Peppermint Marshmallow Ice Cream -- 'tis the season for candy cane desserts and festive ice cream flavors. This Peppermint Ice Cream with homemade marshmallow fluff will get you in the holiday spirit! | wearenotmartha.com
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Peppermint Marshmallow Ice Cream

'Tis the season for candy cane desserts and festive ice cream flavors. This Peppermint Ice Cream with homemade marshmallow fluff will get you in the holiday spirit!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Chill Time8 hrs
Total Time35 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Candy Cane Desserts, Christmas Ice Cream, Holiday Ice Cream, Peppermint Desserts
Servings: 1 1/2 quarts
Author: Sues

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 5 large egg yolks (save one of the whites for the fluff)
  • 1 Tbsp peppermint extract
  • 1 cup marshmallow fluff (recipe below or store-bought)
  • 1/2 cup crushed candy canes (from about 6 regular-sized candy canes)

Marshmallow Fluff

  • 1 large egg white
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp cream of tartar

Instructions

  • In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine  cream, milk, and sugar and stir until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is hot, but not boiling.
  • In a small, heat-resistant bowl, whisk the egg yolks. Slowly pour half the heated milk mixture into the bowl with the egg yolks, whisking the entire time. Pour the egg yolk mixture back into the saucepan with the rest of the milk, continuing to whisk.
  • Cook mixture over medium heat until it begins to thicken and coats the back of a wooden spoon, about 5-7 minutes. Strain the mixture into a heat-resistant bowl.
  • 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, stir in peppermint extract and freeze in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. When ice cream is almost frozen, mix in crushed candy canes and marshmallow fluff.
  • When ice cream is frozen, remove to airtight containers and place in freezer for at least 4 hours to continue to harden.

Marshmallow Fluff

  • In the bowl of an electric mixer or in a large bowl with a hand mixer, beat together egg white, corn syrup, and salt on high-speed for about 4-5 minutes, until it thickens and turns white.
  • Mix in confectioners' sugar, vanilla, and cream of tartar on low-speed, until combined.
  • You can keep the marshmallow fluff in your fridge in an airtight container for about 10 days.