Vegan Peppermint Stick Ice Cream

November 15, 2010 by Keri

Nothing says holidays like a bag of candy canes and a hammer, does it?  Sure, peppermint pieces can be found, but I can’t think of any reason to go looking for them when I have a perfectly good excuse to use a hammer to break things!  When I was younger, we stalked the ice cream isle, impatiently awaiting the peppermint stick “special edition” ice cream to hit the shelves.  I’ve never been a huge peppermint lover, but when it comes to peppermint ice cream… well, that’s like frozen Christmas in a tub right there.  After waiting, once again impatiently, for one of my favorite vegan ice cream companies to release a peppermint stick holiday flavor, I say it’s time to stop waiting and start making!

Vegan Ice Cream Recipes

Vegan Peppermint Ice Cream

  • 1 14 ounce can regular coconut milk
  • 1 1/4 cups nondairy milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon peppermint extract (optional)
  • 1 cup crushed candy canes or small peppermint stick pieces

In a large bowl, combine coconut milk, nondairy milk, sugar, vanilla extract, and peppermint extract (for a more peppermint-y ice cream, rather than vanilla with peppermint sticks).  Refrigerate batter for at least 2 hours.  Once batter is chilled, make according to your ice cream maker‘s instructions.  Add in peppermint pieces 5 minutes before your machine’s freezing cycle is finished and process.  Enjoy!

Vegan Ice Cream Recipes

Vegan Ice Cream Recipes

Vegan Ice Cream Recipes

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  1. Jess - The Domestic Vegan says:

    This looks wonderful!! I love candy canes.

  2. celine says:

    looks so pretty! and I don’t even like peppermint…I know, I know. oh you know what might be awesome in this, for those who actually like peppermint? joe-joe peppermint cookie bits!

  3. Oh my. I will make this soon. I love peppermint. Your phtots are grand.

    • Keri says:

      Thank you! 🙂 Just a tip, it’s good and all at first- but after it’s been in the freezer for a few days it’s fantastic!

  4. Dinetonite says:

    I made this yesterday. Quick, easy, and amazing! Served it to two

  5. Jojo says:

    That looks fantastic, I really need to get myself an ice cream maker.

  6. Krystina (Basil & Wine) says:

    I really, really need an ice cream maker.

  7. bitt says:

    This was my fave flavor as a kid. Yes I’d love for a vegan company to make this variety. Enough with the cherry amaretto already.

  8. Claire says:

    This looks so easy! I love peppermint ice cream, yum.

  9. I WANT!!!

    Grr..if only i had an ice cream maker. I don’t even have a Vitamix or KitchenAid.

    • Keri says:

      I’m guessing most 16 year olds don’t. 😉 When I went to college the toaster was my only appliance (other than those bolted down to the apartment).

  10. Laurel says:

    I found “weeklyveganmenu” through MOFO.

  11. sarah says:

    I so need an ice cream maker.

  12. Laurel says:

    I found “veganappetite” thru MOFO and now it’s on my reader!

  13. Emmy says:

    That looks so pretty. I used to love those candy canes when I was little!

  14. Brandi says:

    That ice cream sure looks good! I posted a link on my blog linking to this giving you credit and telling people to come look at this. I hope that’s fine.

  15. Megan says:

    I’m drooling!!

    All it needs is a cup of hot cocoa on the side!!!

  16. Kelly says:

    Oh my gosh, I haven’t thought about peppermint stick ice cream in a few years, but it used to be one of my all-time favorite flavors! You just brought back a whole bunch o’ nostalgia. This looks amazing! I need to get me an ice cream maker…!

    • Keri says:

      Ask friends or family if they have one they don’t use. I find, like breadmakers, those get pushed to the back of pantries or stored away in the basement and a lot of times you’ll find someone more than willing to give it to you! 🙂

  17. Lori says:

    I am definitely making this. I have an ice cream maker with a built in compressor that is automatic and I have barely used it. Time to dust it off and make some vegan ice cream. It’s the one thing that I don’t eat anymore that I truly miss. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

    • Keri says:

      Wow, fancy! 🙂 It’s good right away, but after mine had been stored in the freezer for 2 days or so, it was perrfect because those mint bits started to soften up and blend like the store variety!

  18. Jes says:

    OMGOSH! That is my FAVORITE flavor of ice cream!!

  19. virtual.jess says:

    I go crazy for the kind like this, but also with big, thick, dark chocolate curls that go “snap” when you bite them…. wonder how to make those…

    • Keri says:

      Like the curls on top of chocolate silk pies and such? Hmm.. I think you could just make them by thickly shaving a chunk of vegan chocolate?

  20. sheila @ Elements says:

    oh wow…I’m totally drooling! Your peppermint ice cream looks so incredibly delicious!! I’m visualizing myself eating the whole bowl! Yum!! 🙂

  21. Shoshana says:

    How strong is the coconut flavor in this ice cream?

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