This ice cream is beyond amazing. It lands in my top five favorite ice creams of all time. Why? Because pretty much anything you add this amazing graham cracker crust to is going to be supremely delicious. Swirl in a dark, gorgeous mix of raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries, and you have a show-stopping dessert.
I made this ice cream last year and have been waiting until summer time when berries are in season to share it with you. It was so hard to wait, my friends. So hard!
This ice cream does take a little time, because you must make the separate components of the graham cracker crust and berry topping. But it is time well spent. I promise you that.
Rather than buy all the berries separately, I use the Kirkland brand of frozen berries called “Nature’s Three Berries” from Costco. It’s so easy to just pour from the bag and not have to worry about washing fresh berries (although you could totally use fresh berries if you wanted to).
The graham cracker crust and berry topping are both easy and quick to make. You just have to wait for them to cool down before adding them to your ice cream. I suggest making both several hours before you plan on putting your ice cream base into your ice cream maker.
So get your shopping list ready and head to the store as soon as possible so you can make this ice cream. I’m pretty sure it’s going to be at the buffet in heaven.
Since I didn’t retype all the ingredients in the recipe below (but provided links to the separate recipes), here is a list of things you may need to get at the store:
- 2/3 cup mixed berries
- graham crackers
- 2 cups heavy whipping cream
- 1 cup whole milk
Here are some more ingredients you probably already have:
- corn starch
- lemon juice
- vanilla extract
That’s it! Not so many ingredients for such a fantastic dessert!
Time Commitment: High, but worth it.
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Health Benefits of Ingredients: (Please see the Disclaimer)
Blueberries have been shown to help maintain healthy bones, lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol and ward off heart disease, prevent cancer, reduce cognitive decline, improve motor coordination, prevent constipation, and fight wrinkles. (See “Blueberries: Health Benefits, Uses, Health Risks“)
Raspberries suppress inflammation, reduce blood pressure, can reduce risk of heart attack, inhibit tumor growth, provide fiber to help maintain a healthy digestive tract, and provide protection to the eyes against UV light damage. (See What Are the Health Benefits of Raspberries?)
Blackberries have a very high antioxidant level and can make the skin look younger. They also help keep your brain alert, thus aiding your thought processes and increasing memory. Intestinal problems such as inflammation, diarrhea and hemorrhoids can also be aided by eating blackberries. (See “Blackberry Facts: 10 Things You May Not Know About the Fruit“).
Pure Vanilla activates chemicals in the brain that reduce inflammation and improve mental performance. (See Using Vanilla to Increase Your Mental Performance).
Lemons provide the possible health benefits of combating cancer, maintaining a healthy complexion, preventing asthma, increasing iron absorption, and boosting the immune system. (See “What Are the Health Benefits of Lemons?“)
I recommend the Cuisinart ICE-21 1.5 Quart Frozen Yogurt-Ice Cream Maker.
- One recipe of Cheesecake Crust for Ice Cream
- One recipe of Berry Topping for Ice Cream using a mix of raspberries blueberries, and blackberries
- One recipe of Classic Vanilla Ice Cream
Prepare the Cheesecake Crust and let cool on a wire rack for at least an hour after baking. Break into bite-sized pieces. (I only use about half of the crust in the ice cream. You can save the rest of the crust for another use).
Prepare the Berry Topping for Ice Cream and let cool at room temperature for about half an hour, then put in the refrigerator for another half an hour or longer.
Pour your Classic Vanilla Ice Cream base into your ice cream maker and follow the manufacturer's directions.
When ice cream has reached soft-serve consistency, transfer to airtight container in layers, pouring the berry topping and dropping the pieces of graham cracker crust on each layer. You may not use all the berry topping. Just pour in as much as you like for each layer. Freeze for several hours.