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Worry Free Ice Cream

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"This is a lower-fat, satisfying substitute for ice cream. The evaporated milk lends richness without the fat of cream. Try substituting 3/4 cup fresh fruit puree and 1 teaspoon vanilla for the 1 tablespoon vanilla, or add some grated chocolate. This dessert is best eaten fresh, like soft-serve."

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Original recipe makes 1 pint Change Servings
  • PREP

    5 mins

    50 mins


  1. Combine evaporated milk, sugar and vanilla. Freeze in an ice cream maker according to manufacturer's instructions.
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  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 06, 2009

I think this recipe is under-rated because it originally called for sweetened condensed milk, but after the typo was corrected, the ratings improved. This is my favorite ice cream recipe because 1) extremely easy - only 3 ingredients 2) lower fat than most recipes 3) great base for fruit ice creams My modifications to the recipe: * Use 2% evaporated milk instead of skim, because ice cream needs some fat to churn properly. Skim is too skinny! * Scale up the recipe to use three 12oz cans of evaporated milk (36oz total) and 1 1/4 cups of sugar. I use this recipe as a base for making fruit ice creams (in fact, I've only made the vanilla once). When using 36oz evaporated milk, I use 1 pint or 1 pound of fruit, chopped (strawberry, cherry) or pureed (blueberry, banana), and combine with 3/4 cup of the sugar for an hour to create a fruit syrup. Then mix with the milk, sugar, and vanilla, and churn. Awesome fruit ice cream! When made with 1 pint of fruit, the recipe yields about 7 quarts ice cream.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 10, 2004

We tried this recipe twice and had bad results both times. It just would not freeze in our White Mountain ice cream maker. After 40 minutes, it was still soup. I took it out and mixed in skim milk and put in our regular freezer and it finally is freezing. We spent a lot of money and had disappointed kids. The flavor is good, although much too sweet for my taste.


11 Ratings

Mar 12, 2004

We have updated this recipe to include evaporated milk instead of sweetened condensed, as we believe that the ingredient was interpreted incorectly from the original submission. The ice cream should be able to freeze much more quickly, and actually be "worry free"

Jan 19, 2011

Made with full fat evaporated milk and added 1/3 cocoa, tastes like a wendys chocolate frosty. Also dont have an ice cream maker so just froze in a baking pan with foil for an hour.

Feb 01, 2005

Now that the recipe has been changed it did work! It was ok!

Mar 12, 2004

worry free ice cream,i tried this recipe for the first time and it was like soup and i kept my machine running more then 30 minutes and i took it ouuut and put in the freezer still would not freeze like the rewiew i read it cost money to do this recipe and its a flop it seems like she left someoff the recipe and it terrible sweet to just like it is i would not try that recipe again. This recipe has been altered by the Allrecipes staff and should now be "worry free." Please read the review submitted by the staff and note changes.

Apr 11, 2005

I liked this recipe a lot! It was easy and inexpensive to make, and quite tasty. It didn't turn out creamy though, more of the consistancy of ice milk I suppose. The only complaint I have is the colour--yellowy rather than white. Oh well. May try with splenda next time to reduce the calories.

Oct 13, 2009

Definitely underrated! It's great for how low in fat it is. I used two 12 oz cans, or 3 cups, of 2% evaporated milk (following calamari's advice), 1 1/2 tbsp vanilla, and 1/2 cup of sugar, in a 1 1/2 quart ice cream maker. I heated the milk first to make sure the sugar dissolved thoroughly. I just added a few extra spices this time, nothing fancy. It turned out quite well, better than expected. Coming out right of the machine, it was quite light actually, good flavor and texture. Not quite like full fat real ice cream, I can see the comparison to ice milk, but certainly tasty. I will definitely make this again, and next time I'll experiment beyond vanilla.


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  • Calories
  • 206 kcal
  • 10%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 39.9 g
  • 13%
  • Cholesterol
  • 5 mg
  • 2%
  • Fat
  • 0.3 g
  • < 1%
  • Fiber
  • 0 g
  • 0%
  • Protein
  • 9.7 g
  • 19%
  • Sodium
  • 147 mg
  • 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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