Food & Diet

Scrumptious 2-Ingredient Ice Cream Made Right At Home 

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So Gemma Stafford of has a YouTube video of making 6 different recipes of home-made ice cream, from scratch, no machine needed. She does all these recipes by starting with a beautifully creamy ice cream base made of just two ingredients. Yes, two. Where has this woman been all my life?!

Her ice cream base makes for a creamy and silky home-made ice cream and it starts with literally two ingredients: whipping cream and condensed milk. Amazing!

She starts with the following ingredients: 

  • 2 cups (16oz/450ml) of cold whipping cream (all-purpose cream and heavy cream may be used too)
  • 14 ounces (400ml) of sweetened condensed milk (fat-free or regular is fine, although she uses fat-free in the video because it doesn’t taste as sweet as the regular ones)

She starts with cold ingredients, preferably chilled in the fridge for at least 24 hours, to prevent crystallization and get you that creamy and scoop-able texture you look for in ice cream. Next, she beats the cold cream in a stand or hand mixer on medium using a whisk attachment until soft peaks form in the whipping cream. She then adds the condensed milk which she incorporates into the cream by further whisking the mixture. She mixes it until stiff peaks form. The resulting ice cream base should be super thick and creamy.

After making her super easy ice cream base, Gemma proceeded to add her subscriber’s requested flavors and made 6 different ice cream recipes. She did Pistachio and Raspberry, Nutella ice cream (she also has a recipe for homemade Nutella!), Cotton Candy ice cream, Dulce de Leche ice cream, Mint Chocolate (she uses fresh herbs) and Cookie Dough ice cream.

Below are the recipes:

Cookie Dough Ice Cream (a.k.a. Cookie Dough, I Love You So)

  • 2 cups of ice cream base
  • 2/3 cup of edible cookie dough

Make sure the cookie dough has softened enough so that it mixes with the ice cream base properly. Add the ice cream base and mix. Add a little ball of extra cookie dough for that added texture. Freeze in an airtight container for 6-8 hours.


Pistachio and Raspberry Ice Cream (a.k.a. Berry Bold Pistachio)

  • 2 cups of ice cream base
  • ½ cup of roasted and ground pistachios for texture
  • 3 tablespoons of raspberry puree

Combine all the ingredients together, taking care not to over mix the raspberry puree and create pretty raspberry swirls, and place in an airtight container to freeze for 6-8 hours.

Nutella Ice Cream (a.k.a. Spread the Love for Nutella)

  • 2 cups of ice cream base
  • ½ cup Nutella (you can check her page for the Nutella recipe)

Make sure your Nutella is room temp and a little runny so that it will mix with the ice cream base well. Mix all the ingredients together, store in a pint sized container and freeze for 6-8 hours. You may even add hazelnuts to the recipe to provide even more texture and hazelnut flavor.

Cotton Candy Ice Cream (a.k.a. Cotton Candy Celebration)

  • 2 cups of ice cream base
  • 1 teaspoon of cotton candy extract (you can find these online)
  • Pink food coloring

Add a teaspoon of cotton candy flavoring to the ice cream base as well as some pink food coloring. Mix until the color becomes even and then store it in air tight containers and freeze for 6-8 hours.

Dulce De Leche Ice Cream (a.k.a. Dulce Delightful)

  • 2 cups of ice cream base
  • 14 oz. cold caramel made from condensed milk

To make the caramel:

Take the paper label off of a can of condensed milk. Place a tea towel on the bottom of a small pot (enough to fit the can of condensed milk). The tea towel will serve as a cushion for the can and will prevent it from bouncing around in the pot. Cover the can with water, up two inches over it. Simmer for 2 hours. After two hours, take it off the flame and leave it to cool. Once you have a cooled caramel, add the whole can to the 2 cups of ice cream base and mix until completely incorporated. Place in a pint sized container and freeze for 6-8 hours.

Mint Chocolate Ice Cream

  • 2 cups of ice cream base
  • 2 large bunches of mint/1 drop of peppermint flavor (you may either chop the mint or run it through the food processor)
  • 1 cup of chopped chocolate
  • 1 tiny drop of food coloring for a light minty green color

Run the mint through the food processor and add it to the ice cream base. Add the chocolate and mix. At this point you can either add the food coloring or leave the ice cream with its natural color. It’s up to you.

These recipes are so easy and with such delightfully clever names too. They are the most perfect thing to cool you down from the summer heat.