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Cinnamon Toast Crunch Ice Cream

Everyone loves a bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch, but even better? A bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch Ice Cream! This easy-to-make recipe has all the elements of your favorite breakfast cereal including the crunch!

(This recipe for Cinnamon Toast Crunch Ice Cream was originally posted in July 2011, but the post has been updated with new photos and content.)

Cinnamon Toast Crunch Ice Cream -- Everyone loves a bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch, but even better? A bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch Ice Cream! This easy-to-make recipe has all the elements of your favorite breakfast cereal including the crunch | wearenotmartha.com

Have you guys been into the Winter Olympics ice skating as much as I have? omg so good. And last night I had a very important revelation… Yup, I should have been an ice dancer. I think I missed my true calling. You see, I took ice skating lessons for years growing up and absolutely loved it… But I’m also a huge wuss and once we started working on jumps, I just couldn’t handle it and eventually quit. But ice dancing? Nobody told me there was a form of skating that didn’t involve triple axels and quads and spinning in the air while crossing my fingers that my blades would land on the ice instead of my butt. OK, so I might have a little trouble trusting my partner to lift and spin me and get me back on the ice in one piece, but some kind of support is better than none, right? I’m sad that I now feel too old to really get back into ice skating and considering that I spent 5 minutes shoveling my deck steps the other day and had back pain all night, I know I should probably stay away from the ice rink. Sigh.

Plus, I’m not exactly in the right mindset for vigorous training and most days, the most physical activity I get is taking my dog for a walk or running around the backyard with her. Also? Olympic athletes are likely not sitting on their couches eating Cinnamon Toast Crunch Ice Cream most nights. And that’s exactly where I want to be. So, even if I had known that ice dancing was a thing back in my skating days, I probably still wouldn’t have made it very far. At least, I’m content watching it on TV and pretending it’s something I could have been good at if given the opportunity. Maybe I could just be a commentator instead?

But wait, one more thing… If I had, in fact, been an Olympic athlete, I don’t think I’d want my photo on a box of Wheaties. I’d want it on a box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Do you think that’s too much to ask? I don’t know… the little Cinnamon Toast Crunch guys that are currently on the box look a little disgruntled already and they probably wouldn’t be thrilled to have me there. But I promise I wouldn’t steal their spotlight.

I love buying sugary cereal, but I have to say that I never eat it for breakfast. I save it for dessert, snack-time, and to incorporate it into my baking (thanks to my mom for instilling the importance of a good, low-sugar breakfast into me). When I got the idea to use Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal in ice cream, I did a bunch of experimenting. I eventually settled on two truths: 1) Cinnamon Toast Crunch Ice Cream is best made with milk that’s had cereal soaking in it for hours and 2) you’ll want a little bit of crunch in this and the best way to do that is to caramelize some of the Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Now that I’ve made this ice cream several times over the years, I can confirm that the cereal is just as delicious in ice cream as it is in your morning milk.

Caramelized Cinnamon Toast Crunch is so delicious that you’ll likely want to have some at the ready at all times for snacking.

Serve the Cinnamon Toast Crunch Ice Cream with a little bit more Cinnamon Toast Crunch sprinkled on top if you so desire. And why wouldn’t you? If you’re going to go for it, you may as well go all out. It’s not like I’m telling you to eat this for breakfast. But I also wouldn’t tattle on you if you did. Who am I going to tattle to anyway?? You’re an adult. Act like one.

Cinnamon Toast Crunch Ice Cream -- Everyone loves a bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch, but even better? A bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch Ice Cream! This easy-to-make recipe has all the elements of your favorite breakfast cereal including the crunch | wearenotmartha.com

 

And. Heaven. The ice cream really did taste just like the cereal and was exactly what I was hoping for when I first came up with the idea. And I might not be lying if I told you Chris ate this whole entire bowl after I photographed it. OK, so I told him he had to eat the whole thing and he claims he didn’t realize I was joking. Suuure.

Cinnamon Toast Crunch Ice Cream -- Everyone loves a bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch, but even better? A bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch Ice Cream! This easy-to-make recipe has all the elements of your favorite breakfast cereal including the crunch | wearenotmartha.com

I’ve made about a million different ice creams in my lifetime and always play around with ratios depending what I’m in the mood for. Because I used five eggs in this Cinnamon Toast Crunch Ice Cream, it was a perfectly creamy ice cream without any icy-ness, which is exactly what I was hoping for. I feel like a cereal ice cream needs to be extra creamy.

Cinnamon Toast Crunch Ice Cream -- Everyone loves a bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch, but even better? A bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch Ice Cream! This easy-to-make recipe has all the elements of your favorite breakfast cereal including the crunch | wearenotmartha.com

If you love sipping your cereal milk after the cereal is long gone, this is the ice cream for you. Or if you just need an excuse to have a box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch in your pantry. I’m always looking for one.

