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How to Make Philadelphia Style Ice Cream

Updated on July 18, 2009

What is Philadelphia Style Ice Cream?

Philadelphia style ice cream is ice cream minus the eggs. In other words, it is not a frozen custard. That means you can have homemade ice cream without any cooking. Now, doesn't that sound like the perfect refreshing treat for a hot day? With a few basic ingredients and an ice cream freezer, you can make a great tasting vanilla ice cream, which is the base for all other flavors.

The Ice Cream Maker

Before you start mixing ingredients, you need to have a good ice cream maker ready to go. Your choices are electric, or the good old hand crank machine. While the electric ice cream freezers are efficient, and will make great tasting ice creams, they don't seem to freeze as well as the old hand crank version. So, unless you want soft serve, the ice cream needs to be stored in the freezer for a couple of hours after it is made to freeze hard. Believe it or not, you can still buy the hand crank machines brand new. And, if you're making ice cream the old fashioned way, why not make a big batch? Rival makes a 4 quart freezer that will give your arms a workout, but you will end up with a gallon of ice cream.

Philadelphia Ice Cream Recipe

Ingredients Per Quart

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • Dash salt


  1. Combine all ingredients in the ice cream can. Refrigerate for 2 hours.
  2. Insert can into ice cream machine and process according to manufacturer's directions.
  3. Serve immediately for softer ice cream or place ice cream in freezer for at least 1 to 2 hours for a firmer consistency.

Making Flavored Ice Cream

For fruit and cream ice cream, mash 1 1/2 cups fruit and add in step one.

For more consistent fruit consistency, add 1 cup pureed fruit in step one.


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      ChristinCordle12 6 years ago

      Great yummy hub!