Creamy Dulce De Leche Ice Cream Recipe

Welcome to my homemade Dulce De Leche ice cream recipe! If you’re like me, you can’t get enough of the sweet, creamy goodness that is Dulce De Leche. That’s why I’m excited to share this easy and delicious ice cream recipe with you.

I love making my own ice cream because it allows me to control the ingredients and create unique flavor combinations. This recipe combines the rich flavors of Dulce De Leche with creamy vanilla ice cream for a dessert that is indulgent and comforting.

Not only is this recipe easy to follow, but it also requires minimal preparation time. Whether you’re looking for a dessert to impress your guests or simply satisfy your sweet tooth, this homemade Dulce De Leche ice cream will not disappoint.

So let’s get started on this decadent journey together and create some memorable moments with this tasty treat.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Dulce De Leche Ice Cream
Dulce De Leche Ice Cream

Picture this: a luxurious ice cream that’s creamy, rich, and has a to-die-for flavor of a classic Latin dessert. Imagine that first bite, with swirls of homemade dulce de leche cascading down your tongue.

You might be thinking it’s hard to achieve such a succulent treat, but fear not – this Dulce De Leche Ice Cream recipe will quickly become the holy grail of your dessert recipe collection.

What sets this recipe apart from others is the perfect balance between sweetened condensed milk and heavy cream. The ingredients are simple yet incredibly satisfying. There’s no need for any fancy gadgets or ingredients- you don’t even need a churner! The result is an indulgent ice cream recipe that tastes remarkably like Häagen-Dazs Dulce De Leche, leaving you wanting more with each bite.

This recipe is fail-proof and simple enough for novice cooks to prepare with ease but is rich and flavorful enough to please advanced chefs. It just requires a few basic ingredients such as eggs, whole milk, vanilla extract, and dulce de leche sauce. Don’t be intimidated by the name — homemade dulce de leche sauce can easily be made by whisking sweetened condensed milk over low heat until caramelized.

But the best part about this recipe? It serves as a blank canvas for so many delightful variations! You can experiment with different flavors such as coconut or caramel or even add brownies or chocolate chips for an extra crunchy surprise.

This Dulce De Leche Ice Cream recipe will become a go-to for special occasions or just when you need something sweet to lift your spirits on an average day. With its incredible flavor and impressive simplicity, it’s easy to fall in love with this ice cream creation.

Ingredient List

 Scoops of creamy dulce de leche ice cream beckon me to indulge.
Scoops of creamy dulce de leche ice cream beckon me to indulge.

Ingredients you will need for this rich and creamy Dulce De Leche Ice Cream Recipe:

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 and 1/4 cups sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup homemade Dulce De Leche
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Note: To add richness and a beautiful swirl in the ice cream, use homemade Dulce De Leche instead of store-bought. It is quick and easy to make at home using only ONE ingredient – sweetened condensed milk!

The Recipe How-To

 I scream, you scream, we all scream for this decadent dulce de leche ice cream!
I scream, you scream, we all scream for this decadent dulce de leche ice cream!

Now let’s dive into the recipe itself. Make sure you have all your ingredients handy, as this recipe moves fast once you start cooking.


  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup dulce de leche
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Combine 1 cup of heavy cream and 2 cups of whole milk in a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat, whisking them together until they are well mixed.

    • Tip: using a heavy-bottomed saucepan will help prevent your mixture from scorching on the bottom
  2. Add ½ a cup of dulce de leche to the heated mixture and continue to stir until it has melted and is fully incorporated.

    • Tip: if you want a richer ice cream with extra swirls of dulce de leche, double the amount to 1 cup
  3. In a separate mixing bowl, combine three egg yolks and one-fourth (¼) of a cup of sugar. Whisk until well combined.

    • Tip: make sure your egg yolks and sugar are mixed thoroughly before adding them to the hot milk mixture.
  4. Slowly pour the heated mixture into the bowl with the eggs and sugar, continuously whisking as you add the milk mixture in small amounts.

    • Tip: Do not pour too much of the mixtures early on, or else you may end up scrambling your eggs.
  5. Return everything back to the saucepan and cook everything under low heat—stirring constantly—until it reaches a temperature between 160 °F to 170 °F.

    • Tip: For this step, it’s essential to use a candy thermometer to ensure that you get the right temperature.
  6. Remove the pan from the heat source and stir in one teaspoon of vanilla extract.

    • Tip: Pure vanilla extract is best in this recipe, but you can use any other flavorings you prefer.
  7. Let the mix cool completely, then chill the mixture until it is well chilled.

