Peppermint Ice Cream . Sprouted Kitchen

First off, thank you for the sweet notes from last posts' news. I was so excited to tell you people and your congrats and affirmation exceeded my expectation - thank you!

I wish there was a way for me to make you a dairy-free based peppermint ice cream - for you and me both actually - but this is just a flavor that I can't translate to the coconut based sort. I will point you towards this mint chip which looks fabulous if there is a dairy allergy or intolerance. True peppermint ice cream should only come out around the holidays, if you ask me. It's something sacredly seasonal like egg nog or reindeer on the lawn. I love it more because I don't have it year round. My grandparents used to bring us over a big styrofoam container of it from a local ice cream shop when it came out for the season. I get my ice cream fondness from my PopPop, who has since passed. The ice cream had little specks of red and green throughout from the peppermint candies - the element that sets peppermint and mint chip apart. My whole family loves the flavor, but it still reminds me of my grandparents. The brands that offer peppermint at the market are either chock full of crap ingredients or pricey for a tiny pint we would eat all too quickly. 'Tis the season for special treats.

Trees! Holiday tunes! Bundling and looking at lights! Hope this beautifully crazy month has started off well for you all.

Peppermint Ice Cream . Sprouted Kitchen

Peppermint Ice Cream . Sprouted Kitchen

PEPPERMINT ICE CREAM // Makes 1 quart-ish

Base recipe adapted from David Lebovitz' Mint Chip

I use the peppermint candies from Trader Joes. They don't have any coloring or corn syrup in them, so seem the least junky option for a peppermint candy. The cornstarch is optional here, but I've been adding it ever since I tried the Jeni's method. She uses it to reduce the amount of ice crystals in the mix, and while I am using a custard base here, not her eggless one, I figure it can't hurt. Don't challenge my science, just know it's optional.

  • 5 egg yolks
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons peppermint extract
  • 1/2 cup crushed peppermint candies


Peppermint Ice Cream . Sprouted Kitchen

Peppermint Ice Cream . Sprouted Kitchen

Set a large glass bowl above a pot of simmering water, not letting the bottom of the bowl touch the water line. Add the egg yolks and sugar into the bowl and stir occasionally until the sugar has mostly dissolved the the yellow has paled in color. About 5 minutes. Set the bowl aside.

Mix 1/4 cup of the milk with the cornstarch and set aside to dissolve. Empty the water from the pot, put the remaining milk and cream in the pot over medium heat and warm until bubbles form on the outer edges. Slowly add the warm cream to the yolks, stirring as you add. Stir in the cornstarch mixture and the peppermint extract.
Chill the mixture in the fridge for at least an hour, preferably closer to three.

Put the mixture in an ice cream maker and churn according to instructions. In the last minute, add the peppermint candies. Take a bite, if its not quite minty enough for you, add another splash of extract. Transfer the mixture to a container for the freezer, and freeze for at least a few hours to firm up.

Top it with hot fudge, chocolate cookies, inbetween cookies for an ice cream sandwhich etc.

Peppermint Ice Cream . Sprouted Kitchen

Reader Comments (47)

It's taken over thirty years but I'm finally starting to come round to idea of peppermint and chocolate. If anything can convince me further of its merits, I think it's this beautifully simple ice cream. Lovely.

December 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKathryn

If you like peppermint ice cream, splurge is you ever see McConnels Peppermint Stick at the store. Most delicious ice cream in the world. Worth it :)

December 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJane

i love everything pepermint this time of the year. icecream looks so darn good :)

December 4, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdixya

Chocolate and peppermint is my favorite holiday treat, no matter what the vehicle. I'll have to play around with this for a non-dairy version. Mint chocolate chip was always my favorite ice cream. Reminds me of my grandma. Looks great!!

December 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGrace

Wow.. I always wondered how they made something like this, now thanks to you I know how they do! Thank you very much! I will try to make this soon!

December 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHenriette

Wow, this looks so delicious! I love peppermint ice cream...such a great holiday flavor. :)

December 4, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersara

It looks delicious and I like the pictures with whole and crushed candies. So nice.

