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Peppermint Ice Cream

December 9, 2019

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Peppermint Ice Cream made with crushed peppermint candy canes is perfect for all your holiday desserts. 

Scoops of pink swirled ice cream in a glass dish.

I usually make homemade ice cream during the summer months. But there’s no reason we can’t eat delicious ice cream all year long. Peppermint Ice Cream is a homemade ice cream flavored with peppermint extract and crushed candy canes.

The result is all Christmas to me. Serve this homemade treat during the holidays and you’ll have some happy people in your house!

Large scoops of candy cane ice cream in glass dishes.

What ingredients do I need?

  • Half and Half or heavy cream
  • Whole milk
  • Egg yolks
  • Sugar
  • Peppermint extract
  • Peppermint candy canes

I often use half and half when making ice cream. You could also use equal parts of heavy cream if you prefer. 

How do I make peppermint ice cream?

  • Place half and half and milk in a sauce pan.
  • Heat over medium heat until milk is just below a simmer.
  • In a separate dish, combine egg yolks and sugar.  Egg yolks and sugar combined together in a large glass measuring cup.
  • When milk is just below a simmer, remove 1/4 cup and slowly whisk into egg mixture. This tempures the eggs so they won’t scramble when added to the hot milk.
  • Whisk egg mixture into the sauce pan.
  • Heat over medium heat for 10-15 minutes until mixture begins to thicken just slightly. Do not allow mixture to boil.
  • Stir mixture often to avoid scorching.
  • Remove from heat and pour into a container. I often use a juice pitcher with a lid.
  • Refrigerate mixture until fully chilled – 3-6 hours.
  • Add peppermint extract to milk mixture.
  • Pour into a frozen ice cream maker.
  • Churn for 20-30 minutes until ice cream is formed.
  • Remove from frozen ice cream maker bowl and place in a freezer safe container.
  • The ice cream will be very soft and will melt quickly. 
  • Add crushed candy canes and stir into ice cream. Crushed candy canes on top of homemade ice cream.
  • Place ice cream into a freezer  until ice cream is fully frozen. This can take 1-3 hours. Peppermint Ice Cream in a glass dish.
  • If freezing for several hours, remove 10 minutes before serving so ice cream can be scooped. 

How do I crush the candy canes?

I used candy canes before when making my sugar cookies decorated with candy canes.  The method I have used in the past was to unwrap the candy canes and place in a plastic bag. I would then crush the candy with a rolling pin or a large can from my pantry.

A plastic bag filled with candy canes.

This time, I decided to try a new method. First I broke the candy canes into large pieces and then put into a food processor.  This worked really well and you could process as fine as you wanted. I like to have a few larger pieces along with the finely ground candy.

One word of caution, allow the candy canes to settle down a bit before you open the lid. Otherwise you will be get a smoke cloud full of candy cane dust. 

Finely crushed candy canes.

What equipment do I need?

Ice cream dishes filled with scoops of pink ice cream.

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Scoops of pink swirled ice cream in a glass dish.

Peppermint Ice Cream

Kathy
Festive ice cream made with crushed candy canes.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Churn Time 25 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8 people
Calories 235 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups Half and Half
  • 2 cups Whole Milk
  • 2 Egg Yolks
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Peppermint Extract
  • 1/2 cup Crushed Peppermint Candies

Instructions
 

  • Place half and half and milk in a sauce pan.
  • Heat over medium heat until milk is just below a simmer.
  • In a separate dish, combine egg yolks and sugar.
  • When milk is just below a simmer, remove 1/4 cup and slowly whisk into egg mixture. This tempures the eggs so they won't scramble when added to the hot milk.
  • Whisk egg mixture into the sauce pan.
  • Heat over medium heat for 10-15 minutes until mixture begins to thicken just slightly. Do not allow mixture to boil.
  • Stir mixture often to avoid scorching.
  • Remove from heat and pour into a container. I often use a juice pitcher with a lid.
  • Refrigerate mixture until fully chilled - 3-6 hours.
  • Add peppermint extract to milk mixture.
  • Pour into a frozen ice cream maker.
  • Churn for 20-30 minutes until ice cream is formed.
  • Remove from frozen ice cream maker bowl and place in a freezer safe container.
  • The ice cream will be very soft and will melt quickly.
  • Add crushed candy canes and stir into ice cream.
  • Place ice cream into a freezerΒ  until ice cream is fully frozen. This can take 1-3 hours.
  • If freezing for several hours, remove 10 minutes before serving so ice cream can be scooped.

Notes

  • May use heavy cream in place of the half and half.
  • Make certain bowl for electric ice cream maker is fully frozen.

Nutrition

Calories: 235kcalCarbohydrates: 32gProtein: 4gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 77mgSodium: 53mgPotassium: 164mgSugar: 26gVitamin A: 378IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 138mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Candy Cane Ice Cream, Peppermint Ice Cream
Tried this recipe?Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

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13 Comments

  • Reply
    [email protected]
    December 12, 2019 at 7:56 am

    5 stars
    I usually make a seasonal ice cream, and I haven’t yet this year! This recipe will top the list!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      December 12, 2019 at 5:29 pm

      Enjoy!

  • Reply
    Valentina
    December 11, 2019 at 5:33 pm

    5 stars
    Peppermint is the best– so delicious and so festive for the holidays. LOVE this recipe, and I love ice cream all year long. πŸ™‚ ~Valentina

    • Reply
      Kathy
      December 12, 2019 at 5:32 pm

      Thanks! I love ice cream all year too! πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    Kelly | Foodtasia
    December 11, 2019 at 11:35 am

    5 stars
    What a wonderful ice cream flavor! So festive and refreshing! I love ice cream any month of the year!

  • Reply
    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    December 9, 2019 at 2:37 pm

    5 stars
    Save me a scoop Kathy! This is PERFECT for the holiday season!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      December 9, 2019 at 7:25 pm

      I’ve got one saved for you! πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    Alexandra @ It's Not Complicated Recipes
    December 9, 2019 at 8:29 am

    5 stars
    I do love Candy Canes! πŸ˜€ So Peppermint Ice Cream is such a wonderful and delicious sounding idea. I agree with Dawn – I think it might need to be a double batch!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      December 9, 2019 at 7:25 pm

      I think we all might need a double batch!

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    December 9, 2019 at 6:16 am

    As fun as a cloud of candy cane dust sounds, I do appreciate the tip about letting it settle down. Haha! Growing up, we had a neighbor who would bring us a pint of candy cane ice cream every Christmas. I’ll have to make a batch of this ice cream now! And I agree with you – ice cream isn’t only for the summer. πŸ™‚

    • Reply
      Kathy
      December 9, 2019 at 7:24 pm

      Yep – the cloud of candy cane smoke is indeed something to see! πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    December 9, 2019 at 5:34 am

    5 stars
    Peppermint ice cream is one of my fave ice creams, especially this time of year! This is so much better than store bought and I can’t wait to try! I may even need to double the batch because I love it that much πŸ™‚

    • Reply
      Kathy
      December 9, 2019 at 7:24 pm

      Homemade is always the way to go!

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