Homemade Maple Ice Cream

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This Homemade Maple Ice Cream is perfectly creamy and simply silky smooth. I has a light maple flavor that pairs well with so many desserts, but especially with my Gluten Free Apple Crisp. It’s simple and can be made ahead and frozen to be a firmer texture. Or enjoy it right out of the ice cream machine for a soft serve texture. And as a bonus, there’s no refined sugar in this recipe, just pure maple syrup!

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This Homemade Maple Ice Cream is my first choice to pair with my favorite holiday desserts. It’s so perfect with apple pie or crisp, pecan pie, or the traditional pumpkin pie.

The only dessert that I prefer vanilla over maple is of course with cherry pie. But, overall maple ice cream definitely wins in my book. I absolutely love the combination of the creamy maple flavor with the flavors of fall, particularly apple desserts.

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If you’re looking for a dairy-free ice cream for the holidays, try my Coconut Ice Cream. Even though it has a clear coconut flavor, it pairs with almost anything, much to my surprise.

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5 Handy Tips!

  1. They say to cook it to 175°F, but every time this scrambles the eggs in my custard. I always cook the custard until just thickened. If it starts to bubble at all, take it off the heat immediately and add the cold cream to cool it down.
  2. Making your own ice cream isn’t very hard, once you get the hang of it. It’s also insanely delicious, and you may never go back to store bought.
  3. They also say to cook your custard in a double boiler. Well… if you have the better part of 45 minutes to stand there stirring over low heat – go ahead, but I cook my custard in a saucepan over direct heat and it’s not a problem.
  4. Never walk away or turn your back on the stove. Making ice cream custard only requires a few minutes but it’s easily wrecked if you’re multi-tasking. Stirring constantly for 6-10 minutes yields great results every time.
  5. Finally, don’t worry if you overcook it a little. The slightly scrambled taste isn’t the end of the world. I like to ere on the side of not quite thick enough as opposed to overdone. If you’re not sure, take it off the stove and spoon a bit out. If it stands up a bit on it own, it’s done. But if it immediately spreads out on the counter, cook it for a little longer. Refer to the picture below to show you the finished texture – it’s not as thick as you might think – it’s a thin custard, not pudding thickness.

How to make this recipe step by step!

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Step 1: Start by whisking together the egg yolks and maple syrup in a medium saucepan.

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Step 2: Stir in the half and half. Place the mixture on the stove and cook over medium high heat until the mixture begins to thicken, stirring constantly. You don’t want it to come to a full boil, but you’ll know it’s done when it begins to bubble around the edges slightly.

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Step 3: Next strain the custard mixture and refrigerate until fully chilled. The texture of the maple ice cream base is still runny but noticebly thicker than before you cooked it. The mixture ‘coats a spoon’ like the above photo and has some body.

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Step 4: finally freeze/churn the chilled ice cream base accordingly the instructions for your ice cream machine. The ice cream should look similar to the above photo and be a soft serve texture.

Tip: Don’t skip chilling the ice cream base! The ice cream base from your ice cream maker will melt before it can properly freeze your ice cream.

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From here it takes about 6-8 hours in the freezer for the soft-serve to freeze solid. The texture of this ice cream is totally fantastic, even after a week in the freezer it doesn’t get icy at all!


Can I use whole milk in place of the half and half?

I don’t recommend it, the blend of half and half and heavy cream in this recipe makes the best smoothest texture. If you sub in milk, the texture won’t be as rich and will tend to be icy.

What kind of maple syrup should I use?

I recommend Grade B because it has the deepest maple flavor. Grade A or fake syrups don’t have the right flavor for a good maple ice cream. You can use Grade A but you wont’ really taste any maple flavor.

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This ice cream is perfect with:

I hope you get a chance to make this soon, and if you do, I hope you’ll leave me a comment/rating below. I always love hearing from you here in the comments. And also over on Instagram where you can tag me at #getinspiredeveryday with //photos of what you make.

Maple Ice Cream in a cream bowl on a round wooden cutting board with maple syrup drizzled over the top.

Homemade Maple Ice Cream

5 from 12 votes
Total Time 30 minutes
Yield: 12 servings
Course: Dessert


  • 6 egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup - Grade B, see notes
  • 1 tsp arrowroot - tapioca starch, or cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 1/2 cups half and half
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • Whisk together the egg yolks, maple syrup, arrowroot, and sea salt until fully combined.
  • Whisk the half and half into the egg mixture and cook over medium high heat, whisking constantly until the mixture begins to thicken but doesn’t come to a boil.
  • When the mixture thickens, immediately remove the pan from the heat and whisk in the cream and vanilla.
  • Pour through a strainer to remove any stray bits and chill the custard in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours.
  • Freeze the ice cream according to the manufacturer’s instructions for your 2 quart ice cream machine. The ice cream is done freezing when it stands up on a spoon. Remove the ice cream from the machine and place the container in the freezer for 4-6 hours to fully freeze it.
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Add the maple syrup to your taste! I’ve had lots of feedback ranging from 1/2 cup to 1 cup of maple syrup being preferred. We feel 3/4 cup to be the right amount for our taste!
Use Grade B maple syrup for the best maple flavor.
Category: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keywords: Best Maple Ice Cream Recipe, Maple Ice Cream, Maple Ice Cream Recipe

nutrition facts

Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 226kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 141mg | Sodium: 81mg | Potassium: 124mg | Fiber: 0.01g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 674IU | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 86mg | Iron: 0.3mg
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55 thoughts on “Homemade Maple Ice Cream”

  1. 5 stars
    Nice and easy, tasted amazing. I put caramelised pecans and salted caramel through the ice cream.
    I definitely will be making this again.

