Two Ingredient Ice Cream (No Ice Cream Maker Required)

So it’s been unseasonably warm here in Tennessee lately.  Like middle of May, get your swimsuit on and get a tan warm.  Yes, I could seriously get a tan, but I popped in the kitchen to make this ice cream instead…priorities, right!?! So to celebrate this gorgeous weather, I thought what better way than to make some ice cream.  I have wanted to make my own ice cream at home forever.  I have looked longingly at so many of my blogging friends ice cream recipes. I would eagerly scroll to the bottom and find…make according to your ice cream maker directions.  Wha-wha-wha…alas I do not have an ice cream maker.  I was thinking of taking the plunge and then we moved into our townhouse and I have no room for extra attachments and appliances.  So imagine my SUPREME delight and exuberance when this gem popped up in my google reader!! I saw this recipe at the end of the summer and put in on my must make list, but then promptly forgot about it until I saw it pop up again on another blog.  This must mean I have to make it asap!!

I do have to say, I ran to the grocery to get the TWO ingredients and I got half and half, trying to save a few minimal calories. I should’ve known better.  Why was I trying to save calories on ice cream that I was going to put reese cups in?! Well, what I didn’t realize is that half and half doesn’t whip like heavy cream.  So back to the store I went for the good stuff, the real full fat heavy cream. This ice cream begins with just the two ingredients but the possibilities are endless of the combinations and add-ins.  I opted to add in vanilla and reese cups.  This stuff is HEAVENLY,  I tell you! Super creamy and rich ice cream and the consistency is really perfect, just like scoopable ice cream from the store.  It is very rich, but that’s how I like my ice cream.  If you would like to lighten up the richness, maybe add in some strawberries or peaches instead of chocolate.  I can assure you this is not the last time I will be making this. My hips are now crying, but my lips are rejoicing!!

Two Ingredient Ice Cream
Source: Our Best Bites also seen on Cookies & Cups, originally from Eagle Brand 

2 cups (approx. 1 pint) heavy whipping cream, very cold
1 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk

1 to 2 tsp. vanilla
Add-ins (Reese cups chopped, chopped oreos, caramel, the sky’s the limit!)

In the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with the whisk attachment, add the heavy cream and whip on high until stiff peaks form (approximately 2 to 3 minutes). Remove bowl from mixer, and gently fold in the sweetened condensed milk using a rubber spatula.  Now add in your desired flavorings.  I added in 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla and chopped reese cups.  Fold these gently in.  Pour mixture into an airtight container and spread evenly.  Cover with lid and freeze for at least 6 hours or overnight.  (I tried this after 6 hours and mine was a bit too soft, so I preferred it after it had set up overnight).

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  1. I actually do have an ice cream maker, but I am a sucker for recipes with minimal ingredients. Looks awesome and I love your mix-in. Can’t wait to try this one again and again!

  2. Yum! I can’t wait to try it. I have one that I use that doesn’t need an ice cream maker either, but more ingredients. Thanks for sharing!

  3. OH MY WORD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am OBSESSED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This looks incredible! 🙂

  4. Your whole blog rocks my world. This is no exception.

  5. 2 ingredients…seriously? This is amazing! Definitely going to make mine with some chopped Reese’s too. Awesome!

  6. Virginia says:

    Can you make this with a hand held mixer? Looks so good!!

    I think you should send some to your Mom, it would make her day! 🙂

  8. Love this!!! Let the hips cry for a day! I can’t believe this is two ingredients. Making Sat morning!

  9. So Yum, I love It!

  10. Oh gosh that looks good. Really, you shouldn’t have posted this. Guess what’s getting added to my “must make” list!?

  11. I absolutely love this! Especially the Reese’s….wow.

  12. Denise Wood says:

    I made this ice cream yesterday. Tried a few bites last night but it was still too soft so when I came home from work today I had to get a bowl of it. It is really good. Better than I thought it would be. I also added some vanilla and then I folded in a little bit of chocolate syrup and heath bar bits. Can’t wait to try different add-ins. I have a box of girl scout thin mint cookies that will most likely be added to a batch of ice cream.

  13. Wow, I’ve never heard of this before – how cool! I have an ice cream maker, but I’m sort of lazy about using it, so I’ll have to try this!

  14. This ice cream looks waaay too good to have only two ingredients and not require an ice cream maker. I feel your pain on not owning one and always wanting to make ice cream recipes…Thanks for solving that problem!

  15. Holy smokes, it WORKS. I made a half-batch because I was skeptical. I added Hershey’s syrup to the mixture and tossed it into the freezer. Three hours later, I decided to check it. It was a great consistency (harder than soft-serve) so if you need a quick dessert, this is perfect. It’s so creamy and delicious! I used to have an ice-cream maker, but it was too much work. Now, as long as I keep the whopping TWO ingredients around, we can have fresh ice cream in hours. In all honesty, with just two of us, we get bored with a flavor quickly. This is such a great solution. Thanks for sharing it!