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Updated on June 26, 2012

Ice Cream Recipe with No Eggs

If you are looking for an easy Ice Cream Recipe with No Eggs, you are in the right place. I'm sharing my favorite vanilla ice cream base recipe which has only 3 ingredients: cream, sugar and vanilla (also a dash of salt). It's very simple and the recipe can be altered to make lots of different flavors. My personal favorite is strawberry and we also like to churn peach ice cream made with this no-egg vanilla base. This recipe can also be made with chopped up candy bars. There's really no limit once you have the basic vanilla recipe.

I prefer ice cream with no eggs for lots of reasons. If you feel the same way, this is the recipe for you!

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Ingredients for Real Vanilla Ice Cream

Ice Cream Made with No Eggs

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  • 1 quart cream
  • You can use any combination of cream that you like. You can use whipping cream or half-n-half or whole milk. I like 2 cups whipping cream and 2 cups half-n-half. But you could use 1 cup whipping cream and 3 cups half-n-half or 3 cups whipping cream and 1 cup half-n-half (you get the picture). Just make sure you end up with one quart.
  • A quick note:
  • the ice cream base will almost double in volume when churned. I tested this recently and 4 cups (1 qt.) of the base yielded almost 8 cups of ice cream.
  • Another note:
  • I've just learned that the increase in volume differs with the recipe and the amount of milk fat in the recipe.
  • Be aware that whole milk may not be thick enough to slow and then stop your ice cream maker. Normally, the machine slowing to a stop indicates that the ice cream is ready. So you'll need to keep an eye and ear out and if your machine slows down at all. Your ice cream may be done before you realize it.
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • There is a little flexibility with the amount of sugar. I wouldn't go lower than 2/3 cup or higher than 1 cup. I personally like a creamier ice cream rather than a sweeter ice cream. Kids would probably like a sweeter ice cream.
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Use the real stuff.
  • pinch of salt

This is your vanilla ice cream base. If you want to add fruit or candy bars, scroll down a little.

Instructions for Making the Ice Cream (With No Eggs!) - You can make it right now or better yet, make it tomorrow

Quickest Version: If you just can't wait any longer, go ahead and make your ice cream now. Mix everything (listed above) together thoroughly and follow the directions on your ice cream maker. Your ice cream will be delicious.

Requires overnight: BUT if you want your flavors to blast into orbit, I highly recommend waiting 'til tomorrow. You'll have one more step involved (scalding) and a little more waiting, but the flavor reward will be well worth it. Here's how you do it:

  • Mix cream, sugar and salt (not the vanilla) together in large saucepan.
  • Cook on medium heat

    Heat the mixture, but DO NOT boil. The best way to stay safe (and not boil or burn your cream) is to just stay with it and keep stirring. When you see small bubbles forming around the edge of the pan, the mixture is almost warm enough. Keep stirring until you see a little steam starting to rise from the cream mixture. Immediately take it off the burner.

  • Cool the mixture

    The cream mixture needs to cool before you add the vanilla. You could just leave the pan out to cool off, but this takes too long and I don't like the idea of leaving a milk product out on the counter for an extended amount of time. Here's what I do: get another bowl a little larger than your saucepan and add ice water to it. Gently place your saucepan into the larger pan being careful not to splash water into your ice cream mixture. Gently stirring the mixture will cool it quickly. Here's a picture.

  • Stir in vanilla
  • Chill mixture

    Pour mixture into a container with a tight lid and chill overnight in the fridge

  • Make the ice cream

    Now that you've done all the work (and have waited patiently), follow the instructions on your ice cream maker and kick back.

  • Ripen ice cream....or not

    Most ice cream makers recommend to "ripen" the ice cream right away. This will make the ice cream harder. Don't do this. This ice cream is going to be at its very best immediately after it is made. You WILL have to put what's left in the freezer but go ahead and enjoy it now. Besides, you've waited long enough.

  • Store what's left (if there is any)

    Homemade ice cream is very dense when frozen. After all, you've used the purest ingredients available with no fillers. And the ice cream hasn't been whipped to a fluff with air simply to create more volume. Very dense=very hard. Soften by placing in the fridge for 10 minutes before serving your next round. And be sure to check out the ice cream containers when you scroll down.

