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2 Ingredient, No Machine Ice Cream & My Favorite Variations

2 ingredients, a million possibilties! No Machine, Easy Homemade Ice Cream | www.somethingswanky.com

My husband and I lugged our dumb little ice cream maker all the way from Utah to Virginia, only to find out (after the move) that it was broken. #lame

And after spending (what ended up being) thousands of dollars  (#alsolame) on this cross country move, we were very, very, very broke. So broke that we couldn’t buy another ice cream maker anytime in the foreseeable future. Which ended up being okay after all, because it led me to the oh-so-popular 2-ingredient-no-machine-required ice cream recipe!

I love this little recipe. It’s awesome in a pinch, because you usually have the ingredients on hand to make one of the two variations I’m going to share with you today. I make it a lot on Sundays; because we don’t shop on Sundays, and I forget to buy ice cream on Saturday pretty regularly. And we always like to eat brownies and ice cream on Sunday nights, hence the weekly ice cream emergency that requires me to bust out this recipe on a fairly regular basis.

The “original” 2-ingredient recipe calls for mixing whipped cream with a can of sweetened condensed milk. Easy peasy, right?

Well, it turns out it gets even easier than that! You can also use Cool Whip in place of the whipped cream! I mean, really– how much simpler could a recipe get?

Easy 2 Ingredient Ice Cream



  1. Whisk together the Cool Whip and the sweetened condensed milk until combined.
  2. Pour in a freezer safe container, cover, and freeze for at least 4-6 hours or overnight!
  3. Serves 8-12

My favorite variations of this recipe:

  • Cheesecake: Mix the following ingredients with the sweetened condensed milk before adding the whipped cream: 8 oz. brick of cream cheese  1/4 cup softened butter, 1 tbsp lemon juice, and 1 tsp vanilla. Omit 8 oz of Cool Whip or 1 cup cream.  This is the base I used for my Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream, which has been a reader favorite and my #2 favorite flavor! (my #1 is Nutter Butter S’mores Ice Cream).
  • Peanut Butter/Nutella: mix 1/2 cup of peanut butter or Nutella with the sweetened condensed milk before adding the Cool Whip or whipped cream.
  • Add any Duncan Hines Frosting Creations Flavor Packet! (I used Key Lime in this recipe and loved it!)


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Ashton Swank

Ashton is the owner and author of Something Swanky. Although first and foremost a wife and mother, she considers herself an online entrepreneur, freelance writer and photographer, and brand ambassador. Her focus is in food styling, food photography and recipe development.

18 comments on “2 Ingredient, No Machine Ice Cream & My Favorite Variations”

  1. SUCH a genius way to make ice cream!!

  2. I have only every done my ice cream with the machine but this is a great method to us if I need to throw some ice cream together quick!

  3. Wait, this is the most genius 2-ingredient recipe I’ve seen so far! At first I thought this would be another banana ice cream post, but no — this is way better! Great recipe!!

    • Oh you’re right– I bet people think that! I wonder how I can specify that in the title without making it a million words? lol… Oh well. :)

  4. This is my favorite way to make ice cream now too. So easy and so creamy! Love your pics for this! I think I need picmonkey help because I can never get my pics to look as great as you do using their editing!

  5. Can’t believe how easy this ice cream is!!

  6. So sorry about your ice cream maker! But this – no ice cream maker needed?! Yes and yes! Definitely makes my life a bit easier. I don’t have any freezer-space for my ice cream machine right now!

  7. I love this method never tried with coolwhip. I love mixing in creamy peanut butter with candy like crushed butterfingers or reese pieces. Or just crushed oreos. Yummy

  8. Holy cow this looks awesome! And super simple to boot :)

  9. Marshmallows!!!

  10. Super duper love this! Ice cream can’t get any easier!

  11. Hi Ashton,
    I have a similar recipe. In fact, it is from my mom :) . She used to make it for us every summer!
    Before take to the freezer, I like to whip this batter to strawberry/raspberry jam! It gets very delicious!
    Thanks for sharing it!
    PS: I’ve already taken a note to my recipe: whip the heavy cream! It will be a great change! :)

  12. Add 2tsp coconut flavouring and some shredded dried coconut. The best coconut ice cream ever!

  13. Does this get rock-hard in the freezer, or does the air in the whipped cream keep it soft?

  14. I am new to all this ice cream making…what would happen if I put this recipe into a kitchenaid mixer ice cream maker attachment, would it get too thick for the machine?

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