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Classic Vanilla Ice Cream

Smooth and creamy vanilla ice cream that tastes just like the old-fashioned ice cream you get at a fancy ice cream parlor! Load up this easy ice cream with all your favorite ice cream toppings!
Servings 2 quarts ice cream


  • 2 cups milk divided
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 2/3 cup xylitol or sugar
  • 2-1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract


  • In a medium saucepan, whisk 1-1/2 cups milk, cream, and xylitol (or sugar) until smooth. In a small bowl, whisk remaining 1/2 cup milk and cornstarch until smooth. Add to saucepan mixture, whisking until combined.
  • Bring milk mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring frequently until mixture is slightly thickened. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Let cool slightly, then transfer to a 2 qt container and let chill until completely cold, several hours. (or overnight)
  • Once mixture is cold, transfer to an ice cream maker. Churn ice cream according to manufacturers directions.
  • Transfer churned ice cream back to container and let freeze until solid before serving. (about 3 hours)


Store ice cream in freezer up to 1 week.