Easy homemade ice cream with sweetened condensed milk


  • COMBINE sweetened condensed milk, half-and-half, vanilla and salt in large bowl. Beat with electric mixer on medium speed until blended.
  • BEAT heavy cream in separate large bowl with same beaters until stiff peaks form. Add to sweetened condensed milk mixture, folding in until completely blended.
  • POUR mixture into 9 x 5-inch loaf pan or other 2-quart freezer-safe container. Cover and freeze 6 hours or until firm.
  • To customize basic vanilla ice cream, add one or more favorite stir-ins prior to freezing. Soft stir-ins such as ice cream topping or jam may be blended into the sweetened condensed milk mixture in step 1, or for a “ribbon” effect, may be swirled in by spooning between layers of the ice cream mixture prior to freezing. Hard stir-ins, such as nuts, chopped candy bars, baking chips and toasted coconut should be folded in with the whipped cream in step 2. Use a 2 1/2- to 3-quart freezer-safe container for storage.

Nutritional Facts:

  • Serving Size 1/2 cup, 1/14 of recipe
  • Calories Per Serving 230
  • Total Fat 16 g
  • Calories From Fat 140 g
  • Saturated Fat 10 g
  • Trans Fat 0 g
  • Cholesterol 55 mg
  • Sodium 85 mg
  • Total Carbohydrates 18 g
  • Dietary Fiber 0 g
  • Sugars 17 g
  • Protein 3 g

This condensed milk ice cream is the easiest ice cream recipe around. It contains only 3 simple ingredients, a tin of sweetened condensed milk, thickened cream and vanilla extract.

Not only is this ice cream super simple to make, it tastes great too! You can keep it as a simple vanilla ice cream, or get creative and add anything you like to the base recipe.

Easy homemade ice cream with sweetened condensed milk
Easy homemade ice cream with sweetened condensed milk

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Condensed milk can be used to make the most delicious desserts. Find some condensed milk inspiration below:

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Easy homemade ice cream with sweetened condensed milk
Easy homemade ice cream with sweetened condensed milk

Ingredients in condensed milk ice cream

To make condensed milk ice cream you will need the following 3 basic ingredients:

  • Sweetened condensed milk
  • Thickened cream
  • Vanilla extract

Easy homemade ice cream with sweetened condensed milk
Easy homemade ice cream with sweetened condensed milk

How to make condensed milk ice cream

To make the ice cream, add the entire tin if sweetened condensed milk, the thickened cream and vanilla extract to the bowl of a stand mixer, or a large mixing bowl with hand held electric beaters. Beat the ingredients together until soft peaks just begin to form.

Transfer the mixture to a loaf tin or similar sized container. Cover with cling wrap and Freeze overnight before serving. The ice cream can then be stored in an airtight container in the freezer.

Condensed milk is a magic ingredient when making no-churn ice cream - the end result will be creamy, smooth and not at all icy

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Nutrition: per servingHighlightNutrientUnitkcal456fat43gsaturates24gcarbs15gsugars15gfibre0gprotein3glow insalt0.13g



  • ½ a 397g can sweetened condensed milk
  • 600ml pot double cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • STEP 1

    Put the condensed milk, cream and vanilla into a large bowl. Beat with an electric whisk until thick and quite stiff, a bit like clotted cream. Scrape into a freezer container or a large loaf tin, cover with cling film and freeze until solid.

    Made with just 4 ingredients, this easy condensed milk ice cream recipe is the best. Whip it in 5 minutes and then freeze it. It's that simple!

    Easy homemade ice cream with sweetened condensed milk
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    • Why this recipe is so great
    • Ingredients you will need
    • Step by step directions
    • Why make homemade condensed milk?
    • Flavor variations
    • FAQ
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    Why this recipe is so great

    First of all, not everyone has an ice cream maker – and even when you do have one, using it can be messy (depending on the model). With this recipe, you don’t have to think about any equipment at all. Actually, you don’t even need a hand mixer. You can whip the heavy whipping cream by hand using a simple whisk.

