#IceCreamWeek: Backyard Mint Ice Cream

by Kelli on August 12, 2013

 Made with fresh mint, this sweet, creamy ice cream is a summer classic.

backyard mint ice cream

Welcome to #IceCreamWeek! Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Jen of Juanita’s Cocina have teamed up with more than 20 of their blog friends to bring you a week full of ice cream treats, including a special ice cream giveaway! Prepare to have your taste buds tempted with some of the best ice cream treats around! Make sure you enter the giveaway for a Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker and two fabulous ice cream cookbooks so that you can join in on the ice cream fun!

Backyard Mint Ice Cream

Is this one of the greatest weeks of the summer, or what!

Last Friday I mentioned that I was feeling the pull between enjoying everything the end of summer has to offer, and thinking about pumpkin lattes and apple pie.  We, it’s still summer, gosh darn it, so I’m squeezing every last white pants, sandal-wearing, straw clutch-carrying moment I can out of the this season.  And really, what better way to embrace summer than with a week of ice cream!  Cool, creamy, dreamy, frozen goodness.

I’m kicking things off today with a recipe the screams summer, from my most faavvvvvvorite ice book cookbook, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home.

Backyard Mint Ice Cream

There are two things about this ice cream that really stand out to me….aside from the sublime, subtly sweet, garden fresh minty flavor.  The texture of this ice cream (and actually all of the ice creams in Jeni’s book) is perfect, and like no other ice cream I’ve tasted.  It’s super creamy and smooth, not too hard, not too soft and rich without being overbearing.

Also, unlike most ice cream recipes that call for the base to be chilled overnight, this ice cream can be churned the very same day. The base needs about 30 minutes to chill, and then it’s ice cream churning time!

Backyard Mint Ice Cream

Yield: Makes about 1 quart


  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 ounces (3 tablespoons) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups heavy cream
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • A large handful of fresh mint, torn into small pieces (I used 1/2 cup)
  • Shaved chocolate, for garnish (optional)


Mix about 2 tablespoons of the milk with the cornstarch in a small bowl to make a smooth slurry. In a medium bowl, whisk the cream cheese and salt, until smooth. Make an ice bath by filling a large (preferably metal) bowl with ice and a little bit of water, and set aside.

In a medium saucepan, combine the remaining milk, cream, sugar and corn syrup. Bring to a rolling boil over medium-high heat, and boil for 4 minutes. Remove from the heat and gradually whisk in the cornstarch slurry.

Bring the mixture back to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring with a wooden spoon, until slightly thickened, about 1-2 minutes. Remove from the heat.

Gradually whisk the hot milk mixture into the cream cheese until smooth. Add the mint. Pour the mixture into a 1-gallon resealable freezer bag and submerge the sealed bag in the ice bath. Let stand, adding more ice if necessary, until cold, about 30 minutes.

Refrigerate to steep for 4 to 12 hours.

Pour the mixture through a fine mesh strainer to remove the mint. Churn the mixture into the bowl of your ice cream maker, according to the manufacturer's instructions. Transfer to a freezer-safe, airtight container and freeze in the coldest part of the freezer for at least 4 hours.



Make sure you check out each of these blogs, today and all week long, for their #IceCreamWeek recipes ~ and for chances to enter to win our #IceCreamWeek giveaway!

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Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Jen from Juanita’s Cocina have also teamed up for a fabulous giveaway!

***This giveaway is for one Cusinart Ice Cream Maker (in white), one copy of “The Ultimate Ice Cream Book” by Bruce Weinstein, and one copy of “Thoroughly Modern Milkshakes” by Adam Ried (three different winners)! This giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents only. When the contest concludes, the winner will be chosen by random draw. The winner will then be notified through e-mail and they will have 3 days to respond or another winner will be chosen.***

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{ 37 comments… read them below or add one }

Tieghan August 12, 2013 at 8:43 AM

I just bought a mint pant and this is so what I am doing with all that fresh mint! I love this!


Kelli August 12, 2013 at 10:53 AM

Perfect timing! Enjoy, Tieghan!


Abby August 12, 2013 at 8:48 AM

Yes! there’s still plenty of hot summer days to enjoy this ice cream. I love mint, has to be my favorite (or coffee) with a big old glob of hot fudge. :)


Kelli August 12, 2013 at 10:54 AM

Mmmmm….hot fudge would be so delicious on this ice cream!


Gerry @ Foodness Gracious August 12, 2013 at 10:10 AM

Jeni’s book is so awesomely good, I love it. Great job with your ice cream, chocolate and mint are always besties!


Kelli August 12, 2013 at 10:55 AM

I’ve been spending the summer eating my way through Jeni’s book….so amazing!