    • Tip: It’s best to let it chill overnight.
  8. Churn the dulce de leche mixture using an Ice Cream Maker according to its manufacturer’s instructions.

    • Tip: If you don’t have an ice cream maker, you can churn dulce de leche using a hand mixer or an electric mixer at high speed until it reaches a stiff peak.
  9. Once your ice cream reaches the consistency you desire, transfer it to a container and freeze for at least 2 hours before serving.

Enjoy your homemade Dulce De Leche Ice Cream with your favorite toppings like whipped cream, caramel drizzle, or even more dulce de leche swirl

Substitutions and Variations

 Who says you have to wait for a special occasion to enjoy a scoop of this heavenly dessert?
Who says you have to wait for a special occasion to enjoy a scoop of this heavenly dessert?

Now, let’s talk about how you can make your Dulce De Leche Ice Cream unique by using different ingredients or making some slight variations. First of all, if you don’t have dulce de leche at hand, don’t worry. You can easily make homemade dulce de leche with just a can of sweetened condensed milk. Simply pour the condensed milk into a heavy saucepan and heat it up over medium heat, whisking constantly until the mixture thickens and becomes a caramel-like color. This might take around 50-60 minutes, so be patient and keep stirring to avoid burning.

Another substitution you could make is swapping out the dairy products for plant-based options if you’re vegan or lactose intolerant. You can use coconut milk instead of heavy cream and whole milk, and cornstarch instead of the egg yolks to thicken the mixture. This version will still be rich and creamy, but with a slightly different taste.

Feeling adventurous? Try adding some crunchy texture to your ice cream by incorporating chopped nuts or chocolate chips into the mix during churning. Or make a swirl of dulce de leche in your vanilla ice cream for an extra kick of flavor.

If you don’t own an ice cream maker, don’t worry! There are plenty of no-churn options available, including my personal favorite method: whipping a cup of heavy cream until stiff peaks form, then folding in a cup of homemade dulce de leche before placing it in the freezer for a few hours to set. The result is a rich and creamy dessert that doesn’t require any special equipment.

The possibilities are endless when it comes to customizing your Dulce De Leche Ice Cream recipe. Give it your own flair and enjoy experimenting with new combinations until you find your perfect match.

Serving and Pairing

 Rich caramel hues of dulce de leche ice cream are enough to make any sweet tooth swoon.
Rich caramel hues of dulce de leche ice cream are enough to make any sweet tooth swoon.

Now that you have made this delicious homemade dulce de leche ice cream recipe, it’s time to enjoy it!

There is nothing quite like a scoop of this rich and creamy treat on a hot summer day. Serve it in a bowl or cone, topped with chocolate sauce or sprinkles for some extra indulgence.

Pairing-wise, this ice cream goes well with many types of desserts. Here are some recommendations to try:

– Caramel cake: the sweetness of the cake will complement the richness of the ice cream

– Coconut milk-based desserts: the tropical flavour will add a refreshing note to the heavy creaminess

– Churros: dunking warm churros into cold dulce de leche ice cream is a match made in heaven

– Gelato or helado: if you are in the mood for even more frozen treats, a swirl of vanilla dulce de leche or leche swirl over another type of ice cream would be delightful.

To make the serving experience more fun, consider garnishing with pieces of fruit, nuts, or wafer sticks for some crunch. Alternatively, layer it in a homemade ice cream cake for the ultimate dessert centrepiece.

As for pairing beverages, try pairing with light and refreshing drinks such as sparkling water or lemonade to balance out the sweet taste. If you prefer something stronger, complement with a cup of coffee or even a glass of red wine can bring out different notes in both the drink and dessert.

With so many options to choose from, having this luscious homemade dulce de leche ice cream at hand will elevate any dessert occasion.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Take my advice and scoop up a bowl of this velvety dulce de leche ice cream – your taste buds will thank you.
Take my advice and scoop up a bowl of this velvety dulce de leche ice cream – your taste buds will thank you.

I know it’s tempting to keep making scoop after scoop of this delicious dulce de leche ice cream, but sometimes you have to plan ahead. Fortunately, this recipe is well-suited for make-ahead preparations and easy storing. Once you’ve made a batch of this homemade dulce de leche ice cream recipe, there are a number of ways to preserve it so you can enjoy it later.

To store your ice cream, transfer it from the machine to an airtight container and place it in your freezer until serving time. Be sure to place the container at the back of the freezer where there are no temperature fluctuations that can cause the ice cream to soften or melt. You can also create a simple seal with plastic wrap pressed tightly against the surface of the ice cream before closing the lid. This will help keep air out and preserve its rich and creamy texture.

