Homemade Ice Cream Ideas to Enjoy a Delicious Valentine’s Dessert
Valentine’s day is approaching, and most of us are spending it at home with our loved ones. If you have not hopped on the at-home baking bandwagon due to quarantine, we encourage you to give it a try to celebrate Valentine’s Day. We refer specifically to Valentine desserts, which are synonymous with this celebration.
Do you want to prepare Valentine’s desserts for your loved ones or want an excuse to eat something sweet?
We share some easy ideas to make at home with our favorite treat: homemade ice cream because they are a match made in heaven.
*Making* Homemade Ice Cream
Don’t be fooled. This cold treat will warm you and your loved one’s heart, especially if you have prepared it yourself. If you don’t want to use store-bought ice cream and have an ice cream machine at hand, you can make it yourself with a few ingredients. Some recipes include eggs, and others leave them out. Follow the recipe of your preference.
From here, you can include other ingredients to make your favorite ice cream flavors! You can make Strawberry ice cream, Chocolate ice cream, Banana ice cream, Vanilla ice cream, Neapolitan ice cream, Cookies-and-Cream ice cream, Pistachio ice cream, and more!
If you lack an ice cream machine and you don’t want to buy one, you can still make homemade ice cream this way:
- Mix heavy whipping cream (2 cups) and condensed milk (½ a cup).
- Combine them using a mixer or blender.
- When the mixture has started to stiffen but isn’t thoroughly whipped, pour it onto a container.
- Add any ingredient to make your favorite ice cream flavor. Alternatively, you can lay the mix into a tray thinly and scrape it once frozen to make homemade rolled ice cream.
- Freeze this for at least 4 hours or overnight.
- Scoop and serve it!
Ideas for Valentine’s Desserts With Ice Cream
Ice cream is fantastic on its own. You can still take your homemade ice cream to another level by preparing some delicious valentine’s desserts with it. Here are our top picks:
Fried Ice Cream
Just like love, opposites attract. And sometimes, even when fire and cold seem not to coexist together, this valentine’s dessert idea shows you that love (and love for desserts) can conquer it all. For all ice cream and fried treats lovers, we share two options to make fried ice cream.
Regardless of the method you use for deep-frying, you want to start by freezing your ice cream scoops for a couple of hours.
From here, you have two options:
- Cover the scoops with bread crumbs, panko, nuts, corn flakes, or any ingredient to form the crust.
- Dip them into a flour and water batter.
- Repeat the first step after covering them with batter.
- Deep-fry for a few seconds until the crust is crispy and brown.
The other alternative is:
- Take slices of pound cake, placing them flat on plastic wrap, and roll them out with a rolling pin to flatten them out.
- Place the ice cream scoops at the center and cover it with the cake slices forming a ball with plastic wrap.
- Dip the balls into flour, one egg, and water mixture.
- Deep-fry them for a few seconds until the crust starts to brown.
- Serve and eat straight away!
Ice Cream Cakes
Two staple desserts combined sounds like the perfect duo to celebrate love and friendship. They are simple to make and enjoy with just a few ingredients!
To make an ice cream cake, you have two options. You can make the entire cake out of ice cream or do cake and ice cream layers.
- Take some softened ice cream (not liquid), mix it with toppings of your choice or leave it bare.
- Pour it into a container with the shape you want it to have -A heart-shaped one, maybe.
- You can add sheet cake as a base if you like.
- Freeze for 4 hours minimum or overnight.
There are other ways to make this staple into other valentine’s dessert ideas like rolled ice cream cake, poke cake, or ice cream cupcakes. We hope you give these ideas a try as well!
Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches
Certain things in life are better together, like cookies and ice cream. Ice cream cookie sandwiches are another great way to eat homemade ice cream.
You can get creative with the shape, flavor, and toppings you use for your cookies and homemade ice cream. It can also be a cute indoor Valentine’s Day activity to do with your significant other, friends, kids, pet, or anyone you love!
Topping for Desserts
We love ice cream, but it doesn’t always have to be the star of the show. We can let other desserts shine, but of course, ice cream will always be the cherry on top. Or scoop on top, in this case.
The next idea is a no brainer, but it doesn’t sound too bad at all. We have brainstormed some characteristic valentine desserts that taste a hundred times better topped with a scoop of homemade ice cream:
- Apple, cherry, and blueberry pies (or any sweet pie, really)
- Chocolate lava cake
- Soufflé Pancakes
- Any flavor of cobbler
- Apple Crisp and other variations.
- Fruit Crumble desserts
Dessert Ice Cream Tacos
We are all in for the concept of turning tacos into dessert, and for us, the best way to do it is with homemade ice cream.
There are several recipes to make sweet taco shells. Our recommendation is to use tortillas dipped into melted butter, sugar, and cinnamon mixture.
For any option, the step that follows baking the shells placed in-between the craters of an upside-down cupcake tray to give them the right shape.
Once the shells are out of the oven and cooled down a bit, you should place them in the tray and fill them with softened homemade ice cream. After that, you can take an extra step and dip them in melted chocolate. To turn them into a valentine’s dessert, add some food coloring of your choice to some melted white chocolate and dip your ice cream taco in it. Finish with valentine’s themed toppings.
Ice Cream Bites
When you celebrate Valentine’s Day with your family and friends, ice cream bites are the ultimate DIY ice cream recipe. You can make many of these at once, get everyone involved to help, and even personalize them for everyone to eat themselves or play a fun treat exchange.
These ice cream bites use items you probably already have at home. Use an ice cube tray, a container to cut the mixture into different bite-size shapes, or even small paper cups. As for the ingredients, you guessed it, homemade ice cream and, of course, toppings of choice.
Pour layers of ice cream and toppings into the container you will be using and freeze it for 3 hours or longer. Prepare some melted dark or white chocolate to dip your ice cream bites and add the toppings of your choice. Let it harden, and they will be ready to eat!
You can also make ice cream bites on a stick by dipping the tip of an ice cream stick into melted chocolate and insert it into the ice cream. You can write your names, a lovely message, or decorate each wooden stick for an extra personalized touch.
Ice Cream Sundae Date
We are finishing this post by honoring the all-time classic ice cream sundae, which everyone loves with devotion. It is the epitome of easy and delicious. Doing it at home as a valentine’s dessert is instant happiness for sure.
Just like love, creating your ice cream sundae comes out naturally. Gather your homemade ice cream, syrups, and toppings, and prepare a valentine’s dessert sundae with your loved ones. It can never go wrong.
Give these homemade ice cream valentine’s desserts a try. With love, everything is sweeter. If you liked these ideas, stick around for more and visit our shop for personalized ice cream and gelato supplies!