I have had pistachio ice cream on the brain. So tonight, I used my KitchenAid to make Pistachio Pudding Ice Cream. You could use this same method using any flavor of instant pudding with your ice cream maker!
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Ingredients & Equipment
This doesn’t require a ton of specialized equipment. The main thing you’ll need is an ice cream maker to churn the mixture. I used my KitchenAid mixing bowl to whisk together the mixture and my KitchenAid ice cream maker attachment (see on Amazon here)
As for ingredients, you’ll need heavy cream, whole mix, and pudding mix. I used sugar-free pistachio because that is what I had on hand. But any instant pudding – regular or sugar-free would work. The pistachio flavor is subtle but present. I do think I will try adding pistachio extract next time around to bump up that flavor.
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How to Make Pudding Mix Ice Cream?
Making this ice cream is very simple!
- Mix all the ingredients (cream, milk, and pudding mix) in a bowl
- Use a mixer or whisk and mix until all ingredients are incorporated and smooth. I used my KitchenAid mixing bowl with the whisk for about 4 minutes until smooth and slightly thickened
- If using a KitchenAid, attach your frozen ice cream maker attachment to your machine, turn on low speed, and then pour the mixture into the ice cream bowl while it is on. If using another mixer, churn according to your machine’s instructions
- Churn for about 12-14 minutes, until nice and thick and creamy
- The texture should be thick and close to a soft serve. We had enough to make about 5 ice cream cones like the one in the picture! You can also freeze for a more frozen, hard ice cream texture.
Pudding Mix Ice Cream FAQs
Can I use Sugar-Free Instant Pudding?
You can absolutely use sugar-free instant pudding mix. That is how I made the pistachio ice cream featured in this article because that is what I had on hand!
Can I use a pudding mix that has to be cooked?
I would not recommend using anything but the instant pudding mix for this recipe.
What can I add to pudding mix ice cream?
There are a few things you can consider adding to your ice cream!
- Extracts – vanilla, almond, etc. To add some additional flavor, consider adding your favorite extract. Start 1 tsp at a time and taste test
- Sugar – I didn’t add any additional sugar, and using a box of sugar-free pudding made this just sweet enough for us. Bit if you’d like to add sugar, add it 1/4 of a cup at a time to the mixture until you reach your preferred taste. Do this before churning.
- Chocolate chips, nuts, or other candies, etc. – wait until you’ve churned for 10 minutes, then add into the mixer. This will allow a few minutes for the mix-ins to be incorporated into the ice cream while the ice cream finishes churning.
Do I have to freeze pudding mix ice cream?
No, the reason I really love this ice cream is that it is very thick and creamy right out of the ice cream maker. We had enough to make 5 ice cream cones with a little left at the end. From start to finish it took less than 20 min for everyone to be enjoying ice cream. You certainly can freeze for the firm/frozen texture if that is what you prefer!
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Pistachio Pudding Ice Cream
- 1½ cups whole milk
- 1½ cups heavy cream
- 1 box instant pudding See notes
- Freeze your ice cream maker bowl according to directions
- Combine milk, heavy cream and pudding in a bowl. I used my KitchenAid whisk and mixed on low speed for 4 minutes until full combined and no lumps
- Once smooth, churn in your ice cream maker, I used my KitchenAid. Churn for about 12 minutes until thick and creamy
- Enjoy immediately or transfer to freezer