Pudding Mix Ice Cream

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Pudding Mix Ice Cream Recipe

Using instant pudding mix to make ice cream is the ultimate cheat. With just three ingredients you can quickly create all sorts of flavors – butterscotch, pistachio, cheesecake, cookies ‘n creme, lemon, pumpkin spice. If it’s available as an instant pudding mix flavor, you can use it to make ice cream.

Instant Chocolate Pudding Mix Recipe

You can even use my homemade instant chocolate pudding mix. It produces a chocolate ice cream that’s a dead ringer for a Wendy’s Frosty.

My pudding mix ice cream recipe requires no cooking or chill time. Just mix up a batch, and it’s ready to churn. Since pudding mix contains thickeners, it even thickens up to the same consistency as a custard ice cream, with no eggs and no fussy steps.

This is the perfect ice cream recipe to make with kids, since there’s no stove or wait time involved. And it’s the perfect take-along on a camping trip. Just pack milk, heavy cream, a box of pudding mix and your churn.

Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker

I own an older version of this Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker. I keep the cylinder in the freezer, so I can make ice cream whenever a craving hits.

Quart of Pistachio Pudding Mix Ice Cream

Pudding Mix Ice Cream Recipe

This recipe makes approximately 1 quart of ice cream. For this tutorial, I used pistachio instant pudding mix.


*If you’re using my homemade pudding mix, add two teaspoons of vanilla extract.

Whole milk produces the creamiest ice cream, but low or no-fat milk will also work in this recipe.

Tools You’ll Need:

  • A medium bowl
  • An ice cream machine
  • Measuring cups
  • A rubber spatula
  • A whisk or electric hand mixer

What You Do:

Combine Pudding Mix and Milk

In a medium bowl, combine the milk and pudding. Beat with a whisk, or electric hand mixer, until the pudding mix dissolves.

Pudding Mix Ice Cream Base

Add the heavy whipping cream, and stir to combine.

Pour Ice Cream Base Into Ice Cream Maker

Then, pour your pudding mix ice cream base into an ice cream machine, and churn, until it reaches the consistency of soft-serve ice cream, about 20 minutes.

If you’d like to include any mix-ins, add them during the last 5 minutes of churning. I usually add 1/2 cup of chopped pistachios, whenever I use this method to make pistachio ice cream. It enhances the flavor and texture quite a bit.

Pudding Mix Ice Cream in Churn

Enjoy your pudding mix ice cream right out of the churn, for a soft-serve consistency, or transfer it to a covered freezer-safe container, and freeze it for at least 2 hours, to achieve a hard-scoop consistency.

Pudding Mix Ice Cream Recipe

Here’s some chocolate and vanilla ice cream made with instant pudding mix. Just imagine all the ways you could customize them with mix-ins and toppings.


  • Use this ice cream base to make pudding pops. Instead of churning it in an ice cream maker, simply pour it into ice pop molds; add sticks; and freeze. Easy!
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Pudding Mix Ice Cream Recipe

Pudding Mix Ice Cream

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Use a box of pudding mix to quickly create flavored ice creams. Only 3 ingredients required.

  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 1 quart 1x



*add 2 tsp vanilla extract, if you use my homemade pudding mix


In a medium bowl, whisk together the milk and pudding mix, until smooth.

Add the heavy whipping cream, and stir to combine.

Pour your ice cream base into an ice cream maker, and churn, until it freezes to the consistency of soft-serve, about 20 minutes.

Enjoy your pudding mix ice cream straight out of the churn, or freeze it for at least 2 hours, to achieve a hard-scoop consistency.


  • Use this recipe to quickly and easily make butterscotch, pistachio, cheesecake, cookies n creme, lemon, or pumpkin spice ice cream.
  • Be sure to use instant pudding mix. Pudding mixes that require cooking won’t dissolve properly.
  • Use pudding mix with natural flavorings and coloring to make all-natural ice cream.
  • Use sugar-free pudding mix to create no or low-sugar ice cream.
  • This pudding mix ice cream base makes excellent pudding pops. Just pour it into ice pop molds; insert sticks; and freeze.

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