Crushed Lemonheads Lemon Ice Cream

Homemade creamy Lemon Ice Cream with bits of crushed Lemonheads candies swirling all around cream and fresh lemon juice.  This custard-like ice cream is so creamy and full of lemon burst flavor! 

Crushed Lemonheads Lemon Ice Cream with SimplyGloria #IceCream

How do you like your ice cream, hard or soft?

Did you know by letting your ice cream temper about 10 degrees out of the freezer is not only for scooping purposes?  

Yes, that helps.  But, by letting the hard, frozen ice cream soften a little, maximizes the flavor on your taste buds! 

True story.

Trust me, I would know.

Ice cream is one of my daily food groups…  it’s a food group in my little world, okay.

But, whatever your preference is, I’m know you’ll fall in love with this creamy Lemon Ice Cream!

Crushed Lemonheads Lemon Ice Cream with SimplyGloria #Lemonheads #Candy

Crushed Lemonheads Lemon Ice Cream is the ice cream you want to savor and let it melt onto your taste buds!

The crushed Lemonheads candies give this ice cream MORE lemon sugary flavor and little candy crunch.  Because, we sure can’t have enough sugar and lemon, right? 

I’ve been making ice cream since I was a little girl.  I always knew it was a process.  A very special process.  

Homemade ice cream is definitely made with LOVE!

Coming up with this recipe, I knew I wanted a lot of lemon burst in this ice cream.  But it had to be really creamy, too.

What gives this ice cream recipe a more custard, creamy texture is the egg yolks.  

The proteins from the egg yolks help make the ice cream creamy.  But when cooked, becomes more dense and forms a custard like texture.   Which means, the liquid gets trapped inside of the proteins and prevents ice crystals forming.  

The simple makings of a creamy ice cream! 

Not to mention, the egg yolks already gives this ice cream a natural soft yellow color without having to use artificial coloring.

Making this ice cream is not a fast way, by all means.  But, it is really worth the time.  

If you have not made homemade ice cream before, it is very simple.  The hardest part is waiting for it to freeze!

Note:  If you don’t by chance have an ice cream machine, follow the recipe below and just skip the machine part.  Turns out just as delicious!

Crushed Lemonheads Lemon Ice Cream with SimplyGloria #homemade

Crushed Lemonheads Lemon Ice Cream
Homemade creamy Lemon Ice Cream with bits of crushed Lemonheads candies swirling all around cream and fresh lemon juice. This custard-like ice cream is so creamy and full of lemon burst flavor!
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  2. 1 cup whole milk
  3. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  4. 4 egg yolks
  5. 1 cup granulated sugar
  6. 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  7. 2 tablespoons lemon zest
  8. 1/2 cup finely crushed Lemonheads candy.
Instructions
  1. In a medium sauce pan over medium heat, stir together the heavy cream, milk, vanilla, yolks, sugar, lemon zest, and juice. Bring up to a soft simmer (170 degrees) while stirring constantly.
  2. When it reaches this temperature, put the bowl in an ice bath. (Put the sweet cream base in a heat safe bowl and put inside of a bigger bowl filled with ice and little water.) Stir constantly to cool evenly.
  3. Cover with plastic wrap. Allow the wrap to touch the top layer as to not form a skin on top. Refrigerator overnight.
  4. Put the chilled cream into your cold (preferably frozen) machine bowl. Churn for 30-40 minutes.
  5. Gently stir in crushed candies.
  6. For more frozen (solid) results, place in a shallow container (I used a bread loaf pan.) and freeze for additional 5 hours or overnight. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. If you do not have a thermometer during the cooking process, you may test it on the back of a spoon. If it is getting thick enough to stay on the back of the spoon (if it's been simmering for about 10 to 15 minutes), it is ready to start the cooling process.
  2. If you don't by chance have an ice cream machine, follow the directions above and just skip the machine part. Turns out just as delicious!
  3. Makes 1 quart of ice cream.
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This creamy Lemon Ice Cream is the flavor I make for my sweet Levi… it’s his favorite!

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    • says

      Alexis, I always have to purchase extra for the ice cream, because my husband loves them so much. Maybe I need to find a better hiding spot!

