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Best Christmas Ice Cream Recipes

Updated on December 8, 2014

New Flavors for Christmas

Among the hundreds of ice cream flavors available are some unique tastes and ingredients that many ice cream lovers have not yet considered. Watching Iron Chef on the Food Network, one sees salmon ice cream and others made from a light infusion of seafood flavors. Nearly any food item can be transformed into an ice cream or sorbet, but hot peppers are good for winter holiday celebrations.

Edy's brand ice cream produced a flavor some years ago that lasted only a year, but became one of my favorites. This was Red Pepper Ice Cream, a combination of vanilla ice cream and cayenne covered peanuts. It offered a hint of cayenne pepper that complemented the flavor of the vanilla quite well.


Hot and Cool

Combinations of sweet and hot are becoming increasingly popular. Some restaurants are serving a hot chocolate drink laced light with three types of hot peppers for a unique flavor that patrons enjoy.

An older drink is black pepper coffee, a combination of coffee, cream, sugar or honey, cinnamon and a dash of freshly ground black pepper. All of these concoctions may sound odd, but they are good tasting.

Try cayenne peanuts in your favorite peanut brittle recipe.
Try cayenne peanuts in your favorite peanut brittle recipe. | Source

Lightly Cayenne Ice Cream

Edy's no longer produces its pepper ice cream, but a good alternative is to make your own by combining French Vanilla Ice Cream, for a richer taste than plain vanilla, and a modest measure of cayenne coverd peanuts.

Cayenne Peanuts

These peanuts make a good snack for Christmas and winter holidays, so this recipe makesmore than is reqired for the pepper ice cream.


  • 2 Pounds unsalted Peanuts
  • 6 TBSP Vegetable Oil
  • 3/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 3 to 4 tsp red pepperflakes, to taste
  • Dash of salt


  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees F
  • Heat oil in a heavy skillet on the stove top and add all the spices. Stir until fragrant, about 60 second.
  • Add peanuts and stir until peanuts are well covered.
  • Pour spiced peanuts onto a baking sheet and toast in the oven about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove from oven and drain on paper towels before serving.

Combining French Vanilla Ice Cream and Cayenne Peanuts

  • Set a half-gallon of your favorite French Vanilla ice cream on the kitchen counter until slightly softened.
  • On a clean surface or in a large mixing bowl, scoop out all the ice cream. Save the container.
  • Carefully fold in 1/2 Cup of Cayenne Peanuts to the softened ice cream. You may wish to add more peanuts, depending on how spicy you wish the ice cream to be.
  • Place ice cream back into its container and refreeze.

I combine the nuts and ice cream in the same way when I make the ice cream myself. Otherwise, the hot pepper separates from the nuts and gives an unsatisfying flavor overall. The nuts provide small pockets of mild heat, preventing the ice cream from being too hot and the pepper from dissipating into the background of the dish.

These spiced nuts are also good in chocolate ice cream, with a dash or two of cinnamon added to the skillet when preparing the peanuts.

Hot, Cool and Good!!

5 stars from 1 rating of Lightly Cayenne Ice Cream

French Vanilla Ice Cream

French Vanilla is a richer version of vanilla ice cream that contains more calories from eggs, cream, and whole milk. Half-and-half can be used in place of cream for fewer calories. Substituting 2% milk for whole milk brings the recipe into the ice milk texture and flavor, less rich than actual French Vanilla and Cayenne Peanuts added can overpower the ice milk.

INGREDIENTS for 1/2 Gallon

  • 3 Cups Whole Milk
  • 6 Large Eggs
  • 2 TBSP pure Vanilla
  • 2 Cups Sugar
  • 6 Cups (1.5 Quarts or a quart and a pint) Heavy Whipping Cream (cut calories by using half-anf-half)
  • An ice cream maker


  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk all the eggs until fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  • Into the eggs, whisk the sugar a bit at a time. Keep whisking until blended well.
  • Pour in the whipping cream, milk, and vanilla and whisk thoroughly to blend completely.
  • Pour the blended mixture into an ice cream maker.
  • Follow the ice cream maker directions to freeze the French Vanilla Ice Cream.

