There is no more decadent respite from hot weather than a cool, silky scoop of homemade ice cream. From old favorites like chocolate and peppermint to surprising new flavors that incorporate fresh produce and savory ingredients—beets, basil, corn, and even olive oil—we have something for everything. Break out your ice cream maker and check out our favorite ice cream recipes.
It doesn't get much more classic than chocolate ice cream. Our recipe, from the amazing Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams in Columbus, Ohio, is as chocolatey as it gets. Starting with a simple base, it adds a sauce made of unsweetened cocoa, bittersweet chocolate, and brewed coffee. Other great sweet ice cream flavors include peach, pumpkin, and bourbon. One of our favorite standbys is the simple classic rum raisin, with its concentrated burst of dried fruit and boozy kick of rum.
Tart black raspberry matches with sweet corn for a fresh, summery treat. Corn isn't the only unusual ingredient we like to put in ice cream. Another Jeni's recipe uses roasted beets with mascarpone, orange zest, and poppy seeds to make a vibrantly colored ice cream that is earthy, citrusy, and sweet. Perhaps stranger is our olive oil gelato, which is smooth, grassy, and slightly sweet. Our strangest—but possibly most delicious—savory ice cream ingredient? Garlic. Roasting the garlic brings out its sweetness and dulls its sharp edge, creating something that pairs remarkably well with a creamy base.
Find all these desserts and more in our collection of ice cream and gelato recipes.