Introduction: Homemade Ice Cream - 3 Ingredients - No Ice Cream Maker

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Who wants some homemade ice cream? In this instructable, I will show you how to make ice cream with only three ingredients and without using an ice cream maker. This little treat is super easy to make, if I can do it, you can do it. If you have any questions or comments put them down below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

Follow the easy steps or watch the short video tutorial, or do both!

Step 1: Ingredients

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  • 2 cups of heavy whipping cream (500ml)
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 14 oz of sweetened condensed milk


  • Mixer
  • Spatula
  • plastic wrap (optional)
  • Bowl with lid

Step 2: Mix Whipping Cream

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First lets add our heavy whipping cream to a large bowl and mix it until it gets all nice and whipped. It will become fluffy with peaks that will form.

Step 3: Add Vanilla and Sweetened Condensed Milk

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Next we add our vanilla extract and the sweetened condensed milk to our whipped cream. Turn on the mixer and mix until combined, don't over mix it.

Step 4: Add to Bowl and Freeze

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Now we add the ice cream base to a bowl, then add a layer of plastic wrap, pressing it down so it lays on top of the ice cream base. This will help to prevent ice crystals from forming, it is not absolutely necessary however. Then put on your lid and place it in the freezer. After 4 hours it will be like a soft serve ice cream, leave it in for a few more hours or over night to get the harder more traditional consistency ice cream.

Step 5: Serve It Up

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Now let's dig in and serve up this ice cream! Enjoy! It will have a different taste then a traditional custard style ice cream that was made with an ice cream maker, but hey it still tastes great and, it's simple, and easy to do, give it a try! :)

Step 6: Video Tutorial

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Don't forget to watch the video tutorial.


LastPayLoad0 (author)2016-10-27


Cherzer (author)2016-10-20

Sweetened condensed milk is the best for making emergency ice cream! I try not to keep ice cream in the house because I will eat it all, and then proceed to eat my husband's flavor, that only a day before I declared as gross (coffee ice cream = yuck).

I love that there is no tempering the egg yokes (which I've never successfully done, btw, I always end up with micro scrambled egg chunks, double yuck), and there is no heating up a mixture to dissolve the sugar (Wrong Temperature Direction!), and waiting for it to cool.

When I am in my "I must have Ice cream now at 2 in the morning" mood I usually put frozen berries, milk, and the sweetened condensed milk in the blender. The frozen berries start the freezing process before I even pop it into my ice cream machine.

Cherzer (author)Cherzer2016-10-20

When I was a kid, my mom would mix sweetened condensed milk with snow and add walnuts and vanilla, or sometimes crushed peppermints and call it "SnowCream". It was delicious after a long day of snow fort building.

ClaudioP34 (author)Cherzer2016-10-24

Really, that's really how the ice cream was made in the XVI century, when, in Forence, Giuseppe Ruggeri won a contest for a “singular plate that had never been seen” to be served to Caterina de' Medici (future wife of king of France, Henry II). His recipe was a sorbet made with snow (that the noble families accumulated in "ice caves" near their palaces), sugar and "flavours" like juices from fruit, and flavoured water. Some years after Ruggeri, the architect Bernardo Bountalenti added also milk, cream and eggs to the snow.

Nothing to add to the recipe, but maybe a nice story to tell your mom (maybe she did not even know she was a "gastronomical archeologist") :-)

Cherzer (author)ClaudioP342016-10-24

So they used to just put the ingredients into the snow? Interesting. I'm pretty sure my mom did that for us because it was what her mom did for her. Maybe my affections for frozen confections (haha that is fun to say) goes deeper than I thought. :)

ClaudioP34 (author)Cherzer2016-10-25

Yes, for centuries the snow was mixed to fruit juices (expecially in Sicily, a warm island with a snow-topped volcano, mount Etna). For a deeper story:

In a lot of old Italian palaces there are deep underground "snow caves" ("conserve della neve") that were used to maintain the snow during summertime.

Sorry Matt if we are going OT :) Meanwhile, I don't remember how much fat there is in the American whipping cream (more than in the Italian, I remember), but your simple recipe is more similar to the Italian "gelato" recipe (which uses milk, not condensed milk) tha to the American "ice cream" (with custard and butter). I'll try it next summer :)

Not at all! Fascinating topic for sure! Thanks for sharing!! :) Yeah I will be doing more classic American Custard Ice Cream sometime in the future. But first I wanted to do something easy that didn't require a ton of work, and didn't need an ice cream maker. :)

hahaha that is awesome and super genius of your mom!!

Totally!! Yeah I love how easy this is. True it doesn't taste the same as the "traditional" custard egg based ice creams, but, it still tastes great and is super quick to do!

b0bman2012 (author)2016-10-23

i read a recipe from "" that uses cool-whip instead of the whipping cream.

Cool! Same basic idea! Thanks for sharing!