  1. says

    Gloria! We are both on the lemon kick today! Love it! So I visited my mom over this last weekend. And she had Lemonheads in the house. I picked up the package and thought my goodness it has been YEARS since I had one of these. I ate it and it was good! Now I am all about the lemon and THIS ice cream! Pin and stumbled!
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  2. says

    Gloria, this looks fabulous!! Lemon, I mean come on. I prefer both hard and soft ice cream! Just an ice cream addict here!! There is the greatest hard scooped ice cream place in MN called Nelsons that has a million flavors, and obscene amounts of it for cheap. Then there is my love for frozen yogurt…I mean who doesn’t love filling a cup with their choice flavors and toppings?? Hard and soft, they are both good 🙂 haha totally pinning this for later. Thanks lady! Hope you’ve had a wonderful week.
    Kelly – LEFT SIDE OF THE TABLE recently posted…{Denise’s} German Potato SaladMy Profile

    • says

      I totally agree, Kelly! I’ll have any kind of frozen treat soft or super frozen. Although, I have to say I’m on a Gelato kick lately… so delish! Now, I just need to go to Italy and have some fresh from the pros, right?! Hope you have a wonderful weekend, my friend!

    • says

      Ooooh yum! Can’t wait until you get that one out… love lemon pudding! Simply can’t get enough of lemony things, for sure! Have a happy Friday, my Lemon friend!

    • says

      I am the same way when it comes to making ice cream all summer long, Mary Frances. I actually bought two machine bowls to go with my one machine… just so one can always stay in the freezer and ready for a round of cream!

    • says

      Funny thing is, I actually thought of you when I pulled this little bowl out of the cupboard to use it for the cookie dough during our Cookie Dough Week. It’s so you. You know how you ask someone where they got their cute skirt… and they say, five years ago… at a thrift store? Well, the same thing here with the mini tin bowl! I bought them almost ten years ago at a thrift store and gave them to my guests filled with lemon mini sweets when I had a lemon themed dinner party. It was pretty fun. I forgot I had this laying around. 🙂

  3. says

    Ice cream should be a food group for all of us! I love lemon. Oh man I bet the combo of creamy and sour taste divine. This makes my mouth water! So pretty too. I bet this would be perfect to have after Easter dinner. Palate cleansing, yah that’s right I will also eat this ice cream between each course to clean my palate! Yum!

    My favorite ice cream is butter pecan. But, This could be my new one for sure!
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    • says

      Tahny, I just love you!!! I love butter pecan… with caramel! I hope you have a really fun Easter with your cute little men…. and the big man, too! 🙂

    • says

      You are too nice, Marti… thank you! I love strawberries in my shakes. It’s actually the only way I’ll eat strawberries. I know, it’s sad! Mainly because strawberries are so pretty… but also pretty swimming in cream and sugar! Hope you’re enjoying your Friday! Big hugs!

  4. says

    I like my ice cream soft and melty… yum! I totally didn’t know that about tempering the ice cream, learn something new everyday. Love the all the fresh flavors in this, lemon ice cream rocks. Might even add a little basil into mine when I make this… thanks for another fab recipe girl. Gorgeous pictures as always! Pinned!
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    • says

      Laura, Lemonheads are fun little balls of sour hard candy…. simply yummy! The taste of lemon ice cream is so much more decadent than any other ice cream… at least that’s my opinion. 😉 Check it out and since you’re a lemon lover, you’ll be in love with lemon ice cream! 🙂

  5. says

    Ice cream definitely counts as a food group – I could eat it anytime of day all year round! I love this lemon ice cream – it sounds so refreshing and that is such a creative idea to add crushed lemonheads! Pinning and going to lug my ice cream maker out of its hiding place so I can make this pronto 🙂

    • says

      Kelly, you just made me laugh out loud! Although I love making/eating ice cream all year long, too…. but something about hearing the ice cream churning in the summer time is just somethin’ else! Go get that ice cream maker out, girlfriend! 🙂

    • says

      Thank you so much, Amy! (Sorry, I’m a little late… I’ve hardly even been around the blogosphere.) I feel so honored you included this recipe with all of those talented foodies! Big hugs!

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