Hey there, cosmic adventurers! 🌌 Ever wanted to hold a galaxy in the palm of your hand? Well, today we’re doing something even better—we’re going to eat one! That’s right, we’re making galaxy ice cream, a treat so visually stunning and delicious, you’ll think it’s straight from another universe.
I do not know what happened, one day the weather was warm and sunny and I could see summer right around the corner. This week, it has been cold and rainy and I feel like we took two steps away from it. Since we are finally suppose to see some warm weather again this week, I decided to make some homemade ice cream, but not just any old ice cream, Galaxy ice cream!
- 2 cups heavy whipping cream
- 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Gel food coloring in black, blue, pink, and purple
- Sugar crystals for that starry effect (optional but highly recommended)
- 4 separate bowls for color mixing
- Hand mixer or stand mixer
- Casserole dish or bread loaf pan
- Kebab stick or spatula for swirling
- Measuring cups and spoons
The fun colors and the smooth rich flavor make this summer dessert absolutely perfect! I guess it does not help that I am a tad bit obsessed with anything and everything galaxy-related.
- Prep Your Cream: Using a hand mixer or a stand mixer, whip 2 cups of heavy whipping cream on medium speed until you achieve soft peaks. This means your cream will hold its shape but not too rigidly. Be careful not to over-whip, or you’ll end up with butter!
- Mix in the Goodies: Add in the sweetened condensed milk and vanilla extract to your whipped cream. Mix again for about a minute until everything is well combined.
- Divide and Color: Divide your ice cream base into four separate bowls. Add a few drops of each food coloring—black, blue, pink, and purple—to individual bowls. Mix until the color is uniform in each bowl.
- Layer Your Universe: In your casserole dish or bread loaf pan, lay down your black-colored base first. Then, randomly plop spoonfuls of your other colors on top.
- Swirl Time: Take a kebab stick or a spatula and gently swirl the colors together. Don’t overdo it, or you’ll end up with a cosmic mud instead of a galaxy.
- Add Some Stars: Sprinkle your sugar crystals over the top to act as stars in your galaxy.
- Freeze: Place your dish in the freezer for at least 4-6 hours. For best results, consider making this a day ahead and freezing overnight.
- Serve and Enjoy: Once it’s frozen solid, scoop out your galaxy ice cream and enjoy your cosmic creation!
You of course do not have to stick with galaxy colors, you can completely customize it to your own needs. Having a rainbow party? What about celebrating your favorite team sports event? You are no longer tied down to boring colors anymore! I prefer to use gel food coloring because it just seems to give the colors a more brighter and vibrant feel, but regular food coloring will work just as well.