Learn how to make the trendy rolled ice cream at home in 10 minutes. Deceptively easy to make with tons of flavor options!
As someone who loves a good ice cream recipe, we’ve got a new one to add to our repertoire: ice cream rolls.
This basic yet incredibly delicious recipe is a foolproof way of making and enjoying this frozen dessert.
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Why this recipe works
- 2 Ingredients. The base recipe uses heavy cream and condensed milk: that is it!
- Easy to make. No fancy ingredients or ice cream maker is required.
- Versatile. From ice cream flavors to toppings, you get many options to choose, making customization easy.
- Perfect flavor and texture. The texture is rich and creamy, and it melts in your mouth! Like any good ice cream, you are in full control of the flavor!
What is rolled ice cream?
Rolled ice cream, also known as stir-fried ice cream, is a popular dessert that originated in Southeast Asia. It involves pouring a liquid ice cream base onto a super-cold metal surface, mixing various flavors and ingredients, and then rolling the mixture into thin, cylindrical rolls.
These ice cream rolls are so easy, and besides the mix-ins of choice, there isn’t really anything else needed to make. Here is what you’ll need:
- Cream. I prefer using heavy cream, but heavy whipping cream also works. Avoid using reduced-fat or light cream, as this will yield a more icy dessert.
- Condensed milk. Full-fat condensed milk or coconut condensed milk. Like the cream, do not use low fat varieties, or else rolling it up will be difficult.
- Mix-ins. I made a strawberry version and a cookies and cream version, but use whichever mix-ins to suit your preferences.
How to make rolled ice cream
Rolled up ice cream is so easy: just remember to have whatever mix-ins you like prepped and ready to go!
- Prep the freezer: Make space for at least two baking sheets or metal baking pans. Don’t use glass or ceramic trays because the ice cream will not freeze quickly.
- Make the ice cream base: To a mixing bowl, add cream, condensed milk, salt, and whisk. Pour the ice cream base into the baking sheets and divide equally.
- Add mix-ins: Add flavors to the base by mixing candy, fruit, chocolate chips, cookies, etc.
- Freeze: Freeze the base for about 2 hours or until frozen completely.
- Roll up: Using a sharp spatula, press into the ice cream to make ice cream rolls.
Tips to make the best recipe
- Crush the mix-ins finely to make a thin layer for better ice cream rolls.
- Keep the tray or ice cream machine as cold as possible to make the best ice cream rolls.
- Make sure the base isn’t too thick or watery to freeze and roll your ice cream well.
Like traditional ice cream, you can switch up the ice cream base to change the flavors! Here are some tested ideas:
Peanut butter: Drizzle 1/2 cup of melted peanut butter into the ice cream base and add chopped peanuts.
Chocolate: Fold through 1/2 cup cocoa powder to the ice cream base, then add 1/2 cup chocolate chips.
Mint chocolate chip: Add 1/2 teaspoon of mint extract, a drop of green food coloring, and 1/4 cup of chocolate chips.
Cookie dough: Break apart some edible cookie dough and fold it through the base.
Mixed berry: Use a mix of blueberry, strawberry, and raspberry jams.
To store: Put your roll up ice cream in a container and close the lid after covering the container with plastic wrap. It’ll keep the ice cream fresh by blocking air into the container. Freshly made ice cream will keep well for up to one week.
To thaw: Let the ice cream sit at room temperature for a few minutes before enjoying it.
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Frequently asked questions
The only difference between the two is the presentation and texture. The rolled kind is thinner but just as rich and creamy.
Rolled ice cream is not necessarily healthier than traditional ice cream. However, it is lower in calories due to its thinner texture.
Rolled Ice Cream (2 Ingredients)
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 14 ounces condensed milk
- 1/2 cup strawberry preserved
- 1/2 cup cookies crushed
- Place a large metallic baking sheet or tray in the freezer.
- In a mixing bowl, whisk together the heavy cream and condensed milk. Fold through your mix-ins of choice.
- Remove the frozen baking sheet or tray from the freezer and transfer the ice cream on top, spreading it in a flat layer.
- Place the tray in the freezer for at least two hours.
- Using a sharp spatula, roll the ice cream from one end to the other and serve immediately.
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