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This easy to make Dulce de Leche Ice Cream is cold, creamy and loaded with rich caramel flavor. Made with heavy cream and no eggs this homemade ice cream comes together quick and easy.

Drizzling caramel on a bowl of homemade ice cream.


 

This creamy dulce de leche ice cream is soon to be your absolute favorite. No eggs or custard involved making this Philadelphia style ice cream. Plus it’s only four ingredients! Milk, cream, vanilla, and the dulce de leche!

For more summer desserts make sure you check out our Coconut Sorbet, Mexican Fried Ice Cream, and Banana Pudding Ice Cream.

Ingredients & substitutions

Ingredients needed to make dulce de leche ice cream.
  • Whole Milk: Use whole milk for the additional fats that are not included in skim milks.
  • Heavy Cream: This adds fat and creaminess to the ice cream.
  • Dulce de Leche: Use store-bought canned dulce de leche or you can make your own by boiling a can of sweetened condensed milk.

Find the complete recipe card below with measurements and full instructions.

How to Make Dulce De Leche Ice Cream

  1. Pour the milk and cream into a medium size saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat, reduce to a simmer and simmer for about 5 minutes. Then remove from heat and whisk in most of the dulce de leche until dissolved (save some to pour in later).
Saucepan with milk and cream then whisking in dulce de leche.
  1. Whisk in vanilla extract and transfer to a metal bowl. Chill the mixture by putting the metal bowl in a larger bowl of ice water for about 15 minutes.
Saucepan with ingredients for dulce de leche ice cream being whisked together.
  1. Pour the cold mixture into the frozen bowl of the ice cream maker. Churn for about 15 to 20 minutes until creamy and frozen.
Ice cream maker with homemade dulce de leche ice cream poured in and then after churning.
  1. Transfer ice cream to a freezer safe container. Swirl remaining dulce de leche into the ice cream mixture. I spooned it in and swirled it around with a butter knife. Cover and place in freezer. Allow to freeze about 3 hours prior to serving.
Loaf pan with homemade dulce de leche ice cream added then caramel drizzle being swirled in.

Storage

Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 2 months.

Ice cream scoop spooning up Dulce de leche ice cream with caramel drizzle.

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Dulce de Leche Ice Cream

5 from 1 vote
Prep: 3 hours 30 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Total: 3 hours 35 minutes
Servings: 5
Author: Serene
An easy to make, creamy, Dulce de Leche Ice Cream! The tastiest way to cool down!
Drizzling caramel on a bowl of homemade ice cream.

Ingredients  

  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 (13.4 ounce can) dulce de leche
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract

Optional topping

Instructions 

  • Pour the milk and cream into a medium size saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat, reduce to a simmer and simmer for about 5 minutes. Then remove from heat and whisk in most of the dulce de leche until dissolved (save some to pour in later).
  • Whisk in vanilla extract and transfer to a metal bowl. Chill the mixture by putting the metal bowl in a larger bowl of ice water for about 15 minutes.
  • Pour the cold mixture into the frozen bowl of the ice cream maker. Churn for about 15 to 20 minutes until creamy and frozen.
  • Transfer ice cream to a freezer safe container. Swirl remaining dulce de leche into the ice cream mixture. I spooned it in and swirled it around with a butter knife. Cover and place in freezer. Allow to freeze about 3 hours prior to serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 224kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 75mg | Sodium: 60mg | Potassium: 165mg | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 858IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 141mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Recipe first published June 21, 2016. Updated May 21, 2024.

Photography by JessGaertnerCreative.com


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8 Comments

  1. Homemade ice cream is my biggest weakness and putting in caramel in any form makes it simply irresistible!!!

  2. I am a total sucker for homemade ice cream and anything that contains caramel sauce is a win in my books!