Best Ice Cream Mixes

John Kopischke
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Looking for a rich, creamy ice cream that tastes like you churned it yourself? Look no further! These are the best ice cream mixes for the money and the easiest ways to make homemade ice cream.

NameCategoryProduct
Dole Soft Serve MixBest OverallDole Soft Serve Mix
Junket All Natural Ice Cream Mix: StrawberryBudget PickJunket All Natural Ice Cream Mix: Strawberry
SUMO Homemade Ice Cream Containers: Dishwasher Safe Tub. 1.5 QuartUpgrade PickSUMO Homemade Ice Cream Containers: Dishwasher Safe Tub. 1.5 Quart

1. Dole Soft Serve Mix

Our rating: 9 / 10

Dole Soft Serve Mix

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Pros:

  • Easy to use
  • Good reviews for flavor
  • Great for homemade ice cream

If you’re looking to get a jump-start on the warm summer nights, Dole’s pineapple soft serve mix may be just what the doctor ordered.

Just mix the contents of the package with water and then pour the mixture into ice cream makers for soft serve creation.

You’ll love the delicious taste and vibrant color of the Dole pineapple soft serve mix. The mix comes with pineapple flavoring and pineapple pieces.

2. SUMO Homemade Ice Cream Containers: Dishwasher Safe Tub. 1.5 Quart

Our rating: 9 / 10

SUMO Homemade Ice Cream Containers: Dishwasher Safe Tub. 1.5 Quart

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Pros:

  • Cheap
  • Easy to use

If you're looking for a nice gift for the holidays for your boss or a loved one – why not give them the gift of homemade ice cream with this complete set of containers and a recipe book from the SUMO brand.

This 4 pack comes with 4 different colored ice cream containers, each one with a different number of pieces. One of the containers has 6 pieces, another 2 pieces, another three pieces, and the other one has 8 pieces.

One of the great things about these containers is that they are easy to use, thanks to the snap-in design, and you can also store them without any problems.

3. Nostalgia ICP825CHOC8PK Premium Chocolate Ice Cream Mix

Our rating: 8 / 10

Nostalgia ICP825CHOC8PK Premium Chocolate Ice Cream Mix

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Pros:

  • Great for making chocolate ice cream
  • Affordable
  • Easy to make
  • Tasty

Cons:

  • Somewhat hard to clean
  • Not as creamy as some other mixes

If you want to whip up a fantastic batch of chocolate ice cream in your home kitchen, then this option from Nostalgia is hard to beat.

With chocolate ice cream being such a hot seller, this brand of ice cream mix is wildly popular across the United States. It is packed with rich chocolate flavor and has a creamy texture that’s hard to beat.

This Nostalgia ice cream mix is super easy to use and can be made in virtually any kitchen thanks to its simple instructions and lack of complicated tools or techniques.

4. Good Cook Smart Scoop Ice Cream Scoop

Our rating: 8 / 10

Good Cook Smart Scoop Ice Cream Scoop

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Pros:

  • I’ve used this scoop for more than 3 years without it getting damaged.
  • Much safer than other scoops made of glass (i.e. Bellas)
  • Reasonably priced
  • The only plastic ice cream scoop I've found that closes well and doesn't leak

5. Triple Scoop Ice Cream Mix

Our rating: 8 / 10

Triple Scoop Ice Cream Mix

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Pros:

  • Whipping starts immediately after you add cream
  • Consistently smooth every time
  • Tastes Exactly like premium ice cream
  • Non-GMO
  • Cholesterol Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Gluten Free

Cons:

  • Buttons are confusing
  • Sometimes hard to read
  • Not as flashy as other brands
  • Mix does not dissolve very well
  • Bag is not resealable

I started using this ice cream mix when I was in University because I would go broke eating ice cream from the shop. I also loved trying out new recipes, mixing ice cream type and flavor with different toppings, and seeing what it would taste like based on the soft serve consistency. This particular mix is so good. It tastes just like premium ice cream! The consistency is perfect, no lumps, no waiting for it to freeze, just put it in the machine and enjoy.

