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Ice Cream Churns and Easy Ice Cream Recipes

Updated on August 30, 2013

American recipes for homemade ice cream


Americans love homemade ice cream, so you'll find lots of tasty American recipes for ice creams. Nothing screams summer like a churn of homemade ice cream! And the times of hand churning a batch of the luscious frozen treat are long gone. Today’s electric ice cream churns make turning out a couple of quarts of creamy decadence a snap! And with the new ice cream mixes, you won’t even have to cook the custard. Just add whole milk to the powdered mix, stir well, and freeze.


There are several good mixes on the market, but we always use the Rival brand from Walmart. All you have to do with this mix to make 2 quarts of ice cream is add 4 cups of whole milk, stir, and freeze. To make the dessert creamier and richer, we always substitute heavy cream for part of the milk. The Rival ice cream mix comes in several different flavors, but I like to use the vanilla as a base. I then add other ingredients to create my own flavors.


Peach – Puree fresh peeled peaches in the blender or food processor and add to freezer. Use about 1 ½ cups of puree.


Caramel apple – Add one can of apple pie filling to freezer. When ice cream is ready to eat, add caramel topping to taste and blend through the ice cream.


Fudge ripple – Add cool fudge topping when ice cream is ready to eat. Stir spoonfuls of the fudge gently into the vanilla ice cream. If you put the fudge in while the blades are mixing the ice cream, you’ll wind up with chocolate ice cream.


Banana split – When ice cream has finished freezing, add cool fudge topping, strawberry topping, pineapple topping, chopped nuts, and maraschino cherry halves. For the bananas, you can either puree them or add slices.


Blackberry – Add 1 ½ cups of blackberry puree to the freezer. Be sure to use only very ripe berries. If you want your ice cream sweeter, just add a little more sugar before freezing.


Butter pecan – Sautee one cup of chopped pecans in one tablespoon butter until nuts are brown. When cool, add the melted butter and nuts to the freezer, along with 2 tablespoons of brown sugar and ½ teaspoon salt.


Fourth of July – Add one can of blueberry pie filling to freezer. When ready to serve, top with maraschino cherries or a spoonful of cherry pie filling and a dollop of whipped cream for a red, white, and blue dessert.


Chocolate chip – The kids love this one! Just stir chocolate chips into the frozen ice cream. The mini-chips work best.


Oreo cookie – Finely crush Oreo cookies and mix them by hand into the frozen ice cream.


Below are several ice cream churns or ice cream freezers. If you enjoy cookouts, pool parties, picnics, or any outdoor summer get-togethers, I assure you that buying an ice cream freezer will be a great investment! We use ours all the time in the summer, whenever the kids come over to swim. Sometimes we buy cones for the kids, which they consider a really special treat.


Electric ice cream churns are super easy to use!
Electric ice cream churns are super easy to use!

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      billyaustindillon 7 years ago

      I do love ice cream - I am worried if I got one of these churns I would just eat too much habee :)

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Well, you could always swim off the calories! lol

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      I love icecream and would dearly love one like this. I like to make them myself because I like to know what is in it.

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      theirishobserver. 7 years ago from Ireland

      Excellent - I have never made ice-cream - I would love to give it a go - had lots of ice cream this Bank Holiday weekend - some good some not so good.....great work Irish

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      carolina muscle 7 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      YAY!!! Ice Cream !!!!

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      Woody 7 years ago

      so, are the directions to make on the box or the churn? i'm very confused now. do put stuff in the freezer or what? i'm lost

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      katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

      Habee, Oh, my kids are gonna love this...Great Summer activity. Thanks and Peace :)

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      breakfastpop 7 years ago

      Ice cream weather is upon us.

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      samboiam 7 years ago from Texas

      I love ice sream. It is one of my basic five food groups.

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      De Greek 7 years ago from UK

      My Cholesterol need screams for this, but if I get into it, I am a gonner :-)

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      Eileen Kersey 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Oh yum yum. Better not buy one of these or else I will live in ice cream

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      entertianmentplus 7 years ago from United States

      I can not get enough ice cream. Awesome hub.

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      ehern33 7 years ago

      Yummy.. I don't think I have a favorite ice-cream. I love them all.

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      sheila b. 7 years ago

      It seems to me Southerners like pecans best, and New Englanders go for walnuts. So - if I used your ice cream mix, I guess I could just add a little maple syrup and some chopped walnuts. (Actually, though, there are some recipes I prefer to use pecans in.)

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      HH, ice cream is def one of my weaknesses!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Irish, homemade ice cream is the best!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Chris, I second that emotion!!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Woody - stop giving me a hard time! You know the directions are on the ice cream mix package! I'm gonna tell your wife on you!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Katie, all my grands go gaga for ice cream!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Howdy, Bpop! Did you save me a plate?

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      Veronica Allen 7 years ago from Georgia

      This sounds like a great idea, especially since summer is coming around the corner. This way, you can control what goes in your icecream! It will be delicous and healthy all at the same time. I wonder if this will work with soy milk for those who have a lactose intolerance or allergy to milk?

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Yummy! We have one downstairs but haven't used it in awhile. Thanks for the reminder.

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      Marie Ryan 7 years ago from Andalusia, Spain

      Hi this is so cool! I will try with low-skimmed milk as I'm trying to find low-cal alternatives to great treats! thanks for great idea!

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

      Dang that makes me so hungry for summer! Hungry for ice cream too - great info.

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      There is nothing like homemade ice cream. What a bunch of wonderful recipes. Thanks/

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      Mystique1957 7 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

      Habeeeee....

      This is attempting against Us wanting to keep in shape. And the darn Ice creams are so irresistible...Great recipes! Thanks for sharing, my friend!

      Cones up!

      Warmest regards and infinite eternal blessings,

      Al

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Mine, too, Sam - along with salt, caffeine, chocolate, and sugar!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      De Greek, sorry - didn't mean to tempt you! lol

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Ethel, you have me excited - do you think that would be possible? To LIVE in ice cream?? YAY!!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Entertainment, I LOVE it, too!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Ehern, I can't think of a single flavor that I don't like!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Yep, sheila, we luvs our pecans!

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      nancy_30 7 years ago from Georgia

      I haven't had homemade ice cream in a long time. When I was younger my dad use to make it. I would love to have one of these churns and make my own. Thanks for all these different flavor ideas.

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      stephensaldana 7 years ago from Chicago

      Why Why Why? Why I always get the best recepies when I am not allowed to eat them.. this is frustating :( I just love ice creams but don't get chance to eat much.. I will try one for sure B-) thanks for sharing..

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      I'm not sure about the soy milk, Veronica! Sorry.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Sandy, get that baby out and use it!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Marie, I've wondered how skim milk would work?

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Audrey, I'm thinking this Sunday would be a good ice cream day!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Pam!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Al, cones up to you, too!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Nancy, you need an ice cream churn! You'll use it a lot in GA!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Sorry, Stephen! My bad! lol

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      rls8994 7 years ago from Mississippi

      I love homemade icecream! I will definitely try some of these recipes!

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I like ice cream very much. although ice cream against with my blood type. But you come with wonderful recipes of ice cream. Do you have some more for me? hmm..Yummy. Thanks for share with us, Habee.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, rls, for stopping by!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Prasetio, my friend!

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      eatlikenoone 6 years ago from Saline, MI

      The Caramel apple sounds interesting. I haven't done any apple based frozen desserts yet.

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      My grandkids love it when we experiment with different flavors of homemade ice cream!

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