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Sweet Potato Ice Cream

Sweet potatoes and ice cream may seem like an unlikely combination, but this Sweet Potato Ice Cream, packed with white chocolate and toasted pecans, will convince you it's the perfect fall ice cream flavor combo!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Chill Time8 hrs
Total Time35 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Fall Desserts, Fall Ice Cream, Sweet Potato Desserts, Unique Ice Cream
Servings: 1 quart
Author: Sues


  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup sweet potato puree (homemade from 1 baked and pureed sweet potato or store-bought)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup toasted and chopped pecans


  • In a medium saucepan, heat cream, milk, and sugar over medium heat. Stirring constantly, let mixture reach just the point of simmer before removing from heat.
  • Lightly whisk egg yolks in a separate medium bowl.
  • Slowly pour about half of the warm cream/milk mixture into the bowl with the yolks, whisking continuously. Then pour egg/cream mixture back into the saucepan with the rest of the cream mixture.
  • Continue to cook over low heat, while whisking. When the mixture thickens enough to coat the back of the spoon, after about 4-6 minutes, remove the saucepan from heat.
  • Pour cream mixture through a strainer into a large bowl. While mixture is still hot, stir in sweet potato puree, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and salt until completely blended.
  • Cover bowl with plastic wrap so that plastic is touching top of cream mixture (this will prevent a skin from forming). Refrigerate until chilled, at least 4 hours.
  • Once mixture is chilled, freeze in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. When ice cream is almost frozen, mix in white chocolate chips and toasted pecans.
  • When ice cream is frozen, remove to airtight containers and place in freezer for at least 4 hours to continue to harden.


  • If you're making your own sweet potato puree, bake a sweet potato at 400 degrees for 45-60 minutes (until fork tender). Let cool before peeling and pureeing in food processor or blender until smooth.