6. Junket Ice Cream Mix Bundle

Our rating: 8 / 10

Junket Ice Cream Mix Bundle

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I got these as gift. They are delicious and easy to make! I use an ice cream maker, they turn out nice and creamy.

7. Dole Lactose-Free Soft Serve Mix 4 Flavor Variety Pack

Our rating: 8 / 10

Dole Lactose-Free Soft Serve Mix 4 Flavor Variety Pack

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Pros:

  • Tastes amazing
  • Can be eaten on its own or as a frozen treat
  • Perfect for indulgent cravings
  • Very affordable

2 Pack.

Whipping up a batch of Dole Lactose Free Soft Serve mix is extremely easy. All you have to do is follow the instructions on the back of the box and you’ll have soft ice cream in no time.

Make sure you’re not expecting frozen yogurt, as this is definitely not that. The texture is more like ice cream. To me it tastes just like a scoop of soft serve ice cream from Dairy Queen.

8. Frostline Vanilla Soft Serve Ice Cream Mix

Our rating: 7 / 10

Frostline Vanilla Soft Serve Ice Cream Mix

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Pros:

  • Frostline is the best instant ice cream mix
  • Very easy to use
  • Delicious
  • Thick and creamy
  • Can use it for frozen yogurt
  • A fraction of the cost of a similar machine
  • You can add whatever extras you like
  • All natural ingredients

Cons:

  • Takes some effort to start using it
  • Given the price you'd imagine the packaging would be way better. Just a big cardboard box with a plastic bag over it to hold the actual package.
  • The plastic bag that comes wrapped around the ice cream mix is a little difficult to get off, but then again, you don't get ice cream mix all over your hands.
  • Color choices for finished product are limited.

Making your own soft serve with a machine from the store can cost you a lot of money and countless hours in a clean up. Not to mention that it is hard to find an ice cream flavour that you really want. Not to mention that most machines don’t come with instructions.

Frostline is a great ice cream mix for making soft serve.

9. Triple Scoop Premium Ice Cream Mix

Our rating: 6 / 10

Triple Scoop Premium Ice Cream Mix

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Pros:

  • Great price
  • Easy to make
  • Great taste
  • Homemade product
  • Great for travel
  • Easy to make
  • Instructions
  • Works with any ice cream maker

Cons:

  • Not as creamy as store bought
  • Not great for people with nut allergies

The idea of creating homemade ice cream on a hot summer day is the stuff of childhood dreams and it is the only way that ice cream should be eaten. Serving pints of ice cream that you made yourself is both cheaper and tastier than just about anything else.

For those who don’t have access to an ice cream maker, we are always seeking better and easier ways to make homemade ice cream when we can’t be bothered to fire up the machine. We have come up with a method that uses a blender to make the ice cream in just a few minutes.

Certain recipes will not work very well for the blender method because they depend on the ice cream to be churned for a while in order to freeze the ice cream to the consistency that you desire. However, many of our recipes work just fine with this method and it is a great way to avoid having to use the ice cream maker.

10. Junket All Natural Ice Cream Mix: Strawberry

Our rating: 6 / 10

Junket All Natural Ice Cream Mix: Strawberry

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Pros:

  • Add to smoothies or you can add this to cooked sweet potatoes, ice cream, and more.
  • No ice cream maker needed, which saves a lot of time and effort
  • You can make these treats vegan
  • Results in a smooth texture that you can enjoy in a nice Ice Cream Soda
  • Serving size: 8oz or 2 servings per box so it is easy to share
  • Nutritional information is on the back of the package
  • Free of artificial sweeteners, preservatives, and gluten

Cons:

  • You can’t just eat a whole tub of ice cream (because of the sugar content)
  • May be too sweet for some users
  • Can be used in many different ways
  • Great for eating raw
  • Fat free, so if you add coconut oil or some butter it will taste delicious

11. Nostalgia No Sugar Added Vanilla Ice Cream Mix

Our rating: 6 / 10

Nostalgia No Sugar Added Vanilla Ice Cream Mix

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Pros:

  • Plenty of Servings
  • Not too sweet
  • Versatile
  • Natural
  • Affordable
  • Light on Stomach
  • Nice Creamy Texture
  • Long Lasting Supply
  • Will Thicken and Set Faster with Temperature.

