Peppermint Homemade Ice Cream Recipe For the Family

Ever since I got our ice cream maker Megan has wanted me to make Peppermint Homemade Ice Cream. The crazy thing is that I could not seem to find any peppermint candy. Other than Christmas time I have never really looked for peppermint candy, after going to three different stores I thought perhaps peppermint candy is not sold anytime of the year except Christmas!

Peppermint Homemade Ice Cream

Peppermint Homemade Ice Cream

A couple of weeks ago I happened to be at a store that I never go into and decided to look in the candy section. Low and behold, there it was…I giant bag of peppermint candies. I could not wait to show Megan when I got home from the store. I laid the big ‘ole bag out on the counter and she could not wait for me to make her Peppermint Homemade Ice Cream.

In making the ice cream I had to unwrap all the little individual pieces of peppermint before I began the process of crushing them. Don’t they look lovely.

peppermint homemade ice cream

The original picture I took of the crushed peppermint candy turned out really, really bad. I did end up taking my mallet and crushing more for what would hopefully be a better picture. I really just wanted to show you the size of the pieces I put into the ice cream and the mallet I used. Once the candy was unwrapped, I put a handful at a time into a ziplock bag and used the rough side of the mallet to crush the candy. I was a little afraid the peppermint pieces would be too hard while eating the ice cream but they actually softened a bit from being in there.

homemade peppermint ice cream


Peppermint Homemade Ice Cream
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Jodi
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Makes 4 quarts of ice cream.
  • 2½ C Milk
  • 2½ C Sugar
  • 1 t Salt
  • 2½ C Half and Half
  • 1½ t Vanilla Extract
  • 6 C Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 2 C Crushed Peppermint Candy
  1. Scald milk until bubbles form around edge of pan. Remove from heat.
  2. Add Sugar and Salt, then stir until dissolved.
  3. Stir in half and half, vanilla, and heavy whipping cream.
  4. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  5. While the ice cream mixture is chilling above, prepare the Peppermint Candy. Unwrap the individual candy pieces and put a handful into a ziploc bag. Be sure to get all the air out and seal closed. Using a tenderizer mallet pound on them until they are broken into 1/4″ pieces. Put these into a bowl and then repeat with another handful of candy. Continue this process until you have the 2 cups crushed.
  6. Prepare ice cream in ice cream maker as directed by the manufacturer.
  7. Before freezing, mix Peppermint Candy pieces throughout ice cream.
  8. Freeze for 2 – 3 hours, and serve.

I truly am and ice cream addict. In fact, if I do not have it for too long I literally crave it! This is a great way to save money and make ice cream with whatever we want in it! Also, I love being able to use all hormone-free ingredients.

Tell me in the comments below, what is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

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