When you’re ready to serve your stored ice cream, remove it from the freezer and let it sit at room temperature for about 15-20 minutes before scooping. This will allow it to soften slightly and make scooping easier.

If you happen to have leftovers after consuming what you wanted, which may not be very likely with this ice cream, but if you do, simply store them in an airtight container as described above.

Reheating is not recommended for this recipe since it can lead to melting the ice cream instead of warming it up. It is best enjoyed in its cool and refreshing frozen state.

Remember that homemade dulce de leche ice cream tastes great fresh from the churn or days later from your freezer. So feel free to prepare your batches ahead of time, scoop and savor every last bite whenever you decide you’re craving something sweet!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Is it me or does this scoop of dulce de leche ice cream look
Is it me or does this scoop of dulce de leche ice cream look

Here are some tips to help you make the perfect Dulce De Leche Ice Cream!

1) Use high-quality ingredients: The quality of your ingredients is paramount when making ice cream. Make sure you use fresh and high-quality eggs, milk, heavy cream, and sweetened condensed milk.

2) Whip cream to stiff peaks: When whipping cream for this recipe, make sure you whip it to stiff peaks before adding in the other ingredients. This will ensure that your ice cream has a rich and creamy texture.

3) Low heat while cooking: When making the dulce de leche mixture, cook it over low heat while whisking constantly. This will prevent the mixture from burning and give you a smooth and velvety consistency.

4) Chill the mixture before churning: It’s important to chill the dulce de leche mixture in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours before churning. This will help your ice cream freeze smoothly and reduce ice crystals.

5) Use an ice cream maker: The easiest way to achieve a rich, creamy texture for your Dulce De Leche Ice Cream is by using an ice cream maker. If you don’t have one, they are relatively inexpensive and easy to find online or in-store.

6) Add-in variations: Don’t be afraid to experiment with different add-ins like caramel sauce, coconut flakes, or chopped nuts in your ice cream. It adds extra flavor to your dessert.

By following these tips, you’ll end up with a delicious and creamy Homemade Dulce De Leche Ice Cream that everyone will love!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this Dulce De Leche Ice Cream recipe is the perfect indulgence for anyone who loves rich, creamy desserts. It’s easy to make and requires only a few simple ingredients, most of which you probably already have in your kitchen.

Whether you’re looking for a sweet treat to enjoy on a hot summer day or want to impress your friends and family with a homemade dessert, this recipe does not disappoint. The smooth and decadent combination of caramel and vanilla flavors will leave everyone begging for more.

So what are you waiting for? Whip up some Dulce De Leche ice cream using my easy-to-follow recipe, and surprise your taste buds with the joy of homemade goodness. Enjoy it on its own or pair it with your favorite dessert. Trust me; you’ll love it!

Dulce De Leche Ice Cream

Dulce De Leche Ice Cream Recipe

Get out your ice cream machines for this one!! 2 cans of sweetened, condensed milk (not evaporated milk) are caramelized, and half of the mixture is stirred into a custard base. When the custard is almost frozen, the rest of the caramel is dropped in ribbons into the ice cream as it continues to churn in the ice-cream maker.
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Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Course Dessert
Cuisine Argentinian
Servings 1 quart
Calories 525 kcal


  • 2 (14 ounce) cans sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • Place sweetened, condensed milk into the top of a double boiler. Cook over simmering water for 1½ to 2 hours, stirring every five minutes, until a golden caramel color. Chill half of mixture. Cool the other half to room temperature.
  • Heat 2 cups of milk almost to a simmer in a medium saucepan. Whisk eggs in a bowl. Slowly pour about one half cup hot milk into eggs, whisking rapidly to prevent eggs from cooking. Whisk eggs into remaining milk in saucepan. Stir constantly over medium-low heat until custard thickens. It should heavily coat a spoon. Do not allow custard to boil.
  • Remove from heat and stir in the room-temperature caramel, add the remaining 1 cup milk and the vanilla. Refrigerate overnight or until very cold.
  • Pour ice cream base into an ice-cream maker and process according to manufacturer's instructions. When ice cream is thick and almost done, dollop in chilled caramel into mixture, allowing it to drip in ribbons from a spoon. Continue processing until done. Freeze if you can wait! Enjoy!

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 271gCalories: 525kcalCarbohydrates: 78gProtein: 16.4gFat: 17.1gSaturated Fat: 10.1gCholesterol: 119.2mgSodium: 244.2mgSugar: 78.3g
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Dora is a chef well-versed in Brazilian and American cuisine. After a hard day's work in the kitchen of her restaurant, she finds the time to jot down recipes for her food blog. Her recipes are sure to delight foodies everywhere, as she strives to make each one unique and enjoyable to read.