Ben & Jerry's Sweet Cream Base

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 0 mins

This is the most popular of the Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream bases. It holds up well in a home freezer, and it's easy! From here, the sky's the limit ... follow a tried and true recipe, or make up that fantasy flavor you've always dreamed of. This recipe is posted in response to a request ... hope it helps!


  1. Whisk eggs for 1 to 2 minutes, until fluffy and light.
  2. Gradually whisk in sugar, then continue until fully blended, about a minute more.
  3. Mix in cream and milk and whisk to blend.
Most Helpful

Excellent sweet cream base. I would suggest the following: heat the final mixture to 170°F over a low flame, cool to room temperature, and refrigerate over night before churning. This isn't so much to cook the egg, which some people may be concerned over, but more to help develop some complex flavors in the base. Uncooked, the base will have a very flat tasting creamy finish; cooked, the base will have a sweeter carmel like flavor at the finish. Just adds some depth.

ianfan December 23, 2005

Very nice base for adding many different mix-ins and flavors.

Fudge Fanatic September 09, 2009

Delicious base! I made a lemon blueberry ice cream and loved it!

Jen in Victoria, BC July 18, 2015