There’s a valid reason why the majority of North Americans scream for ice cream—particularly when they’re taste buds are being wooed by these unusually decadent flavors.

Try your hand at making a few of these crowd-pleasing homemade flavors at home…

1. Red Velvet Ice Cream

Your red velvet cupcakes are a hit! So why not whip up a pint of red velvet ice cream? Everyone loves the taste of red-hued, moist cake with cream cheese frosting, but you can provide a cool red velvet fix by creating a cheesecake ice cream in your ice cream maker and adding mashed, leftover red velvet cupcakes. Serve it à la mode with a chocolate brownie or sky high fudge cake.

Source: Brown Eyed Baker

2. Fig & Anise Ice Cream

There’s nothing quite as romantic as enjoying sweet, late-summer figs with your sweetie! The thick, meaty fruit provides a remarkable texture and intense taste, especially when used ripe, with the skins intact and combined with real cream, sticky honey, aniseed (which tastes similar to fennel or liquorice), and crème fraîche.

Source: Fine Cooking

3. Coconut Caramel Ice Cream

If you suffer from a dairy allergy or intolerance, you might think that ice cream is off limits. Surprise—your ice cream dilemmas have been solved with this non-dairy delight. Thanks to creamy coconut milk, these enough fat is this homemade, churned treat to give it the famous velvety texture of real cream. You can even get creative by adding chopped nuts, swirls of fruit (i.e., raspberry or cherry), or carob or espresso powder to the mix.

Source: Real Simple

4. Peach-Cinnamon Ice Cream

Nothing ushers late summer into fall like the taste of sweet peach nectar mixed with spicy cinnamon swirls. The earthy autumn spice infuses a bowl of classic peaches and cream with wistful memories of lazy summer days at the cottage, spent on the docks, or days walking along the beach boardwalk with the wind in your hair.


5. Maple and Chocolate-Bacon Crunch Ice Cream

What do you get when you churn real maple syrup with dark chocolate, coconut milk, thick butter, and crispy bacon? You might think that only a bunch of drooling Canadian Mounties would giddy-up for a scoop like this, but behold—sweet and salty make a marriage made in ooey-gooey, crunchy heaven!

Source: South Beach Primal

6. Rose Geranium with Pistachio Ice Cream

Take a deep breath; inhale the sweet, succulent smell of rose geranium from the garden. Fortunately, flower-infused desserts are my personal favorite, which is why I jumped at the opportunity to pluck these delicately fragrant petals to blend them into ice cream—with a bit of rosewater, honey, whole milk, cream cheese, and salty, crushed pistachios.


7. Biscoff-Brownie-Fudge Swirl Ice Cream

Biscoff cookies are addictive! Just try eating one of the popular European butter cookies and you’ll know exactly what I mean. Luckily, you can see just how the cookie crumbles when combined with gooey chocolate brownie chunks and decadent fudge swirls in a creamy vanilla ice cream base. Alternately, you can use nut butter in place of Biscoff, but you probably won’t want to once you try it like this.



8. Blood Orange “Dream-sicle” Ice Cream

Once a year I get a hankering for one of those Dream-sicle popsicles that we all loved as kids. However, this homemade, dairy-free version is made using abundantly Vitamin C-rich blood oranges, for intense flavor and a whole whack of antioxidants! Plus, healthy, organic food ingredients, like raw honey, raw vanilla extract, and coconut milk.

Source: Primally Inspired


Anna adores cooking, drinking wine, and listening to records, but she does a lot of yoga to balance things out ;) This explains the black bean brownie disaster of 2007 (don't bring that up). She's noshed in countries like Greece, Turkey, France, Ireland, Costa Rica, and numerous other weird, yummy places that will get her waxing all poetic about her favorite recipes.

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