I just couldn’t resist experimenting with the no-churn ice cream yet again. Candy cane ice cream is something I’ve experienced only a couple of times, but I enjoyed it so much I thought I should come up with my own version.
So here it is – a minty wonderland of creamy deliciousness. I really didn’t think my family would be as crazy about it as they were, but second helpings were a must at our last get together. And my daughter thinks it’s the most amazing ice cream ever. So now you really have to make it.
No-Churn Candy Cane Ice Cream
adapted from Everyday Food
This recipe calls for 1/4 teaspoon to 2 teaspoons peppermint or mint extract. I suggest starting with 1/4 teaspoon, and the adding a little bit at a time, until you like the mint flavor. I only put 1/2 teaspoon in mine; it was strong enough, and the crushed candy canes add even more flavor. I used mint extract instead of peppermint, but either would work just fine. I also liked irregular pieces of candy cane, so I put them in a ziplock bag and crushed them with a rubber mallet until I liked their sizes.
1 can [14 ounces] sweetened condensed milk
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/4-2 teaspoons peppermint or mint extract [see note] 2 cups cold heavy cream
1/2 cup crushed candy canes [about 4 regular sized candy canes]
In a medium bowl, stir together the sweetened condensed milk, vanilla, and peppermint extract. In a large bowl of a standing mixer, beat the heavy cream on high until stiff peaks form, about 3 minutes. With a rubber spatula, gently fold whipped cream into the condensed milk mixture. Stir in the crushed candy canes. Pour into a regular sized loaf pan, and freeze until firm, 6 hours [or, covered, up to 1 week].