Homemade Ice Cream Bars

Homemade Ice Cream Bars

These irresistible soft, smooth, creamy, homemade ice cream bars are perfect for a hot summer’s day. Easy to make, no churning required and use just six ingredients.

It’s summer, it’s boiling hot and there’s nothing better than an ice cream to cool things down. The middle is made up of a soft creamy centre, then a yummy flavour layer such as: Nutella, passion fruit, raspberry, coffee, salted caramel, blueberry, peanut or biscoff to name a few. Then they are dipped into chocolate and covered in any multitude of toppings. I have used nuts, chocolate and biscuits, but the fun part is the options are endless!

They are great for making ahead and having at hand in the freezer!

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  • Ease: easy, using just six ingredients and no churning required.
  • Diet: this recipe is gluten-free. For vegan options, please refer to my variations section.
  • Great for: making when its hot, no-bake, fun making with kids, BBQ, friends and family visiting.
  • Taste and texture: a light, soft, smooth creamy ice cream, with a multitude of fillings and decoration ideas.
  • Serves: 4 x 90ml ice creams.

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    For this recipe all you need are these ingredients:

    Whipping or double cream – is high in fat and will help make this ice cream deliciously smooth and creamy.

    Sweetened condensed milk – is cow’s milk which has had around 60% of the water removed and sweetened with sugar to create a thick custard like cream.

    Evaporated milk – is in fact almost the same as condensed milk without the addition of sugar, but because of its high concentration of milk solids, it helps to give ice cream that rich, smooth, creamy, custardy texture and taste.

    Vanilla paste – adds a delicious flavour and enhances the other ingredient flavours.

    Fillings – with so many to choose from, take a look at my recipe and the variations section for ideas.

    Chocolate – is used to dip the ice creams in and give them that classic magnum look.

    I highly recommend adding a good pinch of salt to your sweet creations. It would seem counter productive, but it’s not I promise.
    Salt, helps balance out the sweetness and richness. It also elevates the other ingredients, bring out the best characteristics of the recipe. In a seemingly absurd or contradictory way, salt intensifies the mouth’s ability to taste sweetness. Sodium sends signals to move glucose into the sweet taste receptor cells in our tongue, triggering the cells to register sweetness. The result is that salt not only alerts our ‘salt sensitivity’, but also our ‘sweet sensitive’ taste buds.


    Here are a few other flavour ideas:

    Extra dark – add two tablespoons of cocoa powder to the ice cream mixture and dip in dark chocolate.

    Mint – use a dark chocolate coating, and add mint extract to the ice cream base.

    Coffee – heat half the evaporated milk and add one teaspoon of instant coffee powder to it prior to mixing with the other ingredients in the ice cream base.

    Spices – try adding 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon, cardamom or nutmeg to the ice cream base.

    Citrus – for a bit of zing, add finely zested lemon, lime, or orange to the ice cream base. Alternatively, citrus oils are great for this.

    Vegan options – I recommend The Coconut Collaborative double cream and Elmlea plant based double cream. For condensed milk and evaporated milk, I recommend Natures Charm coconut condensed milk or Natures Charm evaporated oat milk and the Carnation Condensed oat milk. Most can be found in large supermarkets and online.

    Vegan chocolate – There are now quite a few brands to choose from, such as Lindt, Green & Black’s, Ombar, Happi and Hotel Chocolat.

    Vegan chocolate spreads – Biona organic dark chocolate spread, Vego organic hazelnut crunchy chocolate spread, Sweet Freedom choc pot, Pip & Nut chocolate, coconut and hazelnut butter, Mr Organic vegan chocolate spread.

    If you experiment I would love to know how you get on and share it with the other readers.


    Serving: one ice cream

    Nutrition information can vary for a recipe based on factors such as precision of measurements, brands, ingredient freshness, or the source of nutrition data.

    I strive to keep the information as accurate as possible but make no warranties regarding its accuracy.

    I encourage you to make your own calculations based on the actual ingredients used in your recipe, using your preferred nutrition calculator.


    Freezing: These homemade magnum ice creams can conveniently be stored in the freezer and taken out as you want to enjoy them. Store in the freezer for up to 3 months.

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    Here is a list of some kitchen tools that I use and recommend for this recipe.

