Fresh Twists on Ice Cream

Break out the trusty ice cream maker and expand your summertime dessert horizons with these innovative recipes.

  • Caramelized Fig Ice Cream
    Photo: Leo Gong; Styling: Karen Shinto

    Caramelized Fig Ice Cream

    Start by softening vanilla ice cream then beat in the fig-lemon mixture. This late-summer favorite is sure to be a treat.
  • <p>Fresh Mint Chip Ice Cream</p>

    Fresh Mint Chip Ice Cream

    This mint ice cream isn't fluorescent green because it's made with mint leaves, not food coloring. And instead of waxy chocolate chips, it has ultrathin shards of chocolate, which instantly melt in the mouth.
  • <p>Honey Ice Cream</p>

    Honey Ice Cream

    This ice cream has a delicate flavor; if you prefer a deeper taste, substitute a darker honey. Top with Honey-Roasted Figs for more rich honey flavor.
  • Caramel Corn Ice Cream
    Photography: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro

    Caramel Corn Ice Cream

    Fresh corn isn't just for the cob—it makes for a delicious ice cream, too. Stir in the caramels just after freezing and top with caramel popcorn for a sweet and salty treat.
  • Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream
    Oxmoor House

    Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

    If you crave the rich, tangy flavor of cheesecake but love the sweetness of summer berries, this ice cream is for you.
  • Rum-Macadamia Ice Cream with Grilled Pineapple and Coconut
    Becky Luigart-Stayner; Jan Gautro; Leigh Ann Ross

    Rum-Macadamia Ice Cream with Grilled Pineapple and Coconut

    With only six ingredients, including sweet dark rum and buttery macadamia nuts, this ice cream is simple to make and can turn your kitchen into a tropical Caribbean island. Serve with grilled pineapple and top with toasted coconut for an amazingly delicious flavor combination.
  • Cuban Coffee Ice Cream with Dulce de Leche
    James Carrier

    Cuban Coffee Ice Cream with Dulce de Leche

    This rich ice cream combines dark-roasted coffee beans, rum, and what else? The gooey, dark, golden caramel known as Dulce de Leche.
  • Sour Cream Chamomile Ice Cream
    Thomas J. Story

    Sour Cream Chamomile Ice Cream

    Use fresh chamomile for a light, herbaceous note. If you have access to fresh chamomile, give it a try here. Or use dried chamomile tea, which imparts a more earthy flavor.
  • Honey-Lavender Ricotta Ice Cream
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Honey-Lavender Ricotta Ice Cream

    Infusing the syrup with lavender imparts a subtle floral flavor to this ice cream. Look for fresh ricotta cheese at gourmet markets, or you can make your own—go to for our homemade version. It lends the ice cream wonderful richness. Serve with Easy Raspberry Sauce, and garnish with lavender sprigs.
  • Mango Mascarpone Ice Cream
    Randy Mayor

    Mango Mascarpone Ice Cream

    Mascarpone's silky thickness lends a custardlike texture without the trouble of cooking custard. Except for dissolving sugar in mango nectar, this is a no-cook recipe. Press the puree through a fine sieve for a smooth texture.
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