Was it just me or did you grow up thinking Pop-Tarts were one of THE best snacks? Okay let’s be real I still really enjoy them as an adult. I will say, they’ve gotten pretty skimpy with the icing since I was younger… is it just me?!? Anyway, I’m a big fan of turning my favorite treats into an ice cream so let me show you how I made this strawberry Pop-Tart ice cream!
Bring on ALL the Pop-Tart Flavor!
I’ve been having so much fun experimenting with adding flavor to the base of my ice creams! For example, with my lemon poppyseed cake ice cream, I used lemon cake mix in the ice cream mixture. I also incorporated a homemade strawberry sauce into my strawberry brownie ice cream!
For this recipe, I thought it would be fun to try getting the ice cream itself to taste like Pop-Tarts. So, I broke up a couple Pop-Tarts and let them soak in the mixture for a day. You don’t have to do an entire day- a couple hours would work fine too! You can also skip this step and just make a vanilla base with chunks of Pop-Tart… it’s totally up to you!
I was debating on whether I should strain the mixture or blend it all together. Once these had soaked for a day, I tasted the ice cream mix and didn’t taste much Pop-Tart flavor… which is why I went with the blender! I’m not going to lie- I was a little nervous that the mix would be too thick and ruin the texture of the ice cream, but thankfully it didn’t!!
The Bigger, The Better
Quite possibly my favorite part about making my own ice cream is making it exactly how I want. When I’m eating ice cream, I want big chunks of flavor! I mean I can’t be the only one who digs for the cookie dough or Oreos in ice cream?!
For this Pop-Tart ice cream, I cut the pieces pretty big and really tried to focus on the pieces that had frosting and filling. If it’s just crust… I’m not interested. I had a friend growing up who would eat only the crust so I got her filling. She is crazy but it worked out well for me.
I always have two disclaimers for my ice cream recipes…
For one, homemade ice cream is off the charts tasty! It can even be addicting. This is why I limit myself to one batch a month!! Just a warning 😉
Secondly, it’s important to note that I use this ice cream maker. I don’t have much experience in making ice cream without a machine, or even with other machines, so all my recipes are specific to this machine. I’ve have many friends purchase this and everyone LOVES it. I highly recommend it if you’re interested in making your own ice cream!
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Strawberry Pop-Tart Ice Cream
- 1 Ice Cream Maker
- 1 cup milk
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 pinch salt
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 1 Tbsp vanilla
- 1 box strawberry Pop-Tarts
- In a medium size bowl, whisk together the milk, sugar, and salt until sugar is completely dissolved
- Stir in heavy cream and vanilla
- Break two Pop-Tarts into big pieces and place into ice cream mixture
- Cover the bowl and refrigerate for 2 hours or up to 24 hours
- Blend ice cream mixture (with the Pop-Tart chunks!) until smooth
- Add mixture into your frozen ice cream bowl and begin churning
- While it's churning, cut the rest of the Pop-Tarts into bite-size pieces
- Once the ice cream starts to thicken (about 15 minutes in) slowly add in the chunks of Pop-Tart
- Churn for about 5 more minutes or until the ice cream looks thick and well mixed
- Add ice cream to an air tight container and place back in the freezer to firm up a little before serving. Enjoy!!!
OH MY GOODNESS this strawberry Pop-Tart ice cream was so incredibly tasty! Getting those chunks of Pop-Tarts in every bite is key! I’m definitely going to have to try this Pop-Tart ice cream with some of my other favorite flavors… brown sugar cinnamon, s’mores, wild berry…. what do we think?? I can taste it already.
Comment below and let me know your favorite Pop-Tart flavor!
So much love to you all! Elisha <3