Sweet Corn Ice Cream

Sweet Corn Ice Cream

I first came across the concept of a sweet corn ice cream last year and it sounded really good. I would never have thought of a corn ice cream but I liked the idea of using corn in a sweet dish. The only problem was that I had just missed the local corn season. I bookmarked the recipe and I have been impatiently waiting to try it. Now that the local fresh sweet corn is here I finally got my chance to make it. The recipe is a bit interesting as the corn cob is simmered in the milk and cream to infuse it with even more corn flavour. The sweet corn ice cream was so good!! It was well worth the months of waiting. It was the creamiest ice cream that I have ever had and it was full of sweet corn flavour. Although I enjoyed the texture of the whole corn kernels in the ice cream I think that next time I will puree them so that I can enjoy the creaminess of the ice cream even more. I think I have a new favorite ice cream!

Ingredients:
1 ear corn (kernels reserved, cut into 1 inch slices)
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup milk
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 egg yolks

Directions:
1. Simmer the corn cob in the heavy cream and milk for 10 minutes.
2. Remove the corn cob.
3. Add the corn kernels and simmer until tender, about 10 minutes.
4. Temper the egg yolks and add them along with the sugar and vanilla extract to the pan.
5. Cook at low heat until it thickens and can coat the back of a spoon.
6. Chill the mixture in the fridge.
7. Freeze according to the instructions for your ice cream machine.

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Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
Azuki (Red Bean) Ice Cream
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107 comments:

Holler said...

I will have to mull this one over a bit I think, but I do love catching up on your new recipes, just to see what you are trying next :)

meeso said...

This is crazy, and I almost couldn't believe what I read first time... I had to read again... but this is something I have got to try sometime!

cathy said...

I've heard of sweet corn ice cream, but I've never had it. It sounds so intriguing, and I can imagine the flavors going together very nicely. Definitely going to try this the next time I have some nice, sweet corn on hand. Thanks for the recipe!

CECIL said...

We eat Sweet Corn Ice Cream all the time in Asia! It's one of the most common choices. Chocolate, Sweet Corn and Red Beans. This just bring childhood memory.

Cheryl said...

My husband would of thought he had died and gone to heaven with this!

leonor said...

It looks amazing!!! :)

... I love all the recipes and pictures!

mark said...

I love "exotic" ice creams. consider blackening the corn under a broiler or on a fire, scrape off, boil the cobbs and enjoy the charred corn, creamy sweet goodness

Esi said...

I have never heard of corn ice cream, but this looks really good. Gotta get and ice cream maker!

HoneyB said...

this is pretty corny....hehe. I had to say that! I'm not sure I would want whole corn in my ice cream, but maybe pureeing it as you mention would be something I could handle.

Katrina said...

Hmmm, Honeyb was right on, sounds totally corny to me. I think the texture of whole kernels would bother me, but I'd love to try it someday. Pretty amazing stuff you do there!

maybelle's mom said...

Alright, this is the coolest recipe I have seen on your site yet (which says a lot considering your site.)

Lina said...

wow, ive never seen that one in baskin robins! awesome!

Marjie said...

It looks interesting, but I think my troops would rebel at ice cream with vegetables in it. All traditional men here! As usual, your picture is terrific!

MaryBeth said...

Who would have thought of corn and ice cream would work together. OMG this is just really strange and at the same time oddly enough sounds good, we LOVE corn and well of course ice-cream. My husband can't wait to give it a whirl.

Lida said...

corn ice cream is a classic chinese dessert! stop by any popsicle stand and you'll find adzuki bean, mung bean, corn, and taro popsicles, to name a few.

VeggieGirl said...

SO intriguing!!

Manggy said...

We get commercial corn ice cream here in the Philippines, but no doubt your version is much richer :) Beautiful shot, kevin!

The DeL Sisters said...

Mmm. This looks very interesting, in a good way!

Peabody said...

I've always wanted to make sweet corn ice cream. We still have some decent corn around these parts...so I am thinking I need to do this.

_ts of [eatingclub] vancouver said...

Corn ice cream is my favorite! It's a childhood favorite: we ate it a lot in the Philippines.

