Go Back
–+ servings
Scoops of pink swirled ice cream in a glass dish.
Print Recipe
5 from 7 votes

Peppermint Ice Cream

Festive ice cream made with crushed candy canes.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Churn Time25 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 235kcal
Author: Kathy


  • 2 cups Half and Half
  • 2 cups Whole Milk
  • 2 Egg Yolks
  • ½ cup Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Peppermint Extract
  • ½ cup Crushed Peppermint Candies


  • Place half and half and milk in a sauce pan.
    2 cups Half and Half, 2 cups Whole Milk
  • Heat over medium heat until milk is just below a simmer.
  • In a separate dish, combine egg yolks and sugar.
    2 Egg Yolks, ½ cup Sugar
  • When milk is just below a simmer, remove ¼ 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.
    1 teaspoon Peppermint Extract
  • 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.
    ½ cup Crushed Peppermint Candies
  • Place ice cream into a freezer  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.


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


Calories: 235kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 77mg | Sodium: 53mg | Potassium: 164mg | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 378IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 138mg | Iron: 1mg