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Six 5-Minute Recipes for the Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker

If your family loves ice cream as much as mine does, you simply have to try these quick-and-easy recipes!

Homemade Chocolate-Chip Ice Cream

Homemade Chocolate-Chip Ice Cream

From the first sizzling summer I remember until well into adulthood, warm-weather gatherings meant hauling out the crank-driven ice-cream maker and a big bag of rock salt. Dad let us kids crank while the going was easy, but as soon as the going got tough, he'd take over with his big, strong arms. We'd all hover around, waiting for that first fluffy taste of ice-cold vanilla cream. Nothing so good!

Nowadays, we can make ice cream in counter-top appliances like the gorgeous, brilliantly red ice-cream maker from Cuisinart, which is my personal choice of maker.

6 Quick-and-Easy Ice-Cream Recipes

On this page, you'll find six easy recipes you can whisk up in a flash. They're my family's favorites. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do. I've also included a few hand-picked, home-tested accessories that'll make your life easier if you frequently make ice cream.

  1. Vanilla
  2. Creamy Vanilla Frozen Yogurt
  3. Gumdrop Confetti
  4. Mint Chocolate Chip
  5. Chocolate Chip
  6. Fruity Nutty Caramel Crunch

The Instructions in a Nutshell

It takes less than five minutes to stir up a batch of old-fashioned vanilla, mint chocolate chip, pineapple sorbet, strawberry cream, or almost any other flavor.

  1. Chill bowl beforehand.
  2. Stir ingredients together. (That’s the 5-minutes-or-less part.)
  3. Chill for an hour.
  4. Relax 20 minutes while the machine does the work.
  5. Eat!

First-time using an ice-cream maker like mine? You’ll find step-by-step instructions with pictures after the recipes.

Whisking the milk, sugar, and a pinch of salt.

Whisking the milk, sugar, and a pinch of salt.

1. Basic Vanilla Ice Cream

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 1 hour 20 min
Ready in: 1 hour 25 min
Yields: 6 one-cup servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole organic milk
  • 2/3 cup raw organic cane sugar
  • Pinch sea salt
  • 1 pint organic heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon organic vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Whisk the sugar and salt into the milk until dissolved.
  2. Add the cream and vanilla extract, stirring to combine.
  3. Chill covered, 1 hour, up to 24 hours.
  4. Freeze 20 minutes in ice-cream maker, as directed in the how-to section later on this page.

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Why Organic?

We use organic ingredients to avoid GMOs, to avoid hormones in our dairy products, and to protect the soil, water, and air, as well as the workers who plant, tend, and harvest the food we eat.

2. Creamy Vanilla Frozen Yogurt

The yogurt gives the ice cream that delightful frozen-yogurt tang and makes it all the creamier; plus, you and your family benefit from the good enzymes and bacteria it contains.

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 1 hour 20 min
Ready in: 1 hour 25 min
Yields: 6 one-cup servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup plain, whole-milk, live-culture yogurt
  • 2/3 cup raw organic cane sugar
  • Pinch sea salt
  • 1 pint organic heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon organic vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Whisk the sugar and salt into the yogurt until dissolved.
  2. Add the cream and vanilla extract, stirring to combine.
  3. Chill covered, 1 hour, up to 24 hours.
  4. Freeze 20 minutes in ice cream maker, as directed in the how-to section earlier on this page.

3. Gumdrop Confetti Ice Cream

This is a fun confection the little ones especially enjoy. I use Whole Foods Organic Gummy Bears from their bulk food section. The flavors absolutely pop when you bite into a piece, making the ice cream a treasure hunt for the best bites.

If you find the gum drops sticking to your blade, try dusting them with a little sugar periodically while chopping.

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

5 min

1 hour 20 min

1 hour 25 min

6 one-cup servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup raw sugar
  • Pinch Salt
  • 1 pint whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped gum drops, plus 6–12 whole gumdrops for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons raw sugar
  • 1 tablespoon orange extract (Optional)

Instructions

  1. Whisk together milk, sugar, and salt till all is dissolved.
  2. Add cream, vanilla, and orange extract (if using) to milk mixture, and whisk till combined.
  3. Cover and chill 1 hour, up to 24 hours.
  4. Meanwhile, chop gum drops to very small pieces, dusting with the 2 tablespoons sugar as needed to keep them workable. Spread pieces on chopping block to dry a bit while the mixture chills. You want them not to clump when you add them to the ice cream mixture. Set aside.
  5. Freeze mixture 20 minutes in ice cream maker, as directed in the how-to section earlier on this page, slowly adding candy in last 5 minutes.
  6. Serve immediately, with one or two gummy bears or gumdrops for garnish. Freeze any leftovers in chilled air-tight containers.
This is one of my sweetheart's favorite recipes. Nothing beats the combination of creamy vanilla, chocolate, and mint.

