Peppermint Stick ice cream is a not only a holiday treat, but great any time of year! My recipe produces creamy, smooth, rich ice cream flavored with peppermint extract and studded with pieces of candy canes or peppermint sticks. It’s not too sweet and perfect with a hefty dose of hot fudge on it!
The holiday season is the perfect time of year to indulge in delicious treats, and one of the most iconic flavors of the season is peppermint. Imagine creamy, homemade peppermint stick ice cream that combines the refreshing taste of peppermint with the rich and creamy texture of ice cream.
I will take you through step-by-step how to make your very own peppermint stick ice cream right at home using an ice cream maker or without. Get ready to impress your family and friends with this delightful seasonal flavor!
Making peppermint stick ice cream requires a few key ingredients. Here are the ones you will need to make this minty treat!
Peppermint candies are the star of the show when it comes to peppermint stick ice cream. You can use either candy canes or starlight mints to add a sweet and minty flavor to your ice cream. Crushed candy canes or peppermint candies can be added to the ice cream mixture or used as a topping.
Peppermint extract is another essential ingredient for making peppermint stick ice cream. It adds a strong and refreshing mint flavor to the ice cream. You can adjust the amount of peppermint extract you use depending on how strong you want the flavor to be.
Heavy Cream and Whole Milk
Heavy cream and whole milk are used to create a rich and creamy ice cream base. The combination of heavy cream and whole milk gives the ice cream a smooth and velvety texture.
Granulated sugar is used to sweeten the ice cream. Be sure to add it gradually to the egg mixture, whisking well after each addition, to ensure that it dissolves completely.
This gives it the rich flavor that makes this delicious recipe taste so good.
Egg yolks are used to thicken the ice cream mixture and give it a custard-like consistency. Be sure to whisk the egg yolks thoroughly before adding them to the ice cream mixture.
Food Coloring (Optional)
Food coloring can be added to the ice cream mixture to give it a festive and colorful look. Use red or green food coloring to create a holiday-themed ice cream.
Making peppermint stick ice cream requires a few essential pieces of equipment to ensure a smooth and successful process. Here’s a list of the equipment you’ll need:
- Ice Cream Maker: A good quality ice cream maker is a must-have for making ice cream at home. There are many different types of ice cream makers available, including electric and manual models. Choose one that suits your needs and budget.
- Measuring Spoons and Measuring Cups: You will need measuring cups and spoons to measure the ingredients accurately.
- Mixing Bowls: You will need several mixing bowls of various sizes to mix and store the ingredients.
- Medium Saucepan: You’ll need a medium-sized saucepan to heat and combine the ingredients for the ice cream base. Opt for a heavy-bottomed saucepan to ensure even heating and prevent scorching.
- Whisk: A whisk is essential for mixing ingredients smoothly and ensuring even distribution. A combination of a wire whisk and a silicone spatula is ideal for various mixing tasks.
- Fine-Mesh Sieve: This sieve is used to strain the custard base after cooking. It helps remove any lumps or curdled bits, resulting in a smooth ice cream base.
- Airtight Container: You’ll need an airtight container to store the churned ice cream during the freezing process. Choose a container that can accommodate the quantity of ice cream you’re making.
- Rolling Pin or Meat Mallet: These tools are used to crush the peppermint candies or candy canes into small pieces. A rolling pin is commonly used, but a meat mallet can work well too.
- Ice Bath Setup: An ice bath involves placing the bowl with the ice cream base in a larger bowl filled with ice and cold water. This rapidly cools down the custard mixture before refrigeration.
- Food Processor (Optional): While not necessary, a food processor can be used to finely crush the peppermint candies if you prefer a more uniform texture.
Remember that the quality of your equipment can impact the final result of your peppermint stick ice cream. Investing in good-quality tools, especially an ice cream maker, can greatly enhance your ice cream-making experience and yield delicious results.
The Ice Cream maker to use!
You have to have an ice cream maker if you want to make ice cream or sorbet! I started making it using the Cuisinart ICE-100 Compressor Ice Cream and Gelato.
There is no faffing around with bowls in the freezer. When you are ready for ice cream, it’s ready. Just turn on the Cuisinart ice cream maker and go. In about 40 minutes, you have ice cream that you can eat right then, or you can put it in the freezer to harden up a bit more. Once done in, you’ll have about 1 litre of ice cream ready to devour!
Creating the Ice Cream Base
In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the heavy cream, whole milk, half of the sugar, and salt. Stir occasionally until the mixture begins to steam, but make sure it doesn’t boil.
