Blueberry Ripple No-Churn Ice Cream

With swirls of blueberry and a little crunch, this is our new favorite ice cream recipe.

Blueberry Ripple No-Churn Ice Cream
Photo: Joy Howard
Active Time:
15 mins
Freeze Time:
6 hrs
Total Time:
6 hrs 15 mins

It may come as a surprise, but you can make ice cream with the same velvety texture of a parlor scoop without the help of an ice cream maker. The secret is to whip heavy cream until it forms lofty, stiff peaks, then gently fold it into the rest of the ingredients, being careful to maintain its fluffy state. It's an addictively easy technique that takes the fussiness (and extra effort) of making ice cream at home.

Our version is inspired by blueberry pie and features a vanilla base with bite-size bits of graham cracker and blueberry preserves. Why preserves rather than jelly? It has just the right sweetness and consistency for swirling. It also contains bits of fruit that will add pleasing texture to each scoop. For an extra special treat, consider serving the ice cream with chopped pecans or a drizzle of caramel or chocolate sauce.


  • 1 (14-oz.) can evaporated milk

  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 1 ¾ cups heavy cream

  • 4 graham crackers broken into pieces

  • 6 tablespoons blueberry preserves


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the evaporated milk and vanilla. In another bowl, use a hand mixer set on medium speed to whip the heavy cream until stiff peaks form, about 2 minutes. Gently fold in the whipped cream into the evaporated milk mixture.

  2. Set aside ¼ cup of the graham crackers. Fold in the remaining crackers into the ice cream base, then pour the mixture into a loaf pan. Dot on blueberry jam on the surface of the mixture, then use a spoon to gently swirl it in.

  3. Freeze the ice cream until solid, about 6 hours.

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