This is one of my sweetheart's favorite recipes. Nothing beats the combination of creamy vanilla, chocolate, and mint.

4. Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

This is the recipe I'm asked for most and is our personal all-time favorite. Nothing beats the combination of creamy vanilla, chocolate, and mint.

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

5 min

1 hour 20 min

1 hour 25 min

6 one-cup servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2/3 cup raw (turbinado) sugar
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1 to 2 ounces dark chocolate bar, shaved

Instructions

  1. Whisk together milk, sugar, and salt till all is dissolved.
  2. Add cream, vanilla, and peppermint to milk mixture, and whisk till combined.
  3. Cover tightly, and chill cream mixture 1 hour, up to 24 hours.
  4. Meanwhile, shave 1 to 2 ounces dark chocolate, and set aside.
  5. Freeze slurry 20 minutes in ice cream maker, as directed in the how-to section earlier on this page, slowly adding candy in last 5 minutes.
  6. Serve, and eat immediately. Freeze any leftovers in chilled air-tight containers.
Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

5. Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

5 min

1 hour 20 min

1 hour 25 min

6 one-cup servings

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cups cocoa powder (I like to use Dagoba Organic Chocolate Organic Cacao Powder. It's so good! It's also untainted by child slave labor and pesticides, as noted by the "fair trade" and "certified organic" labels.)
  • 1/2 cup raw sugar
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed brown sugar
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 to 2 ounces dark chocolate
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Make It With or Without Nuts

This is another of our favorites. The hardest part about making ice cream in the Cuisinart is deciding which flavor to make and what goodies to add! We like this one with nuts too—peanuts, almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, pecans. They're all good!

Instructions

  1. Whisk together cocoa, sugars, and salt, mixing thoroughly.
  2. Add milk, and whisk until dry ingredients are completely dissolved.
  3. Add cream and vanilla to milk mixture, and whisk to combine.
  4. Cover, and chill 1 to 2 hours, up to 24 hours.
  5. Meanwhile, shave 1 to 2 ounces organic dark chocolate and set aside.
  6. Freeze slurry 20 minutes in ice cream maker, as directed in the how-to section earlier on this page, slowly adding candy, and nuts if using, in last 5 minutes.
  7. Serve immediately. Will be soft-serve consistency. If you prefer a firmer texture, pour into a bowl, cover, and freeze for 2 hours.

Tip

Have a plate handy when the timer goes off. Lift the lid, and pull the dasher out carefully. Now, this is where you can have a little fun. Give the dasher plate with a spoon to your sweetheart or the birthday kid, and let them lick it clean while you dish up the bowls.

Fruity, nutty caramel ice cream crunch next to my own white machine.

Fruity, nutty caramel ice cream crunch next to my own white machine.

6. Fruity, Nutty Caramel Crunch Ice Cream

Another original recipe from my kitchen to yours: fruity, nutty caramel ice cream crunch, made with a salty-sweet, organic gorp.

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

5 min

1 hour 20 min

1 hour 25 min

6 one-cup servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2/3 cup raw sugar
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup caramel sauce
  • 1/2 cup chopped mixed trail mix (gorp)
  • 6 tablespoons caramel sauce for drizzling over top

Instructions

  1. Whisk together milk, sugar and salt till all is dissolved.
  2. Add cream and vanilla to milk mixture and whisk till combined.
  3. Cover tightly and chill mixture at least 1 hour, up to 24 hours.
  4. Meanwhile, coarsely chop trail mix and set aside. We prefer a salty, mixed-nut trail mix with small bits of raisins and cranberries, but do experiment with your favorites.
  5. Freeze slurry 20 minutes in ice cream maker, as directed in the how-to section earlier on this page, slowly adding gorp and 1/2 cup caramel sauce in last 7 minutes
  6. Drizzle 1 tablespoon caramel sauce over each 1-cup serving and begin moaning and groaning, er, eating immediately. Freeze any leftovers in chilled air-tight containers.
Make your favorite ice cream whenever you want! This one's vanilla, served over warm peach berry crisp.

