Homemade Marshmallow Ice Cream

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Edited to add: I ended up making S’mores Cupcake Ice Cream Sandwiches (and S’mores Popsicles) with this Homemade Marshmallow Ice Cream!

Homemade marshmallow ice cream

It’s finally warming up here in Northern California. Up until last week it was raining, which is pretty unusual here. The sudden warm up is perfect timing for the annual ice cream cupcake contest at Cupcake Project. Last year I entered my bacon chocolate ice cream cupcake, which was a semifinalist!

Marshmallow ice cream

This year, I made some homemade marshmallow ice cream for the key ingredient. This recipe is really simple and only calls for 4 ingredients. One of them is an entire bag of marshmallows (plus 2 cups each of heavy cream and half and half), but sometimes you have to indulge. The neat thing about this ice cream is it looks like plain vanilla but once you taste it, you realize it’s something special. It actually tastes just like a marshmallow.

Now the question is: what cupcake should I make? I can use the ice cream to fill homemade Hostess cupcakes in place of the cream filling.

Or I can use the ice cream to top s’mores cupcakes in place of marshmallow frosting.

Which cupcake do you think should I pick – s’mores or homemade Hostess? Or something else?


Marshmallow Ice Cream

  • 2 C half and half
  • 1 10-oz. bag of large marshmallows
  • 2 C heavy cream
  • 2 T vanilla extract

In a large pot, combine half and half with marshmallows. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently until marshmallows have completely melted. Remove from heat and let cool briefly. Then place in fridge to cool for 20-30 more minutes, until chilled and slightly thickened.

In the meantime, whip heavy cream until you have soft peaks. Fold into cooled marshmallow mixture and add vanilla extract. Stir until everything is combined. Place in ice cream maker and follow manufacturer’s directions for making ice cream.


43 Responses to “Homemade Marshmallow Ice Cream”
  1. Jennifer writes:

    Wow…that’s a difficult decision as BOTH cupcakes sound delish!!! Therefore, I vote that you make BOTH of them! LOL :-)

  2. Ann writes:

    Looks amazing! I like the hostess cupcake….
    Ann recently posted A Vegetarian Toss Up

  3. Stephanie writes:

    @Ann – thanks for your input!

  4. Stephanie writes:

    @Jennifer – haha I don’t need that many cupcakes in my house. It’s a hard decision to make!

  5. Katie writes:

    I’d love to see it on top of the S’Mores Cupcake. I just feel like that would be so authentic and adorable.

  6. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts writes:

    Wow – easy and yummy ice cream! I actually have my ice cream maker going for the first time in years right now!
    S’mores cupcake!
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts recently posted Grilled Potato Packs

  7. Stephanie writes:

    @Katie – thanks!

  8. Stephanie writes:

    @Erin – Ice cream makers are so fun. Thanks for your input!

  9. Isabelle @ Crumb writes:

    I vote for the Smores Cupcakes. It’s too perfect a pairing to pass up!
    In fact… my favourite gourmet ice cream shop makes a Toasted Marshmallow ice cream that is to die for, and I bet you’d essentially get the same results by lightly toasting the marshmallows under the broiler before continuing with the recipe. I’m actually tempted to try it out for myself to see if it works! :)
    Isabelle @ Crumb recently posted Prickly Pleasures – Grilled Baby Artichokes

  10. Stephanie writes:

    @Isabelle – that sounds delicious!

  11. Liz writes:

    What a yummy ice cream flavor! When we were in Victoria, BC a few summers ago, I had some vanilla ice cream that tasted like marshmallow creme..and I’ve always wanted to reproduce it. So thanks for the recipe…I’m going to give it a shot.

    I vote for the S’mores cupcakes, too..yum!
    Liz recently posted Cola and Jam Spareribs

  12. מטבחים writes:

    yummy! looks delicious! i really want this ice cream right now!

  13. Island Vittles writes:

    I’d go with the smores cupcake, but that’s just me. Good luck! Theresa
    Island Vittles recently posted Sandwiches On Pender for Sunday Lunch

  14. Stephanie writes:

    @Liz – ooh that sounds good. I hope this recipe is a good recreation for you!

  15. Stephanie writes:

    @מטבחים – If I could, I would give some to you! :)

  16. Stephanie writes:

    @Island Vittles – thanks!

  17. laura writes:

    i’d go with the smores!

  18. Stephanie writes:

    @Laura – thanks! I’m working on s’mores cupcakes later today :)

  19. Wheels writes:

    Hostess!! Also, you should look into making fried pies, it’s an Oklahoma thing apparently.

  20. hannah writes:

    I say on top: smores all the way!

  21. Stephanie writes:

    @Hannah – I’ve got s’mores cupcakes in the oven right now!

  22. Lindsey@Lindselicious writes:

    Both look great but I vote for smores. And the other cupcake you made last year looks bananas!

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  24. Stephanie writes:

    S’mores won the vote (I was rooting for Hostess too!) but they came out great. Are fried pies just pies that are deep fried?

  25. kita writes:

    First, this ice cream sounds amazing. Second, I have convinced my BF to meet me here at work when I close so we can stroll about looking for dinner. I never stop for ice cream – but because of you – I know what Im making us stop for tonight ;D

  26. jmonty writes:

    Can you make the ice cream without an ice cream maker? IF so, how? I’m clueless.

  27. Stephanie writes:

    @jmonty – I’ve never tried it without machine. Check out this guide by David Lebovitz on making ice cream without an ice cream maker: http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2007/07/making-ice-crea-1/

  28. Stephanie writes:

    @kita – so glad I inspired you to indulge in some ice cream! ;)

  29. Julie writes:

    I love love love the bowl/mug that the ice cream is in too!!

  30. Stephanie writes:

    @ Julie – thanks! It’s a tea cup from Anthropologie. I love it too!

  31. מטבחים writes:

    wow this ice cream looks so gooood! thanks!!

  32. Angie @ Bigbearswife writes:

    Marshmallow Ice Cream sounds wonderful!

  33. פורום מטבחים writes:

    your posts allways in that quality’
    the icecream looks good !!

  34. Y writes:

    Can’t wait to try this! I’ve been looking for a recipe that would use up a bag of marshmallows I happen to have.

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  36. Juls writes:

    Thank you for this recipe…I will use the ice cream for my daughter’s b-day ice cream s’mores!

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  38. Diane writes:

    just made this for my daughter who LOVES anything marshmallow – it is easy and delicious. Thank you!

  39. Stephanie Saunders writes:

    That’s awesome, Diane! I hope you and your daughter enjoy it! :)

  40. mabel halcomb writes:

    i love the dish this marshmallow ice cream is pictured in. Do you know the pattern name and who makes it?

  41. Stephanie Saunders writes:

    Mabel, it’s a tea cup from Anthropologie. I got it a few years ago, so I don’t know if they still carry them.

  42. Heather muller writes:

    Could someone explain to me why this wasn’t “easy?” First the marshmallows took forever to melt. Then cooling them just made a sticky mess that I’m now trying desperately to fold whipped cream into. I haven’t even gotten to the ice cream maker. And my pot is going to be a disaster to clean. My son wanted marshmallow ice cream. This sounded great. I’m so confused.

  43. Stephanie Saunders writes:

    Heather, I’m sorry you’re having so much trouble! You may have chilled the marshmallows for longer than they needed, but it’s hard to say what went wrong without seeing what happened. Also, if you soak your pot in soapy water for a while, it shouldn’t be too difficult to clean.

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