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Chocolate and ice cream are music to my ears. Combine the two and you have one of the best culinary combinations. These homemade ice cream bars are incredible. If you like chocolate and you like ice cream you will love these!

Growing up I ate a lot of ice cream bars. All different kinds, but I think my favorite is the classic vanilla ice cream bars dipped in a thin layer of chocolate. And this recipe is very versatile. You can make a ton of different combinations of ice cream and chocolate. It is a great summer activity to do with the kids!

Homemade ice cream bars are incredibly easy to make, if I can do it, you can do it. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Gather the ingredients

Several ingredients in glass bowls on a white counter top.

In order to make these ice cream bars, you only need about 5 ingredients. You can go as few as 3 ingredients if you really wanted to. You will need the following:

  • Heavy whipping cream
  • Sweetened condensed milk
  • Vanilla extract – Although this is an optional ingredient.
  • Chocolate – You can use all kinds of different chocolate, semi-sweet, milk, dark, etc. Use the chocolate chips or bars, etc. Or if you like you can use this homemade dark chocolate or this homemade milk chocolate.
  • Oil – Canola oil, olive, coconut, etc. The oil will help thin out the chocolate. Each chocolate melts with a different consistency, which will require more or less oil.
  • Nuts, coconut flakes, sprinkles, etc. These toppings are all optional.

NOTE: You can also use store-bought ice cream if you like. Which allows you to come up with all kinds of fun combinations of ice cream bars.

Plate of homemade ice cream bars

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Step 2: How to make homemade ice cream bars

bowl of ice cream base on a countertop.

Start by making the ice cream base, or you can certainly use a store-bought ice cream if you like. Using store-bought ice cream is pretty awesome because you can make all kinds of different flavors of ice cream bars.

In a medium bowl combine the heavy whipping cream, sweetened condensed milk, and vanilla extract. No need to whip the cream first. And just like that, the ice cream base is ready. Super easy right?

TIP: Want to make cookies and cream ice cream bars? Mash up a handful of oreo cookies and put them in the bowl and combine with the ice cream base.

Hand with ladle filling up a popsicle mold with ice cream base.

Now either pour or use a spoon or ladle and fill up the molds. I really like using these popsicle molds because they make the ice cream bar a little smaller perfect serving size. For a bigger ice cream bar use this mold.

TIP: If you have a large 3 or 4 cup measuring cup with a spout it is very easy to pour the ice cream bars base into the molds.

Handing sticking a popsicle stick in a red ice cream bar mold.

If you want to use store-bought ice cream, let it sit out and soften a bit before trying to fill the molds. Don’t forget to add the popsicle sticks! There is a tiny groove that you slide the stick in.

After filling up the molds place them in the freezer for 4 to 8 hours or even overnight. The longer the better. They really need to get nice and firm before trying to dip them. I typically allow mine to freeze overnight.

NOTEIf you don’t have molds you can still make these. Take a 7x11 pan or something similar and line it with parchment paper. Then pour the ice cream into that. After it is frozen you can cut it into rectangles and slide a stick in and dip it.

Step 3: Melt that chocolate

Hands resting on a glass bowl full of chocolate chips next to a bowl of nuts.

Once the ice cream bars have had time to freeze, it is time to melt the chocolate. You can use whatever chocolate that you like. If you love a Lindt 80% dark chocolate bar, use a few of those, if you love Godiva milk chocolate, use that, if you love Tollhouse semi-sweet chocolate chips, use that. You can even use your favorite candy melts or the Loghouse Candiquik that I use for my homemade cake pops.

Or if you like you can make your own chocolate. I have two recipes for homemade. This dark chocolate is really good as well as this homemade milk chocolate. One thing I like about these is they are super thin and create a perfect thin shell around the ice cream bar.

Place the chocolate in a medium bowl and either, melt the chocolate over a pot with hot water (double boiler method), or in the microwave using bursts of 30 seconds and then stirring to melt it.

Spoon with dripping melted chocolate off of it into a bowl.

Once melted, chances are the chocolate won’t be super thin and runny. If that is the case, you need to add oil to thin it out. For 2 cups of chocolate, I usually add right around 1/4 cup of canola, olive, or coconut oil. This will give it a super runny consistency, perfect for dipping and creating a thin shell of chocolate around the ice cream bars.

If you are using either of my homemade chocolate recipes you won’t need to add additional oil. They will already be pretty runny as is.

Step 4: Dip those ice cream bars in chocolate

Hand holding a chocolate dipped ice cream bar over a glass of chocolate.

Pour the melted chocolate into a tall narrowish glass. This makes dipping easier.

Time to dip those ice cream bars! Remove one mold from the freezer and push on the bottom of the mold and then push on the stick to slide the ice cream bar out.

Dip the bar all the way in the chocolate and then remove it. Allow the excess to drizzle off. Within 15 seconds or so you will see the shiny melted chocolate harder and become dull. The chocolate sets pretty quickly. Now place it on a sheet pan with parchment paper or a silicone mat.

Now dip some more of them.

TIP: I recommend only doing a few at a time and keeping the rest in the freezer before dipping. This will prevent them from getting too soft before you can dip them.

Hand dipping an ice cream bar in coconut flakes.

Want some nuts or coconut flakes or sprinkles? Right after you allow the excess chocolate to drizzle off, dip the bar into the nuts or coconut flakes, you only have 15 seconds or so to work, so you need to go fairly quickly.

After you have dipped the bars, place them back in the freezer to firm up even more. If you try and eat them too soon the ice cream may have gotten soft on you.

Step 5: Serve them up!

White plate with homemade ice cream bars.

Now it is time to eat those yummy homemade ice cream bars! If you have little treat bags you can place them in those if you like or in individual sandwich bags. And keep them stored in the freezer. Enjoy!

