Frequently Asked Questions
1. How do I use HIJINX ice cream mix?
It’s simple. Blend one packet of mix with 1 ½ cups of warm half & half (or any nondairy alternative). Best to use half & half for the creamiest ice cream! Allow this mixture to rest at room temperature for 30 minutes. Freeze for 3- 6 hours in an airtight container, then allow to soften for just 5 minutes. Enjoy!
2. Is HIJINX mix all-natural?
Hijinx ice cream mix is about as basic as it comes: sugar, milk, whey powder, natural flavoring (for a hint of vanilla), and natural gums which you'd find in pretty much any ice cream. They help to stabilize the ice cream and give it its texture. Since it is ice cream after all, it's not going to be sugar-free or low-calorie, but we're keeping it as clean as possible.
3. How does it work?
Magic! Just kidding. We’ve worked with a team of food scientists to develop a really unique mix of dry milk, along with gums and salts. When combined with milk, water, or any nondairy milk and then frozen, these ingredients activate and make ice cream!. Yes as simple as that!
4. How do I get started with my homemade ice cream mix?
Peruse our sample recipes for inspiration, or visit our “Make Your Own Flavor” page to bring your idea to life. We’ll walk you through the process step-by-step to ensure your proportions, timing, etc. will get you the BEST version of your unique flavor idea.
5. Is it better to use milk or water?
For a sorbet/gelato hybrid with a stronger flavor, we'd recommend water. For a creamier, gelato-esque texture, we'd recommend half & half. You can use dairy alternatives, but note that lower-fat-content substitutes may yield icier results.
6. Why choose Hijinx?
We are proud to be a woman-owned business that offers high-quality DIY ice cream mix made right here in the USA. With our mix, you can easily invent new, exciting, and interesting ice cream flavors for life’s most special occasions or everyday flavor adventures! Take your Nutella Banana, Bourbon Eggnog, or even BBQ Swirl ice cream to a birthday party. Or, create zany ice cream flavors for your next activity for date night. Make it a Hijinx occasion to remember!
7. How long will it take to create a dessert with the ice cream mix?
Your signature-flavor ice cream dessert will be ready to eat in just a few hours after you create it. Once you have blended your milk, ice cream mix, and favorite ingredients for 1-2 minutes, you’ll need to let your mixture sit for half an hour at room temperature. Then, it should freeze for anywhere from three to six hours. Once frozen, your ice cream should sit on your countertop for five to seven minutes, which will make it easy to scoop.
8. Can you use water instead of milk with Hijinx’s ice cream mix?
Yes, you can use water in place of milk. However, with water, your product’s texture will be closer to that of a snow cone, Italian ice, sorbet, or sherbet.
9. What type of milk can you use with Hijinx’s ice cream mix?
You can use both dairy and nondairy milk to make ice cream with our DIY ice cream mix. For instance, try whole milk, pea milk, rice milk, or even oat milk. Non Dairy types of milk produce ice cream versions that are slightly icier. For the creamiest, smoothest, most luxurious texture of ice cream, use 1 1/2 cups of half-and-half. (Please note that our ice cream mix is not dairy free.)
10. Can I use non-dairy milk?
Yep -- you can use any nondairy milk alternative with HIJINX ice cream mix. For a lower-cal version, you can even use water!
11. I have a peanut allergy. Can I use Hijinx ice cream mix?
Yes -- Hijinx ice cream mix is peanut-safe.
12. Can I make up my own recipes? How should I start?
Absolutely! We encourage it. With HIJINX ice cream mix, you can ‘ice creamify’ anything! If you don’t know where to start, we suggest using one of our recipes, and switching out one or two of the ingredients. For example, in our Nutella Banana recipe, try swapping out the Nutella for the same amount of peanut butter!
13. How do I create my own flavors?
Using alcohol, fruit, confections/candies, spices, syrups, sauces, cheese, powdered flavors, proteins, vegetables, nuts, coffee, tea....pretty much any ingredient that has a distinct flavor can simply be blended or stirred in with Hijinx (If it's chunky, stir it in. Otherwise, blend). Just remember to concentrate the flavors a bit before adding to Hijinx (you'd be surprised by how many oranges it takes to get a strong-enough orange flavor). Please refer to our best practices and ingredient guidelines here to make the most delicious, and decadent ice cream using Hijinx
14. Can I make alcohol-infused ice cream?
You bet! Enjoy your girls’ weekend-in with wines-cream tastings and ice cream cocktails - Strawberry Rosé, Bellini, Lime Margarita, or Irish Coffee ice cream. Easily turn your “usual” (or that trendy cocktail you’ve been wanting to try) into a frozen treat. Simply add liquor, wine, or beer to your mixture before blending!
