Candy Cane Ice Cream

January 21, 2024

This easy peppermint candy cane ice cream will no doubt put you in the holiday spirit! Homemade ice cream is blended with crushed peppermint candy canes for a delicious peppermint-y treat!


  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 15 – 20 min (in ice cream maker)
  • Other: 4 (chilling)
  • Total Time: ~ 4 hr 30 min
  • Servings: 8
  • Yield:


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 2 cups half & half (or 1 cup milk & 1 cup heavy cream)
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 1/2 cup crushed peppermint candy canes plus more for serving


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar, heavy cream, half & half and the vanilla and salt until the sugar is dissolved completely.
  2. Cover and refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours.
  3. Once chilled, pour the ice cream base into your ice cream maker and blend until thick following the manufacturer’s instructions.
  4. Stir in the 1/2 cup of crushed peppermint candy canes, by hand and using a rubber spatula to mix. Transfer ice cream to a freezer-safe container and freeze for 4 hours or overnight.
  5. Serve with extra crushed candy canes over top, if desired.


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  • 2024-1-21 – Made this again with the other half of the candy canes I got after Christmas. Have to say this is better than any of the store bought ice creams I’ve tried. Will do this again next holiday.
  • 2023-12-30 – Everyone was here for farm Christmas. More a farm New Years but candy canes were on sale after Christmas so this was something to do with them. It was great! Very easy to make and everyone loved it.