Last updated on November 16th, 2023
Here’s the scoop on a frozen treat that will keep your sweet tooth satisfied – the Chick-Fil-A ice cream. It’s not just any ordinary ice cream; it’s packed with flavors that are sure to make your taste buds do a jig. The best thing about it though, other than its lip-smacking taste, is that you can whip it up in your own kitchen.
While the churning and freezing might take a little time, it’s worth waiting for the final product. So let’s dive into the details of this creamy, dreamy delight to better understand what it takes to craft a perfect Chick-Fil-A ice cream.
Basic Utensils You Will Require
Before we start with the actual making, we need to gather a few basic utensils. This includes a good-quality mixing bowl to stir our ingredients together, an ice cream machine to do the churning and freezing, and a spoon, perhaps, to taste the mix as you go along – just to make sure it’s turning out just right.
The Ingredients List
No recipe is complete without the right ingredients. Here’s our list- ¾ cup of brown sugar, 2 tsp of organic vanilla, 14 oz of organic sweetened condensed milk, 16 oz of organic unsweetened coconut milk, 4 cups of organic lactose-free skim milk and 3 oz of chocolate chips.
To get the machine running like a pro, we’d need some ice cubes. And last but not least, we will need 4-5 cups full of ice cubes for the machine. So, let’s start gathering these ingredients, shall we?
Addressing Ingredient Substitutions
No need to hit the panic button if you find any of these items missing. You can substitute the condensed milk with evaporated milk, for example. Regular milk can be used instead of lactose-free skim milk if you don’t have dietary restrictions. And if you run out of coconut milk, no sweat! You can replace it with almond milk or whole milk.
Putting It All Together
Now we’re no master chefs but putting together an ice cream recipe isn’t rocket science either. This recipe involves some easy-to-follow steps that can be pieced together to create one heck of an ice cream. All it takes is a bit of patience, some fine ingredients, and good old elbow grease. So, let’s roll up our sleeves and get to it, shall we?
Step 1: Combine Sugar, Vanilla, and Salt
To kick start the process of making the beloved Chick-Fil-A Ice Cream, we initiate by incorporating the sugar, vanilla, and salt in a bowl, mixing them together till they meld. It’s a simple beginning, but the heart of the ice cream’s sweet, rich flavor lies in this blend.
Although we’re just at the outset, we’re already setting up the base for the ice cream’s taste. This base will be churned into a creamy delight later with the help of an ice cream machine, so be patient with it.
Step 2: Pour Condensed Milk and Heavy Cream
Alright, now that we’ve set the stage, it’s time to bring in the stars of our show – condensed milk and heavy cream. These two are what give the ice cream its rich and creamy character. The condensed milk ashes in a sweet, milky flavor with a lovely, subtle hint of caramel. On the other hand, the heavy cream ensures it’s luxuriously rich and thick. You’ll want to gradually add these to the sugar mixture while still stirring continuously.
Here’s a pro tip: Make sure the ice cream machine is ready and raring to go. Once the ingredients are all fully incorporated, it’s time for the churning action.
Step 3: Add Coconut Milk and Lactose-free Skim Milk
Next up on the docket is the addition of coconut milk and lactose-free skim milk. You might be wondering, “Why this combination?” Well, the coconut milk not only adds an exotic twist to our dessert, but it also keeps it dairy-free for those who might be a tad lactose-intolerant. As for the skim milk, it helps lighten the mixture. That way, it’s not too heavy. Combine both milks into the mix and blend them all in nicely.
Step 4: Add Ice Cubes and Ice Cream Salt
Now we’re getting to the cool part. Literally. The addition of ice cubes and ice cream salt is up. The mixture goes into the ice cream machine and then gets surrounded by a mountain of ice cubes. The purpose of the ice cream salt is to lower the freezing point of the ice, making it colder than your regular, run-of-the-mill ice. This super-chills the mixture, turning it from a liquid to a semi-solid state. You will want to sprinkle it around the ice, following the instructions of your ice cream machine.
