Sweet Cream Ice Cream – Easy and Creamy!


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Sweet Cream Ice Cream is a delicious and simple Philadelphia style churned ice cream that you can make at home with four simple ingredients.

This sweet cream ice cream recipe is naturally gluten free, egg-free, and nut-free.

The addition of sea salt turns this sweet cream ice cream into the perfect sea salt ice cream recipe!

two sugar cones of white, sweet cream ice cream set on a white scalloped plate.

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This is a sea salt ice cream recipe using sweet cream. Sea salt gives a savory, salty tone to the ice cream without making it too salty. The salt balances out the sweetness perfectly.

No cooking required for this sweet cream ice cream recipe. Because there are no eggs in this recipe, there’s no need to cook the base, which means that your ice cream will be ready faster.

Sweet cream ice cream is very simply flavored, making it a perfect ice cream for adding your favorite toppings, creating sundaes, or using it for milkshakes.

We’ve been enjoying it sandwiched between two vegan pumpkin cookies.

Ingredients needed for sweet cream ice cream, in separate bowls on a marble counter.


Whole Milk – Whole milk is the first of two dairy products used to create our ice cream base.

Heavy Cream – Heavy cream, mixed with whole milk creates the perfect, creamy texture.

Granulated Sugar – This is our simple sweetener for this recipe. The combination of sugar and salt creates this irresistible flavor.

Sea Salt – Choose a fine sea salt so that it distributes well into the ice cream base. A bit of salt balances the sweetness here and turns this sweet cream ice cream into a sea salt ice cream.

photo collage showing six steps needed to make sweet cream ice cream in an ice cream maker.


  1. In a large bowl, combine whole milk and granulated sugar. Whisk for 2-3 minutes, until the sugar is dissolved into the milk. You should not feel any grit if you rub the mixture between two fingers.
  2. Then add the heavy cream and sea salt and whisk until combined.
  3. Add the ice cream base mixture into the bowl if your ice cream machine.
  4. Churn the ice cream mixture in the bowl of your ice cream machine according to your manufacturer’s instructions, until it is thick and the consistency of soft serve ice cream.
  5. Spoon the ice cream into a shallow container or a loaf pan. Press plastic wrap or wax paper to the surface of the ice cream.
  6. Freeze for at least four hours, or until solid. Let sit at room temperature for about 5 minutes before serving.

These numbered steps match the numbered photos above and are for illustration purposes. For the complete list of ingredients and instructions, please see the recipe below.

a vintage style metal ice cream scoop, scooping into creamy white, sweet cream ice cream.


Store this Sweet Cream ice cream in the freezer in an airtight container (we really like these reusable ice cream containers) with a piece of parchment paper or wax paper pressed on top for up to one month.

Because the addition of sea sat makes this a sea salt ice cream, it may store longer. Salt expands the storage time in this recipe.


Use quality ingredients – When making homemade ice cream, you’ll want to make sure you are using high quality ingredients for the best outcome.

Chill out – If possible, always start with chilled ingredients. This is important for homemade no-churn ice cream recipes and ice cream maker recipes.

Don’t skimp on the fat – High fat milks and creams are essential when making homemade ice cream. Opting for a low-fat option often leads to icy ice creams and inconsistency in the texture.

Don’t go crazy with the add-ins – If you’re adding in additional ingredients, pick one or two and make sure they are chopped into pieces no larger than a blueberry or pea.Don’t skimp on the sugar – Sugar not only adds sweetness to homemade ice creams, it also helps with the texture. Sugar is essential for the creamy texture in ice cream.

closeup view of two sugar cones of sweet cream ice cream on a white plate.


Chill a shallow container or a loaf pan in the freezer while you mix the ice cream ingredients.

Pour the ice cream mixture into the prepared pan and freeze for 3-4 hours. Stir the ice cream every 30 minutes for the first 2 hours to help add air. This will help create a creamy, smooth texture.


Sweet cream ice cream is like a blank canvas, you can add so many yummy things! Even as a sea salt ice cream, there’s so much you can add:

  • Shaved white or semi-sweet chocolate
  • Rainbow Sprinkles
  • Chopped chocolate covered pretzels
  • Chopped candy bar pieces

More Homemade Ice Cream Recipes

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  • Cookies and Cream Ice Cream
  • Java Chip Ice Cream

Here are some of our favorite things for making ice cream from scratch:

  • Cuisinart 2QT Ice Cream Maker – Works with ice cream, sorbets, and frozen yogurt.
  • Loaf Pan – You can use any 9 x 13 loaf pan or a shallow pan, but we like this one.
  • Ice Cream Scoop – Make sure you have a good ice cream scoop. This is one of our favorites.
  • Ice Cream Bowls – You can use any bowl, but we think these are fun.
  • Ice Cream Containers – We love keeping a couple of ice cream containers on hand for when we make homemade ice cream.

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