Like it’s distant candy cousin, Candy Corn, Conversation Hearts are a cute holiday candy that most people don’t actually like eating – or at least I don’t!
But in this No-Churn Conversation Heart Ice Cream, dare I say it – the little heart-shaped candies actually help make a delicious Valentine’s Day dessert that will make even their biggest detractors (ahem, me) think twice.
So, as you’ve probably guessed, I don’t actually like conversation heart candies but my friend Amanda does (she took issue with me calling them chalky and gross on my recent conversation brownies recipe, ha!), and I was making this as a special surprise for her when we recently had her over for supper.
They were actually enjoyable for me in this ice cream, and she loved it so I thought I’d share the recipe for those of you who either like conversation hearts or have people who love them in your life! This recipe is a sweet and creamy way to enjoy those cute pastel treats in a totally different way! (But next time I’ll make it with M&Ms or another easily crushable candy.)
I’ve been using this easy no-churn ice cream recipe for awhile (as far back as my cookie monster ice cream and as recently as my blueberry pie ice cream) and I’ve kind of perfected it to my tastes. You really need to find a good-quality sweetened condensed milk and cover your ice cream when it’s in the fridge to prevent it from taking on a gritty texture. (And it really needs to be enjoyed within a day or two.)
If you don’t like sweetened condensed milk, you can try a quarter cup of honey or maple syrup (even sugar) to sweeten the whipped cream. Play around with no-churn ice creams to find a recipe that works for you.
A no-churn recipe is never going to be a perfect substitution for a completely homemade ice cream or a gourmet brand (which involves boiling milk, using an ice cream maker, ice baths, etc) but it’s a fun alternative that is much less time-consuming and doesn’t require owning an ice cream maker. (Though I plan to actually experiment more with mine this year.)
Ingredients for Conversation Heart Candy Ice Cream
- 2 cups whipping cream (35% heavy cream)
- 1-10oz can sweetened, condensed milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 cup crushed Conversation Hearts
Tip: If you’re like me and not a fan of candy hearts, substitute any crushable candy for this recipe!
Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful
- Stand mixer or hand mixer
- Large mixing bowl
- Loaf pan
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Mallet or rolling pin to crush candies
How to Make Easy Conversation Heart Ice Cream
Line a loaf pan with parchment paper and set aside.
Whip the whipping cream for 4 minutes until it appears fluffy and cloud-like. It takes a full four minutes (and sometimes a bit longer depending on the humidity) to achieve the perfect texture. I’ve included some pictures above to show the different stages the cream will go through so you will be able to determine when it is ready.
Be careful not to over mix the cream, as that can reverse all of the hard whipping work!
Stir in the vanilla & sweetened condensed milk and then fold in the crushed conversation hearts.
Fold out into your loaf pan and add more crushed candy hearts as desired to create a colourful appearance, just be sure to smooth the ice cream over the candy pieces to incorporate them into the ice cream.
Freeze for 2 hours or overnight before serving.
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This no-churn ice cream recipe always turns out creamy, sweet and delicious – what would you add to yours?