Peppermint Ice Cream

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So I have developed quite a love affair with peppermint this holiday season.  I blame it on those white chocolate peppermint M & M’s.  They got me started and I can’t seem to stop.

When my husband was a kid they had a family tradition on New Years of making peppermint ice cream with all the leftover candy canes.  I like that kind of tradition.

Tillamook Peppermint Candy Ice Cream is or should I say WAS one of my favorites.  This summer I discovered that Tillamook has discontinued Peppermint.  I almost cried right there in front of the gal at the Tillamook Cheese Factory.  How was I going to survive?

I decided I was going to survive and I wasn’t going to have to wait until New Year’s to enjoy peppermint ice cream.   So I dug in the back of my cupboard and found half a box of candy canes leftover from last Christmas and I made myself some peppermint ice cream.  Who needs Tillamook!!

This ice cream is amazing.  Unfortunately for me my husband loves it too which means I have to share!

Not only is it delicious but it is darn pretty too -don’t you think!?  The ice cream uses a combination of peppermint flavoring (either extract or Torani’s syrup) and lots of crushed up candy cane.

The pretty pink color comes from the candy canes dissolving into the ice cream as it churns.  You end up with a few pieces though that don’t dissolve so you get a nice little candy crunch in the ice cream too.


Leigh Anne

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Peppermint Ice Cream
Serves: 2 qts.
  • 1½ C whole milk
  • 1½ C half and half
  • 2 C whipping cream
  • 1 ¼ C sugar
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 1½ tsp peppermint extract
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 C crushed peppermint candy
  1. Mix together milks.
  2. Add in sugar, salt, vanilla and peppermint
  3. Stir until sugar is dissolved
  4. Pour into ice cream maker and add in crushed candy cane.
  5. Process

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Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. CherylP says

    This looks SOOO good! I love peppermint ice cream! And a nice homemade rich fudge sauce would be perfect over the top of this! 😀

  2. Tamara H. says

    Thanks for reminding me of a fun tradition we had. . . . . .Had totally forgotten about the peppermint ice cream. Appreciate your emphasis on family traditions and keeping those alive.

  3. says

    This ice cream looks so delicious. I saw you at The36thAvenue link party and had to come get the recipe. Your blog is so cute.
    I would love for you to visit me at
    Wanda Ann

  4. Krista Johnston says

    I was wondering what model of ice cream maker you use? I’m looking at them online but there are so many mixed reviews…your ice cream looks PERFECT!

  5. says

    Hi Leigh Anne, I’m Anne from Life on the Funny Farm (, and I’m visiting from Fantabulous Friday.

    This looks SO amazingly good! I’m like you, I love peppermint. Dairy Queen has a chocolate chip peppermint blizzard that is to DIE for. I am pinning this!

    Anyway, thanks for posting this. If you’ve never visited yet, I hope you can pop by my blog sometime to say hi…

  6. says

    Peppermint ice cream is my absolute favorite flavor!!! After the holidays, I’m always left wondering why I don’t eat it more often?? With this recipe I could eat it all the time! I always have leftover candy canes!

  7. says

    Peppermint ice cream is one of my favorite things about the Christmas season! I love that you posted this recipe. I’m going to gain ten pounds before New Year’s, I just know it. Found you thru Nifty Thrifty Things!

  8. says

    Oooh, yummy! I adore peppermint and have recently been trying a lot of ice cream recipes. This one looks awesome, and you don’t even have to cook the mixture on the stove first! Will definitely make ASAP.

  9. Stevie says

    Hi there, I’m trying this recipe as we speak iny Cuisinart ice cream maker. Just wondering how long it takes to turn to ice cream. Usually only takes about 20mins, this seems to be taking much longer?

  10. Bunny says


    I dont have an Ice cream machine but I would absolutely love to try this recipe, is there a way to do it without a machine?



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