Strawberries for Ice Cream
Strawberries for Ice Cream

How to Make it Strawberry or Peach Ice Cream

Use the Vanilla Base - This is ohhhhhh so Easy

Add 2 cups of fruit puree (use a food processor) stirred with one teaspoon lemon juice to the ice cream base.

If you're making the ice cream right away, just add the fruit puree right in with all the other ingredients.

If you're scalding the cream mixture and chilling the mix overnight do it this way: add the fruit puree when you add the vanilla (after the mixture has cooled).

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Helpful Notes for Making Ice Cream with No Eggs

into Fruit Ice Cream

For strawberry:

You'll need about 1.5 pounds of strawberries (pre-cleaned weight from the grocery or farm). Wash, remove stems and chop them up a little. Now get your food processor out and give them a whirl. The amount of processing depends on how big you like the pieces of strawberry in your ice cream. I don't like huge hunks in mine so I give it several whirls. Add one teaspoon lemon juice and stir.


You'll need about 2 pounds of peaches (pre-cleaned weight from the grocery or farm). Wash, peel, and remove peach stone. Depending on what kind of peaches you have, you may need to remove some of the red, hard fruit from the center of the peach too. Chop prepared peaches into approx. 1/2" pieces. Using your processor, give them a whirl. The amount of processing depends on how big you like the peach pieces in your ice cream. Don't use huge peach chunks in your ice cream - they will be hard as rocks and hard to eat. Add two teaspoons lemon juice and stir.

NOTE: Peaches will turn brown soon after peeling and handling. To avoid this, clean and prepare them immediately before adding them to the base.

Candy Bar Ice Cream Version

Give this a try

Another fun idea is to chop up a candy bar (or two) into your ice cream. I recommend Snickers or Milky Way.

If you're making the ice cream right away, just add the candy bar chunks in with all the other ingredients.

If you're scalding the cream mixture and chilling the mix overnight do it this way: go ahead and chill the mix overnight and add the candy bar chunks to the base just before adding the base to your ice cream maker.

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You'll Need an Ice Cream Maker

Some ice cream salt and ice too

An ice cream maker is also referred to as an ice cream freezer, but that word "freezer" causes some confusion sometimes, so I call it an ice cream maker. There are lots of options, but just for the record I use a Rival brand I've had for about 10 years and it works great.

There are some newly designed ice cream makers that do not require you to use ice and salt. The trade off is that you chill a gel-filled canister in the freezer for several hours.

Here are Some Good Options if You're in the Market - Click on any product for more information

Rival 8550-X 5-Quart Wooden Electric Ice Cream Maker
Rival 8550-X 5-Quart Wooden Electric Ice Cream Maker

Here's nostalgia without all the work! It's wooden BUT has an electric motor so you don't have to crank anything.

Rival Electric 4-Quart Ice Cream Maker
Rival Electric 4-Quart Ice Cream Maker

Here's a great basic model. Hummm. Looks like it's the same kind I own.

Cuisinart ICE-20R 1-1/2-Quart Automatic Ice Cream, Frozen Yogurt & Sorbet Maker, Red
Cuisinart ICE-20R 1-1/2-Quart Automatic Ice Cream, Frozen Yogurt & Sorbet Maker, Red

This is the type that uses the gel filled canister I mentioned. Also comes in white. Has rave reviews and the price is right too.


You'll Need Rock Salt to Make Ice Cream - Usually

Morton Salt Company Ice Cream, 4 lb
Morton Salt Company Ice Cream, 4 lb

Can't go wrong with Morton's Ice Cream Salt

Nielsen-Massey Pure Coffee Extract, 2 FL OZ
Nielsen-Massey Pure Coffee Extract, 2 FL OZ

I just tried this version: In place of using vanilla, try using coffee extract. Start with adding 1 teaspoon to your ice cream base and taste (it's stronger than vanilla in my opinion). Add another 1/2 teaspoon if needed. It's smooth and perfectly coffee flavored. You won't believe it.

