What's better than homemade vanilla ice cream? Homemade vanilla ice cream with even more delicious ingredients thrown in. Here are four of our favorites.

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Photography by Marcus Nilsson
| Credit: Photography by Marcus Nilsson

Vanilla ice cream is the purest expression of creamy, frozen deliciousness. This simple recipe is yummy as is, or it makes a great base for mix-ins if that's more your speed.

Now switch it up!

1. Ultimate Chocolate Chip

When the ice cream is almost done churning, drizzle 3 oz. melted chocolate in a thin stream with the machine running. The result? The thinnest, crunchiest most delightful chocolate slivers.

2. Mint-Chocolate Candy

Mix 3/4 tsp. pure peppermint extract into the milk. When the ice cream is done churning, fold in a few handfuls of chopped mint-chocolate candies (such as Andes).

3. Jam-tastic!

For a picture-perfect swirl—like the one above—spread half the ice cream in a small baking dish, add a layer of jam, then top with the rest of the ice cream. Cover and freeze until firm. Scooping through the layers will create a swirl.

4. Lime in the Coconut

Mix 1 tsp. lime zest into the milk. When the ice cream is almost done churning, swirl in toasted coconut and caramel sauce. (Cocktail umbrella optional, but recommended.)