Spicebush Ice Cream

Spicebush Ice Cream has a flavor unlike anything else you’ve had before. You can make the flavor strong or mild. Some people say it’s a little bit like nutmeg . . .  I think it’s a bit sweet and could possibly replace your need for sugar in your favorite dishes.

I recommend trying this recipe out ASAP while the red, spicebush berries are still available.


You will need an ice cream maker.


1 cup whole milk

2 cups cream

1/2 cup sugar

A pinch of salt

8 spicebush berries

Step 1

First, gather the red, spiceberries. Don’t eat them plain! They are used as a spice . . . which means they are spicy. Okay, fine. You can nibble a teensy bit to test it out. But, bring the rest home. Eight berries will do for this recipe, but any extras you can lay out on a tray to dry.

Once gathered, you have three options.

a. Use immediately.

b. Dry and use.

c. Dry and use in an extract.

For this, I used 8 berries immediately, without drying.

Step 2

Slice each berry in half.


Step 3

Simmer berries in 1 cup of whole milk for 30 minutes.



Step 4

Strain milk and berries through a sieve.


Step 5

Mix with 2 cups of cream (whipping cream) with the spicebush milk. Add 1/2 cup of sugar and a pinch of salt. Mix until the sugar dissolves.

Step 6

Put in your fridge for 1 hour.

Step 7

Put in your ice cream maker and follow the directions that came with it.


Step 9


If you give this recipe a try or have any questions, please leave a comment below!


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