In a separate bowl, whisk the egg yolks with the remaining sugar until the mixture is pale and slightly thickened.
Slowly pour the warm cream mixture into the egg mixture while whisking continuously. This step is crucial to avoid cooking the eggs too quickly and creating lumps.
Pour the combined mixture back into the saucepan and place it over medium heat. Stir constantly with a wooden spoon until the mixture thickens enough to coat the back of the spoon. This forms a custard base. Be patient; this step usually takes a few minutes.
Remove the saucepan from heat and strain the custard through a fine-mesh sieve into a large bowl. This step ensures a smooth ice cream base.
Stir in the vanilla extract and peppermint extract. For that extra holiday flair, add a few drops of red or pink food coloring if desired. The result will be a beautiful pink peppermint ice cream!
Freeze (skip this step if you’re using an ice cream maker)
Transfer the homemade ice cream mixture into a freezer-safe container or a shallow loaf pan (and cover tightly with plastic wrap) and place it in the freezer for about 4 hours.
After it’s completely frozen, keep the ice cream at room temperature to partially thaw it. take your candy canes or peppermint candies and crush them into small pieces. This can be done by placing them in a plastic bag and using a rolling pin or a meat mallet to break them into small bits.
Transfer it to the food processor for a minute or two (for a light, fluffy texture). Transfer the ice cream back into its container and refreeze for at least 3 hours.
Chill and transfer to the ice cream maker (skip this step if you’re not using an ice cream maker)
Place the ice cream mixture into a large bowl in the refrigerator until it is chilled. Transfer the mixture to the chilled container of your ice cream machine and make the ice cream as per the manufacturer’s instructions.
While the ice cream is churning, take your candy canes or peppermint candies and crush them into small pieces. This can be done by placing them in a plastic bag and using a rolling pin or a meat mallet to break them into small bits.
Once the ice cream has reached a soft-serve consistency, gently fold in the crushed peppermint candies. The small pieces will add bursts of peppermint flavor and a delightful crunch to every bite.
You can start eating your ice cream immediately or keep it in the freezer for a couple of hours to firm it up.
Making this delicious treat from scratch can be daunting, but with the right tips and tricks, you’ll be able to make the perfect Peppermint Stick Ice Cream in no time!
- You can crush the peppermint candy by placing it in a zippered bag and pounding it with a mallet or a hammer.
- When making peppermint Stick Ice Cream, it is important to use real peppermint extract rather than artificial flavoring. This will give your ice cream an authentic minty taste and aroma.
- Ensure to use organic cream and sugar, as they are essential for creating a smooth texture and sweet flavor.
- Start by adding just a few drops of peppermint extract and taste it before adding any more. This will give you an idea of how strong you want your ice cream to be and allow you to adjust accordingly.
- Chill your mixture thoroughly: Before churning, make sure your ice cream mixture is thoroughly chilled. This will help it freeze more quickly and evenly, resulting in a smoother texture. Aim for a temperature of around 40°F.
- Don’t overfill your ice cream maker: It can be tempting to fill your ice cream maker to the brim, but this can actually impede the freezing process. Stick to the manufacturer’s recommended capacity, and if you need to make a larger batch, do it in batches.
- Freeze your ice cream properly: Once your ice cream is churned, transfer it to an airtight container and freeze it for several hours or overnight. To prevent ice crystals from forming, press a piece of plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the ice cream before sealing the container.
By following these tips and tricks, you can create a smooth and creamy peppermint stick ice cream that is sure to be a hit with everyone who tries it.
- Serve scoops of the creamy peppermint ice cream in bowls or cones for a delightful frozen treat.
- Drizzle hot fudge sauce over the top for an extra touch of decadence.
- Crushed candy canes or peppermint sticks can be used as a festive garnish.
- Create a holiday-inspired ice cream sundae with crushed peppermint, whipped cream, and even a few Christmas cookies on the side.
There are many ways to customize a peppermint stick ice cream recipe to suit your tastes. Here are a few ideas:
1. Chocolate Peppermint Stick Ice Cream:
Take your peppermint stick ice cream to the next level by adding a rich chocolate twist. To make this variation, melt some high-quality dark chocolate and drizzle it into the ice cream mixture as it churns in the ice cream maker. You can also fold in chocolate chips or chunks for extra chocolate goodness. The combination of cool peppermint and decadent chocolate is a match made in dessert heaven.