I’m probably taking this “it feels like spring!!” weather a little too far considering it’s still February in New England and as my sister reminded me the other day, “sometimes it snows in April…” But I also feel like there’s no bad time for ice cream and it’s a treat that I most certainly eat year round. All the better if I can eat it outside while wearing a sundress (does the 70 degree weather that’s predicted for tomorrow call for a sundress? Probably not, but I can dream!).

What cereal box would you want your picture on if you were an Olympic athlete? I’m pretty sure I’d have to choose Cinnamon Toast Crunch!

In case you weren’t aware, I’ve also made a quite deliciousΒ Lucky Charms Ice Cream… What should come next??

5 from 3 votes
Cinnamon Toast Crunch Ice Cream -- Everyone loves a bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch, but even better? A bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch Ice Cream! This easy-to-make recipe has all the elements of your favorite breakfast cereal including the crunch | wearenotmartha.com
Cinnamon Toast Crunch Ice Cream
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 

Everyone loves a bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch, but even better? A bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch Ice Cream! This easy-to-make recipe has all the elements of your favorite breakfast cereal including the crunch!

Course: Dessert
Servings: 1 quart (a little over)
Author: We are not Martha
Ingredients
  • 3 cups Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal, divided
  • 1 1/3 cups whole milk
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 5 large egg yolks
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
Instructions
  1. Put one cup of the cereal in a bowl and pour milk into it.
  2. Let cereal sit in fridge for at least 6 hours (you can do less time, but for maximum flavor, I recommend 6). 

  3. Strain the milk from the cereal, reserving a cup of the milk. Put milk into a medium saucepan and heat with the salt and sugar over medium heat. Bring mixture to a simmer and then remove from heat.

  4. Whisk egg yolks in a separate bowl.
  5. Pour half of the hot milk mixture into the egg yolks, whisking constantly. Then pour that back into the saucepan with the rest of the milk. Cook mixture over low heat, stirring constantly, until it thickens enough to coat the back of the spoon.
  6. Pour the cream into a separate large bowl place bowl in an ice bath.

  7. Strain the warm milk mixture into the bowl of cream. Mix in vanilla and cinnamon and stir over the ice until cool.
  8. Put the bowl into the fridge for at least 6 hours or overnight.

  9. In the meantime, pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  10. Put the remaining two cups of cereal in a bag and crush it a little bit.
  11. Heat butter and brown sugar in a bowl in the microwave until it's melted. Whisk together until blended and pour it over the cereal in the bowl.
  12. Spread the cereal over a parchment-lined cookie sheet in an even layer and bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes, until it's nice and caramelized.

  13. Remove from oven, let cool, and break into small pieces.
  14. When milk/cream solution is done chilling, process according to your ice cream maker manufacturer's instructions.
  15. When the ice cream is almost done processing, mix in the Cinnamon Toast Crunch pieces. Then store the ice cream in a separate container and let freeze for another few hours, or overnight.

  16. Serve ice cream in individual bowls and sprinkle a little bit more Cinnamon Toast Crunch on top if desired.

 

Cinnamon Toast Crunch Ice Cream -- Everyone loves a bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch, but even better? A bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch Ice Cream! This easy-to-make recipe has all the elements of your favorite breakfast cereal including the crunch | wearenotmartha.com

44 Responses to "Cinnamon Toast Crunch Ice Cream"

  1. This makes me wonder why my Kitchenaid ice cream attachment is currently in storage and not making me Cinnamon Toast Crunch ice cream at this very minute.

    And my mom would only let us eat Rice Krispies (plain) and Cheerio’s (plain) as children so when I was in high school and college, it was all about the CTC, Lucky Charms and Golden Grahams!

  2. ah my favorite cereal! i would be all over this!

  3. OMG I am in love with this ice cream!

  4. Simply Life says:

    wow! you really need to patent this and sell it!

  5. Erica says:

    Thats so fun! I loved cinnamon toast crunch as a kid! We were also not really allowed to have the sugary cereals in the house. My most favorite was captain crunch. My grandma always bought it when my sister and I were visiting

  6. Wow. THat’s all. Wow.

  7. LOVE this!! My parents definitely never bought us cereal like Cinnamon Toast Crunch when my brother and I were kids, so of course I loaded up at friends’ houses ;). Three Sisters (available at Whole Foods) makes a slightly healthier version of the cereal called Cinnamon Sweets, and I’m psyched to try this ice cream using that cereal.

  8. Katie says:

    This ice cream looks soo yummy!! I loved fruit loops when I was a kid, but we were never allowed to eat them!

  9. Cereal in ice cream… LOVE IT!!! I wonder how cocoa puffs would taste in ice cream..??!! πŸ™‚

  10. Catherine says:

    This may have been asked before, but where did you get the container for your ice cream???