    When it comes to baking, I highly recommend using metric measurements and a digital scale, rather than cup measurements. You will find it much easier, less messy and you will get far better, consistent results weighing your ingredients. 🙂



    Homemade Magnum ice creams

    Homemade Ice Cream Bars

    Preparation:10 minutes
    Freezing:2 hours
    Total:2 hours 10 minutes
    Servings: 4 x 90ml
    These irresistible soft, smooth, creamy, homemade ice cream bars are perfect for a hot summers day. Easy to make, no-churning required and use just six ingredients.


    Ice cream base

    • 120 g whipping or double cream
    • 60 g sweetened condensed milk
    • 60 g evaporated milk
    • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla paste (avoid extracts – see notes)

    Chocolate coating

    • 400 g chocolate (dark, milk or white)

    Fruit coulis

    • 120 g fresh or frozen fruit of choice (raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries)
    • 1 tbsp caster or granulated white sugar
    • 1 tbsp lemon juice

    Salted caramel

    • 100 g caster sugar
    • 50 g butter
    • 100 g double cream or heavy cream
    • 2 pinches of sea salt

    Other filling options

    • 4 piece passion fruit (1 per ice cream)
    • 100 g Nutella (25g per ice cream)
    • 100 g biscoff spread
    • 100 g peanut butter


    • Place the ice cream mould on a tray that fits into your freezer.
      If you are going to use a coulis or caramel to flavour your ice cream then start to prepare these following the instructions further down. If you're going to use Nutella, Biscoff spread, peanut butter or passion fruit add 2-3 tablespoons of filling to the bottom of each mould and then place in the freezer for 30 minutes.
    • Fruit coulis: To a small saucepan, add the fruit and sugar. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. The mixture will begin to boil, turn it down to medium heat. Continue to simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring the mixture often. Once the fruit has broken down and softened, turn off the heat – this will take a few minutes longer if using frozen fruits. Transfer the mixture to a blender or food processor and pulse until it reaches a smooth sauce consistency. You can also use a stick blender. Strain the mixture through a strainer into a pouring jug and add 2-3 tablespoons of filling to the bottom of each mould and then place in the freezer for 30 minutes.
      Homemade ice cream bars
    • Salted caramel sauce: Place the sugar into a medium large saucepan. Place the pan on over a low heat. Allow the sugar to melt, this will take around 5 minutes. When all of the sugar has melted and is a golden amber colour, add the butter and stir to combine. Then add the cream, being careful as it will steam and bubble. Stir the mixture until smooth and then remove from the heat to cool.
      Once cooled, add 2-3 tablespoons of filling to the bottom of each mould and then place in the freezer for 30 minutes.
    • Ice cream: In a measuring jug or mixing bowl, whisk the cream until soft peaks form. Then add the condensed milk, evaporated milk and vanilla paste. Blitz until smooth and creamy. You may want to scrape down the sides of the jug with a spatula throughout the process to make sure everything gets blended evenly.
    • Remove the mould from the freezer and insert the wooden lolly sticks. Fill the moulds with the ice cream mix and transfer to the freezer for 3-4 hours, until completely set.
      Homemade ice cream bars
    • Coating: Once frozen, carefully remove the ice-creams from their moulds and place them back into the freezer on a tray lined with parchment paper until ready to coat.
      Melt the chocolate in a heat-resistant bowl over a small pan of simmering water (double boiler). Pour the melted chocolate in to a tall glass and dip each ice cream in it. At this stage they can be decorated with chopped nuts, crushed biscuits or drizzled with melted chocolate.
      *It is likely that there will be additional chocolate left over at the end. Use it in another recipe or place it on a lined baking sheet and decorate with nuts and seeds to make a chocolate bark.
    • Put the ice creams back on the tray to set in the freezer for 10 minutes before serving or store in an airtight container for up to 3 months.


    • 1 ice cream mould
    KEYWORDS chocolate, ice cream, magnum, summer,



    • When making the ice cream – I like to use a measuring jug as it can be used to pour out easily into the moulds and keeps the washing-up down to a minimum. I also find using a stick blender is ideal for whisking the cream and combining all the other ingredients together.
    • Whisking the ice cream base and why it’s important – We want the ice crystals during freezing to be as small as possible, the bigger the crystals the more grainy the texture. Ensuring we get as much air into the cream prior to freezing will give us that ultimate creamy texture we all love in ice cream.
    • Why we use condensed milk – We want to keep the water content down to a bear minimum, to avoid large ice crystals forming as mentioned above. Hence we use products like cream and condensed milk which have high fat content and break down more easily.
    • Why we use vanilla paste and not extracts – is down to minimising the water content as mentioned previously above.

    Homemade Magnum ice creams


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