Coffee Caramel Swirl Ice Cream

Creamy homemade coffee ice cream with a sweet caramel swirl throughout.

Creamy coffee caramel swirl ice cream recipe from @bakedbyrachel

I hope everyone enjoyed their long weekend! It was some much needed down time for us, especially after a very crazy week. My oldest broke her leg early last week, so the rest of the week we spent much time dealing with that, along with making big changes both at home and school to accommodate her new needs. Now she’s a pro with both her crutches and wheelchair. Not much is stopping her or getting in her way. You certainly wouldn’t have thought that after the first day or two. What a difference a week makes!

Thankfully school will be coming to an end in a few short weeks. So, hopefully she won’t be needing the wheelchair too much longer or at least that’s the initial plan. We’re playing it by ear and seeing how she feels before deciding if we need it longer. Eight very long weeks for a kid… especially long when it’s the end of the school year and the beginning of warm weather and Summer break! Fingers crossed the break heals quickly and correctly.

Creamy coffee caramel swirl ice cream recipe from @bakedbyrachel

In other news…

Forgive me but I’ve apparently been on a bit of a sweet kick with recipes. From last week’s pound cake to today’s ice cream… plus more sweet treats on the way, I hope you’re ready and excited for them! They’re all equally delicious and crave worthy in their own amazing ways.

This ice cream is a must make. It’s a super easy custard based coffee ice cream with homemade caramel swirls throughout. I’ve always had a love for coffee ice cream, it’s pretty much my go to next to strawberry ice cream and orange sherbet. Whenever I have a few scoops of coffee ice cream, I always top it off with caramel sauce. This lead to the creation of coffee caramel swirl ice cream. Why not combine my favorite topping and ice cream into one amazing dessert creation?

If you love coffee ice cream and caramel sauce, you have to try this. I promise you won’t regret it!

Be sure to add this creamy coffee caramel swirl ice cream to your Summer dessert plans! A frozen treat that’s sure to hit the spot!

Creamy coffee caramel swirl ice cream recipe from @bakedbyrachel

Coffee Caramel Swirl Ice Cream

Creamy homemade coffee ice cream with a sweet caramel swirl throughout.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time23 hours 50 minutes
Total Time1 day
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Coffee, Ice cream
Servings: 4 plus


  • 1 1/2 C whole milk
  • 1 1/2 C heavy cream
  • 1/2 C granulated sugar
  • 1/4 C light brown sugar
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 5 large egg yolks
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 C coffee syrup
  • 1/3 C - 1/2C salted caramel sauce


  • Add 1/2 cup heavy cream to a medium bowl with a mesh strainer set on top. Set aside. 
  • In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine remaining heavy cream with whole milk, sugars and salt. Whisk to dissolve sugar. Whisk in vanilla and coffee syrup until combined. Continue cooking, whisking occasionally, until mixture begins to steam. 
  • In a small bowl, whisk egg yolks. While continuously whisking, slowly drizzle 1 cup hot liquid mixture into yolks. Pour contents into saucepan and whisk to combine. Continue stirring occasionally until mixture coats the back of a wooden spoon or spatula. Pour warm liquid through mesh strainer into reserved heavy cream. Stir gently to combine. Cool over an ice bath to room temperature, then cover and thoroughly chill in the refrigerator, at least 4 hours or overnight. 
  • Prepare homemade caramel sauce as directed. Cool to room temperature prior to using. 
  • Churn ice cream according to manufacturer's directions. 
  • In a freezer safe container, layer sections of ice cream and caramel sauce. Continue drizzling caramel sauce throughout and gently swirl. Cover and freeze until solid. 
  • Serve with additional caramel sauce if desired. 


Recipe serves roughly 4-6, yields 1 quart.
*Store bought caramel sauce may be used in place of homemade.
**Coffee syrup can be found near the powdered and liquid drink mixes, sometimes near the dairy aisle as well or can be purchased online. There are several brands available on the market.
An original recipe from Baked by Rachel

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10 Responses to “Coffee Caramel Swirl Ice Cream”

  1. #
    Amanda — May 27, 2015 at 8:50 am

    YUM! I need this ice cream in my life! Amazing!!!

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      Rachel — May 27, 2015 at 7:52 pm

      You absolutely do!

  2. #
    Kristen — May 27, 2015 at 11:38 am

    Coffee and Caramel are two of my favorite things! Bring on the sweets, especially if they are this awesome!

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      Rachel — May 27, 2015 at 7:53 pm

      I’ll let you be the judge if they’re as good or not ;)

  3. #
    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — May 27, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    I also top my coffee or mocha ice cream with caramel sauce! The combination is just too good. And I hope you get to indulge more in this ice cream since your daughter broke her leg! I’m so sorry! You deserve another bowl!

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      Rachel — May 27, 2015 at 7:53 pm

      I’m not a coffee drinker *gasp* I know. But if I ever start up, I’ll be sure to try the caramel with it ;)

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    Erin @ Miss Scrambled Egg — May 28, 2015 at 6:53 am

    I really need to get an ice cream attachment for my Kitchen Aid Mixer. This is exactly the kind of ice cream that would satisfy my sweet tooth. Thank you for sharing! Hopefully your daughter’s leg heals quickly.

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      Rachel — May 28, 2015 at 7:35 am

      Thanks for the kind thoughts! And yes, you absolutely need to get an ice cream attachment asap :)

  5. #
    Sara — May 28, 2015 at 9:51 am

    Sorry if I’m being dense, but what is coffee syrup? Would love to try this recipe but not sure how to proceed. Thanks!

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      Rachel — May 28, 2015 at 11:23 am

      It’s a coffee flavored syrup that people will often use in their milk, similar to other liquid (or powdered) milk flavor options. It would be located in the same aisle or near the dairy section. It can also be purchased online: Autocrat Coffee Syrup. I hope that helps! :)

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