Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe with Chocolate Sauce

Best ice cream and lolly recipes

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Try one of our frozen treats for a summer cool-down, from supremely creamy vanilla and fun toppings to zesty avocado, kiwi and lime lollies, assembly job ice-cream cakes, and irresistible ice-cream sandwiches

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There’s nothing like homemade ice cream, and we have the best recipes to make in your ice cream maker, along with some no-churn ice cream recipes. Make vanilla, chocolate, pistachio and more then add exciting toppings or turn into show-stopping ice-cream desserts (including pistachio and chocolate ice-cream cake). There’s dairy free ice cream for those who can’t have milk along with refreshing ice lollies for kids and grown-ups. 

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Ingredients

  • We use vanilla, chocolate and other flavourings for our ice-creams

Easy ice cream toppings

Try our fun ice cream toppings for your homemade vanilla ice cream (recipe below). Choose between retro caramel banana split, boozy Baileys affogato, spiced nuts and fudge, and hot chocolate and berry ice cream sundae.

4 Quick and Easy Ice Cream Toppings

Ice cream recipes

Vanilla ice cream with warm chocolate sauce

Learn how to make this supremely creamy vanilla ice cream and you’ll be set for summer. If you're looking for summer desserts to serve it with, click here for plenty of inspiration.

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No-churn Vietnamese coffee ice cream

Cardamom and cinnamon add a fragrant edge to this quick coffee ice cream recipe. You only need 15 minutes to prepare before freezing – an easy pick-me-up for summer entertaining.

Coffee Ice Cream Recipe

Roasted banana caramel swirl ice cream

Check out our impressive ice cream recipe with roasted bananas and homemade caramel sauce swirled through. Black bananas are best for this recipe as they're super ripe and sweet.

Roasted Banana Ice Cream with Caramel


Brown butter ice cream

Brown butter adds a nutty, caramelised flavour to creamy homemade vanilla ice cream in this recipe. It's a little effort but so worth it for a grown-up summer treat.

Brown butter ice cream

No-churn double strawberry ice cream

Strawberry ice cream is a family favourite but home-made just tastes so much better. This recipe for no-churn double strawberry ice cream is super easy and makes delicious, creamy ice cream that everyone will love. Try our strawberry dessert recipes here...

No-churn double strawberry ice cream

Vanilla ice cream

Try this quick and easy homemade vanilla ice cream with just 20 minutes of prep. Serve alongside your favourite summer dessert, we have plenty of inspiration here.

Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe

Maple honeycomb ice cream

Making this delicious maple honeycomb ice cream is easier than you may think with step-by-step help from the olive test kitchen. It's guaranteed to be a new family favourite any time of year.

Maple honeycomb ice cream

Chocolate and black pepper gelato

Try our recipe for indulgent and creamy homemade chocolate gelato spiced up with black pepper. Gelato differs from ice-cream in the fat content – ice cream is usually made with cream, while gelato is milk based. The trick to this silky smooth gelato is to add some liquid glucose – this lowers the freezing point so it doesn’t freeze rock solid.

Chocolate and black pepper gelato

Dairy free no-churn banana ice cream

Dairy-free, no-churn, no-effort ice cream. Plus it’s lower in calories than a lot of homemade ice creams. What’s not to love? Once you’re confident with the process, try experimenting with different flavours – add a handful of frozen berries, 2 tbsp peanut butter or 2 tbsp raw cacao powder to the processor before blending to get the flavours shown in our picture below.

No-churn banana ice cream

Pecan praline ice cream

Make our easy homemade ice cream with a twist. Master your own praline, then make a custard-based ice-cream, mix in the caramel-pecan nuts and freeze.

Butter Pecan Ice Cream Recipe

Peach melba ice cream

Peach melba is a classic British dessert created to honour the Australian soprano Nellie Melba. Try the great combination of peaches and raspberries in our peach melba ice cream for a sweet and tart frozen dessert for summer.

