Salted Caramel Ice Cream


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Its summer time! And you know what that means…. its time for fruit cocktails with fresh squeezed juices, big fat slices of watermelon, lighter dinners and ICE CREAM!! I mean you have to cool down somehow right… ice cream and cocktails are only the realistic way to do this.

Salted caramel ice cream is something that I have had all over the place recently… it seems to have become an up and coming flavor (at least I think so because I only used to eat chocolate and mint chip and didn’t know how to expand my horizons until recently). I have had it in San Francisco, in Portland, in Tucson and most recently in Los Angeles. I decided it was high time to make some for myself… and that is exactly what I did.

Salted Caramel Ice Cream



  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 tbsp salted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups cream
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp fine sea salt


  • In a medium heavy pot cook the sugar over medium high heat until it starts to turn golden brown and melts. After about 3 minutes, add the butter, milk and cream. Reduce the heat to medium and cook until everything is melted and is barely simmering. Remove from heat and set aside. In another small bowl whisk together the egg yolks, vanilla and salt. Whisk constantly until the mixture turns to a light yellow color and becomes thick. Slowly add about 3/4 cups of the warm cream into the egg mixture and stir until smooth. Then add the rest of the cream mixture and continue to stir. Transfer the entire mixture back into the pot and stir until it thickens, but be careful not to let it boil.
  • Once thick, remove from the heat and transfer to a clean bowl. Cover the mixture with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours. Pour the custard mixture into your ice cream machine and mix according to the manufacturers instructions. After the mixer is done, transfer the ice cream into a container and freeze for at least 2 hours before eating.

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  1. Jessica @ How Sweet

    I just saw this recipe somewhere in a magazine and thought I have GOT to try it!

  2. lk- healthy delish

    omg my mouth is watering! salted caramel is one of my favorite flavors of anything!

  3. Carrie Oliver

    Okay, that’s enough to make me put an ice cream machine on my birthday wish list. Salted caramel ice cream.

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  5. Sandy

    I will scour the Chicago stores for this flavor. It’s new to me. but sounds so yummy.

  6. Monika

    This looks absolutely fantastic! I have never made ice cream before, but this might be the perfect reason to try.

  7. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

    Oooo, wow! I’ve heard of salted caramel in plenty of other desserts, but have never seen it in ice cream. I bet that tastes out of this world!

  8. anya

    That looks amazing!! I have never heard of that flavor I will keep my eyes open

  9. Elaine from Cookware Help

    Mmm, I heart salted caramel ice cream. I have owned a very nice ice cream maker for more than a year now and have never opened it. This delicious sounding recipe is going to kick me into gear to start experimenting so that I can quit spending $10/pint, though worth every cent, for my favorite ice cream. Glad you shared this. Thanks!

    • Gaby

      omg $10 for a pint! Where are you getting your ice cream girl!?? You are going to love making your own ice cream… happy mixing!

  10. Weekend Carnivore

    What a great idea! Salted caramels are so nice that they simply have to be great in ice cream form too.

  11. Kristen

    We love ice cream in our house, so I will have to try this! Sounds like the perfect summer treat.

    • Gaby

      we are an ice cream house too!!! You guys will love this one!

  12. marla {family fresh cooking}

    I love a little salt with my sweet caramel….great ice cream recipe!! Just back from Camp Blogaway, missed u, see u soon though 🙂

    • Gaby

      Yes!! Can’t wait to see you and hear all about your adventures since the last time! xoxo

  13. megan

    Gotta love the salted caramel flavor! I just got a new ice cream maker and this is on the list of “must makes”. Thumbs up!

  14. foodie in training

    I was thinking of making this tomorrow but I was going over the recipe and was curious of the cream. Do you mean whipped or heavy?

  15. Dave

    it is suprising how well sweet and salty tatses go in these ice creams, very fusion

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  17. Marly

    We’re vegan so we don’t eat ice cream unless it’s made with an alternative to dairy. That said, this ice cream looks so good. I wish I could find a way to veganize it. Problem is, I think I would eat it all! Maybe it’s better if I just look at the pics on your site. That way it’s calorie free!

  18. Fuji Mama

    I love anything that has to do with salted caramel, especially ice cream! This looks wonderful Gaby!

  19. Ricky

    Just made this tonight and it turned out delicious!! And pretty easy, too. Let the caramel darken as long as possible for a great flavor–to the point just before it burns. Topped mine with peanuts…mmm.

  20. Jay

    Think I did something wrong. What do you put in the sugar to cook it? Mine stuck to the pan. Do you put water in? If so, how much?

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  23. Lisa Behm

    I just came across this ice cream at my supermarket, now they ran out, very frustrating!
    I will try your recipe, Gaby. Thanks!