Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream (VIDEO)

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Homemade vanilla ice cream that is perfectly creamy, only requires 3 ingredients and doesn’t require an ice cream machine! It is the easiest ice cream recipe ever!

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.

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

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

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

This is a shortcut ice cream version that doesn’t require eggs or an ice cream machine. I don’t know who came up with this idea but it is totally ingenious!

And you can use this same easy method as a base to make different flavors of ice cream like chocolate ice cream or mango ice cream.

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

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream Ingredients

For easy homemade vanilla ice cream you only need 3 ingredients. They are:

1. Heavy whipping cream. Heavy whipping cream, also known as heavy cream or cream is a dairy product just like milk but it has a higher fat content. 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.

3. Vanilla extract. Use high quality vanilla extract so the vanilla flavor can really shine! If you want to get extra fancy, get a vanilla bean and scrape the powder out and add to the ice cream. That will add black specks of vanilla to the ice cream.

3 scoops of homemade vanilla ice cream in a bowl

How To Make Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

1. Beat cold heavy whipping cream until stiff peaks form.

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

3. Whip everything together until smooth.

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

5. Freeze for 7 hours or until completely frozen.

6. Scoop and enjoy!

homemade vanilla ice cream in a loaf pan

Tips For The Perfect 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.

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. 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 ice cream containers you could get just for freezing ice cream but that is totally up to you.

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Vanilla ice cream in a load pan with scoop on top

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

4.88 from 8 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


  • Electric beater


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


  • 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.


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.


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. Hello how long does it take for the mixer to beat until stiff peak form? Should you have the beater on high speed when you’re whipping the heavy cream and should it still be on high when you’re incorporating the condensed milk and vanilla extract and how long does that take? Also can I use an old ice cream container to put the ice cream in instead and without plastic wrap?

    1. Hi K, it takes about 3 minutes on medium speed for stiff peaks to form but this might differ depending on the mixer and the temperature in the room and of the cream. Reduce the speed to low when adding the sweetened condensed milk and vanilla extract. Yes, you can use an old ice cream container. The plastic wrap helps prevent sugar crystals from forming on top of the ice cream. Hope this helps.

      1. Thank you so much for sharing this easy, wonderful recipe! On the second batch, I added frozen peaches that we picked last year. The peach flavor turned out good.
        I’m going to add try other flavors, like
        chocolate or lavender.

  2. Hi Precious. I made your homemade vanilla ice cream and it was delicious! It was very quick and easy to make. Thank you for posting it!

  3. I never would have thought this recipe would be BETTER than the commercial ice cream but it sure is. Thank you for this recipe.