Make your favorite ice cream whenever you want! This one's vanilla, served over warm peach berry crisp.

How to Make Ice Cream in 5 Easy Steps

Your ice cream maker comes with an ingenious 1 1/2 quart freezer bowl like the white one in my freezer, shown below.

Here's the quick, easy, 5-step process:

  1. Freeze the bowl for 16+ hours prior to making ice cream. If it's not that solid, it won't turn your creamy mixture to ice cream.
  2. Next, stir up a batch of ice cream slurry from the recipe book that comes with the maker, or try one of mine on this page.
  3. Cover and chill the mixture in the fridge for one hour, up to 24 hours. If the container is airtight, you can leave it longer, such as overnight or up to 3 days.
  4. When you're ready to make ice cream, place the frozen bowl on the machine, slip the paddle in, pop the clear, plastic cover over the assembly, hit the on button, and pour the ice cream mixture through the top opening in the lid.
  5. Optional: Set a timer for 15 minutes, if you're adding chopped nuts, candy, or fruit. Add the candy slowly during the last 5 minutes processing.
  6. If not adding candy, nuts or fruit, set the timer for 20 minutes, and walk away till it's done.

That's all there is to it! We like our ice cream fresh, soft-serve style. If you like it hard, you'll want to transfer it to a freezer container and freeze for a few hours.

Would you like to see the ice cream maker in action?

Step 1: Freeze Your Bowl. Mix and Chill Your Ingredients.

Freeze the double-walled freezer bowl solid, at least for 16-24 hours. If your mixer came with 2 bowls, keep one in the freezer at all times, ready for the next batch.

Freeze the double-walled freezer bowl solid, at least for 16-24 hours. If your mixer came with 2 bowls, keep one in the freezer at all times, ready for the next batch.

Step 2: Put the Bowl in the Ice-Cream Maker.

Set the frozen freezer bowl on the machine and slip the dasher inside the bowl; note the frost forming on the sides as it hits the warm air?

Set the frozen freezer bowl on the machine and slip the dasher inside the bowl; note the frost forming on the sides as it hits the warm air?

Step 3: Pour Your Mixture in the Bowl.

Place the clear outer sleeve over the freezer bowl, turn on the machine and pour the ice cream slurry into the top opening

Place the clear outer sleeve over the freezer bowl, turn on the machine and pour the ice cream slurry into the top opening

Step 4: Prepare Any "Extras" You Want to Throw in in the Last 5 Minutes.

If you're adding goodies, after 15 minutes, slowly add 1/2 to 1 cup chopped nuts, candy, cookies, or fruit of your choice.

If you're adding goodies, after 15 minutes, slowly add 1/2 to 1 cup chopped nuts, candy, cookies, or fruit of your choice.

Step 5: Enjoy!

20 minutes after hitting that start button, soft-serve ice cream ready to eat (this one has no added goodies).

20 minutes after hitting that start button, soft-serve ice cream ready to eat (this one has no added goodies).

Concerned About BPA and Pthalates in Your Food?

Store your leftover ice cream in easy-to-scoop glass tubs. This set gives you three scoopable glass options for saving the leftovers. The tubs, with their silicone lids, freeze well, although you do have to handle any glass jar more carefully than plastic.

I store leftover ice cream in these glass containers.

Questions & Answers

Question: Have you made strawberry ice cream in your Cuisinart machine?

Answer: Yes, I have. The first time, I quartered fresh strawberries and added them in the last five minutes of churning. They turned hard as rocks. The second time, I cut them smaller, sprinkled them with sugar and let them sit for half an hour till they were somewhat syrupy, then poured them in during the last five minutes. That was much better. Incidentally, I reduced the sugar in the ice cream mixture by an equal amount so as not to add more sugar to the overall dessert.

Question: How long do you freeze the slurry mixture before pouring it in the freezer bowl for the Cuisinart ice cream maker?