  11. brandi says:

    how well do you think this would ship? πŸ™‚

  12. We never had sugar cereal in our house while growing up, sugar cereals were a special treat when I visited my grandparents!

    This looks sooo good, I love homemade ice cream!

  13. What a GREAT idea. Who needs to eat sugary cereal with just milk when you can eat it with cream, butter and more sugar?!

  14. Daisy says:

    I ate CTC for breakfast ALOT. Lucky Charms, too!

  15. lena says:

    gosh, this is heavenly!! first time i’m seeing cinnamon toast crunch, dont think it’s available here but anyway, your ice cream is marvellous and i just read thru your instructions, very clear!

  16. This is GENIUS. I grew up eating Cinnamon Toast Crunch – it’s still one of my favorite guilty pleasure cereals/snacks!

  17. Wow… very clever! Looks like creamy, crunchy yumminess!

  18. sweeter salt says:

    YOU ARE A GENIUS! want this, right now.

    laura

  19. Anneli says:

    Agree, TOTAL genius. As I am a completel slacker, I will be making a shortcut version using store-bought ice cream, but it’s the thought that counts, right?

  20. emily @ the happy home says:

    you just stopped. my. heart. this is BRILLIANT.

  21. Anneli says:

    *complete

    Obviously learning to type should be right up there with learning to make homemade ice cream. πŸ™‚

  22. Ann says:

    When I make ice cream in my maker, after storing it in the freezer, it gets super hard. Does that happen to you? I’ve heard it can help to chill the container I store it in first (I store in glass).

  23. Sues says:

    @Catherine- I got my ice cream containers from Zak! Designs on Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Zak-Designs-Insulated-Ice-Cream-Freezable/dp/B001R1ZVWI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1299214935&sr=8-1-spell

    It looks like they’re all sold out now, but I think they should get more in soon (or I’m sure they sell them other places, too).

  24. Sues says:

    @Ann- I usually have the opposite problem… But I think it might be worth trying to process it in your ice cream maker a few minutes longer? That will incorporate more air into the ice cream, which will hopefully make for a softer ice cream. Easier said than done, of course! You might just need to let the ice cream sit out a bit before serving it πŸ™‚

  25. Megan says:

    Dan from Food in My Beard made the chocolate-coated version, and I have been dying to try it ever since! It sounds great this way too… but I have to admit, I’m a huge fan of chocolate.

  26. Cara says:

    Given how hot its going to be in D.C. this week I think I’m going to have to make this!!

  27. Amy says:

    MMm looks delicious!!!

  28. I didn’t really get to as a kid. In college I made up for it, though, with prepackaged bowls and poptarts from the local cafeteria, lol.

  29. Reeni says:

    I love how you infused the milk with the cereal first! Genius. Wish I had a big scoop right now! Fruity pebbles were always my fave and cinnamon Life.

  30. Sarah L says:

    OMG, literally tonight when I was getting some ice cream for me & my hubby I told him that I thought a great ice cream idea would be to have a line of cereal milk ice creams… raisin bran, frosted flakes, trix, honey nut cheerios… and then 30 minutes later I saw your post. What are the odds?!

  31. Joanne says:

    This gets like SIX “amens” and a few “hallelujahs” thrown in for good measure. Too amazing even for words.

  32. Taryn says:

    Oh my goodness… this is quite the creation! It sounds SO FANTASTIC, I’m going to have to try it asap!

  33. Juliana says:

    Oh! I used to eat tons of cinnamon toast crunch…now that I have own an ice cream maker I will definitely make this ice cream, love the different texture in it. So yummie!
    Hope you are having a fantastic week πŸ™‚

  34. Michelle says:

    I was definitely not allowed to eat sugary cereals growing up and I ate my fill in college (I know, CRAZY, right?). Now, I’m back to boring but healthy cereals. I guess Mom really knew best!

  35. Shannon says:

    haha, i haven’t had cinn toast crunch in ages, but love the thought of this ice cream πŸ™‚

  36. Travel Food Phil says:

    Bravo! Breakfast and dessert in one! I was always a coco pops fan as a kid so maybe I’ll give that a go!

  37. You just combined my two favorite foods! Ack, I must try!

  38. NicoleD says:

    Yum! This is so clever!

  39. I think I am in love. Cinnamon toast crunch is my all time favorite cereal, and ice cream is my favorite dessert. I am bookmarking this πŸ˜€
    *kisses* HH

  40. Kerstin says:

    Definitely best idea ever – love it!!

  41. Rach says:

    Well this is just brilliant!

  42. Two of my favorite things!!! I have to make this!!

  43. Yum! Crunchy cinnamon ice cream sounds perfect!

  44. Eileen Kelly says:

    My kids are going to flip for this ice cream. They LOVE cinnamon toast crunch so turning into ice cream, Genius!

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