This Peppermint Ice Cream may be one of the creamiest ice creams you will ever make. It is peppermint perfection and so pretty too!
So I have developed quite a love affair with peppermint ice cream.
When my husband was a kid they had a family tradition on New Years Day of making 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. When I discovered that Tillamook had discontinued it I almost cried. How was I going to survive?
I decided to make my own.
This ice cream is amazing. Unfortunately for me my husband loves it too which means I have to share! He declared it the best he has ever had.
Peppermint Stick Ice Cream
Not only is it delicious but it is darn pretty too, don’t you think!? The ice cream uses a combination of peppermint extract and lots of crushed up candy cane. I added some of the crushed peppermint while the ice cream is churning and then more on top when I serve it.
- I used candy canes but you can also use those round peppermint candies.
- Crush the candy in a food processor or place it in a zippered bag and pound it with a hammer or mallet. I like to crush it until it is about 1/2 powder and 1/2 small pieces of peppermint.
- Use peppermint extract NOT mint extract. There is a definite difference in flavor. Mint extract is great but not for peppermint ice cream.
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.
I always make sure I stash some extra candy canes in the cupboard after the holidays so I don’t have to wait until the next Christmas to make more of this ice cream.
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Peppermint Ice Cream Recipe
Peppermint Ice Cream
- 1 1/2 cup whole milk
- 1 1/2 cup half & half
- 2 cup whipping cream
- 1 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp peppermint extract
- 1 cup crushed candy cane
- Mix together milks and sugar. Mix well.
- Add in salt, and extracts.
- Add in crushed candy cane, reserving some to sprinkle on top.
- Pour into ice cream maker and churn according to ice cream maker directions.
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Originally Shared Nov. 29, 2012