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Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream that is perfectly creamy, only requires 3 basic ingredients, and doesn’t require an old-fashioned ice cream maker! It is the easiest creamy ice cream recipe ever! With just 15-ish minutes of hands-on prep time, you can’t beat it.

Vanilla ice cream in a load pan with scoop on top

If you are looking for me, I will be in my kitchen eating spoon after spoon of Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream. It is so much better than any store-bought ice cream you could ever buy! Forget going to the grocery store and purchasing tons of ingredients.

You are going to love this easy ice cream! It is:

  • Perfectly creamy
  • Sweet
  • Vanilla-y
  • So refreshing!

Traditionally, ice cream base is made with cooked custard from egg yolks, milk and other ingredients, then by churning the custard base to make ice cream.

This is a shortcut ice cream version that doesn’t require eggs or an electric ice cream maker. It also doesn’t require you to break out a medium saucepan or a fine-mesh strainer because no cooking is needed. Yep, that’s right: it is a no-cook, no-churn ice cream!

I don’t know who came up with this idea, but it is totally ingenious and such a great recipe! I truly believe it is one of the best homemade ice cream recipes to exist.

And you can use this same simple method as a base to make different a different ice cream flavor, like chocolate ice cream or mango ice cream. Experiment with the custard mixture and try recreating your favorite ice cream recipes with this technique!

heavy whipping cream, sweetened condensed milk and vanilla extract for making vanilla ice cream

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream Ingredients

Don’t worry if it is your first time making ice cream. One of the good things about this recipe is how approachable it is. For this easy homemade vanilla ice cream recipe, you only need 3 simple ingredients. They are:

1. Heavy whipping cream. Heavy whipping cream, also known as heavy cream or cream is a dairy product, like whole milk, but it has a higher fat content, which is what good ice creams need. Because of its fat content, heavy whipping cream makes this ice cream super creamy.

2. Sweetened condensed milk. Sweetened condensed milk provides sweetness in the ice cream so there is no need to add any extra sugar. It gives you that old-fashioned vanilla ice cream taste and creamy texture. It’s one of those dairy products that is incredibly rich and silky.

3. Vanilla extract. Use high-quality, pure vanilla extract (not imitation vanilla) so the flavor can really shine! If you want to get extra fancy, get vanilla bean paste or a vanilla pod and scrape the powder out and add to the ice cream. That will add black specks of vanilla to the ice cream.

Below, you can find the exact quantities needed for the ingredients, as well as the nutrient information for the recipe.

If you follow a low-calorie diet or are trying to consume less sugar, you can always enjoy a smaller amount, and the available nutrient data can help you determine the best portion size for you.

3 scoops of homemade vanilla ice cream in a bowl

How To Make Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

1. First thing, beat cold, heavy whipping cream until stiff peaks form.

2. Add sweetened condensed milk and vanilla extract to the whipped cream.

3. For the next step, whip everything together until smooth.

4. Pour the mixture into a loaf pan or other freezer-safe, large bowl.

5. Freeze for 7 hours or until completely frozen.

6. Scoop and enjoy the creamy vanilla ice cream!

homemade vanilla ice cream in a loaf pan

Variations and Toppings

My favorite way to serve this ice cream is by making an ice cream bar for special occasions, loaded with a bunch of good stuff that you can top the ice cream with. This sweet treat pairs with various garnishes, and you can also add mix-ins. Here are some ideas:

  • Dessert Sauce: Drizzle the ice cream with a little bit of caramel sauce or hot fudge for a delicious finish. You can even melt some peanut butter and use it as a sauce, too.
  • Chocolate: Sprinkle on chocolate chips. If you don’t have any, you can always run chocolate bar pieces through a food processor to create chocolate chunks.
  • Fruit: Top the ice cream with fresh fruit, such as bananas, strawberries, blueberries, or even mango.
  • Ice Cream Cones: Serve the ice cream on cones! Your kids will certainly love it.
  • Corn Syrup: If you add a small amount of this when making the ice cream, it adds sweetness and also makes the ice cream incredibly silky smooth.
  • Cream Cheese: For a tangy twist, consider whipping some cream cheese into the heavy cream when making the ice cream. You’ll be impressed by how delicious it is!

