Peppermint Ice Cream


Scoopable creamy peppermint ice cream straight out of the freezer

Bring a touch of winter in your home with this frosty batch of peppermint ice cream. Creamy mint ice cream filled with chucks of crunchy peppermint swirls and candy canes, this frozen holiday dessert is scoopable right out of the freezer.

Christmas isn’t just meant for gingerbread houses and sugar cookies, peppermint ice cream is a popular frozen dessert that will warm your heart this holiday season.

You can get the creamiest ice cream from home without using eggs or sweetened condensed milk! How? We add my secret ingredient which is vodka. You’ll get a soft ice cream texture that you can easily scoop into a cone or dish right from the freezer. No need to mess with trying to make a custard from egg yolks in order to make ice cream. I always seem to curdle my eggs at my first attempt! It’s just so much easier to make it without eggs.

This peppermint stick ice cream is so appealing too. The crushed peppermints or candy canes turn the ice cream a soft pink that really makes those chunks of crushed candy canes pop out!


How to make peppermint ice cream

  1. Whisk together your five ingredients – heavy cream (or coconut milk if making dairy-free ice cream), powdered sweetener, vodka, salt and peppermint oil.
  2. Refrigerate the ice cream mixture for 2 hours. This helps for the mint flavors to meld together with the cream. You get a more pronounced, developed flavor. It also helps to give the ice cream a creamier texture.
  3. Churn in an ice cream maker. Pour in your mix to an ice cream maker and churn until thick, creamy and frozen.
  4. No ice cream maker? No problem. For no-churn ice cream, beat mixture with an electric mixer or add mixture to a mason jar and shake to thicken. Then freeze.

ingredients for peppermint ice cream on a counter with a pine branch in the background

Key ingredients

  • Heavy cream – This keto ice cream is meant to be indulgent. For the ultimate silky ice cream, we use heavy cream. If you prefer to make a non-dairy ice cream, use canned coconut milk instead.
  • Sweetener – Ice cream is sweet – at least most prefer it that way. To minimize the sugar and carbs in this recipe, we use a powdered sugar-free sweetener. The powdered or confectioner’s sugar dissolves into the cream better compared to granulated sweeteners.
  • Vodka or rum – Using a clear, neutral-flavored distilled spirit, like vodka or white rum, raises the freezing point of liquids. This decreases the iciness. Instead of rock hard ice cream straight out of the freezer, you get softer ice cream that you can easily slide an ice cream scoop with.  You don’t have to worry about getting to rummy or punchy with this ice cream recipe since we only add 2 tablespoons of hard alcohol for the entire batch of ice cream.
  • Salt – Adding salt to a sweet recipe will enhance the sweet flavor. Salt will also lower the freezing point of water resulting in a softer ice cream you can scoop.
  • Peppermint – It’s up to you whether you want to use mint or peppermint flavoring. And you can use either extract or oil. Extracts are alcohol based and oils are oil-based (of course). Both will help create a soft ice cream.
  • Peppermint Candies – The finishing touch to any worthy peppermint ice cream are the chunks of crushed peppermint swirls or candy canes mixed in the base.
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a glass sundae jar filled with pink peppermint ice cream with chunks of peppermint and candy canes

What else can I add into peppermint ice cream?

Want to have some fun with your mint ice cream? Try adding these to your par-churned ice cream.


How to store homemade peppermint ice cream?

Homemade ice cream should always be store in the freezer in an air-tight container to prevent freezer burn. You can keep in the freezer for a few weeks before it starts to get icy on top. Covering the container with plastic wrap or wax paper before putting the lid on will decrease the chance of ice crystal forming. tightly covered in the freezer for up to a week.

pink peppermint ice cream dripping from two cones

Can you use fresh mint in peppermint ice cream?

If you don’t want to use mint extract or oil and would rather go the more natural route, you can use fresh mint to flavor your peppermint ice cream.

Simply add heavy cream, sweetener, salt and mint leaves to a sauce pan and let simmer over medium-low heat for a few minutes. Remove from heat and let the mixture sit for 30 minutes to allow the mint leaves to steep. Remove the mint leaves. Then add vodka or white rum and continue through with the remaining steps.

How to crush peppermint candy?

If you watch the video above, you will learn that I struggled with this. Normally I use a rolling pin to crush candies but it would not crush the thick peppermint swirls I was using, so I had to use a hammer instead. Candy canes are easier to crush compared to the swirl candies.

Nutritional information & Macros

Nutrition Information

Peppermint Ice Cream

Servings: 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 480
Fat 48g
Protein 2.4g
Total Carbs 2.4g
Net Carbs 2.4g

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  1. I made this with peppermint flavor, 1 cup heavy whipping cream, 1 cup flaxseed milk, semi-natural pink food coloring, cheap vodka from a tiny bottle, Swerve confectioners, and organic peppermint candies made with real sugar. Made in ice-cream maker. Delicious.

  2. Do you measure your peppermint candies before crushing? I noticed on the nutrition 3 candies are 15 carbs. Can’t wait to make this today ❤️

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