Coconut Ice Cream

Infusing the cream with toasted coconut adds even more flavor to this rich and creamy ice cream.


Toasting the shredded coconut heats up the oils inside, allowing all that flavor to be infused into the cream. Once the mixture has steeped for 30 minutes, strain, then discard the shredded coconut. Instead of sugar, sweetened cream of coconut is used to add even more coconut flavor. CoconutIceCream2

When adding the hot cream into the egg mixture, do this very slowly – only a tablespoon at a time at first. You don’t want to cook the eggs and make them curdle. Vigorously whisk while you are adding the cream. After you’ve added in about 4 tablespoons, you can start to pour in the mixture a little bit faster – a small stream. Once half of the cream has been added, you can pour that milk/egg mixture back into the saucepan with the remaining cream and continue to heat it over the stove so it can thicken. CoconutIceCream3

Cook the mixture, while continually stirring, until it has thickened. You know it is thick enough when the mixture will coat the back of a wooden spoon. CoconutIceCream4

Once the custard has thickened, allow it to cool in the fridge for about an hour, then pour into an ice cream maker. Once it has churned (time is dependant on your machines’ manufactures directions), scrape it into a container and freeze until firm. CoconutIceCream5


Coconut Ice Cream

Marla Hingley
To save time you can always skip the step to soak the toasted coconut and cream, but it really does add another great depth of coconut flavor.
4 from 1 vote
Prep Time 2 hrs
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 10 mins
Servings 8


  • ¼ cup coconut flakes
  • 1 ½ cups half and half cream
  • ¾ cups sweetened cream of coconut
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 ½ cups heavy cream


  • Toast the coconut flakes in a dry saucepan over high heat until golden. Reduce heat to medium, add the half and half and bring to a simmer.
  • Pour into a bowl, cover and let stand for 30 minutes to allow the flavors to mix. Strain mixture through mesh sieve, pressing any excess liquid out from the coconut (discard coconut). Pour liquid back into saucepan.
  • Add the cream of coconut and bring to a simmer. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk the egg yolks and sugar together until thick. Slowly pour in a few tablespoons of the hot cream mixture, whisking vigorously the entire time. Continue to slowly pour in half of the cream mixture. Once that amount has been incorporated, the eggs will be fully tempered (will not curdle) and you can pour the egg mixture back into the saucepan with the remaining hot cream mixture.
  • Continue to cook the mixture over medium-low heat until the custard thickens, about 5 more minutes. Do not allow it to boil.
  • Remove from the heat, and pour into a large bowl. Stir in the heavy cream, cover and chill for 1 hour. Pour into ice cream maker and allow to churn until thick, about 15-25 minutes. Scoop into a container, seal and freeze until firm.


Makes about 4 cups
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  1. I hate it when it looks like there is good information and then you are led to the video that wants you to buy products. I love the information about gluten related issues, the recipes, and such.

  2. 4 stars
    I think this recipe sounds really good, but can it be done with a hemp/nut-milk, rather than sweet cream? The Cold Stone franchise uses sweet-cream, so we KNOW it’ll be great. I was HOPING for non-dairy, but a version that doesn’t freeze into a sherbet-like consistency.

  3. I don’t have the ice cream maker and atI don’t want to buy one just to try that ice cream.
    can it be put in something to freeze in the freezer or maybe it won’t work .

  4. Yes you can always do that: Pour mixture into a loaf pan lined with plastic wrap. Smooth top, then press plastic wrap onto surface of ice cream. Chill until frozen, about 4 hours. Just be aware it will have a very different texture.

  5. We do have another non-dairy version, if you enter ‘dairy free ice cream’ in our search box it will come up. You can use other milk alternatives, however the full fat coconut milk will produce the best tasting (and texture) results, due to its high fat content. A lower fat milk like hemp or almond will produce an ice cream with an icier texture. But that’s not necessarily bad – its all what you like!

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