I don't know if it gets any better than this toasted marshmallow ice cream recipe. It is one of the most delicious homemade ice cream recipes I have ever created and super simple. I have been making this for years, and have yet to find a hater. And putting it in a brownie ice cream sandwich is simply divine and will be your new favorite summer treat.
Can I put marshmallows in ice cream?
You 100% can and you 1000% should. When toasted, the marshmallows become soft and easily blend right into your ice cream base with a blender or processor. And on top of making this toasted marshmallow ice cream recipe, some other amazing things you can do with marshmallows in your ice cream:
- Throw them in a milkshake. And even better make it a boozy milkshake, you won't be sorry.
- Make a s'mores sundae. We have made these before and the kids LOVE them.
- Make someone's birthday amazing with a toasted marshmallow ice cream cake.
Our while all of those are amazing, there is nothing quite like making this homemade ice cream recipe. It is a personal family favorite.
And putting in the middle of two brownies really can't be beat.
What is the cookie part of an ice cream sandwich?
Well now, the answer to this would be super varied. Sometimes it's a chocolate chip cookie, sometimes it's a chocolate wafer cookie, sometimes it is even an oatmeal cookie. But our ice cream sandwich is a brownie ice cream sandwich. And if that doesn't sound jaw dropping all on it's own...we dunk that shit in hot fudge. No joke. The below pic is exactly how we do it.
Is making ice cream hard?
Really it's not. But I am not gonna lie, it does require certain equipment. Unless you are doing no churn (which I love and will post one this month), you need an ice cream maker. See this post for my recommendations on ice cream makers.
I have had my ice cream maker for years, and I have found it well worth the money, and I think you will too. Having it, encourages you to make your own ice cream every summer, and then you can try all my wonderful flavors that I have been sharing for years!
How do you make homemade ice cream?
There's three ways to make ice cream:
- French-style, custard base, made with egg yolks, which is the recipe we use for this toasted marshmallow ice cream recipe.
- Philadelphia-style, which is eggless, made with only heavy cream, milk, sugar and flavoring, like my coconut dulce de leche ice cream.
- No-churn ice cream, which is a base made with whipped heavy cream and sweetened condensed milk. This is by far the simplest and no ice cream maker required, and my no-churn blueberry ice cream is quick and easy recipe for this.
For the toasted marshmallow ice cream you will need:
- Heavy cream
- Whole milk, the more fat and less water the better, you'll end up with less ice crystals
- Egg yolks, cause this is a French-style custard base ice cream recipe.
- A very small amount of sugar, as the marshmallows will bring the bulk of the sweetness to the ice cream.
- Marshmallows. I use an entire bag of the large size.
And for the brownie to make this into a brownie ice cream sandwich, I am just going to say this:
- if you want to make a homemade brownie for this, awesome - this is a great recipe for a simple and soft and fudgy homemade brownie
- if you want to use a box mix GO FOR IT. More often than not I use box mix for this, because it guarantees a fudgy chewy brownie which is what you want for this sandwich
Tips for success
- Do not try to blend the marshmallow into the ice cream base with a whisk, it is too think and gooey and won't properly incorporate. I always use a blender, but an immersion blender or a food processor also does the trick. And if none of those are an option, use a hand held mixer.
- Blend the toasted marshmallows HOT into the also HOT ice cream base. This will ensure they fully blend together.
- Make sure everything is properly chilled before putting into your ice cream maker. This is not negotiable, so make sure to plan in advance of need/wanting to eat the ice cream.
- No matter what kind of delicious brownie recipe you choose for the brownie ice cream sandwich, make sure it is a fudgy one. You want a dense, gooey brownie for this. It will freeze well and keep a perfect texture when frozen.
- Under bake the brownie a little, this will also keep the texture great when frozen.
- Finally, while you certainly don't have to, dipping these brownie ice cream sandwiches in some amazing hot fudge is not only delicious, but a fun twist that kids (and adults) really like. And it is something I highly recommend. Here is my hot fudge sauce recipe I have shared if you care to make hot fudge for dipping; if you don't care to, crack open a jar of your favorite hot fudge and use it!
Any way you choose to use it, this toasted marshmallow ice cream is the ultimate summer treat, and turning it into a brownie ice cream sandwich is just extra amazing.
- Ice cream maker
- blender or immersion blender or food processor or hand mixer
- 5 egg yolks
- 2 cups whole milk
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ cup sugar
- the tiniest pinch of salt
- 20 marshmallows normal size
- 2 recipes of baked brownies (boxed or homemade) bake on a cookie sheet so it it one large thin brownie
- hot fudge sauce for dipping
To make the toasted marshmallow ice cream
- Combine the milk and sugar in a saucepan. Heat the mixture until steaming and just a few tiny bubbles come up on the outer rim - DO NOT BOIL.
- Whisk the egg yolks in a large bowl. Slowly add the heated milk mixture to the egg yolks while whisking constantly. Pour the mixture back into the saucepan and cook over medium heat until thickened, it will look like a custard or thin pudding (coating the back of a spoon is what this is often called). Pour through a mesh strainer into a large bowl. Whisk in the heavy cream, vanilla, and salt.
- Turn on your broiler. Lay the marshmallows out on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Toast up the marshmallows in the broiler. Make sure you put the marshmallows on a rack close to the broiler flame for good toasting. But also watch the marshmallows closely because they burn in a heartbeat. They will brown nicely and puff up extra.
- Put your ice cream base and scrape the marshmallows in a blender, while both are still hot and blend until totally smooth. Chill this totally in the fridge first. Like overnight. Bust out your ice cream maker and process according to the manufacturer's instructions.
To assemble brownie ice cream sandwiches
- While the ice cream is processing, pull the brownies out of the pan and slice the whole slab of in half, as if it was a cake you are layering. Place the bottom half back in the pan WITH foil still in the pan (or reline it whatever works).
- When the ice cream is fully churned, spread on the brownie bottom with an spatula evenly. Place the other half on top and press a little to hold it all together. Freeze for a few hours until the ice cream is good and firm. Lift the foil out of the pan and cut into sandwiches.
- Dip in hot fudge to serve.