There’s no better way to celebrate your summer holidays than with a bowl of patriotic, red, white, and blue ice cream. This homemade, no-churn vanilla ice cream recipe is easy to make and perfect for festive occasions like the Fourth of July. By adding a few drops of food coloring, you can create a colorful treat that will impress your friends and family.
The Perfect Summertime Dessert
With the Fourth of July right in the middle of the scorching summer, nothing beats a cold and refreshing ice cream. This red, white, and blue creation is everyone’s favorite summertime treat. The combination of flavors and colors makes it a festive addition to any celebration.
Easy and Fun to Make
One of the best things about this recipe is its simplicity. It’s a fun activity that you can enjoy with your kids. The step-by-step instructions are easy to follow, and you’ll have a blast creating colorful layers of ice cream.
How to Make Red, White, and Blue Ice Cream
- 2 cups heavy cream (very cold)
- 1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Red and blue gel food coloring
- Ice cream cones (optional, for serving)
- Place a standard-sized loaf pan into the freezer to chill.
- In a large mixing bowl, beat the chilled heavy cream using an electric or stand mixer until stiff peaks form.
- Mix in the vanilla extract and condensed milk until just combined.
- Divide the mixture between three medium bowls.
- Add red food coloring to one bowl and blue food coloring to another, stirring to combine. Leave the third bowl white.
- Remove the chilled loaf pan from the freezer and spoon the three ice cream mixtures into the pan, alternating the colors.
- Return the pan to the freezer for 6 to 8 hours or until the ice cream is set.
- To serve, scoop the ice cream into bowls or ice cream cones.
- If desired, garnish with patriotic sprinkles for an extra festive touch.
Tips and Techniques
- Customize the colors: You can use any food coloring you want to match different occasions and celebrations.
- Storing leftovers: Store any remaining ice cream in an airtight container in the freezer for up to four weeks. Alternatively, you can keep it in the loaf pan, covered with plastic wrap, for up to one week.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is my whipping cream not getting stiff?
To achieve stiff peaks, make sure your heavy whipping cream is very cold. You can even place the mixing bowl in the freezer before whipping to keep it chilled during the process.
What is the difference between regular ice cream and no-churn ice cream?
Traditional ice cream is made with eggs and granulated sugar, while no-churn ice cream does not contain eggs and is made with sweetened condensed milk. Both types use heavy cream. Unlike traditional ice cream, no-churn ice cream does not require an ice cream maker and can be prepared by mixing the ingredients before freezing.
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