For Light Cayenne Pepper Ice Cream

  • Before the ice cream is completely set, remove from the ice cream maker to a mixing bowl and lightkly fold in 1/2 Cup of Cayenne Peanuts.
  • Place ice cream in a freezer container and freeze until time to serve.


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    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      They are tasty and I love them! Hope you enjoy them as well. Thanks for posting.

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      Marge Reimann 5 years ago from Wisconsin

      Holy-moly, these recipes sound so good. I will defintely be trying. Thank you for sharing.

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      Shaly Criston 5 years ago from USA

      Yeah! I like Ice Creams too much, thanks to share these Ice Cream Recipes. Voted up

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      Mince ice cream sounds delicious!

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      Liam Hallam 5 years ago from Nottingham UK

      Interesting- would never have put these down as Christmas Ice Creams! These don't really seem like Christmas Recipes to me as a Europpean. Our Christmas recipes usually involve minced pie flavour ice cream, gingerbread, Eggnog, Christmas Pudding so Cayenne would be totally out of place. And french vanilla while great doesn't seem particularly Christmas- unless you sculpted it into Snowmen?

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      Thanks Peggy and Deborah -- If you don't want to make any, get a pint of vanilla ice cream, put some in a dish, and sprinkle a few packaged BBQ or red hot peanuts over it. See if you like it.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      gee never heard of this.. but I do like Cheyenne peppers.. I think I would love to try this..thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas... I voted up and awesomeness...

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Your spicy ice cream actually sounds good. I had to smile when you mentioned Iron Chef on TV. That show and others like Top Chef have people creating all kinds of crazy sounding ice cream flavors. Fun to watch what they come up with in terms of creation when given some crazy ingredients with which to work their wonders.

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      Thanks for comments!

      Prasetio30 _ I do have a couple more coming up.

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I love ice cream and I found delicious ice cream recipes from this hub. Yummy... do you have some more for me?


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      kviwhite 5 years ago

      It's delicious, i thought. For things in my life, the first thing I love is my families, and the second is tasty foods. I'll try to make it.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Never would have ever thought that cayenne pepper would go very well with ice cream but this really spikes my interest, and may just have to try this soon. I love spicy. Thanks Patty.

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      I like hot peppers anyway, but I do hope you like these recipes, Cagsil!

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      Cagsil 5 years ago from USA or America

      Hey Patty, I've not heard of the first one you mentioned, but I do like French Vanilla Ice Cream. I might give your recipes a shot during this holiday season and see how things turn out. LOL! Each does sound interesting. :)

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America


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      retellect 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Yum yum! Just what I was looking for yesterday, thanks Patty!

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      New flavors are fun! -- I might try the Bacon ice cream.

      Dill Pickle is refreshing without being really sweet - slightly salty. I like it when I don't want "sticky sweet" flavors.

      STOUT sounds very good as well.

      I guess I was one of only a few that purchased the pepper ice cream. I loved it. Pop, angela, Cardia, you may love it too.

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      Newman 5 years ago

      How about honey baked ham & swiss ice cream? Don't forget Bacon! The latter would be sweet, but there are some savory ideas in my head like vichyssoise, French onion, and mushroom.(These would not be sweet) How about cranberry Stilton with pretzel pieces!

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      breakfastpop 5 years ago

      I am into peppers lately so the hint of cayenne intrigues me.

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      Carolee Samuda 5 years ago from Jamaica

      I love Haagen Daz pistachio, their coconut macaroon, French vanilla and Belgian chocolate. We have a Stout flavor here in Jamaica where the dark strong flavor gives the ice-cream a kick.

      I would like to try the pepper flavor, I might like it since I like pepper jelly.

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      angela p 5 years ago from Richmond, Virginia

      I have never heard of such an ice cream. I have to attempt this. Thanks for sharing this crazy sounding recipe.. I will let you know if we like it. Angel