m sharing (40) – I believe that’s the number I have- homemade ice cream recipes to inspire and delight on even the hottest summer day!

  • Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream 1 of 18
    Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

    Fresh out of the garden mint, rich chocolate chips and creamy milk combine to create a bit of vibrant, rich, cold heaven known as Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream.  Recipe from The Merry Gourmet

  • Biscoff Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream 2 of 18
    Biscoff Cookie Ice Cream

    Biscoff.  The dreamy, creamy, delicious airline cookie treat comes to your home in a chocolate chunk infused treat direct from your freezer.  Recipe by Fifteen Spatulas.

  • Salted Caramel Ice Cream 3 of 18
    salted caramel ice cream

    Salted Caramel is enough to make most adult's knees quiver.  Add in chocolate and toffee and well... I don't want to give any more of this away, but let's say that this is probably a PMS dream, especially on a hot summer night.  Salted Caramel Ice Cream recipe from Quarter Life Crisis.

  • Mango Nectarine Ice Cream 4 of 18
    Mango Nectarine Ice Cream

    Smooth, silky, light and delicious - this ice cream is made with summer fruits and light citrus flavors.  Easy to make, and delicious to eat.  Mango Nectarine Ice Cream recipe from Mango & Tomato.

  • 2 Ingredient Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream 5 of 18
    peanut butter banana ice cream

    Two ingredients is all it takes to make this delicious Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream that would surely please even Elvis himself!  Get the recipe from Two Peas and Their Pod.

  • Southern Berry Cobbler Ice Cream 6 of 18
    Southern Berry Cobbler Ice Cream

    There's nothing like a fresh summer berry cobbler, take that berry cobbler and turn it into a fresh cold and creamy southern berry cobbler ice cream and you might have the recipe for the perfect summer treat.

    Recipe from Seeded at The Table

  • Pistachio Avocado Ice Cream 7 of 18
    Pistachio Avocado Ice Cream
    You'll never believe that this ice cream treat is dairy-free, and  full of heart-healthy fats.  A touch of cardamom adds the perfect spice to make this the perfect summer treat.   Pistachio Avocado Ice Cream recipe via Recipe Renovator
  • Ginger Maple Miso Ice Cream 8 of 18
    Ginger Maple Miso Ice Cream

    "sweet and salty, rich and savory, almost french toasty" - if that isn't enough to entice you to make this ice cream immediately, well I just don't know.

    Ginger Maple Miso Ice Cream recipe from Spabettie

  • Mocha Latte Frozen Yogurt 9 of 18
    Mocha Latte Frozen Yogurt

    Who needs a frozen coffee beverage when you can get a Mocha Latte on a stick on a hot summer day?  Mocha Latte Frozen Yogurt on

  • Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake Ice Cream 10 of 18
    chocolate cherry cheesecake ice cream

    Chocolate and cherries.  No matter what holiday it is, chocolate and cherries are a no fail answer.

    Add chocolate, cherries and cheesecake together to make ice cream, and you simply can't go wrong.

    Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake Ice Cream recipe by I Wash, You Dry

  • Chocolate Coconut Joy Ice Cream 11 of 18
    Chocolate Coconut Joy Ice Cream

    I have a weakness for vanilla, chocolate, coconut and almonds when they're combined.  Mix them together, freeze them, and put them into a cone and I'm a summer gonner.   This Almond Joy Ice Cream recipe from Cookin' Canuck is a must make this summer.

  • Lemon Curd Ice Cream 12 of 18
    three ingredient lemon curd ice cream

    3 ingredients to mouthwatering ice cream.  3 ingredients to mouth puckering, fresh, delicious lemony ice cream.

    sign me up.

    Lemon Curd Ice Cream recipe by No Fear Entertaining.

  • Raspberry Brown Sugar Chocolate Ice Cream 13 of 18
    brown sugar raspberry chocolate ice cream

    Brown sugar and raspberries and chocolate.  The depth of flavor provided by those 3 ingredients alone is enough to lure even the most skeptical ice cream snob in.  The simplicity of ingredients seals the deal and makes Table for 7's Raspberry Brown Sugar Chocolate Ice Cream a must try for summer 2013.

  • Strawberry Lemonade Cheesecake Ice Cream 14 of 18
    strawberry lemonade cheesecake ice cream

    Do you remember having a lemonade stand as a kid?  Did you ever venture out of the box so much as to add strawberry lemonade to that?  I can tell y'all without hesitation that if I drove by a stand advertising Strawberry Lemonade Cheesecake Ice Cream, you'd hear my brakes squealing from Texas to Tennessee.

    Strawberry Lemonade Cheesecake Ice Cream recipe by Miss in The Kitchen

  • Earl Grey Ice Cream 15 of 18
    Earl Grey Ice Cream

    Between recollections of clumsiness, college TA's, memories with Mom and general wonderfulness that makes you want to be her neighbor - Megan, from Country Cleaver manages to share gorgeous pics and a mouth watering recipe for Earl Grey Ice Cream that doubles your desire to be her neighbor.

  • Honey Lavender Ice Cream 16 of 18

    Delicate, delicious, fresh, and earthy.  This honey lavender ice cream is a palate cleansing delight.  Something to be savored and enjoyed.  This is an ice cream to be held on the tongue and lightly, slowly passed over the taste buds.

    Honey Lavender Ice Cream recipe from FrannyCakes

  • Chai Spice Coconut Ice Cream 17 of 18
    chai spice coconut ice cream

    A blend of Chai Black Tea and Coconut Cream makes this ice cream a wonderfully delicious and healthier choice.

    Recipe from Daily Dish Recipes

  • Banana Gelato 18 of 18

    I'm not sure what's sweeter, the recipe or the story behind how Kristin stumbled across this recipe.  We've all had ripe bananas taunting us from the counter - this recipe solves the mystery of how to make them into the perfect summery treat. 

    Banana Gelato recipe via Dine and Dish


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