Best ice cream and lolly recipes

Try one of our ice cream or ice lolly recipes for a summer cool down or dinner party dessert accompaniment. Making ice cream is easier than you think and will impress your friends

There's nothing like homemade ice cream, and we have the best easy ice cream recipes to make in your ice cream maker, along with some no-churn ice cream recipes. We have plenty of ideas, from a classic homemade vanilla ice cream recipe, to show-stopping ice cream cake recipes and a fab dairy free ice cream idea, as well as frozen yogurt recipes. 


Make an ice cream cake or ice cream sandwiches with your homemade ice cream. We have some show-stopping ice cream cake recipes, from pistachio and chocolate ice box cake to white chocolate and strawberry ice cream cake.

For something a bit more refreshing, make one of our ice lolly recipes for kids and grown-ups.

Ice cream recipes

Roasted banana caramel swirl ice cream

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

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.

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...

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.

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.

Chocolate and black pepper gelato

Try our recipe for indulgent and creamy homemade chocolate with black pepper gelato. 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.

Dairy free no-churn banana ice cream

Dairy-free, no-churn, no-effort ice cream. Plus it’s healthy! What’s not to love? Once you're confident, why not try experimenting with different flavours.

Pecan praline ice cream

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. Serves six.

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.

Bitter chocolate ice cream

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

Peanut butter and salted caramel ice cream

This homemade ice cream combines two of the trendiest new flavours on dessert menus: smooth peanut butter and the delicious sweet and salty combo of salted caramel. Check out our caramel cakes and bakes here...

Double honey ice cream

Honey, honey, how you thrill me! The best ice cream made with a simple-to-follow custard-based recipe. Quickly stir broken honeycomb through it to serve. So easy, so good.

Blackcurrant ripple ice cream

This no-churn homemade ice cream with delicious blackcurrant sauce rippled through is the perfect weekend treat for the family – good for garden gluts too.

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.

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 bought ingredients into pretty bowls and glasses so guests can build their own bespoke sundae.

Frozen yogurt recipes

Instant mango fro-yo

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

Whipped avocado with frozen yogurt

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

Ice cream cake recipes

White chocolate and strawberry ice cream cake

White chocolate and strawberry ice cream, cake: three things we love the most in our puddings. Try this easy layer cake for the perfect dinner-party dessert.

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.

Devil's food ice cream cake

One of our favourite festive bakes, and one that goes down especially well on Christmas Eve. 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 1 month. 

Ice lolly recipes

Avocado, kiwi and lime ice lollies

Cool down this summer with these zesty avocado ice pops. These super green lollies are an easy healthy snack made in just 5 minutes.

Strawberries and cream ice lollies

Strawberries and cream frozen together make the best iced lollies. Roast the berries, mix with condensed milk and freeze. Make plenty, everyone will love them.

Thyme, elderflower and lemon ice lollies

These 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.

Ice cream sandwich recipes

Blackberry ripple ice cream sandwiches

The coolest, most irresistible ice cream sandwiches in existence. They're surprisingly quick to make and the ice cream part requires NO CHURNING whatsoever!

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.


Toffee ice cream sandwiches

This easy homemade version of the classic chocolate-dippped ice-cream sandwich uses only 3 ingredients; ginger biscuits, toffee ice cream and melted chocolate. 

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