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Fresh & Simple Peppermint Stick Ice Cream

Fresh & Simple Homemade Peppermint Stick Ice Cream

One of my favorite winter treats is Peppermint Stick Ice Cream … I used to buy it around Christmas-time every year because that is the only time you would see it in the stores.

If you happen to have any candy canes left after the holidays, it is really quite simple to make. It takes about 5 minutes to mix up the ingredients. Throw it in your ice cream maker and you have ice cream in less than 30 minutes.

Then you also don’t have to worry whether you are in that small window of time when they actually sell it in the stores. And bonus: it tastes even better than the store-bought “stuff”, and you know exactly what’s in it.

Fresh & Simple Peppermint Stick Ice Cream

Fresh & Simple Peppermint Stick Ice Cream


  • 2 cups fat free half & half
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 3/8 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 3 - 4 crushed peppermint candy canes


  1. In a bowl, mix the half & half, whipping cream, sugar and peppermint extract.
  2. Pour the mixture into the bowl of your ice cream maker and begin freezing according to the manufacturer's directions.
  3. Partway through the freezing, add the crushed candy canes. If you want the candy canes chunkier, add them later in the freezing process. If you want them more dissolved into the ice cream (like this), add them about 10 minutes into the freezing process.
  4. Finish freezing the ice cream. Store in an airtight container in the freezer. Most ice cream makers will give you a "soft serve" texture when it comes out of the freezer. If you want the ice cream harder (like the photos), freeze in your freezer for at least 2 hours before eating.

Fresh & Simple Homemade Peppermint Stick Ice Cream

This recipe was featured on The Daily Dish in honor of National Ice Cream Day.

This recipe was shared at Scrumptious SundayMop it Up Monday, Thursday’s TreasuresClever Chicks Bloghop, Tasty Thursday, Foodie Friends Friday, Farm Girl FridayWeekend Potluck and Everyday Mom’s Meals.

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6 Responses

  1. This will be perfect for Valentine’s Day. Beautiful pictures. Thanks.


    January 31, 2013 at 1:11 pm

  2. This ice cream looks pretty and delicious! Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday!

    February 3, 2013 at 10:57 am

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  4. Peppermint stick ice cream was my dad’s favorite, so this is a nostalgic recipe for me! And this looks like a relatively simple, no-custard version of it. I always have leftover candy canes– we use them to to decorate but no one seems to want to eat them whole, so this might be on the menu after next Christmas!

    July 22, 2013 at 12:42 am

    • Ann

      I love that it brings back good memories for you … yes, it is a great way to use up those leftover candy canes … and it’s super simple, but tastes fresh and minty. Personally, I love it WAY more than the store bought variety.

      July 23, 2013 at 10:06 pm

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