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Sweet Corn Ice Cream is made with fresh corn and then served with a salted caramel sauce for a perfect homemade summer ice cream.

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What is the strangest flavor of ice cream you’ve ever had?  Are you a plain chocolate or vanilla person, or do you look for something a little bit different??

Sweet Corn Ice Cream with Salted Caramel Sauce | www.tasteandtellblog.com

At the beginning of the summer, I was flipping through my copy of Every Day with Rachael Ray magazine.  And there I saw something that I wanted.  Right then.  Caramel Corn Ice Pops.  I had never had sweet corn ice cream, but these ice pops made from sweet corn ice cream with a caramel center just called out to me.  And so I made them. And I had some issues.  They didn’t work out completely for me, but I still loved the idea.  I mean, who doesn’t love caramel corn?  Sure, corn isn’t your typical ice cream flavor, but it’s naturally sweet, so it’s only natural that it would make a good ice cream.  The good thing about those failed ice pops is that I knew that I loved the flavors, I just had to figure out how to make it work for me.

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And thankfully, this recipe did work for me!!  It wasn’t as creamy as I was hoping for, but YUM.  The sweet corn ice cream on it’s own was delicious, but add in the salted caramel sauce and it was completely divine.  I was hoping for beautiful ribbons of caramel that showed through in the ice cream, but my caramel was still too warm when I incorporated it, so make sure  you make the caramel  sauce plenty of time ahead of the ice cream! And really, if you served this ice cream to someone that didn’t know there was corn in it, they probably wouldn’t be able to put their finger on the flavor.  But once you know it’s there, there is definitely a distinctive corn flavor.  I loved every bite of it! Move over, plain vanilla ice cream  – there is a new favorite in town!!

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Sweet Corn Ice Cream with Salted Caramel Sauce
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Sweet Corn Ice Cream is made with fresh corn and then served with a salted caramel sauce for a perfect homemade summer ice cream.
Serves: 1 quart
For the ice cream:
  • 2 cups corn kernels
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 2 cups milk
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • dash of salt
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • For the salted caramel sauce:
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1¼ teaspoons coarse salt
  1. Combine the corn and the half-and-half in a food processor and process until smooth. Pour through a sieve over a large bowl, reserving liquid and discarding the solids. Add the 2 cups of milk, the sugar, the salt and the egg yolks. Whisk all the ingredients together and pour into a large saucepan.
  2. Cook the mixture over medium heat until thick, but do not boil, stirring constantly, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat. Let cool for about 20 minutes, then cover and transfer to the fridge to completely cool down, preferably overnight.
  3. Meanwhile, make the caramel: Melt the butter in a large saucepan. Stir in the sugar and cook, stirring frequently, until the sugar is deep golden brown and starts to smoke.
  4. Remove from the heat and whisk in half of the cream. (Be careful, because the mixture will splatter.) Stir in the rest of the cream, the vanilla and the salt. If there are any lumps in the caramel, return to the heat over low and whisk until they are dissolved. Let cool to room temperature. (If making the caramel the night before churning the ice cream, store the caramel in the refrigerator, but bring back to room temperature before adding to the ice cream.)
  5. Once the custard is completely chilled, place in an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Once done, stir in about 1 cup of the caramel sauce and place the ice cream in the freezer to finish freezing.
  6. Serve with the remaining salted caramel sauce.
ice cream recipe adapted from MyRecipes
salted caramel sauce source: The Perfect Scoop

I’m not the only one who likes Corn Ice Cream!

Sweet Corn and Raspberry Swirl Ice Cream from Culinary Concoctions by Peabody
Buttered Popcorn Ice Cream from Clockwork Lemon
Sweet Summer Corn with Salted Butter Cookies from Peanut Butter and Julie

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24 Responses to Sweet Corn Ice Cream with Salted Caramel Sauce

  1. briarrose says:

    Coolest flavor ice cream ever! This sounds delightful.

  2. Bev Weidner says:

    Oh now THAT looks incredible. Dear heavens of the babies.

  3. I saw a version of corn ice cream earlier this summer on Culinary Concoctions by Peabody and thought that it was such a crazy idea it must be good. Now that I see your version with the salted caramel sauce I know I must make this soon!

  4. WHODA-Thunk-it!!!??

    this would make such a great twist to Movie Nights. 🙂

    Have to try this one D!!!

  5. I can imagine why this is so amazing, love the idea of it completely and realizing I have some cream in the fridge I need to use…thinking I need to make some salted caramel sauce. To eat with a spoon.

    Probably the most unique ice cream I’ve ever had was one with Guinness Beer in it. I expected to hate it but it was soooo good. Although ever better was the chocolate with Jack Daniels at the same place. Not as unique but amazing.

  6. Joanne says:

    I’ve really been wanting to make corn ice cream and that salted caramel sauce is just the kick-in-the-butt I needed!

  7. Katrina says:

    This sounds amazing! Sweet corn?! Awesome.

  8. I’ve seen several corn ice cream recipes–I’m so intrigued and must try sometime!

  9. Pam says:

    Pretty cool ice cream! Only RR could come up with something like this! I’d love to try it but know I would devour it all!

  10. I just made Roasted Cherry Goat Cheese Ice Cream from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home. I have Sweet Corn Blackberry bookmarked to make next. Your sweet corn ice cream and salted caramel sauce look absolutely wonderful!

  11. peabody says:

    Love what you did with the corn ice cream! Yum

  12. Kim says:

    Mario Batali’s latest book has a whole section of crazy good-looking gelatos and he has a recipe for sweet corn gelato in there that looks as equally amazing as yours. I’ve been wanting to give it a try forever. This looks stellar!

  13. Tessa says:

    This sounds different, but good. I may have to try it!

  14. Eden says:

    i’ve had salted caramel corn bread. its deadly. now i must try this.

  15. newlywed says:

    What an incredible, original idea — thanks for sharing!

  16. grace says:

    i saw this last year and was obviously intrigued. the first chance i get to taste it, i’m gonna–it sounds so interesting and complex! i love your touch of adding caramel sauce–makes it even better. 🙂

  17. Desi says:

    That really sounds amazing. I love salted caramel on anything. I bet that sweet corn ice cream is such a perfect summer treat! So unique!

  18. Julia says:

    I’ve seen it before and have wanted to make it, but haven’t. Not gonna lie, the addition of caramel on top has pushed me over the edge, I NEED to make it, no excuses this year 😉

  19. Carolyn says:

    I’ve had corn ice cream, but have never made it. The “giveaway” is usually a husk that gets caught in your teeth 🙂
    My husband is Dominican and this is very, very popular there. So I will be making this for his upcoming BD and won’t he be surprised.
    TY, looks really awesome!


  20. I’ve been dying to try this ice cream this summer. Yours is gorgeous! And with the salted caramel, off the hook!

  21. Jenn says:

    I made this today on a whim – leftover corn on the cob from a BBQ was my stand-in corn – and it’s surprisingly good. Not “oh, this isn’t as bad as I would have suspected”, more like “this is awesomely good and I’m not sharing”. Thanks for the fun recipe.

    I used 1.5 cup heavy cream and 1.5 cup 1% milk. The texture is good, though my husband (less of a fan than I am) says it’s gritty.

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