How To Make Ice Cream: Handy Tips & Mouth-Watering Recipes

In this article, discover tips on how to make delicious ice cream and try out some tasty ice cream recipes featuring Lyle’s Golden Syrup.


Ice cream is arguably a dessert that fixes all problems. Whether you need cooling down on a hot summer’s day, you’re feeling under the weather, or you’re going through a low point (just like a rom-com movie scene) – ice cream can instantly make you feel better. 

In this article, discover tips on how to make delicious ice cream and try out some tasty ice cream recipes featuring Lyle’s Golden Syrup

What’s the difference between churn and no-churn ice cream?

It sounds very high-tech, but the difference is simple. Churned ice cream means that it’s made using an ice cream machine, and no-churn means that it can be made with just an electric whisk (or by hand, if you have strong arms!). 

No-churn ice cream is often a lot easier to make and calls for fewer ingredients, so you don’t have to splash the cash on a fancy machine to get delicious ice cream! 

Tips on how to make homemade ice cream 

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Making ice cream isn’t as complicated as you may think, especially when you have these top tips to hand.

#1 - Use cream with a high fat content 

If you want to make creamy ice cream, use cream with a higher fat content (like double cream). Higher fat cream stops the ice crystals from getting too big, resulting in a silky-smooth texture. 

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#2 - Use a vanilla pod instead of vanilla extract 

If you want your ice cream to have a stronger and more prominent vanilla flavour, replace the vanilla extract with a vanilla pod. 

#3 - Chop up any extra ingredients 

Get creative and give your ice cream more flavour by adding your favourite sweets, chocolate or nuts. These extras can become really hard when frozen, so be sure to chop them up to prevent anyone from breaking a tooth! 

#4 – Use a smaller container to cut the freezing time

If you can’t wait to enjoy your ice cream, use smaller containers to speed up the freezing process. Why not try using a muffin tin? That way, your ice cream is already portioned and you can enjoy it even quicker – a win-win if you ask us! 

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#5 – Leave your ice cream to defrost slightly before serving 

Before you serve your ice cream, take it out of the freezer and leave it for 10 minutes to defrost at room temperature. This lets the ice crystals soften and makes your ice cream easier to scoop and serve. 

#6 – Use coconut milk to make dairy-free ice cream 

Do you want dairy-free ice cream? No problem! Full-fat coconut milk is a great alternative to double cream, and most importantly, still makes delicious ice cream. 

Our favourite no-churn ice cream recipes 

Put what you’ve learnt into practice with these tasty no-churn ice cream recipes. 

Peanut butter ice cream

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With a gorgeous nutty flavour, this simple recipe only needs 5 ingredients and takes 10 minutes to make.  


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Butterscotch chocolate and vanilla ice cream 

Enjoy a taste of luxury with this recipe. Lyle’s Golden Syrup gives this tasty treat an amazing, caramelised flavour. 

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Want to use an ice cream machine?

If you do have an ice cream maker kicking about, why not give this recipe a go? 

Oat cookie and blueberry ice cream sandwiches

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The perfect treat on a hot summer’s day, these cooling ice cream sandwiches are bound to be a hit with your loved ones. 

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Enjoy the irresistible sweetness of Lyle’s Golden Syrup

Take your ice cream to the next level with Lyle’s Golden Syrup. Don’t forget to pick some up on your next shopping trip! 

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