You Don’t Need a Fancy Ice Cream Maker to Enjoy Summer’s Best Treat. Low-Tech Ice Cream is Simple and Delicious!

You Don’t Need a Fancy Ice Cream Maker to Enjoy Summer’s Best Treat. Low-Tech Ice Cream is Simple and Delicious!

Sunday, July 18th is National Ice Cream Day—what we see as a wonderful excuse to eat ice cream for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert! While a fancy ice cream machine is a nice perk, there are plenty of simply low-tech ways to make summertime’s heat-beating treat. 

In fact you can make it with ingredients and equipment you probably have on hand in your kitchen right now. This No-Churn White Chocolatey Wonderful Peanut Butter Ice Cream requires NO machine, which means anyone can make it with ease! You’ll need just four ingredients — sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract, White Chocolatey Wonderful, and heavy whipping cream—and in a mere 10 minutes you’ll be ready to pop it in the freezer. The waiting is the hardest part – it needs to freeze for at least 8 hours – but once it’s cold and creamy, you’ll be able to scoop it into bowls or cones and top it with chopped peanuts or chocolate sprinkles (or both)! 

If you prefer a plant-based treat and own a food processor, Peanut Butter Cookies & Cream Nice Cream is another recipe that calls for only four ingredients. Our Banana Nice Cream is also super simple—all you’ll need is a blender, milk, some ripe bananas, salt, and either our Simply Smooth or Simply Crunchy peanut butter. Blend it up and tuck it into the freezer. You can let it just get cold for soft-serve style, or keep it in the freezer for longer for harder ice cream. 

This recipe for Peanut Butter Ice Cream Pie with a Chocolate Cookie Crust combines summer’s most beloved desserts—pie and ice cream. It’s a smash at birthday parties and family celebrations. This low-tech option is made with Old Fashioned Smooth, heavy cream, cream cheese, sugar, a hand-held beater, and some patience as it will take about 2-3 hours for it to freeze. It’s worth the wait!  

If you do have an ice cream maker, try our recipe for the most decadent Double Peanut Butter Ice Cream. These Peanut Butter Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches are a perfect example of why chocolate and peanut butter are so great together. They are irresistibly delicious. For something a little healthier, we also love this White Chocolatey Wonderful and Yogurt Ice Cream made with Greek yogurt. 

Whatever recipe you choose, it's ice cream after all, so you just can’t go wrong!