In some parts of the world it’s getting really cold. Here in Melbourne, we’re starting to do hard time as the mercury drops each week. Those that can escape to Europe, America or any tropical island are doing it now.
Even though it’s cold, there’s still people lined up to get served ice cream at their local ice cream shops. Popular Lygon Street spots are pumping out the ice cream, rain or shine.
The reality is people love ice cream all year around. But some of us like to make our own ice cream which leads to a very important question. What are the best winter ice cream recipes?
I’ve compiled my favourites based on taste and availability of ingredients. I hope you find one that looks good.
Top Winter Ice Cream Recipes
1. Lemon Ice Cream
Lemon trees never seem to stop producing fruit. However, they’re officially in season and readily available from June to August. This means you’ll easily have access to fresh lemons in the supermarket for a good price.
Lemons are amazing in ice cream because the sourness contrasts brilliantly with the ice cream’s sweetness.
2. Blackberry Ice Cream
What? Blackberries in winter? Yes, you’ll have to avoid the fresh option unless you want to pay a truck load for them. Instead, go for the frozen berries at your local supermarket. They’re not quite as tasty as the fresh ones, but you’ll still love your ice cream.
Make blackberry ice cream> (replace the fresh berries with frozen ones if necessary)
3. Chocolate Ice Cream
It’s never a bad time to eat chocolate. Even in the depths of winter, chocolate doesn’t skyrocket in price.
To help deal with the dark winter days, why not create a super premium ice cream to put a smile on your face. Use premium cocoa and chocolate rather than the cheap stuff to take your ice cream to a new height.
4. Hokey Pokey Ice Cream
This flavour is perfect to take away the winter blues.
Use sugar, golden syrup and baking soda to create crunchy toffee pieces to add to vanilla ice cream. It’s a big hit in NZ for good reason!
5. Mint Choc Chip Ice Cream
Mint is one of those ingredients that’s readily available all year around, even winter.
Forget the store bought version, make your own. When you taste fresh mint in ice cream for the first time you’ll never want to eat it any other way.
6. Orange Ice Cream
Add some colour to your winter with a bowl of orange ice cream.
Oranges can be found easily, even in the colder months and they’re usually a bargain.
7. Strawberry Ice Cream
It’s hard to beat the combination of strawberry and creamy vanilla ice cream. It’ll definitely add some happiness to your winter.
I find you can still source delicious fresh strawberries even through winter in Australia. They’re grown in the warmer parts of the country.
8. Vanilla Ice Cream
Classic vanilla is popular worldwide for good reason. It’s really good!
It’s vanilla season all year round in my life and winter sees me creating hot apple pies which are calling out for vanilla ice cream to be added.
9. Prune Ice Cream
Prunes are always in season at your local supermarket. That means prune ice cream is a good choice for winter.
The low water content in the prunes makes them an excellent candidate for ice cream. Less water means less icy ice cream!
I hope you enjoy my favourite winter ice cream recipes. If you decide to make one of these be sure to share it on the Creamish Facebook page.