Answer: Please don’t freeze the slurry before putting it in the ice cream maker! If you have the same ice cream maker I have, then see Step 3 In the section titled “How to Make Ice Cream in Five Easy Steps,” or follow your ice cream maker manufacturer’s instructions. For my maker, as noted in Step 3, the slurry must be chilled in the refrigerator for at least an hour, and can be chilled up to 24 hours.

Question: Can you use almond or coconut milk to make ice cream with the Cuisinart machine?

Answer: I have not tried them, but I did do a web search and found this recipe that uses both: https://www.theveganroad.com/recipes/vegan-ice-cre...

Question: Do you have a recipe for a chocolate malted milk ice cream with chopped malted milk balls in it?

Answer: No, but I’d try that in a minute if I could find some organic, Fair Trade chocolate malted milk balls. I miss eating those out of hand. They’d be wonderful in ice cream, wouldn’t they? I’d chop them coarsely and add them in the last five minutes, as I do other ingredients, and see what happened.

Question: I tried the vanilla recipe in the booklet included with my purchase. I find the recipe leaves a filmy after taste. Not sure why or if I’m the only one experiencing this with my Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker?

Answer: I’ve not experienced anything like a filmy after taste with my vanilla recipe, which is similar to the Cuisinart recipe that came with my now-old machine’s manual. My recipe contains slightly less sugar than theirs. Also, I use whole milk and heavy cream which contain no additives, but some producers add glycerine or carrageenan to their cream. I wonder if those might leave that filmy taste you mention.

Question: Can I use dry milk?

Answer: I have not attempted making ice cream with dry milk. If you try it, do come back and let me know how it goes, won’t you?

Question: What would be the smallest batch you recommend?

Answer: As I have made only full batches, I cannot give you a knowledgeable answer. We plan on leftovers and put any we don’t eat immediately into freezer-safe containers and store in our refrigerator’s freezer for enjoying another day. I recommend contacting your ice cream maker’s customer service and talking with them about making smaller batches.

Question: How would you make ice cream recipes more sugar-free?

Answer: We like real sugar in our ice cream so I have not tried sugar substitutes. Two-thirds of a cup is what works for us. I have experimented with using less, but always come back to this measurement. I may try substituting raw agave syrup for sugar sometime, as it is said to have a lower glycemic index, but I haven’t done so yet.

Question: Can you substitute skim milk for whole milk when making ice cream?

Answer: I imagine you could. Early on, I tried replacing the cream with whole milk. I also tried increasing the whole milk portion and decreasing the cream portion accordingly, but we didn’t like it much. This ratio of cream to milk is the only one that satisfies our taste buds. This way we get the creamy smoothness and flavor of real ice cream with fewer heavy cream calories and a little more milk protein. If you don’t need all that creaminess, skim milk might work for you. With no fat, you might have problems with ice crystals forming, but that’s just a suspicion on my part. I have no experience to back it up.

Question: How do you make ice cream that is dairy free with the Cuisinart ice cream maker? Can you use almond milk or cashew milk?

Answer: I have not tried either and have no experience with vegan ice creams. Through a quick web search, though, I found several Cuisinart ice cream maker recipes for vegan ice cream. Here is one: https://www.cuisinart.com/recipes/desserts/5834/

Question: Have you made s’mores ice cream?

Answer: I have not. Interesting recipe to contemplate however!

© 2012 Kathryn Grace

Share your all-time favorite ice cream, or any other thoughts you have about this page.

Kathryn Grace (author) from San Francisco on July 09, 2020:

Hello. Can’t say it ever occurred to me to use alcohol in ice cream, so I have no recipes to suggest. Good luck in your search, and thank you for visiting this article.

Murphy2014 on July 02, 2020:

Hi. Have you ever made ice cream With alcohol? Any recipes you suggest ? Thanks

Jazmin on April 28, 2020:

can u make ice cream without whipping cream

Kathryn Grace (author) from San Francisco on February 22, 2020:

So glad to hear the recipe worked for her! And I apologize for not having seen your comment previously. I don’t know how I missed it. Hope you and she enjoy making homemade ice cream as much as we do!

kaye walsh on November 17, 2019:

I didn't know you had to put the bowl into the freezer, my machine is an all in one, it doesn't have a bowl you can remove. I make the mixture and pour it into the ice cream maker and the machine freezes and churns at the same time. Also I use full cream powdered milk, corn syrup, glucose syrup and all natural stabilizer in my ice cream recipes, they help in giving the ice cream a lovely creamy professional texture because it reduces ice crystal formation.and rock hard ice cream.

