No need for special equipment, you can easily whip up your own creamery delight: homemade fudge swirl ice cream, with only four ingredients!

Ice cream with thick ribbons of fudge swirled in, in a white bowl that looks like an ice cream cone.

One spoonful of this creamy vanilla ice cream, with lots of chocolate fudge swirled in, and you’ll be spoiled for life. You’ll never want to buy ice cream again. And it’s so easy to make. There’s no need for an ice cream freezer or churn; the only equipment you’ll need is an electric hand mixer.

And with only four wholesome ingredients, you don’t have to worry about stuff like corn syrup, mono and diglycerides, cellulose gum, annatto, and guar gum which are commonly added to commercial ice cream. I love to make my own homemade vanilla bean ice cream or cinnamon ice cream (perfect on fruit crisps!).

A red loaf pan full of vanilla ice cream with hot fudge swirled in. An ice cream scoop is placed next to it.

As kids we used ride our bikes to a neighborhood creamery. With a juke box in the corner, a long counter with a mirrored wall behind it, and really cool stools that twirled, we avidly watched as employees made delightful frozen treats: milkshakes, malteds, floats, sundaes, cones, and so on.

We usually had just enough money to buy a cone and what a selection of ice cream there was! Teenage employees waited patiently for us to make a choice as we drooled over all sorts of creatively named ice cream flavors lined up in the freezer case. What a decision!

My favorites always include a swirl of fudge–Moose Tracks is usually my first choice. To me, ice cream and chocolate are pretty much synonymous–you can’t have one without the other. I love this double chocolate no churn ice cream.

What’s your favorite? The beauty of homemade ice cream is that you can make whatever flavor you like best. 

A red pan filled with fudge swirl ice cream being scooped out with an ice cream scoop.

About this fudge swirl ice cream:

Like I promised, easy make-your-own ice cream has only four ingredients: a can of sweetened condensed milk, heavy cream, vanilla extract, and fudge topping. I like to make my own hot fudge but feel free to use your favorite brand of fudge topping.

Drum roll, please…here’s how to make homemade ice cream: Get out a couple of good-sized bowls. Pour a can of sweetened condensed milk into one bowl, and add vanilla. In another bowl, whip two cups of heavy cream until it’s fluffy and firm (stiff peaks). Gradually fold the whipped cream into the sweetened condensed milk until it’s completely incorporated. Put this mixture into a freezer safe container: a loaf pan, a plastic container, whatever you like. Easy so far, right? 

Pop the ice cream into the freezer for an hour or so. I bet you’re thinking I forgot the fudge! Nope, I find that you have to freeze the ice cream partially before you add the fudge to make nice fudge swirls. Otherwise, it just mixes in and turns into chocolate ice cream (which isn’t a bad thing, by the way).

Once the ice cream is partially frozen, add dollops of fudge and, using a table knife or small spatula, artistically swirl the fudge into the ice cream. Return to the freezer and freeze until firm, about 6 hours. 

I know it’s hard to wait but good things take awhile, you know? And I promise, fudge swirl ice cream is totally worth the wait! I like to top mine with this crunchy oat topping!

Ice cream with thick ribbons of fudge swirled in, in a white bowl that looks like an ice cream cone.

How to make this ice cream your own:

Fudge swirl ice cream begins with plain vanilla ice cream. You can add whatever embellishments you like! The “swirls” can be your choice. 

  • Like cookies and cream ice cream? Crush a handful of Oreo cookies and swirl them into the partially frozen ice cream.
  • Swirl in caramel topping and maybe even a handful of peanuts.
  • Try strawberry, blueberry, or cherry jam swirls.
  • Really, the choices are limited only to your imagination. Create your own signature ice cream!

Ice cream with thick ribbons of fudge swirled in, in a white bowl that looks like an ice cream cone.

Storage Tips

Ice cream should be stored in the freezer (right, Captain Obvious!), covered well to prevent freezer burn. It will keep for a couple of weeks, if it lasts that long. Mine never does.

More soda fountain treats:

Enjoy more frozen concoctions! Here’s some ideas to get you started:

 

Ice cream with thick ribbons of fudge swirled in, in a white bowl that looks like an ice cream cone.

Fudge Swirl Ice Cream (no ice cream maker needed!)

Yield: 10 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 15 minutes

No need for special equipment, you can easily whip up your own creamery delight: homemade fudge swirl ice cream, with only four ingredients!

Ingredients

  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups heavy cream, cold
  • 1 cup hot fudge, cooled to room temperature

Instructions

  1. Pour sweetened condensed milk into a large bowl. Add vanilla extract, mix well.
  2. Pour the heavy cream into a separate mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer. On medium-high speed, whip the cream until it holds stiff peaks (3 minutes –  less if you’re using a stand mixer).
  3. Scoop one large spoonful of the whipped cream and mix it gently into the sweetened condensed milk mixture. Add the rest of the whipped cream and fold it in until it is smooth and silky. A few small lumps may remain. It’s important not to over mix as that will deflate the mixture.
  4. Spread into a 8 or 9-inch loaf pan. Freeze for one hour, take out of the freezer. Stir to mix in frozen portions. Put spoonfuls of room temperature hot fudge on top,  and then gently swirl in hot fudge, using a table knife.. Don’t over mix, you want to see swirls of hot fudge.
  5. Freeze for at least 6 hours or until firm (I cover with foil to prevent freezer burn).

Notes

  • Make homemade hot fudge or use store bought hot fudge topping.
  • Create your own signature ice cream: Crush a handful of Oreo cookies and swirl them into the partially frozen ice cream. Swirl in caramel topping and a handful of peanuts. Try strawberry, blueberry, or cherry jam swirls.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 284Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 55mgSodium: 123mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 1gSugar: 14gProtein: 3g

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Verdict: I typically crave salty snacks more so than sweets, but I can’t resist the fudge swirls in this ice cream.
Husband’s take: Ben is the real ice cream fan in the family, although it’s highly contested because my kids are obsessed with the stuff too.
Changes I would make: None!
Difficulty: Easy!