    This no-churn ice cream has a fantastic texture! There’s no need to take it out from the freezer to mix it because there’s no ice crystals to break. Just pour the whipped cream with condensed milk heavy cream into a container and freeze overnight.

    It takes 5 minutes to make! Of course you need to wait for it to solidify, but this is exactly why I suggest you make it in the evening. You’ll wake up to a perfectly sweetened, creamy ice cream.

    If you want to make a large batch, just double or even triple the recipe. However, make sure to spread it between 2-3 containers so it freezes faster.

    Ingredients you will need

    Heavy whipping cream - The fattier your heavy cream, the creamier the texture.

    Sweetened condensed milk - You can make condensed milk at home or you can buy just one can for this easy homemade ice cream.

    Vanilla extract - If you like vanilla ice cream, add some vanilla extract. However, there are other ways you can flavor this ice cream that you can learn about further in the post.

    Salt - Add a generous pinch of salt for flavor balance.

    Step by step directions

    1. In a large bowl, add the heavy whipping cream, vanilla extract, and salt. Whip with a hand mixer to soft peaks.

    2. Add the condensed milk to the whipped cream and whip again until stiff peaks form. Don't overwhip!

    3. Transfer into an 8" x 8" brownie pan or similar, cover with plastic wrap so it touches the mixture, and place it in the freezer overnight. Scoop and enjoy your homemade vanilla ice cream.

    Easy homemade ice cream with sweetened condensed milk

    Why make homemade condensed milk?

    The main reason to make condensed milk at home is for situations where you want to create more complicated flavors than vanilla. Of course, you can easily add chocolate or fresh berries when you make this recipe to make it your own, but you can't simply add lavender, rosemary, or matcha flavors. 

    To create lavender-flavored homemade ice cream, you will need to infuse the condensed milk with the flavor. You can do this by cooking milk, sugar, and some lavender until it thickens. Then, leave the mixture to cool down to room temperature. This will be enough time to infuse the milk with lavender. 

    Strain out the lavender using a fine mesh strainer and throw it away. You can now chill the remaining mixture before using it to make ice cream with condensed milk.

    Same goes for other herbs, zests, and powders, like matcha, that don't completely dissolve in liquids. Also, if you prefer to use a whole vanilla bean, this is the method you want to use.

    Easy homemade ice cream with sweetened condensed milk

    Flavor variations

    Chocolate - Fold in some chocolate chips before freezing the mixture or pour in a little Chocolate ganache and fold a couple of times with a rubber spatula to make it look like marble.

    Peanut butter - Fold in some peanut butter (which should be runny) with a rubber spatula and freeze.

    Berries - Cube fresh strawberries to fold into the mixture or just use any berries as a topping.

    Berry sauce - Swirl your favorite berry jam into the mixture before freezing, or make your own Raspberry coulis and mix it in.


    How to store condensed milk ice cream?

    Store it in an airtight container in the freezer for up to two weeks. I highly recommend having plastic wrap in contact with the surface of the ice cream to prevent ice crystals forming.

    Why do we add condensed milk in ice cream?

    Condensed milk is cow's milk with the water content evaporated off and is the second ingredient in my homemade ice cream. The thick and syrupy milk acts as a sweetener and softens the ice cream, allowing for easier scooping. To make your ice cream less sweet, you can use low-fat or fat-free condensed milk.

    Can I use condensed milk instead of heavy cream in ice cream?

    Another helper in this department is nonfat or low-fat sweetened condensed milk. It adds sweetness, but also a richer flavor and texture that you wouldn't get by just adding sugar or another sweetener on its own. 4. Boost flavor with buttermilk: Want to give your lighter ice cream a flavor boost?

    How do you make ice cream with milk Condence?

    In a mixer, whip heavy cream just until it begins to thicken. Add vanilla and whip until soft peaks form. With mixer running, slowly pour in condensed milk and whip until high peaks form..
    Transfer into a container or bowl for freezing. Freeze at least 4 hours or overnight..

    What happens if you whip sweetened condensed milk?

    The sweetened condensed milk gets really thick and sticky. It actually felt promising for a minute. All that was left to do is whip a bunch of air into it. It got a paler color as air was incorporated.