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Jelly Bean Ice Cream

The Easter Bunny is coming to town and this Jelly Bean Ice Cream is the perfect seasonal treat! With only 6 ingredients, it tastes just like the classic Easter candy and will be loved by both kids and adults alike.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Candy Desserts, Easter Desserts, Homemade Ice Cream
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Ice Cream Chill Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 40 minutes
Makes: 1 ½ quarts


  • 1 ½ cups whole milk
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 5 large egg yolks
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • ½ cup whole jelly beans (uniform colors)
  • 1 cup roughly chopped jelly beans (any colors)


  • Heat milk, sugar, and salt in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir constantly, until the mixture just reaches the point of simmer. Remove from heat.
  • In a separate medium heat-proof bowl, lightly whisk egg yolks. Pour about half of the warm milk into the bowl with the egg yolks, whisking while you do so. Pour the egg/milk mixture 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 (or reaches a temperature of about 170 degrees).
  • Pour the heavy cream into a separate large bowl. Strain the egg/milk mixture into the heavy cream and stir to combine. Stir in whole jelly beans. I chose to use pink, orange, and red jelly beans so the mixture would turn a nice color, but you can use the colors of your choice. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for at least 4 hours. 
  • Once mixture has been sufficiently chilled, process in ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s directions. When the ice cream is almost done hardening, mix in the chopped jelly beans.
  • Scoop ice cream in airtight containers and place in the freezer for another 4+ hours, but ideally overnight.
  • Scoop into bowls and enjoy. Note that the jelly beans in the ice cream get a little hard in the freezer, so take care when biting into them.

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