Easy Homemade Ice Cream without a Machine

It is revolutionary!  It is scrumptious!  It is SO easy!!!  Who would ever think that you could make ice cream at home with so few ingredients and under 10 minutes of prep time!  Well, I’m here to show you that you can.  Not only can you do it, but you can come up with at least hundred ways to put your own signature on it and make it creative!

Though I have an ice cream maker, I have very rarely made homemade ice cream for whatever reason.  Well, that will definitely be changing this summer!  Yesterday, we invited Kelli & her husband Justin over for a cookout to celebrate the end of the school year.  Knowing how much Justin loves ice cream, I thought this would be a great dessert to make.  Well I have trouble doing things in small ways, so I ended up with 3 different ice cream flavors to suit everyone’s taste!  I made Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, Strawberry, and Chocolate Mocha!  Each was SO good!  I whipped it up in the morning and let it freeze all day.  It couldn’t have been easier!

So the basic ingredients are heavy cream and sweetened condensed milk.


That’s it!  I told you it was easy!  You whip the cream, mix your toppings with the sweetened condensed milk, and fold it all together.  That is all there is to it!

Easy Homemade Ice Cream Without a Machine



2 cups heavy cream
1 (14 oz.) Eagle Brand® Sweetened Condensed Milk


Whip heavy cream to stiff peaks in large bowl.

Whisk sweetened condensed milk in large bowl with add-in flavors.

Fold this mixture into the whipped cream.

Pour into a 2-quart container and cover. Freeze 6 hours or until firm. Store in freezer.


Reeses’s Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream:

I roughly chopped 18 regular size peanut butter cups.  I started with half that amount, but decided that I wanted it much chunkier.  Use the number that sounds good to you.



Strawberry Ice Cream:

I used 3 cups of fresh strawberries that I had run through the food processor.  I don’t like big chunks of hard fruit in the ice cream.


Chocolate Mocha Coffee:

I dissolved 1 tablespoon of instant coffee granules into 3 tablespoons of water.  I added that into the cream mixture, followed by 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips that I had chopped into smaller pieces.


Other add-in ideas that I can think of that would be great are:  Nutella with Peanut Butter Chips, Mint Chocolate, Blueberry-Coconut (that’s for you Kelli), Chocolate/Peanut Butter/Banana/Nut, Chocolate Carmel, S’mores (crushed graham crackers/marshmallows, & Hershey bar), Cookie Dough, Oreo, Candy Bar, Brownie, Crushed Malt Ball, Strawberry Cheesecake, Cinna-bun, Pecan Pie………..

What interesting flavors can you think of?


  1. June Agee says:

    I will definitely try this out for Wendell he loves ice-cream, have you tried it yet with nuts?

    • Kim says:

      I have made the three on the blog and last year I made one with Nutella. I may have put nuts in the Nutella, but I can’t remember.

  2. Jennifer Jensen says:

    It turned out GREAT – we love cookies ‘n’ cream, so this was perfect for our family! Thank you for sharing this recipe, Kim!

  3. Sara Jones says:

    I am definitely going to make this! I love ice cream and especially home made. You guys are making it really hard to get rid of the lbs I have recently gained that I am supposed to be taking off.

  4. Anonymous says:

    This looks awesome! I can’t wait to try it! I’ll whip it together as soon as i can go to the store and get the ingredients. I’m going to try the
    peanut butter cup flavor. Is there anything different that you have to do for that, or do you just cut up the cups and throw them in?
    (just checking. i want them to be as good as possible!)

    • Kim says:

      That’s all I did. Just put lots of peanut butter cups in. You can’t have too many in my opinion!

    • Kim says:

      I’m really not sure because I didn’t measure it out, plus it would depend on how many add in things you do (like peanut butter cups or cookies). I’m taking a guess that it is 1 1/2-2 quarts.

  5. Kristin says:

    I just did some with roughly chopped cherries and almonds wih a dash of almond liquer. ::)

  6. Louise says:

    We love ice cream. The problem is my husband is diabetic. Is there something I could use that has no/very little sugar in it?

    • Lynn R Stefanovich says:

      Im type 1 Diabetic and it does not raise my sugars high as well I use sugar free chocolates and sugar free add ins

    • Kim says:

      I’m thinking they’d turn brown unless treated with lemon juice or something that would help prevent it.

        • Kim says:

          I don’t know. If the bananas were soaked and then drained well, it might not make too much difference.

  7. Lynn R Stefanovich says:

    Did you have to do anything special with the banana like freeze them or use them fresh ?

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