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15 Easy Ice Cream Recipes + 5 Frozen Treats from around the World for Your Summer

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Summer and ice cream go hand in hand, and while ice cream makers have been popular in the past, they're not always easy, affordable, or realistic. Check out some ice cream recipes that don't require an ice cream maker, as well as some frozen treats from around the world! Whether you prefer sweet, sour, or somewhere in between, there is something for everyone.

Basic Ice Cream Recipe

The classic recipe results in a creamy, rich, velvet-textured ice cream- and only uses two ingredients! Simply whip two cups of heavy cream until peaks form and add in a can of condensed milk. Pour it into a container and leave it in the freezer for a few hours. Tip: make sure to freeze the bowl used to whip the cream to prevent the cream from melting!

Ice Cream Flavors

Although you can enjoy this treat by itself, we encourage you to try out a few of the flavoring options below!

Vanilla

Love vanilla? Stir some vanilla extract into your ice cream before freezing to get this classic flavor! Or better yet, use vanilla bean for a fresher taste, and those tiny black specks! Be sure to add chocolate syrup, sprinkles, or any topping of your choice.

Cookie Butter

Sometimes, the only comforting thing is a plate of warm, gooey, chocolate-chip cookies. Well, imagine that combined with ice cream! Swirl in a few scoops of your favorite cookie dough before freezing the cream mixture. Feel free to experiment with different cookie flavors, whether it be sugar, oatmeal raisin, or peanut butter!

Chocolate

Though chocolate is a truly iconic flavor, it can be complicated to make, from recipes requiring hours of melting and preparing chocolate to complicated instructions several paragraphs long. Instead, try adding some melted chocolate to the whipped cream, before putting it into the freezer! Silky, creamy, and delicious . . . everything that makes the perfect chocolate ice cream.

Peach Cobbler

Nothing says summer like juicy peaches. Peach cobblers, peach pies, but why not peach ice cream? Add a few sliced peaches into your heavy cream and condensed milk before freezing. You're sure to be pleased with this light, slightly tart ice cream recipe, which is perfect for sharing with friends, family, and loved ones!

Mint Choco-Chip

Another classic ice cream flavor, mint chocolate chip, is as eye-catching as it is tasty. This recipe perfectly balances the richness of the chocolate with a lighter, minty taste. We recommend adding dark chocolate for more contrast, but feel free to add whatever you prefer!

Lavender Earl Grey

You probably haven't even heard of Lavender Earl Grey ice cream, but by adding a cup of Earl Grey tea into your ice cream, you can make some of your very own! Instead of curling up with a book and a hot mug of tea, imagine curling up with a book and some fresh Lavender Earl Grey ice cream!

Expresso

Why not include some espresso ice cream in your mornings? It's the perfect way to energize your morning, and an excuse to eat more ice cream! Just add a cup of your favorite coffee brew before freezing your ice cream. Tip: add on some whipped cream or hot fudge drizzle for more sweetness!

Piña Colada

Piña Colada is a well-known cocktail consisting of rum, coconut milk, and pineapple juice. Enjoy some of your very own Piña Colada ice cream (with no alcohol!) by adding some coconut milk and pineapple juice to your ice cream. Make sure to add some pineapple wedges and a maraschino cherry for that classic look!

Saffron Oil and Sesame Wafer

Sure, saffron oil and sesame wafer ice cream can sound unconventional, but it tastes delicious! Saffron is a red, thread-like spice that comes from the Crocus flower, and sesame wafers are a popular snack in Asia. When combined with ice cream, it is sure to impress your friends and family! Stir some saffron into your ice cream mixture and top it off with some crispy wafers from a local supermarket!

Peanut Butter and Jelly

Peanut butter and jelly ice cream revisit an old-school lunch item. Add some peanut butter and fruity jam to your whipped cream, and it will surprise and delight you! If you are allergic to peanuts, try substituting different nut butters rather than peanut butter.

Apple Pie

If you're ready for fall, then try out this apple pie ice cream. Add some cinnamon and sliced apples before freezing your cream, and use crumbled crackers to encapsulate that pie taste! Don't feel limited by the apple variety either, whether it be honey crisp, granny smith, or Fuji.

As one of the most popular summer treats, ice cream never disappoints. What can be better than digging into a fresh scoop of homemade ice cream? Make sure to enjoy the rest of your summer with these simple, delightful recipes!

Peggy Chen
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Peggy Chen is a high school sophomore from Virginia. She writes about science, culture, and everything in between. In her free time, she enjoys reading memoirs, card games, and random trivia.