Peach Ice Cream Recipe

Bitter chocolate ice cream

A grown-up version of Italy’s favourite flavour, this bitter chocolate ice cream is easy to make and creates a sophisticated ice cream cone dessert alternative. Indulgent, intense and seriously chocolatey!

Dark Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe

Peanut butter and salted caramel ice cream

This homemade ice cream combines two luxurious flavours – smooth peanut butter and the delicious sweet and salty combo of salted caramel. Check out our caramel cakes and bakes here...

Peanut butter and salted caramel ice cream

Double honey ice cream

We use a simple-to-follow custard-based recipe to create this ice cream, with broken honeycomb stirred through for a sweet crunch.

Double honey ice cream

Blackcurrant ripple ice cream

This no-churn homemade ice cream with blackcurrant sauce rippled through is the perfect weekend treat for the family.

Blackcurrant ripple ice cream

Elderflower ice cream

Valentine Warner's elderflower ice cream is light, aromatic and calls for only five ingredients. You don't even have to go and pick your own elderflower – a good cordial will work just fine.

Valentine Warner's elderflower ice cream

Make your ice cream better with our DIY ice cream sundae bar

Pack tubs of ice cream into a big bowl of ice. Make some easy sauces then pile up shop-bought ingredients into pretty bowls and glasses so guests can build their own bespoke sundae.

DIY Ice Cream Sundae Bar Recipe

Frozen yogurt recipes

Instant mango fro-yo

Check out this super speedy dairy-free frozen yogurt. Our easy recipe only uses three ingredients (lime, mango and coconut yogurt) and takes minutes to make.

Mango Froyo Recipe

Whipped avocado with frozen yogurt

Try this elegant avocado dessert with frozen yogurt and meringue to serve at your next dinner party.

Whipped Avocado Dessert With Frozen Yogurt

Ice lolly recipes

Avocado, kiwi and lime ice lollies

Cool down this summer with our bright and zesty avocado ice pops. Our super green lollies are made with vitamin-packed fruits and refreshing coconut water for a nutritious summer snack. Check out more avocado ideas here to get your greens...

Avo Lollies

Strawberries and cream ice lollies

Strawberry and cream lollies

Thyme, elderflower and lemon ice lollies

Our thyme, elderflower and lemon ice lollies are a great grown-up treat to help you cool down in the warmer months. You can make this into a cordial too, just reduce the water to 750ml and strain into sterilised jars.

Lemon Ice Lolly Recipe With Thyme and Elderflower

Ice cream cake recipes

White chocolate and strawberry ice-cream cake

White chocolate, strawberry ice cream, cake: three things we love in our puddings. Try this easy layer cake for a fun dessert.

White Chocolate Ice Cream Cake

Pistachio and chocolate ice box

The icebox cake is a US staple – the biscuits become pleasantly softened by the ice cream and the whole thing holds together so you can cut it into wedges.

Pistachio and Chocolate Ice Box Cake

Devil's food ice-cream cake

One of our favourite festive bakes, and one that goes down equally well on Christmas Eve and at summer BBQs. Layers of fudgy chocolate brownie cake sandwiched with ice cream, which you can mix and match using your favourite flavours. Make in advance and keep in the freezer, in a freezable container, for up to one month.

Devil’s food ice-cream cake

Ice-cream sandwich recipes

Blackberry ripple ice-cream sandwiches

Our irresistible ice-cream sandwiches are surprisingly quick to make and the ice cream part requires no churning whatsoever!

Blackberry ripple ice cream sandwiches

Strawberry shortcake ice-cream sandwiches

These strawberry shortcake ice-cream sandwiches are an easy but impressive summer treat. If you're planning on making these a day or so ahead, just dunk the sides of the sandwiches into the freeze-dried strawberries before serving.

Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Sandwiches Recipe

Toffee ice-cream sandwiches

This easy homemade version of the classic chocolate-dipped ice-cream sandwich uses only three ingredients – ginger biscuits, toffee ice cream and melted chocolate.

Toffee Ice Cream Sandwich Recipe
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