The Ultimate Ice Cream Book: Over 500 Ice Creams, Sorbets, Granitas, Drinks, And More
The Ultimate Ice Cream Book: Over 500 Ice Creams, Sorbets, Granitas, Drinks, And More

Bruce Weinstein first explains types of ice creams and ice cream makers. Then recipes are one-to-a-page (my favorite cookbook layout) and each recipe has several variations. Most of his recipes DO HAVE eggs, but there's lots to choose from with NO EGGs. The value of this book is the amazing number of flavors he offers with exact instructions for making each one. Don't miss his technique for flavoring coffee ice cream - genius! This book is a keeper.


Why do I call this "Real" Ice Cream?

Because it has no eggs

By definition, Ice Cream is a mixture of cream, sugar and flavoring. This simple mixture is sometimes referred to as Philadelphia Style ice cream. When you add eggs, you're actually making a frozen custard. Custard is defined as a sweetened mixture of milk and eggs. However, it has become widely accepted to use the term "Ice Cream" when using eggs.

I'm not knocking custard. In fact, most recipes for ice cream do call for eggs. However, what my heart longs for is that creamy goodness that comes from the 3-ingredient base.

Storing Ice Cream

Now there's a solution

Storing leftover ice cream has been a challenge to folks who make homemade ice cream since the beginning of time. Until now the best we could do was put the remainder of the ice cream in a plastic container with a lid and store in the freezer. The results were not good. I've broken plastic containers every time I've done this. And the ice cream suffers too.

Thankfully you can now buy a product made especially for the home user. Available from Amazon. See the link below.


Those Ice Cream Containers I was telling you about

IC Lovers, here's the answer to your prayers

Plain White Pint Size Frozen Dessert Containers

Amazon Price: $10.95

Awesome!!! Sweet Bliss Containers is now offering smaller containers in a nice pack of 25. These white pint size containers are PERFECT for sharing your ice cream. I know - I shared some with relatives. I dipped out a pint full of coffee ice cream and sent it home with my cousin. These containers are hard (or impossible) to find locally.

The good folks at Sweet Bliss also offer quart size containers.

Let me know you stopped by and tell about your favorite ice cream.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      So most ice cream recipes that cal for cooking the base are ones that use eggs and the cooking thickens the base. Since this version has no eggs, why are you heating it? Is it to simply help the sugar disolve?

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      LadyDuck 4 years ago

      I love a no egg vanilla ice cream, my favorite

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      rockingretro2 5 years ago

      I like the idea of no eggs! I will definitely be making some of these recipes.

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      PaigSr 5 years ago from State of Confussion

      Coffee Ice cream is my favorite. And yes I have made it from scratch. Well as close as I could any ways.

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      Tonie Cook 5 years ago from USA

      THANK YOU FOR MAKING THIS LENS!!! I got my hub an ice cream maker attachment for our Kitchenaid Mixer, and we were looking for an eggless ice cream recipe. Squidoo is the best place for the right recipe.

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      iamradiantrose 5 years ago

      I don't actually eat ice cream but I can dream of chocolate marshmallow!

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      Sheila 5 years ago from Omaha, NE

      I'm on this low-carb diet right now, so I'm going to try experimenting with your recipe but with Splenda. I haven't unpacked my ice cream maker yet either, so I'm going to freeze it in individual containers, take it out about every 15 minutes and stir it and put back. When it feels good on my spoon, I'll eat it! Who cares if it's perfect, it's gonna be fabulous! Do I sound like I'm desperate for ice cream? YES!! Great lens, blessed.

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      Fantastic Voyages 5 years ago from Texas

      Sounds delicious! Wish I had an ice cream maker!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      me encantan los helados, pero sobre todo el los helado de limon es muy útil para hacerla un fin de semana, o prepararla a tus amigos.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      me encantan los helados, pero sobre todo el los helado de limon es muy útil para hacerla un fin de semana, o prepararla a tus amigos.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I would loe to find 1/2 pint containers like the ones you show in quart and pint above... any ideas?

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      RecipePublishing 6 years ago

      Great looking ice cream!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Vanilla. Serves its basic purpose and tastes best with chocolate liquor. portable ice maker helped me have my own ice crunch with pineapple flavored ice cream. Nothing goes better than vanilla.

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      maplesyrup59 6 years ago

      I haven't tried to make homemade ice cream yet, but I'm glad to have found this lens for eggless ice cream. Definitely going to try it!

