You need only four ingredients to make ice cream—and NO ice cream maker.
There may be an extra ingredient, such as lemon juice with fruit flavors.
Just whip the cream, fold it into the sweetened condensed milk with the other ingredients, freeze in a loaf pan and voilà, ice cream!
The other ingredients are sugar or other sweetener (use Splenda for sugar-free ice cream), and flavor: coffee, cocoa, peanut butter, strawberry, vanilla, etc.). With some recipes, other ingredients substitute for the sugar; for example, a box of cake mix for cake batter ice cream.
Then, of course, there are optional mix-ins: brownie chunks, chocolate chips, crushed Oreos, fruit, M&Ms, nuts, sprinkles, etc.
NO-CHURN VS. CONVENTIONAL ICE CREAM
Traditional ice cream starts with a sweetened base—usually a combination of heavy cream, milk and sugar and sugar (add eggs for a French custard base).
The custard and added flavors are churned in an ice cream maker, which incorporates air and breaks up ice crystals as they form, creating a creamy texture. The mixture is then frozen.
No-churn ice cream uses sweetened condensed milk as the base. The whipped cream adds the air and produces the creamy texture.
The result is very similar, with a few minor differences:
If you have a sensitive palate, you may taste the sweetened condensed milk. It’s a rich, slightly “cooked” flavor that many people don’t even notice in dulce de leche, Key Lime Pie and other favorite sweets. Some of us even eat it straight from the can, with a spoon.
The density of the sweetened condensed makes slow-churn more scoopable. It doesn’t get rock hard like conventional ice cream can.
NO-CHURN ICE CREAM RECIPES
For most no-churn recipes, prep time is less than 10 minutes, plus 4-5 hours freezing time.
No-Churn Cake Batter Ice Cream
No-Churn Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Ice Cream
No-Churn Chocolate Ice Cream with Brownie Chunks
No-Churn Coconut Peach Ice Cream (substitute banana)
No-Churn Fresh Blackberry Ice Cream (substitute any berry)
No-Churn Mexican Chocolate Ice Cream
No-Churn Snickerdoodle Ice Cream
No-Churn Vanilla Ice Cream
 Chocolate brownie ice cream, made in a loaf pan. Here’s the recipe from Wonky Wonderful.
 Blackberry ice cream (here’s the recipe from Baked By An Introvert).
There are vegan options as well. Just search for “no-churn ice cream” and you’ll be overwhelmed by the choices.
THE HISTORY OF NO CHURN ICE CREAM
Alas, we could not find the origin of no-churn ice cream. This bugs us, because it is a relatively recent recipe—no reaching into the distant past required.
Our best guess is that it is Eagle Brand Borden sweetened condensed milk, which is constantly testing new recipes for its product.
There are no-churn recipes on their website, but we hadn’t heard back from them by press time. We’ll update this when we do.
Borden and Eagle brand, the two big names in sweetened condensed milk, merged and are now owned by Smucker’s.
Here’s the history of sweetened condensed milk.