You could also substitute coconut cream for the heavy cream if you like coconuts and it goes with what other flavor(s) you want to use. Chocolate and coconut ... hmmmm.

that is awesome!

MarieM40 (author)2016-10-23

What about adding fruithow that done?

So for like strawberry ice cream, puree strawberries so you have about 1.5 cups worth, add about a tablespoon of sugar to it, and then add that when you add the sweetened condensed milk. :)

susyn (author)2016-10-23

this looks great and extremely easy, Matt. But i'm not a vanilla ice cream fan. If I wanted to make this as chocolate ice cream, could I add chocolate sauce to it or what before freezing to turn it into chocolate ice cream? Any suggestions? Great video, great instructable, BTW.

Thank you so much! Yeah, it is really just the basic vanilla ice cream or starter base for other flavors. For chocolate add 1/2 cup of cocoa powder, or like you mentioned chocolate sauce. Then you might want to add 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar.

Thank you! I will upload pictures after make my chocolate ice cream!!


MarieM40 (author)2016-10-23

I use milk and my own sugar for diebetic .

MarieM40 (author)2016-10-23

What about fruiit Adding howthat done

MichelleT29 (author)2016-10-23

This nothing more than frozen whipped cream.

Frozen whipped cream, with sweetened condensed milk, and vanilla extract to be precise. :) haha

Mikki G.W made it! (author)2016-10-23

Its an easy recipe, but the taste doesn't have much resemblance with actual ice cream. It mostly just taste like sweetened frozen whipped cream.

Made a nutella version once, and it gets a little too much in the long run when it starts to feel like you're actually just eating solid whipping cream.


Looks great! Yeah this version is different than traditional ice cream. But a lot easier, since you don't have to worry about eggs, and other ingredients, and it doesn't require and ice cream machine. I think it tastes pretty good, and good substitute for someone who wants to make an easy frozen treat. But again, compared to lets say a bowl of Coldstone or Ben and Jerrys, those will win if you are looking for that authentic ice cream taste. Thanks for sharing! And thanks for trying it out! :)

ismelda18 (author)2016-10-23

This looks nice. I will definitely try it. How do you mix other ingredients into the ice cream. Is it during the mixing time or after all is mixed and then add it in like caramel.

Mix in the other ingredients when you mix in the sweetened condensed milk, so after you have whipped the cream. Yep you can add in all kinds of different flavors. :)

ValerieM54 (author)2016-10-23

For those who want chocolate ice cream substitute 2/3 cup chocolate syrup (like Hershey's) for the vanilla extract . Exeverything else is the same and the ice cream is great.

Yes! or you can also do 1/2 cup of cocoa powder with 2 tablespoons of sugar, if it is too sweet leave out the sugar. Thank you Valerie!!

judgejoyce (author)2016-10-23

How do you make chocolate ice cream and coffee ice cream?

I would reduce the vanilla extract, by half. Then you can add little bit of chocolate syrup, or 1/2 cup of cocoa powder, with 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar. :)

JerryC84 (author)judgejoyce2016-10-23

substitute chocolate milk for the heavy cream.

soccermathcat (author)2016-10-23

Instead of whipping the whipping cream, do you think that plain whipped cream should be fine?

Possibly! Give it a shot and let me know how it turns out! :) I have always used the heavy whipping cream to make it.

RobertA2 (author)2016-10-23

Kudos. I've seen many simple ice cream recipes, but this is by far the best. Thank you.

Thank you so much!! You are welcome!

ozpunk (author)2016-10-22

perhaps the thick coconut milk you get in cans would be better than the condensed milk, much healthier, I'm sure this would work as substitute, you think?

nkemp51 (author)ozpunk2016-10-23

I believe that you would then need to add some sort of sweetener - sugar, splenda, agave, honey...

I would agree that would probably work for sure! That is one reason why in this one I don't add any extra sugar, because the sweetened condensed milk is already fairly sweet.

mmm quite possibly! Give it a try and let me know how it turns out! :)

MalenBadger (author)2016-10-23

Wow, great job! :) Definitely trying out soon!

Thank you so much!! Let me know how it turns out and how you like it!

M209T (author)2016-10-23

any tips for reduced fat version? brilliant idea!

mmm not sure, haha unfortunately I have never really done "reduced" fat versions haha, although I probably need to. :)

glknox (author)2016-10-23

looking forward to trying it out

Great!! Let me know how it turns out!

alkanesunlined (author)2016-10-21

Thats interesting...

Raitis (author)2016-10-21

Oh so that's how it should be done, thanks!

Heard that it's possible with condensed milk and whipping cream, but somehow never really bothered to loop up wether I should whip it or not. A good reminder and I have everything on hand, so it should work just fine for a cheat day. (:

Awesome!!! Make sure to let me know how it turns out and how you like it!!

zeb2 (author)2016-10-21

Thanks Matt for the homemade ice cream recipe. I'm going to get the sweetened condensed milk & whipping cream today and make some tonight.


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