Peppermint Stick Ice Cream

A recipe for peppermint stick ice cream. Creamy peppermint ice cream with chunks of peppermint candy throughout.

Cream Homemade Peppermint Stick Ice Cream recipe from

We finally got our first official storm of the season over the weekend. The predictions gave a wide range of possibilities but we ended up with 14 inches. What a way to start the season and more snow coming Tuesday. I’ll try not to talk too much snow this winter, but it might be hard when it’s big storms or I’m just plain sick of it. So far I don’t totally hate it. The kids were fun to watch playing in the snow. It was obviously enough for them to really have fun. Sadly, not snowball weather but that also meant it was easier to clean up.

Of course, while the Mr was taking care of the snow, I was in the kitchen working on a few fun recipes coming your way soon-ish! I can’t wait to share them but I have other delicious recipes to share before we get to those!

Creamy Homemade Peppermint Stick Ice Cream recipe from

Now, I know some people think ice cream is more of a Summer treat but for us, it’s a year round thing. Though to be fair, this is the first winter that I pulled out my ice cream maker. I’ve had this recipe on the brain since last winter so I knew it had to happen sooner than later. It was well worth the wait! So creamy and full of peppermint flavor. Just perfect!

Creamy homemade peppermint flavored ice cream with chunks of peppermint candy throughout, topped off with homemade hot fudge sauce and additional candy pieces. Break out your ice cream maker, this is a must make!

Creamy Homemade Peppermint Stick Ice Cream recipe from

Peppermint Stick Ice Cream

Creamy peppermint ice cream with chunks of peppermint candy throughout.
Prep Time15 minutes
Total Time1 day
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Ice cream
Servings: 4 plus


  • 1 C whole milk
  • 2 C heavy cream divided
  • 3/4 C granulated sugar
  • Pinch salt
  • 2 tsp peppermint extract
  • 5 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 C crushed peppermint candy canes


  • In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine whole milk, sugar, salt, 1 cup heavy cream and peppermint. Stir to dissolve sugar. When mixture begins to steam and lightly bubble around the edges, slowly drizzle into beaten egg yolks. Continuously whisk while adding hot liquid to egg yolks. Transfer mixture back to medium saucepan, cooking until mixture coats the back of a wooden spoon or spatula.
  • Add remaining 1 cup heavy cream to a large bowl, set aside. Pour hot liquid through a mesh strainer into remaining heavy cream. Chill in an ice bath, stirring occasionally to bring to room temperature. Cover and refrigerate until completely chilled, 4-6 hours or overnight.
  • Churn according to manufacturer's directions. Add crushed candy canes in the last 5 minutes of churning. Transfer mixture to a freezer safe container. Freeze until solid.
  • Serve with optional hot fudge sauce and additional crushed candy canes.


Recipe yields roughly 1 quart, serves 4-6.
An original recipe from Baked by Rachel

More desserts to try:
Mini vanilla cupcakes with peppermint buttercream
York peppermint patty ice cream
Oatmeal peppermint cookies
Candy cane thumbprints
Snowflake peppermint bark
White chocolate peppermint bark cheesecake

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36 Responses to “Peppermint Stick Ice Cream”

  1. #
    sally @ sallys baking addiction — December 16, 2013 at 8:14 am

    Ok Rachel – you win. I thought our 4 inches of snow over the weekend was a lot! I have to get my hands on an ice cream maker for this ice cream and this ice cream only. I am a huge sucker for peppermint stick ice cream and nothing beats homemade in my mind!

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      Rachel — December 16, 2013 at 8:01 pm

      Thanks so much Sally! You definitely need an ice cream maker :)

  2. #
    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — December 16, 2013 at 8:22 am

    This is so gorgeous Rachel!

    • #
      Rachel — December 16, 2013 at 8:01 pm

      Thanks Claire!

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    Shanae — December 16, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Rachel, this looks amazing! I love peppermint and chocolate, but I never thought to put it together in ice cream. I’m also terribly jealous that you got some real snow and I’m stuck with rain.

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      Rachel — December 16, 2013 at 8:02 pm

      I’d gladly offer you some snow if I could! :)

  4. #
    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — December 16, 2013 at 9:47 am

    Ohhh I love ice cream in the winter, especially when my butt is sitting right in front of a toasty fire. Sign me up… this looks amazing!

    • #
      Rachel — December 16, 2013 at 8:02 pm

      Next time, totally doing just that!

