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Easy Homemade Coffee Ice Cream Recipes: Churn and No-Churn

For the ideal homemade coffee ice cream, this guide will provide you with two methods for making a creamy and delicious treat. Plus, the easiest, homemade coffee ice cream recipes you’ll ever find. This guide will provide you with two distinct methods for creating a creamy and flavorful treat right at home. We'll explore both traditional ice cream maker techniques as well as an easy no-churn alternative. Each method offers its own unique approach to infusing your ice cream with that rich coffee flavor we all love so much. From selecting high-quality coffee beans to combining ingredients for optimal consistency, this post is filled with expert tips and tricks.


Making Coffee Ice Cream with an Ice Cream Maker

Coffee ice cream in a cup with coffee syrup


Coffee beans

When selecting coffee for your coffee ice cream, the type you choose will have a major impact on flavor and texture. Whether you prefer steeped beans or dissolved instant granules, each choice will lend its unique flavor profile to your homemade dessert.

How Different Types of Coffee Affect Taste and Texture

Coffee Beans: Steeping whole coffee beans in your whole milk and heavy cream mixture gives an intense yet smooth flavor, brought out even more by the vanilla extract you’ll later add. It's a slower process, but worth the wait for those who appreciate a deep, rich coffee taste. However, be careful not to over-steep as this could lead to bitterness.

Instant Espresso Powder: If you're looking for convenience without sacrificing too much on flavor, instant espresso powder is a great option. Instant coffee dissolves quickly into the base giving an immediate robust coffee kick that's perfect if you want strong flavors with less effort. Instant espresso powder majorly cuts down prep time, as you won’t be brewing or simmering any coffee/beans.

Cold Brew Concentrate: This trendy ingredient delivers a smooth and bold flavor without any hint of bitterness - ideal for those who love their ice cream ultra creamy with well-rounded notes of java goodness. But don’t be fooled: cold brew concentrate isn’t simply iced coffee—it’s far more concentrated and thus a lot stronger than typical iced coffee. This just means you should be careful when creating measurements for each version.


Tips on Selecting High-Quality Options
  • Purchase from reputable sources: Whether buying online or at local stores, ensure they source their products responsibly and prioritize quality.
  • Avoid pre-ground options: Pre-ground coffees lose freshness faster than whole bean varieties due to increased exposure to air. Always opt for freshly ground whenever possible.
  • Favor Arabica over Robusta: While both types are used widely in brewing regular cups of joe, Arabica beans tend to have more depth and complexity which translates beautifully when incorporated into ice creams.

Remember that while these tips offer general guidance on selecting high-quality options for your homemade ice cream endeavors; ultimately what matters most is personal preference. So don't hesitate experimenting until you find that perfect blend matching your palate.


Recipe for Easy Coffee Ice Cream

Here are your basic ingredients for the best coffee ice cream, and what each contributes to the final product:

Sugar: This not only sweetens your ice cream but also contributes to its smooth texture by inhibiting excessive crystallization during the freezing process

Egg Yolks: When cooked slowly over low heat, they thicken the mixture resulting in a richly textured custard-like consistency ideal for traditional-style ice creams.

Vanilla Extract: Adding just enough enhances overall flavors without overpowering the star ingredient - coffee.


  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 to 1 ½ TBS instant coffee (decaf or regular), or 1/2 cup strongly-brewed coffee
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Optional: Chocolate chips, nuts, or even Bailey’s for a frozen Irish coffee


  1. Combine sugar, heavy cream, egg yolks (for custard-based versions), vanilla extract along with other desired add-ins like chocolate chips or nuts if preferred.
  2. Mix together until well incorporated.
  3. Chill thoroughly before being churned according to your machine's instructions. This will create your ice cream base.
  4. Transfer to an airtight container and cool completely in the fridge (preferably overnight).
  5. Pour mixture into an ice cream maker and churn until frozen (about 30-40 minutes).
  6. Transfer to an airtight container and freeze completely, about 4 hours.

Don’t forget to have some fun and try out different tastes and additions. For a coffee chocolate ice cream, add cocoa powder. Whether you prefer it plain or with a twist like chocolate chips, peanut butter, or your favorite coffee syrup, the best coffee ice cream is the kind you make yourself.

No-Churn Coffee Ice Cream Recipe

Coffee lovers, rejoice. You don't need an ice cream maker to enjoy homemade coffee ice cream. This easy, no-churn recipe is perfect for those who want a creamy, caffeinated treat without extra kitchen equipment.

Adjusting Ingredient Quantities for No-Churn Blender Method

The key to successful no-churn ice cream is balancing ingredients. The base includes heavy whipping cream and sweetened condensed milk. For coffee flavor, use 2 tablespoons of instant espresso powder or mix half a cup of strong, cooled brewed coffee into the condensed milk. Adjust quantities to taste.

How to Make Coffee Ice Cream with a Blender

Using a DIY ice cream mix, like Hijinx, is a great way to make easy, homemade coffee ice cream without having to make a separate ice cream base with a ton of ingredients and attention. An Ice cream mix may cut down your prep time, and overall decrease your stress surrounding ice cream making.


  • 1 Hijinx packet
  • 1/2 cup strongly-brewed coffee, coffee concentrate or iced coffee (alternatively, 2 tablespoons of instant coffee)
  • 1 cup hot water or half & half


  1. Heat the liquids over medium heat or microwave for 60 seconds
  2. Using a blender, combine 1 packet of HIJINX ice cream mix with the liquids. Blend for one minute or until thoroughly combined.
  3. Transfer to a freezer-safe container with an airtight lid.
  4. Let the mixture rest for 30 minutes on your counter.
  5. Freeze for 3-6 hours. Enjoy!

You can add any of the aforementioned additions to your ice cream mixture, plus many more! For a boozy version, you can simply add Bailey’s or vodka to the no-churn ice cream base to make it a frozen Irish coffee or an espresso martini ice cream. For any chunky additions like Oreo pieces, you should stir those in after blending instead of before.


Ensuring Flavorful Results Without an Ice-Cream Maker

For maximum flavor infusion, steep whole coffee beans in warmed heavy cream before straining and chilling overnight. Add vanilla extract or chocolate chips for texture and taste variations. Check out this source for more tips on achieving a smooth consistency.

These techniques maintain rich flavors without the air incorporation of traditional recipes. Quality ingredients are crucial, so choose the best heavy whipping cream and sweetened condensed milk available.



Ice cream and coffee lovers: this one’s for you! Whip up a batch of homemade coffee ice cream with these easy recipes. Don't have an ice cream maker? No problem! You can use a DIY ice cream mix like Hijinx to create blender-only homemade coffee ice cream, with your favorite coffee beans, iced coffee, or instant coffee. That said, choosing the right coffee is key to enhancing the flavor and texture of your ice cream, so it’s advisable to use good quality coffee beans for your coffee ice cream.

Indulge in this delicious treat today and impress your friends and family with your homemade ice cream! Learn more about DIY no-churn ice cream.



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