2. Mint Chocolate Chip Peppermint Ice Cream:
Combine the refreshing flavor of peppermint with the classic appeal of mint chocolate chip. Add a handful of mini chocolate chips to the ice cream mixture during the last few minutes of churning. This variation offers the delightful crunch of chocolate and the bright, cool flavors of peppermint and mint.
3. Peppermint Cookie Crunch Ice Cream:
For those who love a good texture contrast, this variation is a winner. Crush some chocolate wafer cookies or chocolate sandwich cookies and fold them into the ice cream during the last stages of churning. The combination of creamy ice cream and crunchy cookie bits is a delight to the senses.
4. White Chocolate Peppermint Stick Ice Cream:
Give your peppermint stick ice cream an elegant twist by incorporating white chocolate. Melt white chocolate and gently swirl it into the ice cream base before churning. This creates a beautiful marbled effect and adds a sweet, creamy dimension to the peppermint flavor.
5. Peppermint Swirl Ice Cream with Fudge Ribbon:
Create a stunning visual and flavor contrast by making a peppermint swirl ice cream with a fudge ribbon. Divide the ice cream base in half before adding the peppermint extract. In one half, mix in crushed peppermint candies or candy canes. As you layer the ice cream in the container, alternate between the two flavors while drizzling hot fudge sauce in between the layers. The result is a visually appealing and delectable treat.
Feel free to get creative and experiment with different mix-ins, toppings, and variations to customize your peppermint stick ice cream according to your taste preferences. Whether you’re a chocolate lover, a fan of textures, or someone who appreciates elegant flavor combinations, there’s a peppermint ice cream variation that’s sure to become your new favorite holiday treat.
Frequently asked questions
Can you make lactose-free ice cream?
Absolutely! If you don’t have lactose tolerance and want to enjoy homemade ice cream, you can replace whole milk with lactose-free milk. moreover, you can also use coconut cream or lactose-free heavy cream.
Can you make dairy-free ice cream?
Yes! If you want a dairy-free ice cream without compromising its creamy and smooth consistency, use full-fat coconut milk instead of dairy milk. You can also add coconut cream instead of heavy cream for more creaminess.
Is ice cream gluten-free?
Ice cream is typically gluten-free, but it’s important to check the ingredients list to make sure there are no gluten-containing additives.
How long does ice cream last in the freezer?
Homemade ice cream can last up to two weeks in the freezer, while store-bought varieties may last longer due to the addition of stabilizers. It’s important to store ice cream in an airtight container to prevent ice crystals from forming.
The Cherry on Top
I wait all year for peppermint stick ice cream – it really is my absolutely favorite flavor!!!! I love making it and I adore eating it.
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Here’s the Peppermint Stick Ice Cream recipe!
Peppermint Stick Ice Cream
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 1 cup whole milk
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
- 4 large egg yolks
- ¼ tsp salt
- ½ cup crushed peppermint candies or candy canes
- A few drops of red or pink food coloring (optional)
- In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the heavy cream, whole milk, half of the sugar, and salt. Stir occasionally until the mixture begins to steam, but make sure it doesn't boil.
- In a separate bowl, whisk the egg yolks with the remaining sugar until the mixture is pale and slightly thickened.
- Slowly pour the warm cream mixture into the egg mixture while whisking continuously. This step is crucial to avoid cooking the eggs too quickly and creating lumps.
- Pour the combined mixture back into the saucepan and place it over medium heat. Stir constantly with a wooden spoon until the mixture thickens enough to coat the back of the spoon. This forms a custard base. Be patient; this step usually takes a few minutes.
- Remove the saucepan from heat and strain the custard through a fine-mesh sieve into a large bowl. This step ensures a smooth ice cream base.
- Stir in the vanilla extract and peppermint extract. For that extra holiday flair, add a few drops of red or pink food coloring if desired. The result will be a beautiful pink peppermint ice cream!
- Cover and put in the fridge for at least two hours, but I would do overnight
- Take out of the fridge and make it according to the manufacturer’s instructions. (I always use my Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker)*
- While the ice cream is churning, take your candy canes or peppermint candies and crush them into small pieces. This can be done by placing them in a plastic bag and using a rolling pin or a meat mallet to break them into small bits.
- Once the ice cream has reached a soft-serve consistency, gently fold in the crushed peppermint candies. The small pieces will add bursts of peppermint flavor and a delightful crunch to every bite.
- Wow everyone by serving it immediately or store in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 2 weeks.
- Pour in the ice cream mixture, add the ice cream paddle and then turn it on
- I set the timer for 35 minutes
- You can always churn it longer if you want it harder
- Put it in the freezer to harden up some more