  2. 5 stars
    Just made this, and it worked really well! Great instructions. I’m new to making ice cream, so this was a great walk through. I was worried that the custard wasn’t thickened enough, but it created a fantastic texture. I did cook the custard on low to medium heat rather than medium high, because I tend to be paranoid about custard. Also, I adore maple and this was very flavorful and not too sweet.

    • I’m so glad you enjoyed it, and it never hurts to be very cautious with custard! Also don’t worry that the custard is thin, this is very normal for an ice cream base. It would be way too thin as a dessert, but perfect for ice cream!

    • Yes it should work perfectly in the Ninja Creami, although I don’t know the quantities that work in it, so just be sure to use however much of this Maple Ice Cream Custard that will fit the machine. If you happen to have leftover custard, you should be able to stir it into the soft serve that the Ninja makes and then freeze for a firmer texture. I hope this helps, and be sure to let me know how it goes, or if you have any more questions!

  3. Can the custard just be put straight into the freezer to become ice cream? Does it have to run through an ice cream maker? Asking because I don’t have one.

    • You can put the custard into the freezer and stir every 30 minutes or so until it’s frozen, but it will be a bit icy. You’ll also find all my tips for how to make ice cream without a machine in my Coconut Ice Cream recipe which I’ve linked below. I sure hope this helps!

  4. I’ve made this many times, and love it! I use 1 cup of maple syrup and the cornstarch. It comes out wonderful every time. Thank you for this great recipe!


    • Hi! Why does the ice cream look striped in some of the pictures? I don’t see anything that would cause that in the recipe. Looks and sounds delicious. Can’t wait to try it!

      • Hi Steve,

        You’re right there’s nothing in the recipe to create the ‘stripes’ it’s just a drizzle of maple syrup poured over the top for a fun look. I really hope you enjoy the recipe, and be sure to let me know how it goes, or if you have any questions!

  5. I have had an ice cream maker for ten years that I’ve never used! I plan to make this; your hints make it less intimidating. One of our favorite flavors is maple nut. At what stage should I add walnuts?

    • I’m so glad you find it less intimidating! I would add in the walnuts after you’ve transferred the ice cream out of the machine and just stir them in by hand. Once you get the hang of making the custard, you’ll be good to go with all ice creams. Also you can make a super simple ice cream (Philadelphia style) by blending 1.5 cups half and half with 1.5 cups heavy cream and powdered sugar or maple syrup to taste, (1/2-3/4 cup). From there pour it into the machine and you’re good to go! This type of ice cream doesn’t have as good of texture, but there’s no cooking involved which is a great way to break into making ice cream!

    • Yes you can use a Vitamix to make ice cream, but be careful not to overwork your machine. My mom used to make ice cream in the Vitamix by freezing 3/4 of the custard into ice cube trays, then blend the custard cubes with the reserved 1/4 liquid custard using the tamper to keep it moving. It does work, but be super careful, I’d hate to have anything happen to your blender! If you have a food processor (heavy duty like Cuisinart) you can use that as well. I do all my banana based ice creams in a food processor and it handles it really well. You’ll end up with a soft serve, but you can freeze it to be firmer!

  6. Is it necessary to include arrow root to the recipe^ What does this contribute to the ice cream, please?

    I look forward to making it- sounds delicious!

    • The arrowroot acts as a stabilizer for the egg yolks as you cook the custard to help them not ‘scramble’ and does contribute a tiny bit to a smoother texture. You can leave it out, or you can sub in tapioca or cornstarch in its place. I hope you enjoy this one, and please let me know if you have any more questions!

  7. Hi Kari,
    This recipe sounds awesome! Can it be doubled? I have a 4 quart ice cream maker and would love to make a larger batch for family holiday parties. I live in New England and have fond memories of camping in Vermont and visiting “sugar shacks” in the Fall … this recipe could easily become a family “favorite”!

    • I do think you could double it no problem, it will just take a bit longer on the stove top. That’s so neat you live in maple syrup country, and I sure hope you enjoy this!

  8. This worked out amazing. I used up last year’s maple syrup which was very dark (we tap our own trees here). I paired this with my wife’s pretzel-based caramel pecan cheesecake. Heavenly!

    • Oh my goodness, this would be amazing with extra dark syrup, so neat you can tap your own trees – and that cheesecake sounds amazing!


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