Haagen Daz vanilla ice cream is a high end ice cream brand known for its high-quality ingredients and creamy texture. Their vanilla ice cream is one of their most popular flavors, and it's easy to see why. It's made with simple ingredients, but it's full of rich, vanilla flavor.
This recipe needs only five ingredients to get started. And you can substitute dairy free milk and dairy free heavy whipping cream and it still will come out delicious!
So gather your ingredients and let's get started showing you how to make Häagen-Dazs vanilla ice cream at home. It's a simple process, but it does require an ice cream maker. If you don't have an ice cream maker, you can still make this recipe so don't worry!
Every time I go to the store, the kids always ask for Haagen Daz vanilla ice cream. It is expensive when everyone wants their own pint! Making our own copycat version is the best most cost effective way to save money but still enjoy the flavor of one of the best tasting ice creams out there!
The ingredient list is simple for this perfect copycat ice cream recipe! All you need is:
- Heavy cream
- Egg yolks
- Vanilla extract
That's it! Now let's get started on the process!
Making Haagen Daz Vanilla Ice Cream
It's time to get started on making ice cream! I am so excited for you and can't wait to hear how your ice cream turns out!
Prepare the Ice Cream Base:
In a medium saucepan, combine the milk, cream, and sugar. Heat over medium heat until the mixture is just simmering.
In a large bowl, whisk together the egg yolks until smooth. Gradually whisk in the hot milk mixture, whisking constantly until the mixture is smooth.
Return the mixture to the saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens and coats the back of a spoon. This will take about 5 minutes.
Pour the cooked mixture through a strainer if desired.
Churn the Ice Cream:
Pour the ice cream mixture into the ice cream maker.
Follow the manufacturer's instructions for your specific ice cream maker. Churn the mixture until it reaches a soft-serve consistency. This usually takes around 25-45 minutes depending on your ice cream maker.
Transfer and Freeze:
Once churned, the ice cream will be soft and fluffy. Transfer it to a lidded, airtight container.
Smooth the surface of the ice cream with a spatula to remove any air pockets.
Place a piece of parchment paper or plastic wrap directly on the surface of the ice cream to prevent ice crystals from forming.
Seal the container with the lid and place it in the freezer.
Allow to Harden:
Let the ice cream freeze for at least 4-6 hours, or until it's firm and scoopable.
Before serving, let the ice cream sit at room temperature for a few minutes to soften slightly, making scooping easier.
Serve and Enjoy:
Scoop the homemade Haagen-Dazs-style vanilla ice cream into bowls or cones.
You can enjoy the ice cream as is or add your favorite toppings, such as fresh berries, chocolate sauce, or chopped nuts.
Frequently Asked Questions
Absolutely! I've made a version for me with dairy free milk and dairy free heavy whipping cream and it always substitutes perfectly!
Yes, you can make this recipe without an ice cream maker. However, it will take a little more time and effort. To make this recipe without an ice cream maker, you will need to freeze the mixture in a shallow pan or bowl. After the mixture is frozen, you can break it up with a fork and stir it every 30 minutes or so until it is smooth and creamy.
Yes! I'm a vanilla bean ice cream person. You can scrape 1-2 beans instead of using vanilla extract if you would like.
Yes, you can add other flavors to this recipe. Some popular flavors to add include chocolate, strawberry, and caramel.
This ice cream will last for up to 2 weeks in the freezer.
The recipe makes about one quart of ice cream.
- For a richer flavor, use whole milk instead of skim milk.
- If you want a smoother ice cream, strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve after it has cooled.
- Add in your favorite mix-ins, such as chocolate chips, nuts, or fruit.
Grab your spoon!
Making Häagen-Dazs vanilla ice cream at home is a fun and easy way to enjoy this delicious treat. With just a few simple ingredients and an ice cream maker, you can make this classic ice cream at home. If you love ice cream, don't forget to try some of our other favorites! If you love simple restaurant copycat recipes, don't forget to pick up our five ingredient or less restaurant copycat cookbook!
Copycat Haagen Daz Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe
- ice cream sheet
- 2 ⅓ cups heavy whipping cream
- 1 cup milk
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 3 whole egg yolks, beaten
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- In a medium saucepan, combine the milk, cream, and sugar. Heat over medium heat until the mixture is just simmering.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the egg yolks until smooth. Gradually whisk in the hot milk mixture, whisking constantly until the mixture is smooth.
- Return the mixture to the saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens and coats the back of a spoon. This will take about 5 minutes.
- Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the vanilla bean. Let the mixture cool completely.
- Pour the mixture into an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer's instructions. Once frozen, transfer to bowls to enjoy, or move to a freezer container and freeze an additional 4-6 hours.