Actually, it was a mais con queso ice cream -- corn with cheese. I don't know what kind of cheese it was, I guess similar to cheddar.

Corn ice cream is finally getting its due! (People keep thinking us crazy whenever we mention it.)

Corinne said...

Yum, this sounds great... dairy and corn are a natural combination when you think about it, from butter on your cob, to corn/cheese casseroles, etc.
Never heard of corn ice cream before, but it's very interesting... I won't pass it up if I get a chance to try this.

Sue said...

Unusual combo Kevin...Not sure if I would like this or not.

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

Interesting concept! Does this mean you could have it for dinner and not feel guilty?

Ricki said...

What a fabulous idea! Love it. I think I am going to have to try this!

Prudy said...

Oh, this looks unusual and inticing and totally inviting. I will try it since I love making homemade ice cream.

Mrs Erg├╝l said...

This looks so much better then those we can on a stick here!

The DeL Sisters said...

Hmmmm........corn, ice cream........corn, ice cream. Interesting. Since we have ALOT of milk right now, I may be considering this an interesting option to our ice cream flavors we've been trying!

noble pig said...

Wow how cool. Puree would be good too for the kids! Thanks.

tastymealsathome.com said...

wow kevin, this is truly unique. We must try this!

Beachlover said...

holy moly!! look so yummy!!.I remember when I was kid,we always wait for the ice cream truck to get corn ice cream..I still didn't have the attempt to make my own ice cream,can't find corn ice cream here!

noobcook said...

omg this is one of my favourite ice cream flavors! Nothing beats making your own with fresh corn :)

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Very interesting and original! Something I'd have to try one of those days! It sounds and looks yummy, so I'm sure I'd love it!

cheers,

Rosa

Elra said...

Corn Ice cream?
Very interesting, I don't mind to try this one.

Marie said...

what a novel idea!! If it tastes even half as good as it looks, it must be incredible!

Deb said...

Oh my tummy did a bit of a lurch when I saw the words sweet corn and ice cream in the same title. However, the piccie of it looks very yummy. I love sweet corn and ice cream...I just can't imagine what they must taste like together.

cindy* said...

i have to admit, when i was a kid i ate uncooked, frozen corn all of the time. this looks great to me!

Jan said...

I did the same as 'Meeso' I had to read it again! Sounds very interesting though - Good one Kevin!

Kay said...

I LOVE crazy recipes, this sounds like so much fun.

Sylvie said...

Have you tried tomato flavoured ice cream? I saw it on a River Cottage cooking show here in the UK. The kids went mad for it.

Pearlsofeast said...

I was longing to making icecream, good to see ur post and back links.Thanks

Clumbsy Cookie said...

I'm sure it's very sweet tasting, in a good way of course! I think I would have prefered without the kernels. I once tried a sweet corn sobet and it was really good! Ice cream is allways good, flavour doesn't really matter, lol!

Dee said...

Hey, I know this! We also have this thing called ice cream 'potong' (cut) which is essentially an ice lolly - durian, corn and red beans being the standard flavours. I am eyeing your pumpkin pie ice cream though.

Coffee and Vanilla said...

Wow, very unusual combination Kevin :) I love sweet corn!

Tasty Trends said...

WOW kevin...this is such an amazing icecream! i would have never have thought of making something like this! i will have to definitely try this!!!

Jo. said...

Original and investinve but sounds really good. Sweet corn is still in season so I have to prepare this ice-cream asap :-)

Mike of Mike's Table said...

This is certainly a different flavor that never would have crossed my mind, but I really like the sound of it (and the look!). I'll have to give this a try...once I make more room in the freezer!

Debbie said...

Wow. That certainly sound different. It's nice to see things you didn't think could work together....

Alexa said...

That's so so unusual! I think I would like it smooth as well. I have had sweet corn custards before but I had never heard of an ice cream. Very cool interesting post!

Sandie said...

Whoa! This ranks right up there on my "must-try" list of ice creams, second only to olive oil ice cream. No...wait, maybe this one ranks first!

Olga said...

very inventive! You should have submitted it to Cookthink.com's sweet corn challenge! (but then I'd have more competition lol)

Grace said...

what an interesting concept! i like corn, and i like ice cream, so it'll be interesting to see if i like the combination of the two...

