This homemade ice cream recipe kids are going to love. Bubble gum ice cream is the ultimate kid flavor. I remember being a kid and thinking ice cream with real pieces of gum in it was so cool. The only place we could buy bubblegum ice cream was at an ice cream shop in the mall. That was a rare treat for us kids. Now I know all the secrets of how to make it at home in my ice cream maker. And I am excited to share them with you.
I’m adding this to my tried and true Cuisinart ice cream maker recipes. If you have a similar ice cream maker, this recipe should work for you as well. I had good luck finding all the gum I needed at my local dollar store. They had bags of small gumballs and the tiny chiclets gum. I decided to use the tiny chiclets gum as the stir-in for my ice cream, but the small gumballs will work just as well.
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A couple tips: You can substitute other kinds of bubble gum for the original pink bubble gum. Just keep in mind that the color of bubble gum you use will affect the final color of your ice cream. You’ll actually be melting 15 pieces of pink bubble gum to give the ice cream base its bubble gum flavor. As you can see from my photos, using pink gum adds only a faint trace of pink color to the ice cream. If you want more colorful ice cream, add a few drops of food coloring (in the desired color) to the ice cream mixture during Step 4 (below).
Homemade Bubble Gum Ice Cream
- 2 1/2 cups half and half
- 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 2 egg yolks
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/8 tsp of salt
- 15 pieces of (pink) Double Bubble original bubble gum
- 1 cup mixed color Double Bubble tiny chiclets gum OR 1 cup small mixed color gumballs
1. Whisk together the half and half, heavy cream, sugar, and vanilla in a saucepan. In a separate bowl, beat the egg yolks and add them along with the 15 pieces of bubble gum to the saucepan mixture.
2. Slowly bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally with the whisk to keep the gum from sticking to the saucepan. Cook for about 15-20 minutes until the gum is dissolved.
3. Pour mixture into a bowl and cover. Place the bowl into the refrigerator and allow to cool for at least 3 hours. Once mixture is completely cooled, it is ready to add to the ice cream maker for churning.
4. Pour mixture into the ice cream maker and turn it on. Allow the ice cream to churn for about 15 minutes, then add the small gumballs or tiny chiclets gum. Continue to mix for 5 minutes.
5. The ice cream’s consistency will be soft. To harden, place ice cream in a lidded container and freeze for 2 hours prior to serving.
Did you love bubble gum ice cream when you were a kid? Have you made this ice cream recipe at home yet? Let me know what you think in the comments below.