These pictures are so tempting to take scoop from ice-cream bowl! Chocolate and peppermint are match made in heaven! Love your recipe!

December 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMedha

Oh my, this looks like the most perfect peppermint ice cream ever...

December 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJade Sheldon-Burnsed

This looks wonderful! Peppermint ice cream reminds me of my mom, and I know it reminds her of her childhood... Something in there has the ability to trigger powerful family memories, I guess! xo

December 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStacy

This looks absolutely perfect. I am know desperate for some peppermint ice cream - it's the flavour of the holidays.

December 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

I am soooo into this! Looks awesome!

Peppermint + coconut milk may not be a good combination for us dairy intolerant hooligans, but ya know what is? Peppermint + soy creamer. Doin' it. Totally infusing my belly with all that creamy plant estrogen. ;) But not for a few days because it's way too cold to trek to the grocery to get peppermints and then come back home and eat frozen dessert.

PS - I see a Staub.

December 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAshlae

Just found your gorgeous blog through Saveur and I am so glad I did. Congrats!
The peppermint ice cream looks amazing! I can eat ice cream pretty much any time even it's only about 40 f here in NYC. Saving it for my next ice cream experiment! Thanks for sharing!!

December 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterYi @ Yi Reservation

Quick question - when do you add the cornstarch/milk slurry back to the mixture?

December 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJenni

@Jenni - fixed it! Thank you for catching that!

December 4, 2013 | Registered CommenterSara

wow this looks great! i'm glad you're with me that ice cream should be a year-around treat! this peppermint flavour is perfect for december! and congratulations once again! :D

December 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJessica (bakecetera)

This looks really delicious and the pictures are incredible (as always)! But I face the same problem every year: how to find the least junky peppermint candy…And yes, this flavor should be reserved for December.

Mint choc chip is my absolute favourite, I can't wait to make this on the weekend!

December 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFood from Flossie

i recently discovered lactose-free half&half from Organic Valley, which is revolutionizing my life, and adding inches to my backside. i've been thinking about making ice cream with it, and this could make the cut.

December 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLan | morestomach

this is my favorite ice cream flavor-all year long...
did you know bruxie is serving peppermint ice cream milkshakes?!?!?

December 5, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkatie

This looks so incredibly delicious... Is it weird that I am always craving ice cream in the winter time? Well, not for me :D Your photos are one of the pretiest ones I have ever seen in any food blog. Keep it up :)

December 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterIeva Marija

Sometimes you've just got to be a little bit naughty. And this looks like the perfect recipe to do that with. Love the chocolate shavings on top - gorgeous touch.

December 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSkye

congratulations and thank you for sharing yet another fab recipe.. homemade ice cream is my weakness!!

December 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJulia

all these wonderful ice cream recipes it is starting to feel like an ice cream maker is in order before summer happens again!! My fav is mint chocolate chip!

December 5, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersandra

i love everything bout this recipe! thank you for all of the deliciousness and beauty you've helped bring to my kitchen the past couple of years. this is a bit off topic, but i couldn't help but admire how beautiful and simple your stove looks in the post, and i am in the market! would you mind sharing its make and model?

December 6, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterashley

This recipe looks delicious! For some reason, I always crave ice cream during cold weather. Would you recommend using other peppermint alternatives like peppermint leaves?

December 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTess @ Tips Healthy Living

@ashley - it's an old frigidaire. We rent our apt. so I don't know much else about it besides that its fairly old ;) I suppose there is a number on the back but I'm too scared to see what's under there to pull it from the wall. Good luck!

December 6, 2013 | Registered CommenterSara

I'm not sure why (I suppose it's a holdover from the winters of my childhood), but Christmas always makes me want either peppermint ice cream or strawberry ice cream! Perhaps the strawberry is harder to explain... In any case this looks beautiful, and I'm salivating for some. Have you had any luck making ice cream without a machine? I used to own one, but alas it's no longer with us.

December 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKatie in New York

My little sister's favourite flavour - and now on my list to make with my new ice cream maker. This will be perfect for our long summer afternoons on the front verandah of the house watching the sun go down after a big walk together.
Congratulations on the wonderful news as well. A little sprout will be a beautiful addition to your kitchen!

