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5 Cheap Ice Cream Recipes to See You Through the Summer

No ice cream churner? No problem! We’re here to explain how to make cheap ice cream at home that’s just as delicious (if not more so) as any gourmet brand, without even needing to use an ice cream maker.

Plus, discover 5 of our best cheap ice cream recipes to help keep you and your loved ones cool this summer.

What does “no-churn” mean?

The “no-churn” method of making ice cream simply means not using an ice cream machine (or ice cream churner). Instead, you can use an electric whisk (or whisk it old-school by hand) to whip your ice cream into shape.

How to make cheap ice cream without a machine

Ready for some helpful hints and top tips for successfully making no-churn, homemade ice cream? We’ll talk you through the basics but remember that there are loads of custom concoctions you can try to make your ice cream even tastier.  

But at a glance, here’s the scoop:

Step 1: Get your cheap ice cream ingredients

Believe it or not, the cost of making homemade ice cream is roughly the same as it is to buy it from the shop. Plus, homemade ice cream tends to taste much better than shop-bought ice cream. 

To make basic, cheap vanilla ice cream at home, you’ll be glad to hear that all you need is eggs, milk, cream, sugar and a little vanilla extract.  

Step 2: Blend it 

Blend your sugar, milk and egg yolks together until fluffy and pale.

Step 3: Whip it 

Whip your whipping cream in a large mixing bowl until stiff peaks form. 

Step 4: Flavour it 

Fold in any preferred flavourings or mix-ins. Why not explore our range for some inspiration?  

Step 5: Freeze it    

Transfer your ice cream mixture into a freezer-friendly container, then freeze it for 6-8 hours.

Cone-gratulations – you’ve made ice cream!

For more specific step-by-step instructions and alternative ingredient suggestions, feel free to follow one of our more detailed recipes below.

5 of our best cheap ice cream recipes

Here are 5 of our favourite homemade (and budget-friendly) ice cream recipes to see you through the summer.

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream 

This simple, straightforward vanilla ice cream recipe is the perfect place to start if it’s your first time making homemade ice cream.

The easy-peasy no-churn method results in mouthwateringly tasty ice cream enriched with fragrant vanilla and an irresistibly creamy texture.

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Brown Sugar Vanilla Ice Cream

This popular recipe features our Tate & Lyle Fairtrade Dark Brown Sugar and yields 4 cones of smooth, creamy vanilla ice cream that, incidentally, pairs perfectly with our delicious strawberry, chocolate or butterscotch dessert sauces! 

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Homemade Vegan Cookies & Cream Ice Cream

If you’re looking for a vegan homemade ice cream recipe, look no further. Our vegan cookies and cream ice cream recipe is a smash hit among vegans, vegetarians and meat-eaters alike! If you’re after a cheap ice cream recipe then this could be the one for you; it’s dairy free and only requires a handful of ingredients to make.

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Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwiches

If you’re a fan of ice cream sandwiches, just wait until you try this recipe! The harmonious, delectable mix of chocolate and ice cream is a taste you won’t forget for a while. Plus, this is quite possibly one of the simplest ice cream dessert recipes ever to grace our renowned recipe library!

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Easy Salted Caramel Ice Cream

Featuring our popular Fairtrade Golden Caster Sugar, this salted caramel ice cream recipe is another easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy endeavour – why not get the kids involved, too? Mix it, stick it in a tub, pop it in the freezer and voilà – the perfect summertime snack.

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If you can’t stand the sweet, get out of the kitchen…

Our well-loved range features all the sugars and sweeteners you’ll need to make the best cheap ice cream recipes for all your friends and family. You can even indulge in some of our scrumptious syrups to give your ice cream even more delectable flavourings. Be sure to stock up before you get started! 

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