  5. #
    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — December 16, 2013 at 9:53 am

    It’s snowing here, too…. after it snowed yesterday and the day before, and the day before… ugh. At least we’ll have a white Christmas, right? I think I need to cope by dunking my face into this ice cream. :)

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      Rachel — December 16, 2013 at 8:02 pm

      So true! Rarely do we ever have a white Christmas so I guess that’s a plus.

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    Julie @ Table for Two — December 16, 2013 at 10:31 am

    When it’s snowing outside, it’s the perfect time to curl up by the fire and eat some ice cream :) I love that this has crushed candy canes! My favorite flavor for winter months. I think ice cream can totally be a year-round thing ;)

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      Rachel — December 16, 2013 at 8:03 pm

      Yes! Peppermint friends lol :)

  7. #
    Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama — December 16, 2013 at 11:07 am

    I always made homemade ice cream with my mom during snow storms. She packed our old school giant ice cream maker with snow instead of ice. We never made it during the summers….

    One of my favorite flavor additions as a kid was peppermint. So this recipe is speaking to me!

    • #
      Rachel — December 16, 2013 at 8:04 pm

      Such a fun memory!

  8. #
    Laura @ Laura's Baking Talent — December 16, 2013 at 11:55 am

    I am usually not a big ice cream fan in the winter… but I could make an exception for this kind. Looks fantastic!

    • #
      Rachel — December 16, 2013 at 8:04 pm

      You absolutely should! :)

  9. #
    Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg — December 16, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Ice cream is perfect for any time. This looks so scrumptious! I want to dig in.

    • #
      Rachel — December 16, 2013 at 8:04 pm

      Thanks so much Norma!

  10. #
    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — December 16, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    I love peppermint ice cream! Especially huddled up beneath a pile of blankets on a cold day :)

    • #
      Rachel — December 16, 2013 at 8:04 pm

      So glad you agree! :)

  11. #
    Layla @ Brunch Time Baker — December 16, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    Ice cream + Peppermint + Winter= LOVE <3 This is perfect for the cold winter days , cuddling under the fireplace. Thanks for sharing Rachel!

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      Rachel — December 16, 2013 at 8:04 pm

      Thanks so much Layla! :)

  12. #
    Tracey — December 16, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    We didn’t get nearly as much snow as you guys, and it was gross because after it snowed we got sleet and freezing rain so it was super heavy and impossible to shovel. I would much rather have had the 14 inches :)

    Anyway, snow or not, I’ll take this ice cream! I actually have a peppermint recipe I’m posting this week too – great minds!

    • #
      Rachel — December 17, 2013 at 7:36 am

      I’m honestly glad we just got snow too. That sounds miserable. I hate snow but the heavy slushy stuff is the worst.

  13. #
    Emily @ Life on Food — December 17, 2013 at 5:52 am

    Peppermint ice cream is a must this year. Your sundae looks fabulous!!!

    • #
      Rachel — December 17, 2013 at 7:37 am

      Thanks so much Emily!

  14. #
    brandi — December 17, 2013 at 8:57 am

    it’s like you read my mind. this is my favorite flavor of EVERYTHING. looks perfect!

    • #
      Rachel — December 17, 2013 at 9:24 am

      haha! Well I’m glad you approve. Thanks Brandi! :)

  15. #
    katie — December 17, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    I love that you make ice cream during snow storms! Ice cream is totally a year round treat in our house! But then again we live in Florida! ;) This sounds awesome and oh-so Christmasy! :)

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      Rachel — December 18, 2013 at 7:27 am

      Haha yeah, you definitely have more reason for it to be year round ;)

  16. #
    Ashley - Baker by Nature — December 17, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    Well… omg! I need a bowl of this asap, lady! xo

    • #
      Rachel — December 18, 2013 at 7:26 am

      Yes, you do! :)

  17. #
    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — December 19, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    It’s cold here in Kansas but I am totally craving these ice cream! Fabulous idea!

    • #
      Rachel — December 20, 2013 at 7:30 am

      Thanks Anna!

  18. #
    Karen @ The Food Charlatan — December 27, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    I love that no matter how cold it gets we still want ice cream. I’m currently drooling over this, huddled up in my house hiding from the -27 degree weather (for real, I’m in Montana). Turn up the heater please, I’ll take one giant bowl.

    • #
      Rachel — December 28, 2013 at 2:47 pm

      Oh my gosh! I don’t think I’d survive. Brrrr I hope you’re staying warm!

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