Daziano said...

How interesting... In Chile people have some sweet-and-savory dishes using fresh sweet corn, but I've never seen a completly sweet recipe!

Chileans always use basil with sweet corn... what do you think of adding a little touch of basil next time?

Gloria (Canela) said...

Is a fantastic idea Kevin!! Really because normally the corns are so sweet!! and look absolutely yummy and tasty. Now Kevin, you are ready if sometimes want to try my corn's pie, because is so nice. x Gloria

Bridgett said...

I never would have thought this combination but since I love both, why not try them together. It sounds intriguing! Beautiful photo Kevin, did your family enjoy it?

Nina Timm said...

You made me look and look and look again.....This is definitely a first for me. I can imagine that I would also like to cream the corn first....

My Sweet & Saucy said...

This is so intriguing! I wish I could taste it right now because I can't grasp that it would be so good to take your top spot on your ice cream list...but I will take your word for it since all of your food is amazing!

Maya said...

Kevin - corn ice cream is one of my fave flavours next to durian ice cream!

Brilynn said...

I've been wanting to make this ever since I had sweet corn muffins and realized how well corn lended itself to sweets. Looks great!

Matin said...

Wow, Sounds like something you would find in Japan:-) Great idea and looks cool too.
XX M

kimberleyblue said...

Wow, that is something! Never would've thought of it, but now, gonna definitely be making it.

PaniniKathy said...

Wow, corn ice cream is a totally new concept to me - it's interesting to see how popular it is around the world. Must be as good as you said!

Rita said...

We have sweet corn ice cream in Brazil, it is kind if an acquired taste I suppose. I like it very much. Nice to see a homemade version. Oh, boy, that ice cream machine will have to make my Xmas list I guess....

Mrs. L said...

See, I'm one of those that would never have thought about sweet corn ice cream, but now that it's been brought up, I think it would actually taste pretty good!

Lisa said...

Well, this is a new idea, but as it's coming from your kitchen, I'm sure it was fabulous!

Deborah said...

This is the most interesting ice cream I've ever seen!

Kristen said...

I bet this has a fantastic flavor! I love sweet corn... very, very interesting, Kevin!

gkbloodsugar said...

I knew that Sweetcorn Ice-cream could be done; just couldn't remember where I'd seen it.
I think we're all glad someone finally did it though.

There's kind of an Aztec vibe to this whole Corn dessert thing, don't you think?

Dragon said...

How unusual and so pretty.

kamailesfood said...

Very interesting ice cream. I love fresh corn and I love ice cream.

oggi said...

I love sweet corn ice cream. Our Filipino version uses both coconut milk and heavy cream. Looking at the yummy photo makes me want to eat some right now!:)

Tuyet Tien said...

This was funny because when I was in Thailand, they have corn sundaes at the KFCs

mtan said...

Corn ice cream was one of my childhood favorite flavors. I'm one of your Asian readers, Philippines to be exact. Our local ice cream manufacturers have some flavors that would be considered totally weird in the western dessert context, but one of our best sellers is a purple tuber called ube, and it makes for a terrific ice cream.

These days, when I want corn ice cream, I sometimes have to buy a can of sweet corn to add to the corn flavor and texture. I might just make my own like you did, with the help of a makeshift ice cream maker (lots of ice, rock salt and two ziplock bags).

Dana McCauley said...

This might be good between waffles.

diva said...

fantastic flavour!

Psychgrad said...

Interesting...I've never even heard of adding corn to ice cream - but it sounds interesting.

dessert girl said...

Hmmm...interesting. I've never seen corn ice cream before, but I think I'll have to try it!

Aggie said...

Wow! This is so interesting! I would like this, will have to try it out in my new ice cream maker!

Jaime said...

corn in ice cream? interesting! i don't see why not though, as there is a vietnamese dessert that uses corn and coconut milk...so i can totally see how this would be good!

Zoe Francois said...

Great idea! I went straight to the kitchen and added some roasted corn to the vanilla ice cream I had just made. It was awesome, but I will try your recipe next. I think the flavor will be even more intense.

eatme_delicious said...

Wow I've never even thought of corn ice cream!! It looks good but I'm not sure how much I'd like it.