Tips For The Best Vanilla Ice Cream

1. Make sure you use heavy whipping cream that is cold, straight from the fridge. Cream that isn’t cold enough might not form stiff peaks, so avoid room-temperature cream. As long as you properly whip it, you don’t need a stabilizer like xanthan gum.

2. Once the heavy whipping cream forms stiff peaks, stop beating. If you continue beating it, it will turn into butter.

3. Taste the ice cream mixture before pouring into a pan to freeze. Let your taste buds guide you! If the vanilla flavor is not present enough, add more vanilla. Also if it is too sweet, add a pinch of salt to offset the sweetness (some brands of sweetened condensed milk might result in ice cream that is too sweet).

4. Freeze the ice cream in a loaf pan. A loaf pan provides a large surface area for scooping the ice cream. There are also special airtight containers for ice cream you could get, which prevents ice crystals from forming.

5. If you want to make this ice cream for an event, I suggest freezing it overnight and serving it the next day.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Ingredients Is Vanilla Ice Cream Made Of?

Traditional vanilla ice cream has more ingredients than this special recipe. You will often find egg yolks, sugar, milk (whole, raw milk, or skim milk), heavy cream, and vanilla in it. This recipe makes it much simpler by only using sweetened condensed milk, heavy cream, and vanilla!

What Ingredient Makes Homemade Ice Cream Soft?

Sometimes, people add other ingredients to vanilla ice cream to make it softer, like the corn syrup I suggested above. However, part of what makes this ice cream so soft despite having 3 ingredients is the use of heavy cream and how you whip it to stiff peaks. The high fat content makes it plenty rich, creamy, and soft.

What Are The Two Types Of Vanilla Ice Cream?

There is classic vanilla ice cream, like this recipe, and then there is French vanilla ice cream. Both are delicious in their own way, but have some slight differences. French vanilla uses an eggy custard base, which makes it more yellow in color.

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Vanilla ice cream in a load pan with scoop on top

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

4.91 from 11 votes
Super easy homemade vanilla ice cream with only 3 ingredients and no ice cream machine. This vanilla ice cream is super creamy, sweet and so refreshing!
Prep: 15 minutes
Freezing Time: 7 hours
Total: 15 minutes
Servings: 10

Equipment

  • Electric beater

Ingredients  

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream (500 ml) cream should be cold
  • 14 oz sweetened condensed milk (300 ml)
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract

Instructions 

  • Pour heavy whipping cream into a large mixing bowl. Beat using an electric beater until stiff peaks form.
  • Add in the sweetened condensed milk and vanilla extract. Beat until smooth.
  • Pour the mixture into a loaf pan. Level the top. Cover with plastic wrap making sure the plastic wrap touches the mixture.
  • Freeze for 7 hours or overnight.

Notes

1. If the ice cream mixture is hard when you try to scoop it, let it rest at room temperature for a few minutes until easily scoopable.
2. Only use cold whipping cream in this recipe. If your heavy whipping cream is not cold it may not thicken well when you beat it.

Nutrition

Calories: 297kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 67mg | Sodium: 63mg | Potassium: 196mg | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 806IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 144mg | Iron: 0.1mg

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Western
Calories: 297
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  1. Perfect recipe. I add a Tbsp or two more of extract for my own personal preference. Also different extract flavors can be used. Thanks!

  2. Hi Precious! I have now made this recipe three times within the last few months. The first time I made it I didn’t mix the ingredients enough and the texture wasn’t right, but I was determined to make it work. So I tried it again & it was perfect! I just made it again last night and it is now one of my family’s favorite homemade dishes. Thank you so much for introducing us to this recipe & sharing it with all of us! it is such an incredible ice cream recipe! Happy New Year!

    1. Thank you so much for the great feedback, Holly! I love how it is now one of your family’s favorites. Hearing that totally made my day. Happy New Year!

  3. Hi Precious,
    Thank you so much for this recipe. It was insanely delicious. My neighbours too loved it. Thanks again.

  4. Hi interesting recipe. Pls can you help with a brand name of a recommended whipping cream? I’ve not been able to find one where I live in Cameroon probably because I don’t know what it is and I can’t identify it with and brand name. I really want to try out this recipe. Pls help

    1. Hi Manda, in Cameroon you will find it in supermarkets. It is mostly kept in the fridge. Sorry I don’t know of any specific brand names you could find there. You could try asking for cream, heavy crem or whipping cream at supermarkets and see if they could help point you to it.