December 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

@Tess - I make my mint chip with real mint leaves and extract. I think you could go full leaves, it just takes a lot to get it super minty. I don't see why it wouldn't work with peppermint leaves, go for it! The link I have above the recipe to the mint ice cream is made with steeped leaves and that may be a good reference.

December 9, 2013 | Registered CommenterSara

love this recipe, of course, and completely agree that some things must be season, and this is one!

second, I am late to your news, and wanted to say a huge congratulations. this may sound odd, but I had wondered if you & Hugh were having a hard time conceiving--not because every lovely, happy couple who gets married should or will inevitably have kids, but because it seemed pretty clear from the public bits of your life (particularly your Instagram posts of Hugh being an uncle) that y'all were both pretty smitten with kids. in any case, you had both been on my mind and in my prayers in that way--again, please forgive if that comes across as too intimate or personal--so I'm thrilled to hear you are expecting.

my parents had a very, very hard time conceiving me, and I've had several friends deal with serious infertility. my partner & I were blessed to adopt our son at birth 17 months ago, and while that kind of waiting is not exactly the same, I can certainly relate to the feeling of "Why is this so easy for everyone else?" as we filled out form after form and waited for our entire life to be vetted by strangers. thank you for sharing what you did; it's astonishing to me how rarely, still, we talk about this, even though so many couples face it.

on a happier note, this baby stuff is absolutely the best. I, like you, always knew that I wanted to be a mom, and it is at once everything I had hoped it would be and a million things I could never imagine. the capacity for love, the joy at seeing your partner be a parent, the FUN--oh, it's so fun. hooray!

December 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNishta

@Sara- Great, thank you! :)

December 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTess @ Tips Healthy Living

Officially salivating over this. Seriously amazing!

December 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJames

Just a note--I just tried making this, and you need to cool the mixture before placing it into the ice cream maker. (The original recipe recommends cooling over an ice bath.) I made the mistake of not cooling it, and it didn't freeze up so now my craving for peppermint ice cream must wait.

December 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBryAnn

@BryAnn - my mistake for leaving that out! So sorry. Thanks for the heads up.

December 10, 2013 | Registered CommenterSara

I don't think I've congratulated you yet on the wonderful news! It's so exciting!

Sometimes ice cream just needs the dairy in it... actually, it often does. This looks marvelous.

December 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrian @ A Thought For Food

P.S. I tested it out this morning, and it's delicious! Worth the wait. :)

December 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBryAnn

Peppermint ice cream is my favorite! Your recipe jumped at me for sticking to the basics (I'm not much of a fan of flavor mixing). I made this a couple nights ago and also made the mistake of putting in the maker warm. No big deal, refroze the bowl and tried again the next evening. My mixture didn't set up. After being in the maker for almost 30 minutes, it was more like a slightly melted milkshake than ice cream. This was my first attempt at homemade ice cream, do you know what I possibly did wrong? It froze in the freezer (obviously) and tastes delicious but doesn't look nearly as pretty as yours. Thanks!

December 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAshleyN

Could there be anything more fulfilling than to have this one served at the table on a Christmas Eve? I’d say this will make my Christmas much merrier. I just thought I’ll have this one for my family. Thanks for this delightful recipe.

December 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPerry CavaCava

so pretty & festive! Thanks for the link love! xo :)

December 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJeanine

I haven't made ice cream in forever, but this is just so festive I might have to! Thanks for sharing!

December 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAdam

Looks gorgeous )

December 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPhoto cakes

My mixture was yellowish in color after adding the warmed milk and cream. Could it have something to do with using farm-fresh eggs (have a more orangey color) ?

December 21, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbobbie

@bobbie - it is absolutely the yolks. Maybe not so pretty to look at but hopefully it tastes good!

December 21, 2013 | Registered CommenterSara

Thanks for confirming my feelings about the yolks. Ice cream turned out to be delicious albeit a little creamier in color. Congratulations on your award from Saveur. You deserve it.

December 21, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbobbie

Oh my ! I am so making this :D <3 ice cream

March 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNell

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