Mary Catton on August 22, 2019:

I just made my first batch with fresh Colorado peaches. It took less than 20 minutes to freeze and the consistency was a delicious soft serve. I packed the rest into a container for the freezer. My only problem was after about 12 minutes, the ice cream mixture expanded over the top of the freezer bowl and down the sides. I used the recommended amt of milk and cream, but perhaps added too many peaches. Nevertheless I’m very happy with the results.

Denise Krueger on June 28, 2019:

My 12 year old just started using our Cuisinart ice cream maker and chose your vanilla ice cream recipe as her first recipe because it didn't require any cooking. She found the recipe easy to follow and the ice cream turned out beautifully! Our family of five had it for dessert and there was none left. She's excited to try some of your other recipes! Delicious, simple and we know exactly what's in it. Thanks!

Ash on June 21, 2019:

How to make gelato in this machine?

Kathryn Grace (author) from San Francisco on April 04, 2019:

You’re welcome! Thanks for taking a look.

Nyesha Pagnou MPH from USA on March 29, 2019:

I have yet to make homemade ice cream but maybe I will one day. Your recipes look nice! Thanks so much for sharing.

Kathryn Grace (author) from San Francisco on February 16, 2019:

Hmmm. That is something I’ve never had happen. My ice cream always freezes within twenty minutes. Since my ice cream maker is now several years old, I wonder if the instructions for freezing the bowl may have changed. Perhaps your model requires more than 24 hours in the freezer? May I suggest contacting the manufacturer’s help desk? I’m sure they’ve dealt with every kind of problem, and there’s always a chance the freezer bowl itself is defective.

Pie Soundara on February 05, 2019:

I followed the instructions about prepping my bowl in the freezer, made my ice cream mixture, chilled overnight, took out the bowl from freezer and my ice cream never even got to be ice cream....just cream for over 1 hour of churning, what did I do wrong? Not frozen thebowl for or more days???

Kathryn Grace (author) from San Francisco on May 23, 2018:

You could try it, but I doubt the ice cream would taste very good. On the other hand, the beauty of making your own is using ingredients you prefer. If you’ve trained your taste buds to like skim milk, you might not miss the extra boost whole milk gives.

I once tried using half and half in place of the heavy whipping cream, to see if I could shave a few calories without sacrificing taste. What a disappointment! But then, it’s the cream in ice cream that I go for.

Jennie on May 23, 2018:

Can you use skim milk instead of whole?

Kortney on July 17, 2017:

Any reason for the raw sugar? Could I substitute regular sugar here?

Purple girl from India on June 05, 2017:

Thanks for sharing I would love to make these in summer.. Now I really want some ice cream to go..

Kathryn Grace (author) from San Francisco on October 29, 2016:

My pleasure! Thanks for taking a look at my recipes!

Margie's Southern Kitchen from the USA on October 28, 2016:

Now I want some ice cream, great recipes! Thanks!

Kathryn Grace (author) from San Francisco on September 16, 2014:

@JayeWisdom, in an already amazingly good day, I am thrilled to find another organic-foods/reusable-glass-bowl hubber. Thank you for your kind words--"joy to read"--what writer could ask for more?

Jaye Denman from Deep South, USA on September 16, 2014:

You are SO thorough, and your recipe hubs are much more than 'recipes.' They're a joy to read. I'm pleased that you recommend organic ingredients and glass bowls because I, too, avoid pesticides, BPA and pthalates. Bravo!

Voted Up++++ and shared

Jaye

Kathryn Grace (author) from San Francisco on September 16, 2014:

Thank you for your kind words, @Brite-Ideas. This machine certainly gets a lot of use at our house. Almost as much as our stove-top popcorn popper.

Barbara Tremblay Cipak from Toronto, Canada on September 15, 2014:

This is fantastic - I really want one now, and you are killing me with all the ice cream! could I go for some of that right now! you did a wonderful job this page - pinning :)

Kathryn Grace (author) from San Francisco on September 12, 2014:

@DeborahDian Wonderful! I always enjoy hearing how people change them up, so please, don't be shy.