Liz August 12, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Beautiful ice cream, Kelli! I have a boatload of mint in my backyard…mint is about the only garden crop I haven’t killed :)


Kelli August 12, 2013 at 3:46 PM

Glad your mint survived….this ice cream is calling its name :)


The Ninja Baker August 12, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Great choice for ice cream week, Kelli! Like the summer whites there is something so cooling about mint ice cream.

P.s. Love to have you stop by and check out the Ninja Baker’s s’more ice cream =)


Kelli August 12, 2013 at 3:47 PM

Thanks so much! Heading over to check out your s’mores ice cream!


Kristen August 12, 2013 at 12:32 PM

I haven’t seen ice cream with cream cheese in the base. It sounds super rich and delicious, especially with the fresh mint.


Kelli August 12, 2013 at 3:52 PM

Pretty much all the recipes in this book use cream cheese in the base…it adds the perfect richness without making it too heavy.


Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain August 12, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Ice cream and mint are my besties!! I could use a big ol’ bowl right meow!


Kelli August 12, 2013 at 3:50 PM

You’re in for a real treat, then because this is out-of-this-world! Sending you the biggest bowl ever!


Jen @JuanitasCocina August 12, 2013 at 2:26 PM

Mint is my absolute favorite ice cream flavor! Thank you so much for joining us Kelli!


Kelli August 12, 2013 at 3:53 PM

Mint is the bomb! Thank YOU for organizing!!


Susan August 12, 2013 at 5:30 PM

I made fresh mint ice cream last summer and it’s such a great flavor! Really different than store bought mint. This is the perfect way to enjoy the end of summer.


Kelli August 13, 2013 at 3:06 PM

This was my firs time making fresh mint ice cream….store bought does not even come close to this!


Kate | Food Babbles August 12, 2013 at 8:59 PM

I love fresh mint ice cream and this one looks so smooth, creamy and inviting. Lovely choice to kick of a great week of ice cream treats!


Kelli August 13, 2013 at 3:15 PM

Fresh mint is the summeryist! I could eat it everyday.


Amy @ What Jew Wanna Eat August 12, 2013 at 10:14 PM

This looks perfect! Mint is one of my favorite ice cream flavors of all time. Yum!


Kelli August 13, 2013 at 3:16 PM

Thanks so much, Amy!


Carrie @ poet in the pantry August 13, 2013 at 12:55 AM

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams truly are that. LOVE her ice cream cookbook! Great way to kick off the week!


Kelli August 13, 2013 at 3:17 PM

Thanks so much, Carrie! Yes, Jeni’s book is the greatest….now if I can just figure out how to make J-bars at home :)


Elizabeth @ SugarHero.com August 13, 2013 at 1:56 AM

Oh my gosh, fresh mint chip ice cream is my absolute fave! I’ve become so addicted to fresh mint flavor that I’ve started adding a few mint leaves to my morning spinach smoothie–it’s incredible! I have heard nothing but raves about the Jeni’s book, and your post is inspiring me to pick up a copy. I’m excited to be blogging along with you and to see what else you come up with this week. :)


Kelli August 13, 2013 at 3:12 PM

Get the Jeni’s book, Elizabeth, it will change your life! You should also start stocking up on milk, cream and freezer containers :)


veronica gantley August 13, 2013 at 5:34 AM

Oh my your Mint Ice Cream looks sooo good, I love all the flavors that you have put into this


Kelli August 13, 2013 at 3:20 PM

Thanks so much, Veronica!


ashley - baker by nature August 13, 2013 at 8:35 AM

Mint ice cream is one of my all-time faves! This looks incredible, love! xo


Kelli August 13, 2013 at 3:21 PM

Mint is always a winner! Although, now that I’ve had fresh mint I don’t know if I can go back to the artificial green version.


Julia August 13, 2013 at 9:04 AM

Yuuuuum! I love that there’s fresh mint in this ice cream! I’ve never tried that before and it sounds so refreshing! I wish Ice Cream Week would last forever! ;)


Kelli August 13, 2013 at 3:22 PM

Yesss….Ice Cream Week *should* last forever!! I’m with you, girl!


sabrina c August 13, 2013 at 2:19 PM

A be mint ice cream, but really love pb and chocolate!


Kelli August 13, 2013 at 3:22 PM

Pb and chocolate is always a winning combo…love it!


Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) August 13, 2013 at 3:21 PM

I love the use of fresh mint!


Melanie @ Just Some Salt and Pepper August 13, 2013 at 8:02 PM

YUM! I like mint, but not with chocolate chips like the popular flavor. I think this would be perfect. I’ve also never made ice cream with cream cheese, but I can imagine it being delicious!


Kim Beaulieu August 14, 2013 at 12:53 AM

Kelli this is one beautiful ice cream. I love that it’s quick too.

Thanks so much for joining us this week. It’s an absolute pleasure to have you. xx


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