Philadelphia Style Ice Cream

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Wonderfully simple to make, and with an incredibly bold vanilla flavor, Philadelphia Style Ice Cream is hands down, the best simple vanilla ice cream I have ever made.

egg free ice cream in small white bowl

Served on its own or with a drizzle of caramel sauce or hot fudge, this is an ice cream worthy of any occasion.

Try scooping the ice cream over a warm brownie or stir brownie chunks or crumbled cookies into the churned ice cream before tucking it in the freezer. However you make and serve this ice cream, it’s certain to be a win with everyone.

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Philadelphia Style Ice Cream

Did you know that Philadelphia style ice cream is simply ice cream made with no eggs? I have tried some impressively rich ice creams (made with eggs) over the years.

However, we are not used to ice creams that rich, so they are not frequently made in my home. Besides, I’ll be honest, I like to make things simpler and not more complicated in the kitchen wherever possible.

I’ve made this recipe both cooked and uncooked. If you are really in a rush, you can simply stir everything together cold and pour it into the machine. But, simmering just long enough to dissolve the sugar and then cooling it again truly makes it even better. So, that is how I usually make it.

Stir, Simmer, Stir, Chill and Freeze; less than 10 minutes of actual prep time. If I put the mixture together in the morning, and then freeze it in the afternoon, we are easily having Philadelphia ice cream for dessert the same evening.

creamy eggless ice cream scooped into white bowl

Eggless Ice Cream

Because this is an eggless ice cream recipe, there’s no fussing with a custard base. That simplifies the process of making it quite a bit, and generates very consistent results.

This homemade vanilla ice cream stands on its own, or atop a warm slice of pie or cake. But, my favorite way to eat it is with a handful of my favorite mix-ins. Soft cookies, brownies, blondies, fresh fruit, or candy. The sky is the limit.

If you like having baked goods as a mix-in option, but don’t want to bake a fresh batch for ice cream every time, I’ve got you covered. Just chop up a couple of servings and freeze them for later use.

caramel sauce drizzled over vanilla ice cream

With over 70 ice cream recipes here to choose from, there’s sure to be an ice cream for everyone! If you’re new to making ice cream, the best and easiest vanilla ice cream is a great place to start.

These are my favorite inexpensive containers for storing ice cream. They’re perfect for gifting (who doesn’t love homemade ice cream?) storage, re-using, etc. I write the flavors on the lids with a sharpie and it washes off with dish soap.

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Philadelphia Style Ice Cream in freezer container with wooden scoop

Eggless Ice Cream Recipe

You’ll need the following ingredients to make this ice cream:

  • heavy cream
  • whole milk
  • sugar
  • salt
  • vanilla bean or vanilla bean paste
  • vanilla extract

The most popular question I get is whether it’s possible to make ice cream without a machine. The answer is YES. You can make ice cream without a machine. Find the full directions here!

caramel sauce poured over ice cream

Start by pouring 1 cup of the heavy cream into a medium saucepan. Then, add the sugar and salt. Scrape the seeds of the vanilla bean into the pot and add the vanilla pod to the pot.

Warm the mixture over medium heat, whisking just until the sugar dissolves. Then, remove from the heat and add the remaining cream, milk and vanilla.

Whisk again to combine, then let it cool completely. For best results, transfer the mixture to the refrigerator to chill for a few hours. This lets the vanilla completely infuse the dairy mixture for the best taste.

When ready to churn a fresh batch of ice cream, remove the vanilla pod. Then, whisk the mixture a final time before pouring it into your ice cream maker. Freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

caramel sauce poured over bowl of vanilla bean ice cream

Philadelphia Ice Cream

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Philadelphia Style Ice Cream in freezer container with wooden scoop

Vanilla Ice Cream, Philadelphia Style

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Wonderfully simple to make, and with an incredibly bold vanilla flavor, Philadelphia Style Ice Cream is hands down, the best simple vanilla ice cream I have ever made.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 2 cups heavy cream divided
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste OR 1 vanilla bean, split in half lengthwise, seeds scraped
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • ¾ teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Combine 1 cup of cream, sugar, and salt in a saucepan. Scrape the seeds of the vanilla bean into the pan and then add the scraped pod to the pot. Warm the mixture over medium heat, just until the sugar dissolves.
  • Remove from the heat and add the remaining cream, milk, and vanilla extract. Stir to combine and refrigerate until fully cooled.
  • When ready to churn, remove the vanilla pod, whisk the mixture again, and pour it into the ice cream maker. Freeze according to the manufacturer's instructions.


Calories: 395kcal · Carbohydrates: 30g · Protein: 4g · Fat: 30g · Saturated Fat: 19g · Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g · Monounsaturated Fat: 8g · Cholesterol: 95mg · Sodium: 134mg · Potassium: 138mg · Sugar: 30g · Vitamin A: 1232IU · Vitamin C: 0.5mg · Calcium: 103mg · Iron: 0.1mg
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{originally published 4/1/12 – recipe notes and photos updated 1/19/24}

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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. Sue/the view from great island says

    Ice cream was one of the last hold outs for me— a decadent food that didn't really tempt me all that much. That's all changed since I've been seeing so many amazing ice cream recipes on the blogs I read, I am now officially ice cream crazy.

  2. Jenn says

    Although egg does make ice cream more custard-y, I love making ice creams without them… there's just no risk of having scrambled eggs that way! Plus, it can be just as creamy and decadent, that is for sure! This looks AMAZING!

  3. Reeni says

    I like this type of ice cream too! And you can't go wrong with a good vanilla – I might be in the minority but I prefer it over chocolate. The blondies sound delectable in here!

  4. Becki's Whole Life says

    I agree with you, Mary, on keeping things simple with the ice cream (and life in general:-).) When I finally get my ice cream maker out I will make this recipe first. Also, what a great idea chopping up the blondie and putting it in here. Oh yum, this sounds like the perfect dessert!

  5. Annette says

    This looks so good. All those chunks of goodies in the ice cream. I think I will dig out my ice cream maker bowl and stick it in the fridge tonight. I am hungry for ice cream now.

    • Mary says

      Yes, you’ll need an ice cream maker to make this as written. However, the most popular question I’ve ever received on this website is whether you can make ice cream without a machine. The answer is YES. It is possible to make ice cream without a machine. Find the directions HERE. Enjoy!

  6. Marie says

    I have not made this yet but plan to do so today. Do I really need BOTH the vanilla bean and the vanilla extract?