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Very Vanilla Ice Cream with White Chocolate and Peppermint

Serves Makes 10 half-cup servings     adjust servings


  • 1 3/4 quarts (7 cups) good quality vanilla ice cream
  • 4 ounces white chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste
  • 1/2 cup round peppermint candies or candy canes, crushed (about 15 candies)


  1. Place the ice cream in a large bowl and leave it out for about a half an hour until it is soft and workable.
  2. In a small bowl, melt the white chocolate in the microwave. Melt for 20 seconds, stir, then stir every 10 seconds after that until it is mostly smooth. Some little lumps are okay.
  3. Immediately add in the vanilla bean paste to the chocolate. Stir quickly and then mix all of it into the vanilla ice cream, stirring with a large spoon. There will be some steaks of white chocolate, but that's a good thing.
  4. Gently stir in most of the peppermint, reserving some to sprinkle on top of each serving. Transfer the mixture to a 2-quart baking dish or large tupperware. Freeze until firm, about 3-4 hours. Sprinkle with remaining peppermint and serve.