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.
Start here: Try Our Super-Easy Vanilla Ice Cream
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).
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.)