15. Can I change the recipes provided?
Definitely. Our recipes are intended as starting points for you to change, adapt, and swap out to make the ice cream of your dreams.
16. What can you use for mix-ins for your Hijinx ice cream?
Your flavoring ingredients will depend on the recipe you have chosen for your cold treat. For instance, you can mix in wasabi and curry powder to create a yummy spicy ice cream. A delectable vegetable ice cream can be made with corn and cucumber. And for a satisfying fruit ice cream, add in pears, apples, and fresh berries.
17. Can I really make ice cream out of ANYthing?!
You bet! Simply blend your favorite ingredient -- Campfire S’mores, Pinot Noir, Coconut Curry -- with milk & Hijinx Ice Cream Mix packets, freeze, and enjoy. Science and premium ingredients work together to bring you a superior creamy ice cream texture without an ice cream maker. Grab your blender, and you’re ready to go!
18. Is it easy to make unique flavors?
Almost TOO easy! Our homemade ice cream mix makes it easy to simply throw in ingredients and freeze, so you can make any flavor of ice cream you can dream up! Experiment with exciting flavor combinations like Lemon Basil, Pistachio Baklava, BBQ swirl, Peanut Butter Ginger, Mascarpone Matcha, Masala Chai, Bacon Maple, Horchata, Chocolate Covered Potato Chips, Nutella Banana, Cereal Milk Ice Cream... the possibilities are endless! If you need help getting started, check out our recipe page for inspiration.
19. How can ice cream be “an experience”?
Create your Signature Flavor to savor by yourself or bring people together and make memories to cherish. You can now impress everyone with unique team-specific ice creams for the big game, themed ice cream for watch parties or binge reading, a Saturday afternoon family ice cream chopped challenge, wedding cake-flavored ice cream for your anniversary, gift a friend an ice cream that tastes like their favorite coffee or prank them with wasabi or anchovy ice cream.
20. Do you need any special equipment to make ice cream with your mix?
Nope. That’s the beauty of it! A blender is all you need to stretch your flavor imagination with Hijinx. No ice cream maker is needed.
21. Do I have to use a blender?
Not at all. You can use a whisk to thoroughly combine the powder with your milk. You can also shake the powder and milk in a (tightly sealed!) jar or container.
22. How much do you charge for shipping?
At Hijinx, we offer free shipping to the contiguous United States. (There is a fee for shipping to Hawaii or Alaska.)
23. Is it really free shipping? Even to Alaska and Hawaii?
Free shipping for all products everywhere, except Alaska and Hawaii. It’s just too expensive to ship to Alaska and Hawaii and we are not able to afford it without passing on some of the shipping cost back to the customer.
24. How should you store your newly made DIY ice cream in the freezer?
Store your ice cream in a container that is freezer safe and comes with a solid, airtight lid. Make sure that your container is sealed properly so that no moisture enters it.
25. What are natural flavors?
Our flavors will transform your base ice cream flavor--just pour them in! A natural flavor is derived from plant, vegetable or fruit material. It does not contain any artificial or synthetic additives.
26. How much of the flavor bottle do I add?
27. Are any of your flavors artificial?
Nope, all of our flavors are derived from plant and vegetable extracts, so you can rest assured you won't be adding any unnecessary chemicals.
28. What exactly is in a flavor bottle?
Natural flavor concentrates contain Water, Gum Acacia, Natural Flavors, and Citric Acid.
29. Can I mix two flavor concentrates together?
While we are unable to recommend quantities for this, you are welcome to combine flavor concentrates. We'd strongly advise using only a portion of each bottle, to avoid overwhelming or alcohol-y tasting results.
30. Can I use this flavor concentrate for baked goods or anything else I cook?
You can, but we’ve specially proportioned each flavor vial to use with a single packet of Hijinx ice cream mix. We are unable to recommend quantities for other uses.
31. Can I add alcohol to my flavor?
Definitely. Check out this CHART of each type of alcohol. Typically, we recommend no more than 2 oz of hard liquor per Hijinx packet. For wine and beer, use 1 cup wine/beer and 1/2 cup water/half & half.
32. Can I add other things (like mix-ins) to my flavor? What and how do I add?
Yes! You can add candy, hot sauce, chocolate chips, or even vegetables to your flavors. For instance, you can mix in wasabi to add a spicy element to your ice cream. Swirl in your favorite raspberry jelly for a delicious, jelly ribbon. Even mix in your favorite candies, nuts or pretzels for a textural element. Check out this chart for tips on when and how much to add, for different types of mix-ins.
33. What if I have questions that are specific to my flavors?
Feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We're real people who LOVE to chat about ice cream, so please reach out. We don't bite (unless you're holding a triple-scoop cone in front of our mouths).