Pecan Praline Ice Cream Recipe is rich and decadent. Vanilla ice cream is packed with pecans, brown sugar and caramel sauce for a fabulous treat.

Caramel Pecan Praline Ice Cream recipe in a bowl.
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This caramel-colored ice cream recipe is similar to butter pecan but with pralines instead. A Praline is a Candied Pecan, so it is sugary and extra crunchy. The ice cream base has caramel sauce rippled throughout.

It’s so simple to make homemade ice cream and more favorites include Cookies and Cream Ice Cream and Butterbeer Ice Cream.

Why We Love This Recipe

We love making ice cream at home because you can make it easily without egg yolks, mono and diglycerides and artificial flavors. Skip the store-bought ice cream and make homemade instead.

The entire ice cream is a real treat and so rich and decadent. You do not need an ice cream maker for this no churn homemade ice cream.

Ingredients

Ingredients for Caramel Pecan Praline Ice Cream recipe - heavy cream, sweetened condensed milk, pecans, brown sugar, cinnamon, caramel sauce.
  • Heavy cream. This needs to be really cold. Don’t remove from the fridge until ready to use.
  • Sweetened condensed milk. The ice cream gets its sweetness from this.
  • Chopped pecans. They should be in pieces that are easy to eat.
  • Light brown sugar. Homemade Brown Sugar Recipe
  • Cinnamon. Feel free to adjust this to taste.
  • Caramel sauce. I like this Homemade Caramel Sauce Recipe.

Get the complete list of ingredients at the bottom of the page.

Variations

  • Store bought pecans. If you don’t have time to candy your own pecans, you can easily substitute store-bought candied nuts.
  • Candied nuts. Try other types of candied nuts instead of pecans. Walnuts are delicious.
  • Brown Sugar. Use dark brown sugar instead of light to give your ice cream a deeper molasses flavor.

Step By Step Instructions

  • Sauté the pecans. Add the pecans, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, and vanilla to a large pan.
  • Heat this mixture. Use medium heat, stirring frequently with a wooden spoon, until the brown sugar has melted and coats all the pecans. Set aside.
  • Whip the cream. In a large bowl, whip the heavy cream to stiff peaks. 
Process photos of making pecan mixture and freezing.
  • Fold together. Pour the sweetened condensed milk and use a rubber spatula to gently fold everything together.
  • Swirl the caramel sauce. Swirl throughout the cream and condensed milk mixture.
  • Add the pecans. Let it cool completely and gently stir the candied pecans into the ice cream base. 
  • Freeze the ice cream. Transfer the mixture into a metal loaf pan and let it set in the freezer for 4-6 hours.
  • Enjoy the caramel ice cream. It is effortless to make and tastes fabulous.

Storage

This ice cream will last 2 to 3 weeks in the freezer. Make sure to store in a freezer-safe container with a tight-fitting lid or use plastic wrap.

We always put a piece of parchment paper directly on top of the ice cream. This seems to help ensure freshness and prevent ice crystals.

Pro Tips

  • Watch the pecans closely. Keep a close eye on your candied pecan mixture as it’s cooking. It will go from underdone to perfect to burnt very quickly.
  • Sweetened condensed milk. 1 ½ cups of sweetened condensed milk is equivalent to one 14oz can.
  • Don’t substitute skim milk. Skim milk cannot be used instead of condensed milk as this is used for the sweetener.
  • Top with more caramel. It is even more decadent to serve with additional caramel sauce on top.
  • Use cold supplies and ingredients. Both the ingredients, bowls and beaters need to be cold.
Caramel Pecan Praline Ice Cream in a loaf pan.

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Pecan Praline Ice Cream Recipe

5 from 7 votes
Pecan Praline Ice Cream Recipe is rich and decadent. Vanilla ice cream is packed with pecans, brown sugar and caramel sauce for a fabulous treat.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Freeze 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 20 minutes
Servings 8
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 562

Ingredients

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1.5 cups sweetened condensed milk
  • 1.5 cups chopped pecans
  • 2 Tbsp light brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/3 cup caramel sauce
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Instructions

  • Add the pecans, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, and vanilla to a large pan.
  • Heat this mixture over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the brown sugar has melted and coats all the pecans. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whip the heavy cream to stiff peaks.
  • Add the sweetened condensed milk and use a rubber spatula to gently fold everything together.
  • Swirl the caramel sauce throughout the cream and condensed milk mixture.
  • Gently fold the candied pecans into the ice cream base.
  • Transfer the mixture into a metal loaf pan and let it set in the freezer for 4-6 hours.
  • Scoop, serve, and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Keep a close eye on your candied pecan mixture as it’s cooking. It will go from underdone to perfect to burnt very quickly.
If you don’t have time to candy your own pecans, you can easily substitute in some store bought candied nuts.
1 ½ cups of sweetened condensed milk is equivalent to one 14oz can.
Use dark brown sugar instead of light to give your ice cream a deeper molasses flavor.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 562kcal, Carbohydrates 44g, Protein 8g, Fat 41g, Saturated Fat 18g, Polyunsaturated Fat 6g, Monounsaturated Fat 15g, Cholesterol 87mg, Sodium 182mg, Potassium 366mg, Fiber 2g, Sugar 42g, Vitamin A 1049IU, Vitamin C 2mg, Calcium 227mg, Iron 1mg

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  1. MaryLou says:

    5 stars
    I made this recipe tonight. It’s currently in the freezer so I haven’t really eaten any of it yet… but I knew I was in trouble the minute I licked the spatula after scraping the mixing bowl. LOL Looking forward to tomorrow when it comes out of the freezer and we can actually eat it!

    1. Carrie says:

      Yes! it’s so good.

  2. MaryLou says:

    5 stars
    Well, it came out of the freezer tonight. But to be honest, it came out this afternoon for a quick taste test when my friend was here. She left with the recipe. And after supper, my hubby requested it for his birthday. IT’S REALLY GOOD!!!!!