Deborah Carr from Orange County, California on September 11, 2014:

I have one of these ice cream makers. I will have to try out some of your recipes!

Kathryn Grace (author) from San Francisco on September 07, 2014:

Thanks @rms! I hope you will come back and share your thoughts after trying one or two of them. I'm open to suggestions.

Robin S from USA on September 07, 2014:

I've been looking for some new ice cream recipes. I can't wait to try these!

Kathryn Grace (author) from San Francisco on September 06, 2014:

@Corrinna-Johnson Sometimes I wonder if we're related, we think so much alike! Hope you get to try the Mint Chocolate Chip recipe soon.

Corrinna Johnson from BC, Canada on September 05, 2014:

Yummy! My mouth is watering! I LOVE chocolate mint ice cream, so that would have to be my first choice. The red Cuisinart would look wonderful sitting on the counter in my red and white kitchen :)

Kathryn Grace (author) from San Francisco on August 12, 2014:

@Ruthi: Mmmm. French vanilla is one I haven't done yet. Gotta try that. I bought some peaches today, but I have a feeling they will be noshed before I can get them into a baking dish!

Ruthi on August 12, 2014:

I am rather boring as I prefer French Vanilla ice cream. I would sure like that peach-berry crisp alongside it too!

parker-king on August 11, 2014:

Awesome , is yami , I love Ice cream . Thank you

Kathryn Grace (author) from San Francisco on July 27, 2014:

@tazzytamar: You're welcome. Do let me know if any of them become family favorites, or if you find one that was a bomb, or how you tweak them.

Anna from chichester on July 27, 2014:

Ice cream makers are so useful - especially in hot summers. I love doing homemade ice cream and these recipes sound absolutely divine! Thank you for posting them!

Kathryn Grace (author) from San Francisco on July 10, 2014:

@Merrci: I often feel that way when I read your recipe lenses. All so good!

Kathryn Grace (author) from San Francisco on July 10, 2014:

@Margaret Schindel: Thank you, Margaret. So often we are on the same foodie page, yes?

Margaret Schindel from Massachusetts on July 09, 2014:

We've had an electric ice cream maker for many years and there's nothing like homemade ice cream... unless it's homemade gelato or sorbet! ;) We adore mint chocolate chip and praline ice cream, and the fresh peach I cream I made years ago was simply out of this world. Your recipes sound divine, as usual!

Merry Citarella from Oregon's Southern Coast on July 09, 2014:

Wow, I want one! How fun to make you own, and what a complete article to show us how. I feel like taking a bite from your photos!

Kathryn Grace (author) from San Francisco on June 25, 2014:

@SheGetsCreative: Okay, it's almost noon here, but your suggestions make me want to jump up and stir up a batch of each! Thanks for visiting.

Angela F from Seattle, WA on June 25, 2014:

Yum-O! I'd be starting off with chocolate gelato, and frozen yogurt

Kathryn Grace (author) from San Francisco on June 24, 2014:

@esp1489: You're welcome. I probably keep my freezer colder than you do yours, as I always have to let any ice cream rest before scooping. Frozen solid!

esp1489 on June 24, 2014:

@ecogranny: Thanks Grace, good to know. By soft I mean easily scoopable as soon as you get it out of the freezer. Peter's ice cream is like this and any store bought I've ever had. Sounds like these machines are promising! Thanks

Kathryn Grace (author) from San Francisco on June 23, 2014:

@DeborahDian: We certainly enjoy ours. Let me know if you get one and you try these recipes.

Deborah Carr from Orange County, California on June 23, 2014:

I think I need one of these ice cream makers. These recipes sound wonderful!

Kathryn Grace (author) from San Francisco on June 13, 2014:

@esp1489: Good question. Store bought ice cream is just as hard in my refrigerator-top freezer as my homemade ice cream, but I must admit I have never experienced "soft" store-bought ice cream. Whether store-bought or homemade, we always let the ice cream sit on the counter-top for five minutes before scooping.

esp1489 on June 13, 2014:

Some great information and recipes thanks! I'm wondering what the ice cream is like after a few days of being frozen in the freezer after mixing? does it get too hard? or can you still scoop it out and its 'soft' like store bought ice cream? I'm looking at getting the cuisinart ICE-21. Thanks in advance,

Emma

Kathryn Grace (author) from San Francisco on June 12, 2014:

@norma-holt: I understand. I do experiment with low-fat yogurt recipes from time to time, but since we only let ourselves have ice cream a couple of times a month these days, we usually like to go back to the real thing.

norma-holt on June 12, 2014:

Wonderful recipes and great story. I have given up on ice cream as its too fattening and now I stick to the yogurt. Doesn't mean I wouldn't try any of these goodies though.

