How to Make Vanilla Ice Cream


This homemade ice cream is easy to make with just 4 ingredients: pure vanilla extract, milk, heavy whipping cream, and sugar. This American or Philadelphia-style ice cream makes for a brighter, more pronounced vanilla flavor.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs 20 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 30 mins


  • 2 ¼ cups milk

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream

  • ¾ cup white sugar

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  1. Stir milk, cream, and sugar in a saucepan over low heat until sugar has dissolved. Heat just until the mixture is hot and a small ring of foam appears around the edge.

  2. Transfer cream mixture to a pourable container such as a large measuring cup. Stir in vanilla extract and chill mix thoroughly, at least 2 hours. (Overnight is best.)

  3. Pour cold ice cream mix into an ice cream maker, turn on the machine, and churn according to manufacturer's directions, 20 to 25 minutes.

  4. When ice cream is softly frozen, serve immediately or place a piece of plastic wrap directly on the ice cream and place in the freezer to ripen, 2 to 3 hours.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

425 Calories
25g Fat
46g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 425
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 15g 77%
Cholesterol 93mg 31%
Sodium 79mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 46g 17%
Total Sugars 44g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 200mg 15%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 255mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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