Step 5: Drop in Some Chocolate Chips
Now you might be thinking the ice cream is all good to go. But hold your horses! There’s more to come – chocolate chips. This addition takes the ice cream to another level. It’s like that extra layer of magic. It doesn’t just provide a wonderful contrast to the creamy backdrop, but it also introduces a texture that’s simply heavenly. These tiny bits of joy become frozen surprises nested within the ice cream. Stir these in gently and let the mixture churn for a few more minutes.
Step 6: Thicken the Ice Cream Mixture
It’s easy to get carried away and want to keep churning. But remember, good things must eventually come to an end. It’s important to know when to stop. One key pointer is when the ice cream starts to thicken and pull from the sides. That right there is your cue people.
Now’s the time to pull the plug on your ice cream machine. It might look a little soft, but don’t worry! An overnight rest in the freezer will firm it up nicely, making it a perfect scoopable delight!
Step 7: Scoop and Enjoy!
Now comes the most exciting part, serving. After all that mixing and freezing, it’s time to dish out your homemade Chick-Fil-A ice cream. Grab your favorite bowl or ice cream cone, scoop generous portions of the silky frozen treat, and serve. Adding a delicious twist to an ordinary day was never this easy!
Special Notes to Remember
Before you head out to enjoy your homemade frozen delicacy, there are a few things to keep in mind. This home version of Chick-Fil-A ice cream is best appreciated fresh. However, if you’re planning on saving some for later, remember to store the ice cream in an airtight container.
Also, if your ice cream turns out a bit too hard out of the freezer, let it sit at room temperature for a few minutes. This allows it to soften to that perfect, scoopable consistency.
Alright, we’re down to the final stretch now, folks. It’s been a wild ride, but trust me, all this effort will be worth it once you get a taste of that creamy, heavenly goodness. Remember, the Chick-Fil-A ice cream isn’t just about the cream without ice or the variety of ice cream flavors. It’s about cherishing those little ice cream treats.
Before you jump straight to the frosted coffee, take a moment to enjoy your creation. Dig in, savor the flavors, and let the creaminess of the ice cream, the sweetness of the whipped cream, and the crunchiness of the malted marshmallows dance on your taste buds. Remember, whether it’s about making your version of Chick-Fil-A ice cream or just trying to rustle up some grub at home, the key is always to have fun with it!
Chick-Fil-A Ice Cream
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- 2 tsp organic vanilla
- 14 oz organic sweetened condensed milk
- 16 oz organic unsweetened coconut milk
- 4 cups organic lactose-free skim milk
- 3 oz chocolate chips
- Ice cubes
- Ice cream salt
Optional Ingredient Substitutions:
- Evaporated milk can be used as a substitute for condensed milk.
- Regular milk can replace lactose-free skim milk.
- Almond milk or whole milk can be used instead of coconut milk.
1. Combine Sugar, Vanilla, and Salt
- In a mixing bowl, combine brown sugar, organic vanilla, and a pinch of salt.
- Mix until the ingredients are well combined, setting the base for the ice cream's flavor.
2. Pour Condensed Milk and Heavy Cream
- Gradually add organic sweetened condensed milk and heavy cream to the sugar mixture.
- Stir continuously to ensure a smooth and creamy texture.
3. Add Coconut Milk and Lactose-free Skim Milk
- Add organic unsweetened coconut milk and lactose-free skim milk to the mixture.
- Blend thoroughly to incorporate all ingredients.
4. Add Ice Cubes and Ice Cream Salt
- Prepare the ice cream machine for churning.
- Pour the mixture into the machine and surround it with ice cubes.
- Sprinkle ice cream salt around the ice cubes as per the ice cream machine instructions.
5. Drop in Some Chocolate Chips
- Gently stir in chocolate chips to add a delightful texture and flavor to the ice cream.
- Allow the mixture to churn for a few more minutes.
6. Thicken the Ice Cream Mixture
- Monitor the consistency, and stop churning when the ice cream starts to thicken and pull from the sides.
7. Scoop and Enjoy!
- Transfer the ice cream to an airtight container and freeze overnight.
- When ready to serve, scoop the homemade Chick-Fil-A ice cream into bowls or cones.
- Store leftover ice cream in an airtight container in the freezer for future enjoyment.
- If the ice cream is too hard, let it sit at room temperature for a few minutes before scooping for a creamier texture.