September 16, 2020

Simple Vanilla Ice Cream

Have you created any new habits during quarantine? I’ve added a new treat each week in our household.  Right now we are kind of on a sundae kick here. The world may be a dumpster fire, but I still can wow an 11-year-old boy with a  Simple Vanilla Ice Cream recipe!  With some fudge sauce (I hide ours waaay back in the fridge with boobie traps!)  and chopped salty chopped peanuts, we have quick weeknight sundaes. 

While searching for a simple ice cream recipe that doesn’t involve eggs, I found a commenter’s note saying that “the best/easiest vanilla ice cream recipe is made with cream, sweetened condensed milk, and vanilla.”

I had all of those things.

Challenged accepted. 


We have a winner.

I did add a pinch (or two) of salt cuz that’s how I roll.  The sweetened condensed milk makes the process so much easier because you don’t have to warm up cream and melt sugar!  Plus SWEETENED CONDENSED MILK TASTES AMAZING.  I love that stuff a little too much!

If you feel like dusting off your ice cream maker. and making ice cream magic, MAKE THIS.  We are going to be experimenting with it a lot in the Benjamin family. Stay tuned!

Ingredients are:

Mix them together. Chill.

Pour mixture into your ice cream maker. and follow the directions.

Get that baby churning!

I have a funny story for you…




Btw- this is the best ice cream container! Makes scooping ice cream a breeze. 

Ok here’s how we take it up a notch in the Benjamin household with some faves from Trader Joe’s.

Those blistered peanuts are everything.  More for me plz.




This is a dangerous habit to get into.

Consider yourself warned.

See also: We are in this together.

If you’re looking for some recipes to use with your ice cream maker, I suggest:



Simple Vanilla Ice Cream

makes a little over a pint

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 – 14 oz. can of sweetened condensed milk 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • a heavy pinch of kosher salt 

Whisk cream, sweetened condensed milk, and vanilla together in a large measuring cup until well combined. Add salt and season to taste. Cover mixture and chill in the fridge for at least 4 hours.  Add chilled mixture to ice cream maker and follow according to directions. Place ice cream in a sealed container and chill for at least 4 hours. Serve plain or with your favorite toppings and enjoy!

  • Heidi

    Looks so good- definitely picking up some heavy cream on my next store run. Also, those peanuts are the best. I carry a little baggie with those and some dark chocolate chips mixed in as my afternoon snack!

  • TJ

    This is even easier without the need for an ice cream machine. Whip the cream and fold into the condensed milk with 2tbsp of booze (bourbon etc.) too help prevent ice crystals from forming. Then place mixture into a loaf pan and freeze. Simple!

  • Jamie

    Oooh, looks good. Our go-to, for an icier vanilla ice cream, is 1 cup sugar, 1 quart half n half, 1 pint heavy cream, dash salt, vanilla to taste, then churn it up in our Kitchenaid ice cream attachment. Then we often mixed in chopped mini oreos or PB cups, or homemade berry jam, before freezing to set.

  • Natalie Cook

    Love this idea!
    I have all of those ingredients right now too. I will definitely be making it this weekend. Thanks for sharing!

  • Joan

    Made it! Loved it! I started it too late in the day to chill it for 4 hours before freezing but it froze fine in my little ice cream machine. I put it in the freezer for about 4 hours after churning but that wasn’t quite long enough to firm it up to the hardness I prefer. Didn’t matter though – we ate it like soft serve. We were all really impressed how rich this ice cream tasted. Somewhere I picked up a bias against sweetened condensed milk. But, I trust your recipes, so thanks for showing me the light. I am curious now how to make chocolate ice cream this way.

  • Sabrina

    simply is usually best and plain vanilla is never plain to me, it’s my favorite, so thank you for this recipe!

  • Steven Bergeron

    Thanks for sharing this Information

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  • Elaina D'Agostino

    I adored how you said you can still wow your 11-year-old with a simple vanilla ice cream even if the world is a dumpster fire. My little sister has been a bit down in the dumps right now because she couldn’t go out due to an injury. I will either try and make ice cream for her, or get an ice cream she likes from a local shop that promises to make home-made ice cream.

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