Six Threes Ice Cream

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Bright, citrus ice cream with just a hint of banana, this is the ultimate creamy cold treat on a hot summer day.

This is the ice cream that I remember from summers spent at my grandparent’s house.

Six Threes Ice Cream is a classic that everyone loves.

The original recipe makes a huge amount, far too big for the average ice cream machine today.

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Six Threes Ice Cream is such an easy recipe to remember; once you make it a couple times, it will be in your memory forever.

(3) bananas, (3) oranges, (3) lemons, (3) cups of cream, (3) cups of milk, (3) cups of sugar = Six Threes. Easy as can be!

I’ve adapted my grandmother’s recipe for a basic 1.5 quart ice cream maker and added the pinch of salt and the vanilla that it seems I just can’t skip.

Family and friends all LOVE this ice cream. My youngest son cheers without fail every time we make this.

Grandma's Six Threes Ice Cream

Six Threes Ice Cream Recipe

  1. Stir together the mashed banana, orange juice, lemon juice, sugar, salt, and vanilla.
  2. Stir in the milk and cream and pour the mixture into your ice cream maker.
  3. Freeze according to the manufacturer’s directions.
  4. Serve immediately for soft-serve ice cream or transfer to a freezer-safe container and freeze for 2-3 hours prior to serving.
Six Threes Ice Cream recipe

Shortcut Tip: Combine the banana, juices, sugar, salt, vanilla, and milk in the blender. Puree for just a few moments until combined.

Add the cream and pulse to combine. Pour into the ice cream maker from the blender.

Six Threes Ice Cream is an old-fashioned favorite

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Six Threes Ice Cream is an old-fashioned favorite

Six Threes Ice Cream

5 from 5 votes
Bright, citrus ice cream with just a hint of banana, this is the ultimate creamy cold treat on a hot summer day.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 8 ½ cup servings

Ingredients 

  • 1 banana mashed
  • ½ cup fresh orange juice, about 1 orange
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice, about 1 lemon
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or ½ a scraped vanilla bean
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream

Instructions

  • Stir together the mashed banana, orange juice, lemon juice, sugar, salt, and vanilla. Stir in the milk and cream and pour the mixture into your ice cream maker.
  • Freeze according to the manufacturer's directions. Serve immediately for soft-serve ice cream or transfer to a freezer-safe container and freeze for 2-3 hours prior to serving.

Notes

Shortcut Tip: Combine the banana, juices, sugar, salt, vanilla, and milk in the blender. Puree for just a few moments until combined. Add the cream and pulse to combine. Pour into the ice cream maker from the blender.

Nutrition

Calories: 240kcal · Carbohydrates: 33g · Protein: 2g · Fat: 12g · Saturated Fat: 7g · Cholesterol: 44mg · Sodium: 61mg · Potassium: 156mg · Fiber: 1g · Sugar: 30g · Vitamin A: 527IU · Vitamin C: 13mg · Calcium: 57mg · Iron: 1mg
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{originally published 6/17/13 – recipe notes and photos updated 5/18/21}

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Mary Younkin

Mary Younkin

Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. Kate Bench says

    Well, I have already memorized the recipe in one go. You have explained every step so nicely. I am definitely going to try this one out.5 stars

  2. Valerie says

    This was delicious and I am decidedly NOT a banana fan! Thumbs up from my husband, too, both before and after churning. 😂 Love how fresh-tasting it is plus super creamy. Thank you for sharing!5 stars

  3. Mari says

    I have made and enjoyed this ice cream for many years and funny you mention about it being a lot for most machines. I wrote on my recipe Six Two’s…..to fit my ice cream machine. BUT I have a question. I don’t have orange juice, would it be okay to substitute pineapple juice? I kind of think it would work, but wondering if there would be something about acidity or any thing else that would react to the other ingredients? What do you think?5 stars

    • Mary Younkin says

      Hi, Mari! You should be able to substitute pineapple juice; it’s slightly more dense, but not enough to be make a real difference. Enjoy the ice cream!