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This easy No-Churn M&M Ice Cream recipe is the perfect summer treat. With only a handful of simple ingredients, this creamy confection is a sure-fire winner with its bright colors and classic candy taste!

A white bowl filled with scoops of M&M ice cream.

We have been on an ice cream kick lately. It’s no wonder, the summer heat has kicked up, and homemade no-churn ice cream is a wonderful way to beat those hot summer temperatures!

Keeping it simple is the key to a fun summer dessert recipe for the whole family!

This easy-to-make recipe combines fluffy whipped cream, sweetened condensed milk, and mini M&M’s for bursts of color and crunch in every bite. With its smooth texture, this homemade ice cream is a sweet treat that will satisfy any sweet tooth.

Ingredient Notes

  • Heavy Whipping Cream: This ingredient is the foundation of the ice cream base. Look for heavy whipping cream with a high fat content, as it will contribute to a smoother and richer texture.
  • Powdered Sugar: Powdered sugar, also known as confectioners’ sugar, adds sweetness and helps to stabilize the whipped cream. It dissolves easily and ensures a smooth consistency throughout the ice cream.
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk: Sweetened condensed milk brings a luscious and creamy texture to the ice cream. It also adds sweetness and acts as a stabilizer, preventing ice crystals from forming.
  • Mini M&M’s: These colorful candy-coated chocolate bites add a delightful crunch and bursts of flavor to the ice cream. The mini-sized M&M’s are perfect for distributing throughout the mixture. Mini-sized ensuring M&M’s will not be as hard as regular-size M&M’s. However, larger M&M’s will work as well.
A labeled image of ingredients needed for no-churn M&M Ice Cream.

Equipment Needed

No fancy equipment is needed for this recipe. I do like to use an electric mixer to save on the elbow grease! Here are a couple of things that come in handy.

Variations and Substitutions

  • Nuts: For those who enjoy the combination of nuts and chocolate, you can add a handful of chopped nuts such as almonds, walnuts, or pecans to the ice cream mixture. It will introduce a delightful crunch and complement the sweet flavors.
  • Swirls and Sauces: Get creative by incorporating swirls or sauces into your creamy vanilla ice cream base. You can drizzle caramel or chocolate sauce into the mixture before freezing, creating ribbons of gooey goodness throughout the ice cream. You could also swirl in peanut butter, Nutella, or cookie butter too.
  • Chocolate Ice Cream: For a Chocolate M&M Ice Cream, add 2 tablespoons to 1/4 cup cocoa powder and the powdered sugar and mix.
  • Holidays: For any season or holiday, pick out season-colored M&M’s to celebrate. Pastel M&M’s for Easter of spring, Red, White & Blue for Memorial or 4th of July, Red & Green for Christmas, and Fall colors for Thanksgiving or autumn.

How To Make No-Churn M&M Ice Cream

Be sure to see the recipe card below for exact ingredients and full recipe instructions!

Step 1 | Make Ice Cream Base

Grab a big mixing bowl and an electric hand mixer (or a stand mixer with a whisk attachment). No Ice Cream Machine is needed for this recipe!

Pour in the heavy cream and powdered sugar. Now, start whisking away with the mixer until the cream gets all fluffy and forms stiff peaks.

PRO TIP: Be careful not to overwhip the whipped cream, which can turn into butter. Once you reach stiff peaks, stop beating to maintain a creamy texture.

Okay, now it’s time to add the sweetened condensed milk. Gently fold it into the whipped cream using a spatula until they’re all mixed together nicely. You want the mixture to be smooth and well-combined.

Collage image shows adding powdered sugar to heavy whipping cream and sweetened condensed milk mixture and combining to make whipped cream mixture.

Step 2 | Add the M&M’s to the Ice Cream Base

Time to bring in the star of the show – the M&M’s! Carefully fold them into the ice cream base until they’re evenly distributed.

You want those colorful little candies spread throughout for that burst of flavor in every bite.

Collage image shows adding mini M&M's to whipped cream and sweetened condensed milk mixture and combining.

Step 3 | Freeze

Grab a 9×5 inch loaf pan and transfer the ice cream mixture into it. Smooth it out with a spatula. Cover the pan with plastic wrap to protect it from any freezer odors.

Pop it in the freezer and let it sit there for at least 5-6 hours. Patience is key here!

M&M Ice Cream mixture added to 9X5 loaf pan to freeze for no-churn ice cream.

When the wait is finally over, take out the pan from the freezer. Grab your favorite ice cream scoop or just a big spoon, and start scooping those creamy delights into bowls or cones.

Time to indulge in your homemade M&M ice cream! Enjoy every spoonful of this cool and delicious treat.

A pan filled with homemade M&M Ice Cream.
  • Chilled Equipment: Before you begin, make sure your mixing bowl, beaters, and spatula are chilled. Placing them in the freezer for a few minutes prior to use helps the cream whip up faster and achieve a better consistency.
  • Cold Ingredients: Be sure that your heavy whipping cream is cold straight from the refrigerator. Cold ingredients whip better and help create a smoother texture in the ice cream.
  • Gentle Folding Technique: When incorporating the sweetened condensed milk and M&M’s into the whipped cream, use a gentle folding motion. Folding ensures that you don’t deflate the whipped cream, keeping the airiness intact.
  • 5-6 hours is the minimum amount of time you should let this ice cream set. When possible, I like to let this ice cream set overnight.

