Homemade Ice Cream Recipes with Sweetened Condensed Milk

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Total Time : 6 hrs 10 mins
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Dessert is easy when you have a ready collection of homemade ice cream with condensed milk recipes on hand. When I discovered how easy it was to make ice cream using sweetened condensed milk, I immediately began experimenting with different variations.

collage of six different kinds of ice cream with title text reading Easy Homemade Ice Cream Recipes

I’ve tried half a dozen varieties and I love them all. Read on to find descriptions and links to each recipe, plus tips to create your own variations.

What Does Condensed Milk Do in Ice Cream?

Sweetened condensed milk is the secret ingredient that makes it easy to make ice cream without an ice cream maker. Sweetened condensed milk is regular cow’s milk that has had most of the water cooked out of it to make it thicker and creamier than regular milk.

And unlike evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk has added sugar to prolong its shelf life, which gives it the added benefit of creating a delicious sweet ice cream!

Even better, the consistency and texture of sweetened condensed milk helps create soft, scoopable ice cream since the high sugar content prevents it from freezing solid.

three scoops of vanilla ice cream in white bowl on distressed table with mint green napkin in background

What You Need for Sweetened Condensed Milk Ice Cream

The beauty of sweetened condensed milk ice cream is that you can so easily create very different versions by changing just a couple of ingredients.

You already know the main ingredient — sweetened condensed milk. This gives the ice cream all the sweetness it needs.

open can of sweetened condensed milk with spoon held above that appears to have just been dipped in the can

The sweetened condensed milk also eliminates one of the most time-consuming steps in making traditional ice cream. The sweetened condensed milk takes the place of the custard base that usually involves cooking a mixture of cream, sugar and eggs.

The other ingredient you need for homemade no-churn ice cream is heavy whipping cream. This is the ingredient that will keep the ice cream from being too dense.

whisk with whipped cream on it next to bowl of whip cream and small container of unwhipped heavy cream sitting on a marble counter

The best part of sweetened condensed milk ice cream is that not only do you get to skip the cooking step, you also get to skip the churning step. So, it’s a one-step, two-ingredient dessert and it tastes AMAZING.

How to Make Homemade Ice Cream With Condensed Milk

To make a very basic vanilla ice cream, you’ll need:

  • 2 cups cold heavy whipping cream
  • 14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Place the whipping cream in a large bowl and using a mixer or whisk (if you want a good arm workout) to beat it until thickened. The cream should form soft peaks and stick to the beaters.

beater lifted above mixing bowl covered in whipped cream

Next, fold in the sweetened condensed milk and vanilla extract, stirring gently until smooth.

Substitutions

If you want to cut back on the fat and calories, you can use whole milk instead of heavy cream. If you do, combine all the ingredients (rather than beating the milk alone) and mix well until thickened. The ice cream will have a slightly less creamy texture but will still be delicious.

One teaspoon of vanilla extract won’t give you a strong vanilla flavor so feel free to increase it to one tablespoon if you want to amp up the flavor. You can also swap in a different extract (e.g. mint, maple or root beer) to change the flavor.

Under no circumstances should you substitute evaporated milk for the sweetened condensed milk!

close up of vanilla ice cream being scooped with an ice cream scoop

How to Create Your Own Variations

Sweetened condensed milk ice cream is so easy to flavor. Add some cocoa powder to make chocolate ice cream.

Add in your favorite candies or fruits. Most of my variations were inspired by my favorite candy bars and fruits.

Whether you add fresh fruit, pie filling, or fruit syrups, you can easily infuse homemade ice cream with your favorite fruit flavors.

Likewise, you can add crushed candy bars, small candy bits, or ingredients in your favorite desserts to your sweetened condensed milk ice cream to get a delicious combination.

Add In Suggestions:

  • Berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries)
  • Canned fruit (candied cherries, sliced peaches, pineapple tidbits, mandarin orange slices)
  • Dried fruit (mango, raisins, apricots, cranberries)
  • Chocolate chips
  • Candy bars
  • Brownies
  • Chocolate syrup
  • Caramel syrup
  • Nuts (walnuts, pecans, pistachios, macadamia nuts, hazelnuts, peanuts)
  • Coffee

Helpful Tools

Aside from a freezer, which is really the only piece of equipment you MUST have to make ice cream, here are some other tools that will help:

  • Stand mixer or hand mixer (though you can also use a whisk or even a blender)
  • Spatula
  • Ice cream scoop
  • Freezer-safe container(s)
  • Ice cream bowls or dishes

Sweetened Condensed Milk Ice Cream Recipes

Below you will find recipes for all the variations I’ve tried. These were all inspired by some of my family’s favorite foods and we definitely weren’t disappointed with the results when they were combined with ice cream!