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      blanckj 6 years ago

      I haven't made ice cream since I was a kid, but I think it would be fun for my daughter to try.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I've made a mango ice cream and a Vanilla-rhum & raisin Ice crem... it's to die for ! :)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Not a bad recipe, but there is nothing wrong with the egg version. Making a custard is basically making a cream, then you freeze it, so its technically real ice cream. The no egg style is good if you're feeling lazy and still want decent ice cream.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I agree with you about using eggs and making frozen custard. The real deal is so much nicer.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      It has been years since we have made our own ice cream. You have made me want to run dust off the ice cream maker and whip up some peach ice cream. Totally awesome lens!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Bananna Ice cream is The best!!!!

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      Spook LM 7 years ago

      Urgh I'm glad you didn't add eggs I can't bear custard. Ice cream however another story.

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      tssfacts 7 years ago

      Great lens. I am featuring on my Ice Cream vs Yogurt lens.

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      Tonie Cook 8 years ago from USA

      I scream for Ice Cream. Saving this one for future use.

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      clouda9 lm 8 years ago

      Ahh fond memories of swimming all day and coming home to hand crank the ice cream for dessert. Now my mouth is watering - screaming for ice cream :O

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      Faye Rutledge 8 years ago from Concord VA

      Mmmm, haven't had homemade ice cream in years. Bet it would be wonderful with your Chocolate Pound Cake. :-)

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      JoyfulPamela2 8 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      You have my mouth watering! My grandmother and my parents used to make homemade ice cream a long time ago. I bet the kids would get a kick out of creating their own flavors. I'll have to ask my mom to borrow her maker. Thanks for the great recipe! :D Yum!

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      oztoo lm 8 years ago

      OOh this sounds so yummy. I really love the creamy tasting ice creams. Great lens and thanks for sharing the recipe.

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      I-luv-Freebies 8 years ago

      Yum Yum!! Wow!! This is a great lens!! The pics are making me really want some fresh ice cream!! Thanks for the info!


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      Allan R. Wallace 8 years ago from Wherever Human Rights Reign

      As kids every family event required hand cranked fresh ice cream - to a kid it took forever and caused quavering muscles for everyone in the relay. Haven't had it in years - but still sounds yummy. For salt I might be tempted to try a 50 lb sack of rock salt as used in water softeners, just a buck or two, available at all those big handyman type centers.

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      tandemonimom lm 8 years ago

      Incredible. I'm going to have to make this with some raw milk for some real *raw* ice cream! Lensrolled to my raw milk debate lens.

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      Cynthia Arre 8 years ago from Quezon City

      What a great lens, so organized and nicely presented. I would love to try making real ice cream. Maybe tomorrow. (; 5* and favorited

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      SparkleNZ 8 years ago

      Real icecream looks like the best. I never like buying the tubs at the supermarket once I remember to look at the ingredients on the back - so many chemicals. Real and natural is the way to go!

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      ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

      As a reward for my students (last spring) we made ice cream during class. It was good, but making it in ziplock bags was a chore. Nex time I'll use an ice cream maker.

      Thanks for sharing


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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Been years since I had home-made ice cream. Yummy! Bookmarked this one.

      Thanks for sharing!


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      Dianne Loomos 8 years ago

      We always made our with eggs but I think I'd like to try your recipe.

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      Andy-Po 8 years ago

      Mmmm. Delicious

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      Carol Goss 8 years ago

      Nice lens, I so love ice cream, i will lensroll to my "How to make vanilla ice cream lens"

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      Kate Loving Shenk 8 years ago from Lancaster PA

      Ice cream is a real treat, especially the homemade variety.

      I must keep an eye out for a good deal on an icecream maker, because we are in the middle of flea market and garage sale country!!

      I can hardly wait!!

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      thewishpearl 8 years ago

      I'm glad to have found an ice cream recipe with no eggs! Looks yummy! WIll have to try it. Great lens! Have fav'd

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      Rhonda Albom 8 years ago from New Zealand

      My girls have been looking for a recipe without eggs. Thanks for this. Hope it turns out as good as it sounds!

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      JanieceTobey 8 years ago looks so yummy!

