Vanilla, Strawberry, Pistachio, and the 7 Other Most Classic Homemade Ice Cream Flavors… Ever

Learn how to make vanilla, strawberry, and pistachio ice cream right at home

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Classic pistachio ice cream made from scratch. 

Making ice cream at home takes a little elbow grease, but trust us, the homemade taste will not disappoint. While we love picking up a pint from the store — it’s convenient, and there are so many wacky flavors to try, like tiramisù, balsamic strawberry, and goat cheese — we should also take the time to enjoy classic ice cream flavors.

Chocolate, strawberry, rocky road… they aren’t all that bad, right? You might think such classic ice cream flavors are a little boring, but once you make them at home we’re pretty sure you’ll change your mind. Besides, if this is your first time making ice cream at home, it’s better to start with a solid foundation before experimenting with over-the-top flavors like spiced caramel biscuit.

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Want to learn how to make the best-loved ice cream flavors right at home? Don’t worry — we have the 411 on how to make ice cream from start to finish. The classic flavors you crave will be right at your fingertips. Once you get the hang of it, the process is fairly simple. Here are a few recipes to get you started:

Blue Bottle Coffee Ice Cream

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Delicious homemade coffee ice cream.

What better combination than coffee and chocolate? Make this homemade ice cream using Blue Bottle Coffee and Ghirardelli chocolate for rich flavors. It's easy to serve as a dessert for your next party. — AJ Stone

For the Blue Bottle Coffee Ice Cream recipe, click here.

Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe

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Classic chocolate ice cream.

Intense cocoa powder blended with unctuous dark chocolate results in a perfect chocolate ice cream that's so irresistible you won't be able to wait to dig in. I don't know why, but homemade ice cream always tastes best scraped (or, if no one's watching, licked) directly from the machine. — David Lebovitz

For the Chocolate Ice Cream recipe, click here.