cardamom vanilla ice cream

While everyone is ramping up on Thanksgiving cooking, I am going the other way. I was supposed to fly home to Charlotte, NC to spend the holidays with my family and do the whole Thanksgiving meal but at the last minute, I decided to cancel for the safety of myself and my family. I don't know if that was the right decision but being safer rather than sorry later makes me feel good about it. Also, as much as I LOVE Thanksgiving with the family, it is stressful every year as I end up making most of the food and desserts. Don't get me wrong, I love it and this year we had planned more of a potluck so that not one person was making too much of anything but there's something to be said about having a quiet, low key Thanksgiving doing absolutely whatever you want!

For me, that includes lots and lots of cheesy holiday movies (uh football for this girl!). I mean, this is serious business. I have my picks already written down and at the ready for viewing. With that comes snacks! Now, as you all may know already...I am currently on an all meat diet in hopes of controlling my RA joint and inflammation pain BUT this is one of those magical days that I give myself to drink and eat all the foods! I will definitely pay for it later but I have until Christmas for recovery before a new magical day will present itself!

So for my personal (oh and the plus one) Thanksgiving, I am planning a day of snacking. Sweet snacks, savory snacks, spicy snacks, ooey gooey snacks, etc... There should never be a moment that we are running low on choices so that is the start of today's post. My ultimate sweet snack. Who doesn't love dark chocolate and the amazing taste of cardamom together?? More on that tomorrow but today is one of those components!

Also, if you have never made your own ice cream, you have no idea what you are missing! This is my go-to whenever I want a specific flavor of ice cream and this recipe isn't groundbreaking or's been out there for awhile and maybe some of y'all just don't know about it. Here is why this recipe is insanely amazing:

- The base of the ice cream is made up of JUST TWO INGREDIENTS. After that you can add whatever you want! In my case, I wanted a cardamom and vanilla ice cream. That literally makes this a recipe with 4 ingredients total. That's amazing right!?

- To make this ice cream, YOU DON'T NEED AN ICE CREAM MACHINE. Crazy talk right!?

Making this ice cream is just part one of my ultimate snack for Thanksgiving but I will definitely be using this in a few ways. That subtle but distinct taste of cardamom makes it the perfect topper (or filler) for so many desserts. Try topping it on a warm pie and see how it completely transforms the flavor. Besides pistachio ice cream, it is my absolute favorite flavor of ice cream. The trick to get the most flavor out of this ice cream is to use fresh green cardamom pods and finely grind it. This insures that the flavor is super fresh and potent. If you have a mortar and pestle, this is the time to use it...or if you have a spice grinder or blender that can grind the black pods inside the cardamom pods, that works too!

The other trick that I have for this super simple recipe? I use a hand mixer for this and put the large mixing bowl that I use in the fridge to get really cold. If you have a thin metal bowl, even better but a glass one would work too. Having a really cold bowl along with cold whipping cream makes it so much easier for everything to whip up fast. It's as simple as that. Really.

In fact, because it is so easy, I made a quick video of the process. What you are left with is this creamy, dreamy ice cream!

Doesn't that look amazing?? Instead of churning it in an ice cream machine, you simply put it in a container and let it freeze for 4 hours to overnight and then you have plenty of homemade ice cream to use in all sorts of recipes or just to eat in a bowl topped with all your favorites! Mine includes dark chocolate sauce and toasted almonds.

Stay tuned tomorrow when I transform this ice cream into the ultimate all day snack for my epic Thanksgiving!

Cardamom & Vanilla Ice Cream


2 cups of cold whipping cream

1 (14oz) can of sweetened condensed milk

1/2 tsp of freshly ground green cardamom

1 tsp of vanilla extract (or you can use half a vanilla bean, seeds, scraped)


  1. In a large cold mixing bowl (put bowl in fridge for at least 30 minutes), add the cold whipping cream and with a hand mixer, mix until it whips up, about 3 minutes. Soft peaks should form.

  2. Add the sweetened condensed milk, cardamom and vanilla to the bowl. Keep whipping until the mixture fluffs up into hard peaks.

  3. That's it! Scoop the mixture into an air tight bowl and put in the freezer for at least 4 hours or overnight.

Couldn't get much easier than that right?? Check out the video to see just how easy it all really was!


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