Easy, Spectacular Freezer Ice Cream - No Machine Needed!

READY IN: 4hrs 10mins
Recipe by ItalianMama

Thick, rich, and creamy, and with a texture to rival (or even surpass) homemade ice cream from a machine. Seriously. My machine-made ice cream often turns out a little icy, but this doesn't. Just dense creaminess. And it's super simple to make. If you can operate a hand mixer, you can make this. "Cooking" time is freezing time.

Top Review by Kimcooking

I don't understand why anyone ever used a machine. I expected this is be ok, sweet, tasty but not like real ice cream. I was wrong- I could have served this to anyone and they never would have known it wasn't store bought ice cream. I used one can of low fat sweetened condensed milk, an entire package of light cool whip, and my favorite flavored coffee made strong. It was great. The milk is VERY sweet.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup whipping cream, chilled
  • 13 cup unsweetened fruit puree (or other flavorings, see note below)


  1. In a large bowl, mix condensed milk and fruit puree/flavorings thoroughly.
  2. In a separate bowl, beat chilled whipping cream until stiff peaks form.
  3. Fold whipping cream into condensed milk mixture, along with any stir-ins (like cookie pieces, fruit chunks, candy, etc.) that you desire.
  4. Pour into a plastic or metal container (not glass), cover, and freeze for at least 4 hours or overnight. Scoop and enjoy!
  5. Makes about 1 1/2 pints (3 cups).
  6. Note on flavorings: Fruit puree or a strong fruit juice (even concentrate) works well, but be sure it’s unsweetened or relatively sour or your ice cream will be too sweet. Lemon juice works great, as does margarita mix; top with crushed pretzels when serving for a salty-sweet treat. Or use brewed coffee or tea. If using tea, steep 3 teabags in 1/3 cup of hot water for about 5-7 minutes and press the water out of the teabags when removing them. I just made an excellent chamomile tea ice cream this way; it had a lovely, delicate flavor.
  7. Another note: I've heard you can substitue Cool Whip for the whipping cream--I'd go with about 1 1/2 to 2 cups--but as I haven't tried it myself, I can't vouch for the results. It would make it lower fat and easier to put together, but the texture might suffer.

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