Using only two ingredients, this ice cream recipe consistently produces thick, creamy ice cream. It can be made fat-free or sugar free in any flavor available in a pudding mix. This recipe is ideal for busy cooks, children, elderly people, diabetics, or dieters who cannot find sugar-free ice cream they like, or anyone who wants to impress guests with little effort. This recipe has been tested in a Cuisinart®® 2-quart electric ice cream maker, the kind where you freeze the bowl overnight and do not need ice or salt. This ice cream tastes like very good commercial ice cream.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
additional:
2 hrs
total:
2 hrs 10 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
1 1/2 quarts
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place the bowl of an ice cream maker in the freezer until completely chilled, at least 1 hour.

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  • Chill half-and-half in the freezer, shaking every 10 minutes, until chilled but not frozen, about 30 minutes.

  • Pour chilled half-and-half and pudding mix into a bowl and mix well with a whisk.

  • Place frozen bowl of ice cream maker into the ice cream maker; add the stirring component and lid. Turn on the machine so the bowl is rotating. Pour pudding mixture into the machine through the hole in the lid.

  • Allow ice cream to process in the ice cream maker until desired consistency is reached, about 30 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

Quick directions: Mix cold ingredients and pour mixture into rotating ice cream maker containing a frozen bowl, stopping machine and serving when ice cream is ready.

Preparation time does not include time to freeze the ice cream maker bowl or chill the ingredients, utensils, and serving dishes. Always keep the bowl ready in the freezer. Chilling ingredients, utensils and serving dishes is optional but helpful in warm weather.

Freeze leftovers immediately in individual serving sizes as it may become difficult to scoop after freezing. This recipe makes excellent frozen pudding Popsicles(R).

The actual final volume depends on how hard you let the ice cream get before serving because it will expand as it freezes.

This recipe can easily be modified by: 1) adding flavoring extracts, finely chopped or sliced fruit, crushed candies, shaved chocolate; 2) reducing the amount of pudding mix to make a less intense flavor; 3) using fat-free half-and-half and/or sugar-free pudding mix; 4) using milk, including nonfat milk. Modifications will change the flavor and consistency somewhat, but they still produce an excellent ice cream.

Nutrition Facts

269 calories; protein 4.7g; carbohydrates 22.1g; fat 18.5g; cholesterol 59.3mg; sodium 301.1mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (7)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/06/2017
I used the store brand chocolate pudding mix, and the only change was to add a little chocolate syrup. It definitely has a pudding flavor (surprise!) and the texture at 5 degrees F is like granite, but let it sit out until it's about 12 degrees F and it's just right - creamy and silky. As it warms further, it becomes very pudding like. I'd have given it 4 stars, but I wanted to offset the unrealistic 1 star review. You're just making pudding with twice the half and half instead of milk, so if it had a bad flavor, I'd blame one of the ingredients, not the recipe. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
04/03/2019
Tasted like frozen instant pudding. If I were to go through the effort to use my ice cream machine I'll make real ice cream. It's just as easy but tastes much better. Read More
7 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
01/06/2017
I used the store brand chocolate pudding mix, and the only change was to add a little chocolate syrup. It definitely has a pudding flavor (surprise!) and the texture at 5 degrees F is like granite, but let it sit out until it's about 12 degrees F and it's just right - creamy and silky. As it warms further, it becomes very pudding like. I'd have given it 4 stars, but I wanted to offset the unrealistic 1 star review. You're just making pudding with twice the half and half instead of milk, so if it had a bad flavor, I'd blame one of the ingredients, not the recipe. Read More
(3)
Rating: 5 stars
04/21/2017
Quick easy and versatile. The flavor of the pudding was not very strong. Less fat would allow flavor to come through better maybe. Trying milk next time. Read More
(1)
Rating: 1 stars
03/12/2016
It didn't work for us at all. I made exactly as written with vanilla Jell-O brand pudding. The texture is slimy and it leaves an awful aftertaste. I really wanted to like this sorry. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/27/2020
I recommend using extract or vodka. It helps with the final product's consistency, making it easier to scoop. I have also used commercially prepared pudding in the same manner and that works, also. Good recipe - thanks! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
02/08/2019
I used Oreo pudding mix and added crushed mint Oreos at the end of churning. The mint added the extra sweetness and flavor it was otherwise lacking. I will use this recipe again with different flavors tweaking as necessary. It is a quick easy way to make flavored ice cream. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
09/16/2019
There's a few reviews saying it was bland or slimy I didn't have that issue at all. I used the full 3.5 ounces of instant pudding mix (2 boxes sugar free chocolate fudge and one sugar free cheesecake which was 1 oz) full fat half and half and a dash of almond extract. I only had 30 oz of half and half so I subbed 2 oz of heavy cream. Mixed it well before putting into my Cuisinart self chilling I've cream maker. 35 minutes later I have silky delicious keto icecream. Very very sweet can't tell it's sugar free and a small serving was very satisfying. Think about your ingredients use full fat liquid and you'll love it. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
04/03/2019
Tasted like frozen instant pudding. If I were to go through the effort to use my ice cream machine I'll make real ice cream. It's just as easy but tastes much better. Read More