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No-Churn Mermaid Ice Cream is colorful swirls of easy homemade ice cream filled with sprinkles that is perfect for a mermaid party…or just a hot summer afternoon treat!
I don’t know if you’ve noticed but unicorns are pretty hot right now. There are unicorn frappuccinos, unicorn hot cocoa, unicorn cupcakes…Obviously I’m a little fixated on the food side of this unicorn trend but I’m here to tell you that mermaids are really where it’s at. Forget those horses with horns! Iridescent fins and long days playing in the water make mermaids the coolest thing around, especially with summer coming and all of those birthday pool parties just around the corner!
My daughter is kind of obsessed with mermaids, but her birthday is during the winter so pool parties are a little harder to come by. When I was asked by Wet Ones® Hand Wipes to share some of the fun summer activities I have planned, our recent afternoon sitting on the deck eating No-Churn Mermaid Ice Cream in the sunshine seemed like the perfect fit! The ice cream is really easy to make and we had the best time making it together. My daughter and I planned to make mermaid ice cream and we went to the store together to pick out sprinkles, food coloring, and the few simple ingredients we needed to make the ice cream.
While we were there I also grabbed some Wet Ones® Hand Wipes because while No-Churn Mermaid Ice Cream is a fun summer treat it can also get a little messy. I’m talking blue everywhere…but I’m ok with that as long as I have Wet Ones® Hand Wipes on to help clean off those blue hands before they make it back into the house. Wet Ones® Hand Wipes are perfect for messes like sticky hands because they are tough on dirt and germs, but gentle on skin, they’re hypoallergenic, and clean better than hand sanitizers. I always have canisters of Wet Ones® Hand Wipes in the house to clean up messy hands quickly and I also keep Wet Ones® Hand Wipes singles in my purse because half of being a kid is making messes while you make memories!
The homemade ice cream recipe we used to make our No-Churn Mermaid Ice Cream is pretty standard. You whip heavy cream, add some sweetened condensed milk and a little vanilla extract (my daughter’s favorite ice cream flavor). To make it “mermaid ice cream” I split the mixture into 4 bowls and added food coloring to each bowl and stirred until it was mixed in. I used teal and purple food coloring and I made three shades of teal (light, medium and dark) just by adding a little more teal food coloring to each bowl. I made one bowl of dark purple. Mermaids come in all colors so you do you and make your no-churn mermaid ice cream any color combination you like! Once you’ve got your bowls of colored ice cream mixture drop them into a loaf pan (I used a Pyrex one but you can use a metal one also). You want to kind of make it random, so do a couple of scoops of one color in one spot then a couple of scoops of another color in another spot, just plop them all into the loaf pan randomly. When you’re done take a knife and drag it through the mixture 2 or 3 times making swirls. Then top the ice cream with whatever sprinkles you’ve chose. We used gold sprinkles, and different size pearl sprinkles and pearl chocolate balls. Once the sprinkles are on the ice cream the loaf pan gets covered with plastic wrap and goes into the freezer for 5-6 hours.
I think waiting for the ice cream to freeze is the hardest part of this whole recipe! Kids aren’t known for their patience, especially when there is mermaid ice cream in the freezer, so to keep her distracted a little longer we also made cones for our No-Churn Mermaid Ice Cream. We melted blue and white chocolate melts and dipped sugar cones in the two colors before rolling them in white sprinkles. Then we turned them upside down on a lined baking sheet to dry until the ice cream was ready.
You should have seen her face when I told her the ice cream was ready! We scooped it up and went outside and sat on the deck in the sunshine. It was one of our first hot days of what I hope is going to be an amazing summer! That blue and purple ice cream dripped everywhere but she stuck with it and got through the whole cone. I did too!
And when we were done we both tore open a Wet Ones® Hand Wipes single and wiped off all of that sticky ice cream. I love using Wet Ones® Hand Wipes for any situations. They are so convenient and they wipe our dirt and messes when water isn’t readily available. I like that they are gently on the skin and hypoallergenic.
She said it was the best ice cream she’s ever had so I see many No-Churn Mermaid Ice Cream days in our future. I can’t wait :).
- 2 c Heavy Cream
- 14 oz Sweetened condensed milk
- 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
- Food Coloring (your favorite mermaid colors)
- Any sprinkles you would like to use.
Place a metal or glass (check that is it ok to freeze) loaf pan in the freezer.
In the bowl of your mixer add the heavy cream and the vanilla. Mix on high until stiff peaks form.
Add the sweetened condensed milk to the whipped cream and gently fold it together.
Separate the ice cream mixture into four bowl and use food coloring to color each bowl one of your mermaid colors. Stir the food coloring in until it is thoroughly mixed.
Get the loaf pan from the freezer and add the colored ice cream mixture to the bowl a few scoops at a time alternating colors and layering them on top of one another.
When all of the ice cream mixture is in the loaf pan take a knife and drag it through the mixture 2 or 3 times.
Top with your sprinkles.
Cover the loaf pan with plastic wrap and freeze for 5-6 hours.