Kathryn Grace (author) from San Francisco on May 25, 2014:

@Nancy Hardin: You're welcome, Nancy. We never tire of trying new recipes and revisiting the old favorites. I have to limit us to one batch a week.

Kathryn Grace (author) from San Francisco on May 25, 2014:

@paulahite: Thank you so much! Fun to see it there, and it reminded me that I'm missing out on a lot by not taking a look over there more often. Good stuff!

Nancy Carol Brown Hardin from Las Vegas, NV on May 23, 2014:

Haagen Dazs Dulce de Leche, and I'm not sure I could make it myself. Since I'm totally addicted to it, I'll just go on enjoying it. Thanks for sharing all these recipes and the products. Maybe one day.........

Paula Hite from Virginia on May 23, 2014:

LOVE me some ice cream! I shared your lens on our G+ page too!

https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/10673155513900942970...

Kathryn Grace (author) from San Francisco on January 24, 2014:

@smine27: It's pretty scary, how easy it is to have delicious homemade ice cream, but we have learned to pace ourselves. It is our special Friday night treat. The machine has paid for itself many times over, given how expensive we find those little pint tubs of organic ice cream. Thanks for the visit.

Shinichi Mine from Tokyo, Japan on January 24, 2014:

I just love ice cream! If i had this ice cream maker, I would probably make ice cream everyday!

Kathryn Grace (author) from San Francisco on March 14, 2013:

@amytrumpeter: Do let me know if you do! Or send a pic and I'll post it here.

Amy Trumpeter from Oxford on March 12, 2013:

Mmmmmm, I love chocolate ice-cream! I would love to make it in the cherry red ice-cream maker!

Eileen from Western Cape , South Africa on February 10, 2013:

Fascinating lens and great ideas and suggestions , all the more reason to purchase one just in time for Valentine's Day .

suewest238 on February 09, 2013:

I Love chocolate chip Ice cream! Homemade is the BEST! No Chemicals! Like Food Grade Anti-Freeze! Yuk!

Kathryn Grace (author) from San Francisco on February 07, 2013:

@Nomadabstracted1: You're welcome. Let me know if you share your recipes here on Squidoo, once you start making your own!

Nomadabstracted1 on February 06, 2013:

I love ice cream! And, I've been looking for a good ice cream maker to make my own. Thanks for the great idea!

Kathryn Grace (author) from San Francisco on February 03, 2013:

@anonymous: I totally get that!

anonymous on February 03, 2013:

Not for Valentine, I need the machine for me :O

Kathryn Grace (author) from San Francisco on February 01, 2013:

@GetAcneFree: If he loves ice cream and loves tinkering with recipes, he's going to love it!

GetAcneFree on January 31, 2013:

What a great Valentine's day idea! I am going to come back to your lens tomorrow to buy one for my husband :)

Kathryn Grace (author) from San Francisco on January 31, 2013:

@captainj88: Wow. So many fun flavors! I'm going to have to try developing a ginger root flavor. Love that stuff!

Kathryn Grace (author) from San Francisco on January 31, 2013:

@tfsherman lm: Do come back after the holiday and let me know how they like their ice cream makers!

Kathryn Grace (author) from San Francisco on January 31, 2013:

@JoshK47: Thank you for the blessing, Josh! Always a pleasure to see your moniker and image on my lenses.

JoshK47 on January 31, 2013:

Who wouldn't love an ice cream maker? I love cookie dough, or brownie - or both. After all, if you're gonna go unhealthy, you may as well go all out. ;) Blessed by a SquidAngel!

tfsherman lm on January 30, 2013:

What a great lens -- now I know what I'm getting my daughters for Valentine's Day, thanks.

Leah J. Hileman from East Berlin, PA, USA on January 30, 2013:

My favorite ice-cream of all time is Yarnell's Cotton Candy, made in Arkansas, where I went to college. Haven't had it since I graduated. In Puerto Rico I had Beans and Rice ice cream, and a delicious Ginger flavor that was loaded with fresh, snappy ginger root.