Classic Flavor Combinations

My family already had some favorite ice cream flavors so we recreated them as homemade versions. First up was this Easy Homemade Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream.

easy homemade peanut butter banana ice cream

My husband’s favorite is this Easy Homemade Mint Chip Ice Cream.

bowl of homemade mint chip ice cream

I love tropical flavors so my favorite is this Homemade Tropical Ice Cream.

And since my kids love peppermint, we discovered the Best Peppermint Ice Cream.

best peppermint ice cream

In a bout of nostalgia, I made this No-Churn Pistachio Ice Cream, which was my dad’s favorite flavor.

bowl of no churn pistachio ice cream

Fruit-Based Ice Cream Recipes

Here are the homemade ice creams I’ve made that were inspired by my favorite fruits.

I absolutely LOVE berries so I was excited to see how well they worked in sweetened condensed milk ice cream. I wasn’t disappointed when I made this Homemade No-Churn Berry Ice Cream.

homemade no churn berry ice cream in a white bowl on a wood table with more ice cream in a pan in the background

The berries were a hard sell for a few of my kids though so I picked one (raspberries) and added some chocolate to win them over with this Easy Homemade Chocolate Chunk Raspberry Ice Cream.

easy homemade chocolate chunk raspberry ice cream recipe

My husband loves peaches as much as I love berries, so he preferred this Easy Peach Ice Cream.

easy peach ice cream in two blue bowls next to spoons on a wood table with more ice cream in a pan in the background

I also love the flavor and color combination of lemons and blueberries and they work together beautifully in this Easy Homemade Lemon Blueberry Ice Cream.

easy homemade lemon blueberry ice cream in a waffle bowl with blueberries in a waffle bowl in the background

We use a lot of maraschino cherries in my house for various recipes so they inspired a Homemade Candied Cherry Ice Cream.

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Candy-Based Ice Cream Recipes

When I think of candy, I automatically picture candy bars so my first candy-inspired ice cream recipe was this simple chocolate ice cream recipe with chocolate chunks.

simple chocolate ice cream in two white bowls on a brown table with more ice cream in a pan in the background

My favorite candy bar is Almond Joy so I combined all of those great flavors (chocolate, coconut, and almonds) in this Easy Homemade Almond Joy Ice Cream.

easy homemade almond joy ice cream in a white mug on a saucer on a brown table with more ice cream in a pan in the background

Not technically candy, one of my kids’ favorite ice cream versions is this Homemade Bubble Gum Ice Cream.

homemade bubble gum ice cream in a white mug next to a spoon with bubblegum pieces on a white plate in the background

I’m a cookie fanatic so it was only natural to combine my favorite dessert with ice cream. We started with the classic cookie we almost always have in the pantry — Oreo cookies to create this No-Churn Oreo Ice Cream.

 I’m also a big fan of Nutter Butters which is how we ended up with this tasty Easy Homemade Nutter Butter Ice Cream.

easy homemade Nutter Butter ice cream

And finally, with a throwback to my favorite childhood TV show, Sesame Street, I had to make a Homemade Cookie Monster Ice Cream.

easy homemade cookie monster ice cream

Pie Inspired Ice Cream Recipes

In keeping with the idea of combining other desserts with ice cream, we eventually got to pies. We had to, of course, try a No-Churn Apple Pie Ice Cream.

no churn apple pie ice cream

Next up was this Pumpkin Pecan Ice Cream.

easy pumpkin pecan ice cream

Homemade Ice Cream With Condensed Milk

Corinne Schmitt
You can make creamy, delicious homemade ice cream with condensed milk, cream, and vanilla extract so easily, you'll never need to buy it again!
4.86 from 96 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Freezing Time 6 hrs
Total Time 6 hrs 10 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 204 kcal

Equipment

  • mixer or whisk
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Freezer-safe container

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions
 

  • Place the whipping cream in a large bowl and beat using a mixer or whisk until soft peaks form.
  • Fold in sweetened condensed milk and vanilla extract. Stir gently to combine.
  • Transfer mixture to a freezer-safe container. Place in freezer for six hours or more to allow ice cream to set.
  • Serve cold.

Nutrition

Calories: 204kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 2gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 14gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 67mgSodium: 16mgPotassium: 58mgSugar: 2gVitamin A: 875IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 40mgIron: 1mg
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