Pudding Mix Ice Cream Recipe

Pudding Mix Ice Cream

By Erin Huffstetler | 07/05/2020 | No Comments

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

That’s great news, if you want to enjoy homemade flavored ice creams without all the work. It’s even better news, if you’re health conscious. Just start with a naturally-flavored and colored pudding mix to cut out all the junk, or buy a sugar-free option, if you’re watching your sugar.

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. Make a batch, and I bet you’ll agree.

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.

Pudding Mix Ice Cream Recipe

This recipe makes approximately 1-1/2 quarts of ice cream.


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

Tip: If you don’t have half and half on hand, you can make your own by mixing equal parts heavy cream and milk.

What You Do:

Ice Cream Base Made From Pudding Mix

Combine the pudding mix and half and half in a large bowl. Stir, until the pudding mix dissolves.

Pour Ice Cream Base Into Ice Cream Maker

Pour into an ice cream maker, and churn, until it reaches the consistency of soft-serve ice cream (about 20 minutes).

Chocolate Ice Cream Made With Pudding Mix

This ice cream is best enjoyed in one sitting. It gets too hard to scoop, when you put it in the freezer. If you have any left over, consider using it to make pudding pops. It works brilliantly for that.

Pudding Mix Ice Cream

Pudding Mix Ice Cream

Here’s how to make flavored ice cream using nothing more than a box of instant pudding mix and half and half.

  • Author: Erin Huffstetler, MyFrugalHome.com
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 1-1/2 quarts 1x
  • Category: Desserts
  • Method: Ice Cream Maker
  • Cuisine: American


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


Whisk pudding mix and half and half together in a bowl, until the pudding mix dissolves.

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

This ice cream is best enjoyed right after it’s made. If you put it in the freezer, it’ll freeze too hard to scoop. It makes excellent pudding pops, though. So, if you have leftovers, pour it into a popsicle mold.


  • 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.

More Ice Cream Recipes to Try

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No-Churn Vanilla Ice Cream
Cone of Homemade Blackberry Ice Cream

Blackberry Ice Cream
Peppermint Ice Cream with Fresh Mint

Peppermint Ice Cream With Fresh Mint

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