Cons:

  • Some Say It Takes Longer to Cool When Following the Instructions
  • Can Get Clumpy if Not Used Right Away
  • Can Be Repulsive if Spiked with Excess Water
  • Texture May Not Be Smooth If Lower Fat Dairy Is Used
  • Use of Condensed Milk Can Cause Too Much Sweetness

Nostalgia No Sugar Added Vanilla Ice Cream Mix is just that, no sugar added.

Other than that, it keeps the quantity per container at four ounces, the same as the other flavors. I’d recommend using the 1.5 cup per gallon ratio, but heavier dairy and lower fat will make the ice cream thinner. If you want it thicker, use a lower fat dairy and add sugar.

The mix comes with instructions and should only take 20 minutes to whip up. So what’s the difference between this and the other variety? Read over the list of ingredients to find the differences.

12. Rival Frozen Delights Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Mix

Our rating: 4 / 10

Rival Frozen Delights Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Mix

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Pros:

  • Yummy Under £10
  • Gluten Free

Cons:

  • No rum flavor variant!

With the name, Cookies and Cream, you know exactly what this ice cream mix style is going to be impressing your taste buds with. Prepare for a real treat with this one.

In keeping with the recipe that is easy to follow and gives you all the fun of making ice cream @ home without the need for a ice cream maker. Just add the mix with some water and chill it in the fridge for a while and you can get that soft and fresh ice cream.

To get truly creamy texture you can use milk instead of water in the recipe too. I will admit though, that I often just add some water to the mix ( about 2 parts water to 1 part of the taste maker mix) and then I just freeze it. Then I have frozen ice cream that is really nice. It keeps in a freezer for a good hour at least.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is the best ice cream mix?

Is food coloring and flavoring really worth the minuscule amount of sugar they bring?

Ice cream used to be so pure. My favorite summer treat was just three ingredients: whole milk, heavy cream, and sugar. What a perfect trio. A beautiful balance of flavors and textures. You used to be able to taste the quality of the ingredients in your ice cream, and you could actually see them on the tongue. It was sweet, creamy, and you could stab it with a fork and hold it in your hand.

Now, I think it would be easier to stab a water melon.

That is the way it will be, forever. Ice creams are no longer creamy, and the only time you can hold your ice cream in your hand is after you defrost it.

What can you mix with ice cream?

Most sodas, most juices, some milks, most beers, and most liqueurs and syrups. The thicker the liquid, the better. Avoid water though; it will just make your ice cream soupy.

Bourbon. The surging popularity of Bourbon in the USA in the early 00s has led to many Bourbon-inspired products being created, including the now well-known drink, “Bourbon Trail.” That popularity has spread around the world, and now it is one of the most popular flavors in most countries.

What is the number 1 ice cream flavor?

Ring a bell? The dairy industry asserts that the number 1 ice cream flavor is vanilla. But according to the folks at the NPD Group, the number 1 ice cream flavor in the US is chocolate … followed by vanilla, which comes in at number 2. However, if you’re really asking “What is the most popular ice cream flavor?,” well that’s a different story. In this case, vanilla wins.

Conclusion

For a frozen treat, Ben and Jerry's Fast Freeze ice cream definitely goes down smooth. It’s tasty and easy to make. When comparing it against Blue Bunny French Silk and Breyers Delights, it stands up with tastes that a lot of folks like better. It was really close, but in the end, it came down to value.

Our Recommendation

NameCategoryProduct
Dole Soft Serve MixBest OverallDole Soft Serve Mix
Junket All Natural Ice Cream Mix: StrawberryBudget PickJunket All Natural Ice Cream Mix: Strawberry
SUMO Homemade Ice Cream Containers: Dishwasher Safe Tub. 1.5 QuartUpgrade PickSUMO Homemade Ice Cream Containers: Dishwasher Safe Tub. 1.5 Quart