How long do homemade ice cream bars last?

These need to be stored in the freezer. They will last 3 to 4 weeks. Or will they? Chances are you will gobble them up within a week after making them. They are that good!

What if I don’t have the popsicle molds can I still make ice cream bars?

Yes! If you don’t have the molds and don’t want to buy them, you can pour the ice cream base in a baking pan lined with parchment paper. Then freeze it really well. After that, cut it into bars, and stick the popsicle sticks in them, and then dip. Or dip them without the sticks.

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Here are some other ice cream recipes you may like:

Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich

Ice Cream Rolls

Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream

Homemade Orange Creamsicles

Fudgesicles

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5 from 11 votes

Ice Cream Bars

These homemade ice cream bars are incredible. And they are super easy to make using just a few ingredients. If you love chocolate and you love ice cream, you will love these!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Freezing Time8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 10 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate, cold, summer, sweet
Servings: 16 people
Calories: 325kcal
Author: Matt Taylor

Equipment

  • Cakesicle/popsicle molds
  • Bowls
  • glass
  • spoon
  • Sheet pan with parchment paper or silicone mat

Ingredients

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream 473ml
  • 1 14- oz can of sweetened condensed milk 396g
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract 5ml
  • 2 cups chocolate chips or bars semi-sweet, milk, dark, etc.
  • 1/4 cup of oil canola, olive, coconut, etc.
  • Nuts coconut flakes, sprinkles, etc. (optional)

Instructions

  • In a medium bowl mix together the heavy cream, sweetened condensed milk, and optional vanilla extract.
  • Put the stick in the popsicle molds and then fill them up with the ice cream base. Freeze the ice cream base for 4 to 8 hours or even overnight, so they get nice and firm.
  • Place the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl and melt using bursts of 30 seconds and then stirring until melted. Or use the double boiler method on the stovetop. Add oil to thin out the chocolate so it is nice and runny. Pour the chocolate into a tall glass.
  • Remove a few bars from the molds, keep the rest in the freezer, and dip in the chocolate. Allow the excess to drizzle off. The chocolate should firm up within 15 seconds or so. Place them on a sheet pan with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Then repeat with more bars.
  • If you want toppings like nuts, coconut flakes, etc. After you dip the ice cream bar in chocolate and let the excess drain off, quickly dip in the toppings. Then place on the pan.
  • Back into the freezer, they go for an hour or so to firm up again. Then you can serve them. Enjoy!

Video

How to Make Ice Cream Bars | 5 Ingredients | Chocolate Dipped Ice Cream Bars Recipe

Notes

NOTE: You can also use a store-bought ice cream instead of making the ice cream base.
NOTE:Β If you don’t have molds you can still make these. Take a 7x11 pan or something similar and line it with parchment paper. Then pour the ice cream into that. After it is frozen you can cut it into rectangles and slide a stick in and dip it.
TIP:Β I recommend only doing a few at a time and keeping the rest in the freezer before dipping.
**The nutritional facts will vary depending on the chocolate you use, toppings used, etc.
List of nutritional facts for ice cream bars

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36 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Wow! I have never thought about creating my own ice cream bars but I love it! It looks pretty easy and would love to try. Will buy the ingredients tomorrow. πŸ™‚ Thank you for sharing this.

  2. 5 stars
    Love the photos, accessible ingredients, and clear instructions. The video made it a LOT easier to follow the process. Thank you for this recipe.

  3. 5 stars
    Oh I have seen this kind of mold from an online shop the other day… I love how this dessert can be so versatile.. You can combine all sorts of flavor and toppings to it.. It seems like a very refreshing dessert too and reminds me of Magnum ice cream

  4. Love the homemade recipe! Ina tropical country like India, this would be great all round the year!

  5. 5 stars
    Nice. I have always wanted to learn how to make these. Thanks so much!

  6. This seems easy and yummy to make. We make ice cream but not bars. Would love to make this.

    Fransic – https://www.querianson.com/

  7. 5 stars
    oh!! this is awesome!! my kids would love this.. also can be a great bonding activity with my eldest who loves doing some cooking/baking!!

  8. I love ice cream bars, however those from the supermarket are mostly too big and heavy for me. So making my own might be a wonderful alternative. And, as always, it’s great to know exactly what’s in them.

  9. Nnnniiiccceeeee….do I strictly have to stick with sweetened condensed milk for these bars? I ask because I so badly want to try them out.

    • For this particular recipe yes, but if you can find dairy-free ice cream you can soften it and put it in the mold and freeze it, then dip it in dairy-free chocolate if you can find that.

  10. Ice cream bars are my favorite. I’ve never had them homemade. Yes!

  11. 5 stars
    I like anything chocolate so this must be delicious. Plus, there are candy sprinkles, which add a little twist/character to the creamy feel.

  12. 5 stars
    Oh, I miss making ice cream bars! I know summer season is over but this won’t stop me from making them. I will definitely try this on the weekend

  13. 5 stars
    Sounds so fun to do! Good thing I already have that kind of molds.

  14. These ice cream bars are great! My boys enjoy making desserts like this with me. Perfect during their fall break from school since it’s still hot as summer here in south Texas!

  15. I’ve never tried this at home. That sounds like a fun treat to make.

  16. 5 stars
    So good and so much flavor! Loved them!

  17. 5 stars
    My kids devoured these! We dipped ours in sprinkles and they came out so pretty and delicious.

  18. 5 stars
    We love ice cream bars year round. Especially the Hagen Dazs ones with the crunchy nuts on the outside. So glad for this recipe – now I can make my own ANYTIME. Can’t wait to try and customize some new flavors! Thanks Matt!

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