Tips

Recipe FAQ’s

Can I make this recipe without sweetened condensed milk?

Sweetened condensed milk plays a crucial role in creating the creamy texture and sweetness of the ice cream. It also acts as a stabilizer to prevent ice crystals from forming. It is not recommended to omit or substitute sweetened condensed milk entirely, as it may significantly alter the final result.

Can I make this dairy-free?

While I have not tested a dairy-free version, you can try substituting the heavy whipping cream with coconut cream. Make sure to use sweetened condensed coconut milk instead of the traditional sweetened condensed milk. And, of course, dairy-free candies like Choco No No’s.

How long does the ice cream need to freeze before it’s ready to serve?

The freezing time can vary depending on your freezer’s temperature and the depth of the container you use. Generally, it takes at least 4-6 hours for the ice cream to freeze properly. However, for the best results, it is recommended to let it freeze overnight to ensure a firm and scoopable consistency.

Removing a scoop of M&M Ice Cream with an ice cream scoop from a pan.

Storage

Freezer Storage: Cover it tightly with plastic wrap or foil to protect it from any odors or freezer burn (I like to double wrap mine). You can also use a freezer-safe airtight container or even an ice cream storage container for up to 2 months in the freezer.

What to Serve with Ice Cream

  • Sugar Cones, Waffle Cones or Bowls: Serve your M&M ice cream in crispy waffle cones or bowls for a classic combination or a sugar cone for a nostalgic touch. The combination of the creamy ice cream and the crispy cone adds a wonderful textural contrast.
  • Chocolate Sauce or Hot Fudge Sauce: Drizzle some warm chocolate sauce or hot fudge over the ice cream for an extra decadent and indulgent treat. The rich chocolate flavor pairs beautifully with the M&M’s and adds a luscious element to each bite.
  • Whipped Cream: Top your M&M ice cream with a dollop of fluffy homemade whipped cream (or store-bought). It adds a light and airy component that complements the creamy ice cream and adds a touch of elegance.

Remember, these suggestions are just a starting point, and you can get creative with your own combinations, toppings, and favorite mix-ins. While this ice cream is delicious on its own, these mix-in ideas can enhance the flavors and textures of the M&M ice cream while adding a touch of extra indulgence.

Enjoy experimenting and finding your perfect accompaniment! 

Two sugar cones filled with no-churn M&M ice cream.

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No-Churn M&M Ice Cream Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Freeze Time: 6 hours
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Nikki Lee
No-churn M&M ice cream is a creamy and delicious frozen treat that requires no special equipment. This easy-to-make recipe combines fluffy whipped cream, sweetened condensed milk, and mini M&M's for bursts of color and crunch in every bite. With its rich and smooth texture, this homemade ice cream is a delightful indulgence that will satisfy any sweet tooth.
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Ingredients 

  • 2 ¼ cups heavy whipping cream
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • ¾ cup mini M&M's

Instructions

  • Whisk the heavy cream and powdered sugar together in a large mixing bowl using an electric hand mixer or stand mixer with whisk attachment, to whip the cream into stiff peaks.
  • Once the cream begins to reach stiff peaks, gently fold in the sweetened condensed milk until it is combined with the whipped cream.
  • Gently fold in the M&M’s until they are evenly distributed throughout the ice cream base.Transfer the ice cream mixture into a 9×5 inch loaf pan and cover the pan with plastic
  • Transfer the ice cream mixture into a 9×5 inch loaf pan and cover the pan with plastic wrap. Allow the ice cream to sit in the freezer for at least 6 hours.
  • Scoop, serve, and enjoy!

Notes

  • Chilled Equipment: Before you begin, make sure your mixing bowl, beaters, and spatula are chilled. Placing them in the freezer for a few minutes prior to use helps the cream whip up faster and achieve a better consistency.
  • Cold Ingredients: Be sure that your heavy whipping cream is cold straight from the refrigerator. Cold ingredients whip better and help create a smoother texture in the ice cream.
  • Gentle Folding Technique: When incorporating the sweetened condensed milk and M&M’s into the whipped cream, use a gentle folding motion. Folding ensures that you don’t deflate the whipped cream, keeping the airiness intact.
  • 5-6 hours is the minimum amount of time you should let this ice cream set. When possible, I like to let this ice cream set overnight.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1serving Calories: 685kcal (34%) Carbohydrates: 66g (22%) Protein: 9g (18%) Fat: 44g (68%) Saturated Fat: 28g (175%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g Monounsaturated Fat: 10g Trans Fat: 0.05g Cholesterol: 127mg (42%) Sodium: 126mg (5%) Potassium: 330mg (9%) Fiber: 1g (4%) Sugar: 65g (72%) Vitamin A: 1547IU (31%) Vitamin C: 2mg (2%) Calcium: 277mg (28%) Iron: 1mg (6%)

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Soulfully Made is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is only an estimate. We recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator if you need to verify any information.

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10 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This ice cream was the perfect summer time treat for my kids! It was so easy to make and I love that I didn’t need an ice cream maker to make it too!

  2. 5 stars
    The combination of creamy homemade ice cream and colorful M&M candies creates a fun and delicious dessert!

  3. 5 stars
    What an easy ice cream recipe! I love that it is no-churn. As someone who enjoys M&Ms, this recipe is definitely a must-try.