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Easy Homemade Ice Cream Recipe

This easy homemade ice cream recipe makes the most delicious vanilla ice cream, and you can make it without an ice cream maker. Yes, really!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword easy homemade ice cream, easy homemade ice cream recipe
Prep Time 8 minutes
Freeze time 7 hours
Total Time 7 hours 8 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 355 kcal
Author Marjorie @APinchOfHealthy


  • 16 ounces heavy cream (2 cups, chilled)
  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk (1 can)


  1. Pour the heavy cream into a large bowl, and beat with a mixer on high to medium-high until peaks form. Mine took about 5 minutes, FYI.

  2. Gently fold in the sweetened condensed milk until everything is well-incorporated.

  3. Transfer to a freezer-safe dish, cover and freeze until set, about 8 hours. Tip: I usually make mine the night before we eat it.

Recipe Notes

You can make this with or without the vanilla, and it will still be great! If you want to add it, I suggest between 1/2 teaspoon - 1 teaspoon, to taste. Sweetened condensed milk already can contain some vanilla, FYI.

You can whip your cream with a stand mixer, hand mixer or even a blender. Careful not to over-whip it though, because it will turn into butter! Just beat it long enough until peaks start to form. With my hand-held mixer, it was about 5 minutes, FYI. It may be quicker than that in a blender.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Homemade Ice Cream Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 355 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 16g100%
Cholesterol 95mg32%
Sodium 85mg4%
Potassium 227mg6%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Sugar 27g30%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 965IU19%
Vitamin C 1.7mg2%
Calcium 178mg18%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.