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No Churn Vanilla Ice Cream (3 ingredients)

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Homemade vanilla ice cream made with condensed milk is guaranteed to be easy and big in flavor. This frozen treat is a game-changer! It has a smooth texture and irresistible taste; you'll understand when you taste it. Enjoy it in a cone, a bowl, with or without a topping, or sandwiched between cookies—it's always fantastic.

  • Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings


  • 2 cups cold cream (heavy, whipping, or heavy whipping)
  • 1 can (14oz or 397g) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or 3/4 teaspoon vanilla paste


  1. Beat cold cream until thick but not completely firm. 
  2. Pour into it the sweetened condensed milk and fold in with a spatula or whisk. 
  3. Add vanilla and stir until smooth and even colored. 
  4. Pour into a metal pan without a removable bottom (8-inch round or square or 2 medium loaf pans).
  5. Freeze for 4-6 hours or until completely firm.
  6. Scoop it into bowls and serve with sauces, fresh fruit, or plain. 
  7. Cover with plastic wrap for longer storage. 


Sweetened condensed milk: depending on the country, you might find sweetened and unsweetened (known in many places as evaporated milk). Make sure it has sugar. 

Vanilla: make sure you use it unless you want a condensed milk flavor. I use pure vanilla extract or pure vanilla paste when available, but a good vanilla essence (artificially flavored) also works and is infinitely cheaper. 

Container: any metal pan (round, loaf, square) is excellent for storing ice cream in the freezer. Cover them with plastic wrap. 

How long does it take for condensed milk ice cream to freeze? It depends on the amount of ice cream and the size and shape of the container, but it usually takes 4-6 hours to be ready to eat. I make it the day before and forget about it. 

How to store it for a more extended period: use an airtight container or cover the one you froze it in with a double layer of plastic wrap. 

Using low-fat or non-dairy alternatives instead of condensed milk: I don't recommend it because the texture and flavor will vary. 

  • Author: Paula Montenegro
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Freezing time: 4 hours
  • Category: Desserts
  • Method: Mixing + Freezing
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1/8
  • Calories: 363
  • Sugar: 28.8 g
  • Sodium: 79.1 mg
  • Fat: 25.8 g
  • Carbohydrates: 28.7 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 5.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 84.1 mg