Peppermint Ice Cream

February 26th, 2009

Peppermint Ice Cream from Sugarlaws

How many of you guys have leftover candy canes sitting around in your cupboards?

I thought so.  We had, in fact, three boxes of varying flavors, which have been slowly picked off, one at a time, over the last two and a half months.  But when we got down to our last box, I knew I had to make a peppermint recipe.

And yet somehow, lately, I’ve gotten out of the habit of using my ice cream maker.  How could this happen, you ask?  My theory is that it’s all about the appliance placement.

My kitchenaid mixer is placed prominently on our counter, as is the toaster oven.  My food processor is in one of my most-used cabinets.  The microwave is right below the toaster over (although, let’s face it, the microwave would still get a lot of use if I kept it on our roof).

But my ice cream maker?

Bottom shelf of our pantry, right next to the dog food.

I’m serious.  Yuck, right?  But after I’d thoroughly cleaned it out, frozen the churning bowl, and 24 hours later, had created this ice cream, I can’t imagine how I’ve let it be neglected for so long.  Three days later, this ice cream is gone.  And, unlike most of my dessert recipes, I didn’t eat it all myself — my fiance regularly went back for seconds and thirds of this ice cream all week.

So bring a little Christmas to your February, and use up your extra candy canes with this.  Enjoy!

Peppermint Ice Cream from Sugarlaws

Peppermint Ice Cream

3 peppermint candy canes
1 1/3 cups milk
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 tbsp vodka


Crush the candy canes into a fine powder in a food processor.  Dissolve the powder in the milk and then pour in the cream and vodka and mix well.  Process the mixture in an ice cream maker until churned, then freeze for several hours before serving.

Peppermint Ice Cream from Sugarlaws

Tags: desserts · food

17 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Kristen // Feb 26, 2009 at 6:48 am

    yum, though it’s hard to think of ice cream during winter!

  • 2 Elyse // Feb 26, 2009 at 7:28 am

    Sounds like the ice cream maker is going to be coming out a lot more often now.  It and the Kitchenaid can play!  This ice cream looks fantastic.  I’m a huge fan of peppermint, and I love the pale pink color the mints have given the ice cream.  Looks delicious!

  • 3 Erica // Feb 26, 2009 at 7:42 am

    I love ice cream in winter. I recently received a KitchenAid and I can’t wait to get the ice cream attachment.

    What purpose does the vodka serve?  A fun kick, or something more chemical?

  • 4 VeggieGirl // Feb 26, 2009 at 8:23 am

    Perfect use for those leftover candy canes, for sure!!

  • 5 Jack Etsweiler // Feb 26, 2009 at 8:50 am

    When I treated myself with a Simac ice cream maker back in 1983, the first recipe I made was their Maple Walnut Ice Cream (for dummies).  Cream, maple syrup, nuts, right into the machine.  That’s it.  I got the butterfat-on-the-roof-of-the-mouth experience, and since then I have always started with a cooked (usually with cornstarch) base.  Yes, it takes much longer, but do you think that simply scalding your recipe would improve the result?  I love peppermint ice cream and it’s not available on a regular basis.

  • 6 Katherine // Feb 26, 2009 at 9:50 am

    I love peppermint stick ice cream. I wish they sold it year round in the grocery store instead of for about a month. I actually like how yours doesn’t keep any of the pieces in larger chunks, because those chunks always get stuck in my teeth. The dissolvable powder sounds better.

  • 7 Pearl // Feb 26, 2009 at 9:53 am

    Oh my gosh!  Thank you!  I just received an ice cream maker attachment and was trying to decide what type of ice cream I should make!  Thank you!

  • 8 Nirvana // Feb 26, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    Yay to Christmas in February 🙂 This is a wonderful idea!

  • 9 The Duo Dishes // Feb 26, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    Great color.  Just imagine…make some sugar cookies or chocolate cookies and you can have peppermint sandwiches!

  • 10 Maria // Feb 26, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    So refreshing! I love a minty treat!

  • 11 Whitney Lichty // Feb 27, 2009 at 7:39 am

    Stumbled on your blog! Peppermint ice cream…yes please! And your correct, we too have boxes of candy canes lying around. A perfect use for them!
    I don’t even care that it’s freezing outside, I can taste the ice cream just looking at the pictures.  Cant wait to try it!

  • 12 Rachel // Feb 27, 2009 at 11:27 am

    Such a delicate colour, very beautiful.
    Your kitchen sounds interesting to me, by the way. 🙂 It would be cool to see some photos. 😀

  • 13 Cy // Feb 27, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    Want some!

  • 14 Elizabeth // Feb 28, 2009 at 4:23 am


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  • 16 Woods // Aug 18, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    Stellar work there everyone. I’ll keep on riedang.

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