Anyone can make this Salted caramel ice cream with decadent ribbons of caramel. You only need 4 ingredients and no ice cream machine required.

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Salted caramel ice cream is one of my favorite treats. This homemade ice cream recipe is so rich and creamy. It is better than anything at the grocery store without added ingredients such as corn syrup and more.

Even better, you don’t need any special supplies or machines. This recipe is very simple and comes together so easily without an ice cream maker.

It is the perfect treat year-round. I have been making ice cream for my family for at least 10 years. We also love Nutter Butter Ice Cream and No Churn Strawberry Ice Cream.

What is salted caramel ice cream made of?

I love that salted caramel ice cream only has 4 ingredients and no egg yolks required. You won’t find a laundry list of ingredients or preservative in this recipe.

This ice cream only has heavy cream, sweetened condensed milk, caramel and sea salt in it. I feel good about knowing exactly what I am serving my family. Everyone will enjoy sea salt caramel ice cream.


Ingredients for recipe: sweetened condensed milk, heavy cream, caramel, salt.
  • heavy cream
  • sweetened condensed milk
  • caramel + extra for drizzling
  • flaky sea salt

The complete ingredient list and recipe can be found at the bottom of the page.

Variations and Additions

This is a delicious base that is simple to make. You can easily make different flavors omitting the caramel and using the base.

  • Add Chocolate sauce with or without the caramel. Both options would be so delicious. I think the combination sounds amazing.
  • Try adding nuts. I think chopped pecans or walnuts would be so delicious.
  • Skip the caramel sauce and add mini chocolate chips to this. You won’t have the caramel color but it will taste great.
  • Vanilla. You can add a teaspoon of pure vanilla extract to the recipe.

How to make salted caramel ice cream

Mixing bowl with ice cream ingredients being combined.

Step 1. Get out a medium sized mixing bowl and add the heavy cream. Whisk until stiff peaks begin to form. Then add the condensed milk, caramel, and sea salt. Gently stir the ingredients together until combined.

Ice cream mixture in loaf pan.

Step 2. Then pour the ice cream mixture into the loaf pan. Add extra caramel on top of the ice cream base in an even layer. Use a knife to swirl the caramel into the ice cream. Freeze the mixture until set.

What dessert goes with salted caramel ice cream?

  • Apple Dumplings. The caramel in the ice cream is perfect to pair with apple dumplings.
  • Chocolate Pecan Pie. Top a slice of this pie with caramel ice cream for a decadent treat. You can also add a dollop of whipped cream.
Pan of salted caramel ice cream.

Expert Tips

  • You can also sprinkle salt on top of the ice cream for an extra salty flavor. The combination of salt and sweetness create a wonderful balance.
  • Other add-ins that go great with this ice cream include Rollo’s, Milky Ways, etc. It is a great way to use leftover candy.
  • It is easier to scoop when you set the cream out at room temperature a few minutes.
  • Using a metal loaf pan will help your ice cream to freeze faster.
  • Make sure to use a good quality caramel. Since the recipe only calls for 4 ingredients, it makes a difference to use good ingredients. You can definitely taste a difference in the finished product.


How to store?

Store the ice cream custard covered. If your pan has a lid, you can use that.

If not, just cover tightly with plastic wrap. You can also transfer the ice cream to an air tight container with lid if you prefer.

How long does homemade ice cream last?

This ice cream will last as long as regular ice cream. If it is stored covered with plastic wrap, it will last for a month or two before it begins getting freezer burned.

Can you use homemade caramel sauce?

Absolutely. Feel free to make homemade caramel if you prefer. Learn how to make caramel sauce

This ice cream is so delicious and you can use any brand you prefer or make homemade. Salted caramel sauce is delicious as well.

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Salted Caramel Ice Cream

5 from 4 votes
Anyone can make this Salted caramel ice cream with decadent ribbons of caramel. You only need 4 ingredients and no ice cream machine.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Freeze 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 20 minutes
Servings 6
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 557


  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 ½ cups sweetened condensed milk
  • ¼ cup caramel + extra for drizzling
  • ½ Tbsp coarse sea salt


  • In a medium sized mixing bowl, whip the heavy cream until stiff peaks begin to form.
  • Once the cream begins forming stiff peaks, add the condensed milk, caramel, and sea salt. Gently fold the ingredients together until homogenous.
  • Pour the ice cream mixture into a 9×11 loaf pan.
  • Pour an extra ⅛ to ¼ cup of caramel on top of the ice cream and use a knife to gently mix the caramel into the ice cream, creating a marbling effect.
  • Place the ice cream in the freezer and allow the mixture to set for 4-6 hours before serving.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 557kcal, Carbohydrates 51g, Protein 8g, Fat 37g, Saturated Fat 23g, Polyunsaturated Fat 2g, Monounsaturated Fat 10g, Cholesterol 135mg, Sodium 733mg, Potassium 365mg, Sugar 48g, Vitamin A 1375IU, Vitamin C 3mg, Calcium 283mg, Iron 1mg

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