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.

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

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 mins
Total Time: 5 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 1/2 cup servings

Ingredients 

  • 1 banana mashed
  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice, about 1 orange
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice, about 1 lemon
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or 1/2 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 9/28/20}

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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. Faith says

    This ice cream sounds fantastic – I love citrus and my hubby loves banana so it would be perfect in our house! Thank you so much for your kind words – I am so happy that you like the props. The spoons look absolutely gorgeous in your photos!!!

  2. [email protected] says

    Hi Mary…and first of all that ice cream looks so luscious! Your photos are really beautiful and I can absolutely see why you loved your prop box so much. Those spoons would have had me squealing, too! This was so much fun and I hope we all get to do it again…and again! : )