AlleyCatLane on January 29, 2013:

You certainly know how to sell a product! All these ice creams look so good, who wouldn't want the ice cream maker that can make these yummy concoctions.

Kathryn Grace (author) from San Francisco on January 28, 2013:

@Jogalog: If you build a lens about any of your fruit flavored ice cream recipes, do come back and let me know. I'd love to see them!

Short_n_Sweet on January 28, 2013:

I love all ice cream..haven't found a favorite one yet!

Jogalog on January 27, 2013:

I love any fruit flavoured ice cream. I already have an ice cream maker but if I didn't I would be so happy if I was bought this for Valentine's Day.

Kathryn Grace (author) from San Francisco on January 26, 2013:

@Scraps2treasures: Oh man, chocolate peanut butter ice cream sounds so good. I must try some recipes with that combo!

Scraps2treasures on January 26, 2013:

My all time favorite ice cream is chocolate peanut butter. Today's ice cream makers are a great improvement over the ones from my childhood that required rock salt and ice. Blessed

Tom on January 26, 2013:

I think my all-time favorite is just a really good vanilla. Although I do like cookies & cream.

Kathryn Grace (author) from San Francisco on January 26, 2013:

@AngelaKane: Do let me know what you decide and how you like your choice in the end. I surely do love mine!

AngelaKane on January 24, 2013:

My favorite ice cream is chocolate. I want to make my own ice cream this summer and the Cuisinart ice cream maker seems like one of the best ones on the market today.

nicey on January 22, 2013:

Anything chocolate is good for me.

Kathryn Grace (author) from San Francisco on January 21, 2013:

@NuttSoRuff: I know! It's so hard to choose sometimes.

NuttSoRuff on January 20, 2013:

Vanilla bean is always good but chocolate is one of my faves! Coffee ice cream is always a good one too.

anonymous on January 20, 2013:

Thanks for share this great Ice Cream Recipes

Kathryn Grace (author) from San Francisco on January 20, 2013:

@A-Marie: You're gonna love it!

A-Marie on January 20, 2013:

I just put this on my want-it list.

tobydavis on January 20, 2013:

Lovely and yummy idea for a gift - Mint Chocolate Chip is my all time fav :-)

Chocolatealchemy from London, United Kingdom on January 20, 2013:

Fabulous Lens - thanks for the great recipes - I got to get a Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker!

Kathryn Grace (author) from San Francisco on January 19, 2013:

@MichaelDubrovnik: Usually, whichever I'm eating at the time is my favorite, but I agree, vanilla is always high on my list!

miaponzo on January 19, 2013:

I love making homemade ice cream, and these new colorful Cuisinarts are amazing!!!! I love the lime green one the best!!!!

MichaelDubrovnik on January 19, 2013:

Vanilla - evergreen, ageless, delicious for male.

john9229 on January 19, 2013:

I should get one of these ice cream maker also. Yummy Ice Cream, my son going to love it :-)

LaPikas on January 19, 2013:

A great lens, CONGRATULATIONS for winning purple star !! =)

Kathryn Grace (author) from San Francisco on January 19, 2013:

@anonymous: I agree!

anonymous on January 19, 2013:

My favorite ice cream might be Mint Chocolate. I think the Cherry Red Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker beats the heck out of a dozen roses for Valentine's Day!

getmoreinfo on January 19, 2013:

This The cherry red Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker looks wonderful.

Kathryn Grace (author) from San Francisco on January 19, 2013:

@CampingmanNW: You're welcome! Thanks for the visit!

CampingmanNW on January 19, 2013:

Everyone loves ice cream...thanks for a fun lens.

kcsantos on January 19, 2013:

I like these gift ideas! Thanks for sharing.

makorip lm on January 19, 2013:

You've added the perfect product for at home ice cream. Good Lens!

eccles1 on June 11, 2012:

it sure looks easy! the one with warm Peach Berry Crisp looks so good!

Renaissance Woman from Colorado on June 09, 2012:

My favorite ice cream is Blue Bell Cookies 'n Creme. The little creamery in Texas makes the best ice cream in the world. They have seasonal flavors (like vanilla and peach) that rank very high on my list of decadent delight. I would love any of the ice cream treats featured here. Delicious!