This No-Churn Vanilla Ice Cream with Rainbow Sprinkles recipe is a childhood favorite that never gets old. It has a texture like real soft-serve thanks to ingredients like cold cream, vanilla, sweetened condensed milk, and maple syrup for sweetness.
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Growing up, I always jumped at the opportunity to bring a melty Mr. Softey treat home from the ice cream truck on a hot summer day which is why I had to make this No-Churn Vanilla Ice Cream. One of my favorite treats has always been classic vanilla soft-serve ice cream with a thick coating of crunchy rainbow sprinkles. Be sure to check out my 10 Delicious No-Churn Ice Cream Flavors Worth Trying for the entire family!
These days, I don't often find myself running after the ice cream truck jingle. But I still have a hankering for sweet, creamy vanilla ice cream with rainbow sprinkles. That's why I decided to make my own, super-simple version f this childhood favorite. instead of refined sugar, my version is sweetened with agave. But it has the same light and airy texture I remember without any churning. Your freezer, not your arm, does the hard work for this ice cream recipe, and the results are beloved by kids and adults alike! However, if you're a lover of this ice cream recipe, then you're sure to love this No-Churn Chocolate Oreo Ice Cream, No-Churn Butter Pecan Ice Cream, Loaded No-Churn Snickers Ice Cream, No-Churn Caramel Cone Ice Cream, and No-Churn Cookies + Cream Ice Cream.
If you have a birthday celebration in your future, I highly recommend pairing your no-churn ice cream with a beautiful homemade vanilla cake with dairy-free vanilla buttercream frosting. It's a classic duo that never disappoints.
This is a great recipe to get little helpers active in the kitchen. My son loves helping make this creamy treat–almost as much as he loves eating it!
Here's the short list of ingredients you need to make the best no-churn ice cream you've ever had:
Yes, you read that right! This No-Churn Ice Cream does not need to be churned or processed in any way for the ice cream to freeze. It does take a little technique to perfect the consistency, but it is so easy that anyone could do it!
If you take sweetened cream, flavor it, and freeze it you will be very disappointed. Unfortunately, ice cream needs air whipped into it, which is what most ice cream machines do as they freeze the base. Freezing cream will cause it to solidify and you will never be able to scoop it out.
Instead, I use heavy whipping cream and whip it to stiff peaks. Then, I fold it into sweetened condensed milk along with my other mix-ins to keep the mixture airy. This way, I get perfectly scoopable ice cream once it has hardened in the freezer.
Sugar is imperative for this step! I don’t add any additional refined sugar to my ice cream recipe, as the sweetened condensed milk is sweet enough. The sugars in the mixture suspend within the ice cream, creating a soft texture. Without sugar, ice cream becomes hard, dry, and difficult to scoop.
When you're ready to start making the no-churn vanilla ice cream, get out your ingredients and follow these simple steps:
Here, I’ve curated a list of baking essentials that I use to achieve my favorite baked goods, especially with this No-Churn Vanilla Ice Cream. Everything from my fave large scoop, baking sheet, liners, and more. SEE THEM HERE!
Yes and No! If you want to make this recipe even faster and easier, you can replace the heavy cream with 2 cups of cool whip, however, the texture won't be as solid and "ice cream" like as this one. Cool whip creates a more "gummy" and a less smooth texture. Simply place the cool whip in a stand mixer bowl and fold in the remaining ingredients until uniform. Then place in the loaf pan and freeze as directed.
Store leftover ice cream in an airtight container in the freezer for up to two weeks–if it lasts that long!
After you've licked your bowl of soft vanilla ice cream clean, move on to one of these other popular recipes for frozen treats (bonus: they're all no-churn!):
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