Peppermint Ice Cream

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Peppermint Ice Cream

Peppermint Ice Cream

Peppermint ice cream has always been one of my favorite flavors.  It has a reputation of being a Christmas flavor but it doesn’t have to be reserved for the winter holidays.  Its beautiful pink color is just right for Valentine’s Day and its cool peppermint flavor makes it a refreshing choice when you’re trying to beat the summer heat.  And it is actually a perfect flavor for January and February because you can use up all of your leftover peppermints/candy canes from the holidays.

I used homemade French Vanilla Ice Cream as the base and then added crushed peppermint candies.  Peppermint extract is optional.  The ice cream is still delicious without it but my family thought that the extract helps to round out the peppermint flavor.  A little bit of peppermint goes a long way, though, so don’t go overboard.

Peppermint Ice Cream
Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 8+
Peppermint ice cream has a reputation of being a Christmas flavor but it doesn't have to be reserved for the winter holidays. Its beautiful pink color is just right for Valentine's Day and its cool peppermint flavor makes it a refreshing choice when you're trying to beat the summer heat.
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp peppermint extract
  • 1 cup crushed peppermints or candy canes
  1. In a large saucepan, beat the eggs, milk and sugar until well blended.
  2. Cook the egg mixture over low heat for roughly 20 minutes, stirring constantly, until thickened. It should smoothly coat the back of a wooden spoon.
  3. Let the mixture cool.
  4. Add the heavy cream, vanilla and peppermint extract.
  5. Stir until blended and refrigerate the mixture until it is completely chilled, for several hours or up to overnight.
  6. Use a meat tenderizer or a rolling pin to crush the peppermints/candy canes. I finely crushed some candies {these will help give the ice cream the pink color} and left others in larger chunks.
  7. Following the instructions of your ice cream maker, pour the chilled mixture into your machine and stir it until the ice cream forms. It will typically be more like soft-serve when you first make it.
  8. Once it reaches the soft-serve stage, stir in the crushed peppermints.
  9. If you want firmer ice cream, transfer the ice cream to a sealed container once the peppermints are completely stirred in and let it freeze for several hours until it hardens.
  10. Recipe makes 1 quart of ice cream.

Peppermint Ice Cream

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One Response to “Peppermint Ice Cream”

  1. I made this recipe for peppermint ice cream over the weekend to use in my latest pie, Peppermint Bar Ice Cream Pie, to share on my blog, Pie on Sunday. Thought I’d let you know. It turned out great!!!

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