Homemade Peppermint Stick Ice Cream: Make Your Own Monday #28

It’s a funny thing.  Ice cream makers usually make their appearances during the hot summer months, but peppermint ice cream only shows up in grocery stores during December.  For the other eleven months of the year, we get no peppermint and for the spring, fall and winter months, we get no homemade ice cream.  It’s time to combine the two.  Peppermint ice cream in the summer!  Homemade ice cream in the winter!  Rah! Rah! Rah!Homemade Peppermint Stick Ice Cream.  Use those starlight mints instead of candy canes, so you can eat it all year long!!
Okay, it’s pretty obvious that I was never a cheerleader.
But I make a mean ice cream.

Homemade Peppermint Stick Ice Cream.  Now you can have it any time of the year, not just when the grocery stores carry it.

Homemade Peppermint Stick Ice Cream: Make Your Own Monday #28
  • 2 cups milk
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups cream or half & half
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp mint extract
  • 1 cup of broken hard peppermint candies (starlight mints or candy canes)
  • red food coloring (optional)
  1. In a saucepan, combine the milk, sugar and eggs.
  2. Heat to 160 degrees F.
  3. Remove from heat and place in the fridge for 10 minutes.
  4. After wait time is over, add the cream, vanilla, mint extract and food coloring.
  5. Place in an ice cream maker drum and churn according to appliance directions.
  6. Remove paddle from drum and stir in peppermint pieces.
  7. Place lid on top and put in freezer to cure (at least an hour...unless you can't wait that long).


 Homemade Peppermint Stick Ice Cream.  Now you can have it any time of the year, not just when the grocery stores think you should.
Once, I made the mistake of adding my candy along with the other flavorings.  With the heat of the custard and the action of the ice cream maker, all of it dissolved, leaving behind just the flavor, but no crunch.  You need to add the candy after all of the churning is over.
We have topped the ice cream with chocolate sauce for a taste of a peppermint pattie.  Serve it on a brownie or in between cookies for another treat.


24 thoughts on “Homemade Peppermint Stick Ice Cream: Make Your Own Monday #28

  1. >I love peppermint…just not ice cream! I wonder how this would turn out using coconut milk? dairy alleries…

  2. >I've been wanting to buy an ice cream maker. Your peppermint ice cream recipe sounds like a great ending to a heavy dinner.

  3. >You are an inspiration! The summer is half over and not once have I pulled out my ice cream machine. I KNOW IT'S SHOCKING! Guess what I'm doing this week? {giggle}

  4. >What a serendipitous mistake! I hate biting into hard candy when I eat ice cream, but I LOVE the flavor. Can't wait to try this recipe…with my hot fudge sauce. (check it out…it's delicious!)

    Jane (Artfully graced)

  5. >This sounds so good and refreshing. I kind of like the idea that it melted with no crunchy things left. Eureka! You discovered a new technique. Thanks so much for joining me for the Ice Cream Social.Hope you had time to browse some of the other posts. We got some great recipes!

  6. >I love peppermint ice cream…have never made it myself though….now maybe I will…thank you.

  7. >Always looked forward to Peppermint Stick at Christmas time – but now can have it year round! I rather like the idea of not having the chunks so you may be on to something…can really picture it in a sandwich between brownies!!!

  8. >…but I think I like the smoothness of the ice cream and without the chards of candy, just my opinion….sounds like a wonderful ice cream, thanks for the recipe…

  9. >I am snagging this recipe for my sister who must always wait for December to find her very favorite ice cream flavor. It just isn't right!

  10. >It sounds really great, the main advantage of cooking at home is that you can make whatever you want whenever you want 🙂

  11. >Ho, ho ho, and all that. Christmas in July sounds fantastic! The ice cream looks delicious, little bits or no!

  12. >It is really great flavoured ice cream and really I like to eat ice cream and in fact every one loves to eat ice cream. This is delicious flavour and I am sure that my kids and hubby will love it.
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  13. >This recipe sounds absolutely delicious! Peppermint patty, Mmmmm!
    So glad you shared this recipe. It's on my list to try.

  14. >It doesn't bother me that you don't see the peppermint flecks in the ice cream–I bet this tasted so refreshingly good. What a great idea for a summer flavor.

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