Cotton Candy Ice Cream is a sweet, colorful treat! This no churn ice cream recipe tastes like cotton candy and is a delight to eat.
Think about the taste of cotton candy melting in your mouth. Now imagine that combined with smooth, creamy ice cream! That described how cotton candy ice cream tastes!
What This Post Includes
What You’ll Need To Make This Recipe
- Cotton Candy: We use store-bought cotton candy, but you can make cotton candy at home if you have a cotton candy machine.
- Heavy Cream: The main ingredient is heavy cream, also known as heavy whipping cream, which makes the ice cream light, airy, and scoopable.
- Sweetened Condensed Milk: We used sweetened condensed milk to sweeten the ice cream, thicken it and keep it smooth.
- Flavoring: You’ll need a bottle of cotton candy flavoring for the most cotton candy flavor.
- Food Coloring: We used pink and blue food coloring to tint the ice cream.
How To Make Cotton Candy Ice Cream
Spread the cotton candy out on a cutting board and flatten it.
Then, chop the cotton candy into small pieces. Set a couple of tablespoons aside to use as a topping.
Beat the heavy whipping cream until stiff peaks form.
Fold in the sweetened condensed milk and cotton candy flavoring.
Divide the mixture into two bowls. Add half of the cotton candy bits to each bowl.
Add pink food coloring to one bowl and blue to the other.
Stir until the color is evenly mixed in.
Add alternating spoonfuls of the pink mixture and blue mixture to a 9-inch loaf pan.
Top with the remaining cotton candy bits. Cover and freeze until firm.
Ways To Use Cotton Candy Ice Cream
We typically eat cotton candy ice cream in a dish or a cone topped with a piece of cotton candy. But you can also use it to make ice cream treats! Here are a few suggestions:
Cotton Candy Milkshake
- Put 1/2 cup of whole milk and two cups of cotton candy ice cream into the blender.
- Blend until smooth and pour into two chilled glasses.
- Top with whipped cream and a piece of cotton candy.
- Place a small scoop of ice cream on a shortbread cookie.
- Top with another cookie and gently squish together to flatten the ice cream.
- Roll the edges in pink and blue sprinkles.
- Place them in the freezer to harden.
Cotton Candy Float
- Put a scoop or two of ice cream into a glass.
- Slowly pour cream soda over the top.
- Enjoy immediately!
Make Ahead and Storage
Remember that this cotton candy ice cream recipe needs time to chill in the freezer to harden before it can be eaten. So plan accordingly to make the ice cream a day or two ahead of time.
If you want to store the leftovers in the loaf pan, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and foil. Otherwise, you can transfer it to an airtight container. Store it in the freezer for 2-4 weeks.
What Others Want To Know
It tastes like cotton candy because it is made with cotton candy flavoring and pieces of cotton candy as well. Blue cotton candy is usually blue raspberry flavor, and pink is often pink vanilla.
Yes, it has cotton candy in it.
You need a mixer to make the whipped cream, but if one isn’t available, you can whip it with a whisk, but it will take some effort.
More Ice Cream Flavors
- Biscoff Ice Cream – Vanilla ice cream with cookie butter and cookie crumbles.
- Marshmallow Ice Cream – It’s a classic, but it remains popular because it is so good!
- Oreo Ice Cream – An easy no-churn cookies ‘n cream ice cream.
- Fruity Pebbles Ice Cream – A fun way to eat this colorful cereal.
Cotton Candy Ice Cream
- 1 pint heavy whipping cream
- 14 oz sweetened condensed milk
- 2 drams cotton candy flavoring (about 2 teaspoons)
- 2 cups pink and blue cotton candy
- pink and blue food coloring
- Flatten the pink cotton candy. Crumble into pieces. Repeat with the blue cotton candy. Set aside.
- Whip the pint of heavy whipping cream until stiff peaks form.
- Fold in the sweetened condensed milk and the cotton candy flavoring.
- Divide into two bowls. Stir pink food coloring and pink cotton candy crumbles into one bowl. Then, stir blue food coloring and blue cotton candy crumbles into the other bowl.
- Alternate placing dollops of each color in a loaf pan.
- Tightly cover the pan with plastic wrap and place it in the freezer for 8 hours or overnight, until firm.