Cotton Candy Ice Cream (Two Ways)

How to make homemade cotton candy ice cream with and without an ice cream maker!

no churn cotton candy ice cream scoops with sprinkles

How to make cotton candy ice cream

The best way to get a good cotton candy flavor is with a good extract. The one I have is AMAZING but unfortunately it’s no longer on the market. Many of them have terrible reviews on amazon too but this one seems to be decent.

I also really wanted to include real cotton candy in the recipe so I went out and got some cotton candy and mixed it right in. I had no idea how it would freeze but it mostly just dissolves and gives you a concentrated area of cotton candy goodness.

If you aren’t able to find a good cotton candy extract, you can just flavor the ice cream with vanilla and then layer more cotton candy into the ice cream. Just make sure to make them small chunks because it can’t get kinda chewy if it’s a large chunk. 

cotton candy ice cream with ice scooper

Old Fashioned Ice Cream Vs No Churn Ice Cream

Old fashioned or classic ice cream is the kind that starts off liquid and gets churned until it thickens. It’s a little more solid and stays frozen a little longer than the no churn version. No churn ice cream is generally a little softer and creamier and melts quicker at room temperature.

cotton candy ice cream with ice cream scooper

How to make old fashioned ice cream

Old fashioned ice cream generally involves making a custard out of egg yolks, sugar, cream and milk. The custard gets cooked and then chilled overnight before churning. Then it gets churned just until it looks like soft serve ice cream and then freeze until it’s firm. 

It’s definitely the more complicated of the two versions but it’s not difficult, just time consuming. The quality of the ice cream also feels more like classic ice cream. 

cotton candy ice cream scoops melting

How to make no churn ice cream

No churn ice cream is basically the easiest recipe ever invented. It’s just cream whipped into stiff peaks, combined with sweetened condensed milk and whatever other flavors you want. Mix them all together, freeze and enjoy! I actually prefer this method because I like how soft and creamy the ice cream turns out. 

How to store cotton candy ice cream

Store homemade ice cream in the freezer, fully covered, for 2-3 months. I like to separate mine into two large glass Tupperware containers with a lid so that I don’t keep opening the same box when eating out of it.

cotton candy ice cream

If you have any questions just comment down below. Make sure to tag me @baranbakery on Instagram if you make this ice cream, as always have a blessed day and happy baking!

Love, B

Yield: 1.5 quarts

Cotton Candy Ice Cream - Old Fashioned Version

cotton candy ice cream with ice cream scooper

Cotton candy ice cream made the old fashioned way with an egg yolk custard and an ice cream machine!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 1 day 6 hours
Total Time 1 day 6 hours 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla bean paste (or extract)
  • 1 tsp cotton candy extract
  • 1/4 cup rainbow sprinkles *optional
  • handful of cotton candy chunks *optional

Instructions

Custard

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the granulated sugar, salt and egg yolks until they’re smooth and pale in color. Set aside.
  2. Place the heavy whipping cream and whole milk in a medium saucepan and heat over medium heat until the mixture begins to boil, at about 200F (93C).
  3. Slowly pour the milk mixture over the egg mixture, while whisking continuously. The custard should now be at about 170F (77C). If it’s not, return the whole custard to the saucepan and cook over low heat, stirring continuously, just until it reaches 170F (77C).
  4. Stir in the vanilla and cotton candy extract and pour the custard into an airtight container or jar and allow it to cool at room temperature, then refrigerate over night. *Also make sure to freeze your ice cream machine overnight or per instruction manual.

Assemble

  1. After everything has chilled overnight, prepare your ice cream machine per instruction manual. Pour in the custard and churn for 25 minutes, until it looks like the consistency of soft serve ice cream.
  2. Fold in the sprinkles and cotton candy chunks, cover the ice cream with a lid or with plastic wrap and freeze for at least 4-6 hours.

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Yield: 2 quarts

Cotton Candy Ice Cream - No Churn Version

no churn cotton candy ice cream with sprinkles and a scooper

Cotton candy ice cream made super easy with sweetened condensed milk, heavy whipping cream and NO ice cream machine!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cup heavy whipping cream, cold
  • 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla bean paste or extract
  • 2 tsp cotton candy extract*
  • pinch of salt
  • gel food coloring *optional
  • 1/4 cup rainbow sprinkles *optional
  • handful of cotton candy chunks *optional

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, using the whisk attachment, beat the heavy whipping cream just until it forms stiff peaks.
  2. Add in the sweetened condensed milk, vanilla, cotton candy, salt and food coloring, if using, into the whipped cream and beat just until they're fully combined.
  3. Fold in the sprinkles, if using. Spread half of the ice cream into a container with a lid, place half of the cotton candy on top and then repeat with the rest. Top with extra sprinkles and freeze for at least 8 hours.

Notes

*depending on the brand you use, start with 1 tsp and then taste it before adding more

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