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      FunGifts4All 8 years ago

      Great lens. Always wanted to try to make it. We go through a lot in my house.

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      Sandy Mertens 8 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Nothing better than homemade ice cream! 5*s.

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      Deeishere 8 years ago

      Yummy. You are making me hungry (smile). I love homemade ice cream. My brother-in-law use to make it all the time. Also thanks for visiting my lens. I use e-rewards too and I like to get free movies from Blockbusters with that. The ones I list I have been with for years and I actually do make money.

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      GrowWear 8 years ago

      Congratulations on your feature at Cabaret Squidoo!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Congratulations. This lens is in the top ten of our South Carolina Group

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      WindyWintersHubs 8 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Tasty Lens! I love ice cream! :)

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      Jeanette 8 years ago from Australia

      Yummo. Got to make me some of that!!! 5*

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      Ilostmydrumset 8 years ago

      What a great lens! Anything ice cream related had definitely got my attention, and your lens has inspired me to make my own ice cream here very shortly. Keep up the good work!

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      italianheart92 lm 8 years ago

      Wow this is awesome! I'd love to make my own ice cream, and you just showed me how! Thanks! :)

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Thank You! We're going to have a great time with this!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Wow now I can make ice-cream

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      Lee Hansen 8 years ago from Vermont

      Hubby got an ice cream freezer as a gift and now we can test it out with these recipes! YUM. My first Girl Scout camp experience included a luau and home made ice cream (hand cranked by all the girls of course). Thanks for the ice cream recipes and the memories.

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      JanieceTobey 8 years ago

      Ohhhh, I am so hungry now! I scream for ice cream! :-) 5's

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      Mary Beth Granger 8 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      It's the perfect time of year for this lens! Thanks for some great tips! 5*

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      ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

      My students and I made ice cream on the last day of school. We had a lot of fun and the ice cream was great.

      Thanks for sharing.


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      Susan Deppner 8 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Mmmmm, that looks and sounds so good. I love the pure, basic version. Your directions are perfect! Now, where did we put that ice cream maker . . .

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      Achim Thiemermann 8 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Very good lens about homemade ice cream - the best kind! I'm glad MiMi's SquidLog post helped me to discover your work. 5*s and a hearty SquidAngel Blessing for you! :-)

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      Robin S 8 years ago from USA

      This delicious recipe lens is tofdays feature at the Cabaret Squidoo blog!

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      Mary 8 years ago from Chicago area

      Delish lens! Love homemade ice cream and SIMPLE recipes.

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      Mountainside-Crochet 8 years ago

      Delightful ... and yummy-looking ... first lens. Welcome to Squidoo and our SC Group. We used to make home made Peach ice cream with a hand crank maker many moons ago when we lived in a neighborhood of young couples and small children and had regular block get-togethers throughout the summer. Our contribution was always the home made ice cream. 5*

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      This was awesome, my friend! You really put some thought, work, and organization into this info!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      This lens is now featured on Papa Doc's Creamy Peach Ice Cream Recipe lens.

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      sittonbull 8 years ago

      My churn has been sitting idle for too long... great debut and a big welcome to the SC Group Paige!

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      Holley Web 8 years ago

      You can usually get my attention when you say "ice cream"! Love the lens!

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      GrowWear 8 years ago

      Welcome to Squidoo with your excellent debut lens!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 8 years ago

      Paige...excellent lens...welcome to the South Carolina Group!!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Welcome to the South Carolina Group.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      You are making me hungry! We used to make ice cream when I was a child - with a crank thing and the same recipe. Fun - good lens.

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      Cheryl Kohan 8 years ago from Minnesota

      Sounds delicious. We haven't made homemade ice cream for a long time...good idea. Thanks for the nudge!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Sounds wonderful. Lensrolling to my lens "Papa Doc's Creamy Peach Ice Cream Recipe"

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      Linda Jo Martin 8 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      Great summertime recipe! I would have to add chocolate. 5 stars, and an Angel blessing!

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      Kylyssa Shay 8 years ago from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

      I must dig out my ice cream maker. What a yummy lens!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Very tasty lens...I like... very much!

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      Jack 8 years ago

      Fresh real homemade ice cream is very good. It's a lot better than other ice cream.