Made with just 4 ingredients, this is the best Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream. It’s soft, creamy, and requires no churning! Enjoy in a cone with sprinkles or atop your favorite pie, crisp, or cobbler.
The Best No-Churn Vanilla Ice Cream
We LOVE ice cream in this family. It’s one of our favorite desserts and there’s usually one flavor or another of some homemade no churn ice cream in the freezer. But while I’ve shared all sorts of homemade ice cream recipes before…I realized I’d never shared a classic no churn vanilla ice cream!
This recipe is really the base of most of my other ice cream recipes, like my latest cookies and cream ice cream, but it’s so rich and creamy that it easily stands on its own. This vanilla ice cream is perfect for making all kinds of sundaes or enjoying with cake, pie, or cobbler but we just love in it in a cone with some sprinkles!
What You’ll Need
Homemade ice cream is made with just 4 ingredients! It doesn’t get easier than this.
- Heavy cream – It’s very important to work with cold cream. This is what creates the thick ice cream texture. Using half and half and whole milk will work as well, but will not be as creamy.
- Sweetened condensed milk – Makes the ice cream sweet and cream!
- Vanilla – For flavor.
- Sea salt – Don’t worry, it won’t make your ice cream salty. It just enhances the other flavors.
- For serving – Sprinkles and ice cream cones are a must!
Sometimes plain vanilla ice cream is exactly what you’re craving but sometimes you want a little something more. You can easily use this recipe as a base and add in your favorite flavorings and mix-ins. Here are a few ideas:
- Oreos (or other cookies)
- Chocolate Fudge Sauce
- Chocolate chips or chunks (milk chocolate, dark chocolate, etc)
- Peanut butter
- M&Ms or Reese’s pieces
- Crushed candy bars (Snickers, Twix, etc)
- Pie fillings or jam
- Anything else you want!
How to Make Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream
Here are the 3 easy steps to making homemade ice cream.
- Beat the heavy cream. Beat the cold heavy cream until stiff peaks form.
- Add the remaining ingredients. Fold in the condensed milk, vanilla extract, and sea salt.
- Chill. Transfer to a chilled loaf pan. Freeze for 6 to 8 hours then serve and enjoy.
Keep it simple and serve your vanilla ice cream in a cone with sprinkles or load it up with toppings! Think chocolate syrup, whipped cream, cherries, crushed nuts, and any other topping you can imagine. Add a brownie and turn it into a brownie sundae!
This simple ice cream would also be fantastic served with some apple pie (like my bourbon apple pie!), lemon or caramel apple dump cake, or virtually any cobbler or crisp. (What could be better than this chocolate cobbler with freshly made vanilla ice cream? To die for!)
How to Store Homemade Ice Cream
If you transfer it to a sealed airtight container, homemade vanilla ice cream will last for 3 to 4 weeks in the freezer. In the loaf pan covered with plastic wrap, it will stay for up to 1 week.
More Ice Cream Recipes:
- Cookies and Cream Ice Cream
- Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
- Fried Ice Cream
- No Churn Cherry Ice Cream
- Rocky Road Ice Cream
No Churn Vanilla Ice Cream
- Place a loaf pan into the freezer to chill.
- In a large mixing bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the cold heavy cream until stiff peaks form.
- Gently fold in the condensed milk, vanilla extract and pinch of sea salt.
- Remove the loaf pan from the freezer and pour the vanilla ice cream mixture into the loaf pan.
- Place in the freezer and chill for 6-8 hours in a level spot until the ice cream is set. Serve as is or scoop into an ice cream cone or bowl with sprinkles on top, enjoy!