Old Fashioned Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

Only 5 ingredients for this Old Fashioned Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream. It's so easy to make homemade ice cream! Old Fashioned Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream is a dessert you can enjoy all year round.

homemade vanilla ice cream served with mint and raspberries

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

This is one of the easiest ice cream recipes you can make that is no fail. Throw it in the ice cream maker, and then sit back and wait for your delicious ice cream.

We have a lot of homemade ice cream recipes on our site. One of our favorite ice cream recipes is Raspberry Brownie Chunk Ice Cream.

Every summer my Mom pulls out her ice cream machine and makes homemade ice cream. It’s our family’s 4th of July tradition!

We always add candy or fruit to the ice cream – one of the best flavors is when she mixes it with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

How to make ice Cream without an ice cream machine

Great news, you do not need to have an ice cream machine to make your own homemade ice cream. You can easily adapt the recipe, or find so many recipes on the internet that are for no-churn ice cream.

We have a No Churn Birthday Cake Ice Cream recipe that is delicious.

A lot of recipes that don’t require an ice cream maker may have some mixing involved with a hand mixer. It’s usually partway through the freezing time.

It’s so easy and every time you beat it the ice cream becomes creamier.

Don’t worry about beating the ice cream too much with the hand mixer. It will only make it more smooth and creamy.

Be sure to use a good quality vanilla extract. That helps with creaminess and good vanilla flavor.

If you do choose to use an ice cream maker/machine, they are really easy to use and very convenient. You can also buy smaller ones that are great for small families and couples.

eggs or no eggs for creamy homemade ice cream?

As we look through so many homemade ice cream recipes, many have eggs in them.

You can have a delicious creamy ice cream with or without eggs.

Just follow the recipe you are making if it comes from a dependable source.

Ice cream experts probably have their own opinion. Some of our ice cream recipes use eggs, and some do not. Our recipes have been tried and tested, some with eggs and some without.

The more eggs you add to your ice cream, the more of a yellow tint it will have.

favorite ice cream flavors and add-ins

Every summer we would try a new flavor or fun add-ins for our homemade ice cream.

We love to add fresh fruit in season (raspberries are our favorite), we would break up candy bars, and even make a batch of brownies and cut them into small chunks as an add-in.

The ice cream add-in ideas are endless. Here are some fun add-ins for your homemade vanilla ice cream:

  • Candy bars broken into pieces (Kit Kats, Reese’s, Butterfingers, Snickers, M&M)
  • Peppermint candy canes
  • Fresh raspberries
  • Fresh peaches
  • Brownie chunks
  • Cookie dough balls (we made the cookie dough without eggs and rolled the dough into marble sized balls)
  • Cookies broken into chunks (Grasshopper, Samoa cookies, OREO, Deluxe Grahams)

how to make old-fashioned vanilla ice cream

  1. In a large bowl whisk together the heavy cream, whole milk, sugar, vanilla, and pinch of salt.
  2. Pour into the ice cream maker container.
  3. Turn on machine according to the manufacturers directions for the ice cream maker.
  4. After the ice cream is done churning, transfer to an airtight freezer container.
  5. Ice cream is good for up to 6 weeks in the freezer.

Serves: 8

Old Fashioned Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

2 hr, 10 Prep Time

2 hr, 10 Total Time

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  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • Pinch salt


  1. Whisk all ingredients together until sugar dissolves.
  2. Pour into the bowl of an ice cream machine.
  3. Freeze according to the ice cream maker's instructions.
  4. After the ice cream is made, transfer to an airtight container, cover tightly and freeze .
  5. Serve with your favorite toppings.



322 cal


16 g


24 g


15 g
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21 Responses to “Old Fashioned Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream”

  1. Oooh! I'm pinning this. We just got an iceless ice cream machine from a friend. You don;t need rocksalt or fresh ice, you just keep the canister stored in your freezer. It works like a charm! I'll suprise my husband with this tonight with a peanut butter syrup and peanut butter cup crumble. Thanks for the inspiration!
    • Hi Linda. I went out to check the recipe, and the ingredients are not listed. We will work on fixing this post. Here are the ingredient amounts - 2 cups heavy cream 2 cups whole milk 3/4 cup sugar 2 teaspoons vanilla Pinch salt Hopefully we'll have it up and running soon. Thanks for the heads up!
  2. I made this ice cream in my ice cream maker and even though I followed the recipe it didn't end up like ice cream. All I got was a runny mix and when frozen had ice through it. I have tried this recipe twice using a different ice cream maker each time and got the same result each time. Won't do it a third time.

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