Darius T. Williams said...

A man after my own heart - such the way to go here!

-DTW
www.everydaycookin.blogspot.com

Mochachocolata Rita said...

wow i love this idea! first saw it in "iron chef america"...

yours look perfect!

Jeanne said...

I saw this over on Tastespotting and had to come and see for myself...

I'm intrigued. Like many other commenters, I'm not entiely sure of the texture of whole corn kernels in my ice cream, but yuo give it such a glowing review that I may be forced to give it a try!

Jeff said...

I love this idea!! I ended up freezing some corn I got when it was in season and am going to have to start defrosting some for this.

Looks and sounds amazing!

mbutterfudge said...

oooh this looks good.

Linda F said...

It does look good, but I dont know if I am brave enough!

Jeanine said...

NO Way! Corn ice cream?? I would have never thought. It does look delicious though. Wow!

Lynn D. said...

I've been wanting to make corn ice cream and also lemon verbena ice cream because I like the verbena flavor and have a huge plant. When I read in the comments about corn basil ice cream I thought why not sub lemon verbena? I steeped some verbena leaves with the corn kernels, removed them, and then pureed the whole milk mixture (no cream) before adding eggs and sugar. It was incredibly delicious and unique. I still found the corn kernel bits (the skin) a little strange. But my husband, who didn't know what it was thought the texture was like coconut. He loved it too.

gaga said...

How interesting! I never would've thought of it, but it sounds really good.

Tim said...

good Job! :)

A said...

I've had corn ice cream since I was a kid in Korea. I'm so glad I found your recipe because it's so hard to find the ice cream at a nearby Korean market.

Hillary said...

So I totally missed this which sucks because now sweet corn season is ending. What an intriguing ice cream!!

Corinne said...

I recently got to try this in Mexico... it was awesome. I'm glad you've posted a recipe so we can make it ourselves now!

...for who made the stars said...

If you put some cheddar cheese in this it will taste even better : )

Anonymous said...

I made this and it might be the best ice cream I ever had (I am a huge corn fan). I eat frozen corn kernels all the time, so I actually liked the kernels left whole. Thanks for a great recipe!

Anonymous said...

aha-ha, this is a filipino ice cream! Magnolia brand is the best! and Selecta. the other version has 2% shredded cheddar cheese. yum! i am going to try your recipe and add the cheese! have you heard of Avocado flavor? Irene of Lake Havasu City, AZ

Kevin said...

Anonymous: I like both the sound of adding cheese to this sweet corn ice cream and the avocado ice cream!

Dina said...

i have always wanted to try this. thanks for the recipe. having trouble with my ice cream maker. do you recommend a particular one?

Kevin said...

Dina: I have only ever used one ice cream maker, the small Cuisinart one ICE-20 and I have no complaints about it.

ghweiss said...

This sounds so good. The kernels didn't get hard from freezing?

Kevin said...

ghweiss: The frozen kernels of corn did get hard but they added a nice texture.

Marina said...

I absolutely love your blog. 'green' corn ice cream is actually a famous flavor in Brazil, where Im from. I have gone to several places in USA and other countries looking for it and I never found it. Thanks for the recipe. As everything you cook... Looks AWESOME!!

Stephy said...

Sweet corn ice cream is one of my favourite of all time! Have been eating it since young but never know how to make one...now I know!

shouldhavezagged said...

I made this recipe and it was great. One thing I did different, though, was blending the corn/cream mixture and then straining out the bits -- a smooth texture appealed to me more. I shared it with my volunteer group and they loved it as well. No one had heard of sweet corn ice cream before even though we live in the Midwestern United States, where corn is grown aplenty -- go figure!

Thanks for sharing!

tips said...

it seems good
i'll try it

Anonymous said...

It seems silly that so many people think this is so weird. It's fresh cream corn frozen. I mean right? I think it sounds and looks fantastic.

Brittany French said...

This was pretty delicious! I agree that it would probably be best to puree the corn, it might give it more corn flavor. The contrasting texture is nice but unless you are into eating frozen corn, it isn't necessary to have whole kernels. I would recommend less vanilla extract, maybe 1/4 tsp or even less if you have one of those tiny baker's measuring spoons.

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