Cream Cheese

Burnt Sugar Ice Cream

July  2, 2021
3 Ratings
  • Serves Six
Author Notes

When slightly bitter notes reminiscent of coffee meet caramel, it becomes the wonderful world of burnt sugar ice cream. It may sound like a major mishap in the kitchen, and maybe that’s exactly how this ice cream came to be. I just ask you to set aside your inhibitions and get ready to burn some sugar. Adapted from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home, written by Jeni Britton Bauer's most popular flavor, Salted Caramel. Many wonderful mishaps in the kitchen left me with this recipe fit for enjoyment and pleasure. For the full story and recap, visit

What You'll Need
  • 2 cups Whole Milk
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 cup Half and Half
  • 1/4 cup Heavy Cream
  • 2 tablespoons Brown Rice Syrup
  • 2/3 cup Sugar
  • 1 Vanilla Been Pod, seeds scraped
  1. Mix about 2 tablespoons of the Milk with the Cornstarch in a small bowl to make a smooth slurry.
  2. Whisk the Cream Cheese and Salt in a medium bowl until smooth.
  3. Mix the Cream, Half and Half and Brown Rice Syrup in a measuring cup with a spout.
  4. Fill a large bowl with Ice and Water.
  5. Heat the Sugar in a 4-quart saucepan over medium heat until it is melted and dark brown in color (in terms of color think leather couch, the smell will be reminiscent of 'burnt', and you will also start seeing dark steam being released). Remove from the heat and, stirring constantly, slowly add a bit of the Cream mixture to the Caramel: It will fizzle, pop, and spurt. Stir until well combined, then add a little more and stir. Keep adding the Cream a little at a time until all of it is incorporated.
  6. Return the pan to medium-high heat and add the Milk. Bring to a rolling boil and boil for 4 minutes. Remove from the heat and gradually whisk in the Cornstarch slurry.
  7. Bring back to a boil over medium-high and cook, stirring with a heatproof spatula, until slightly thickened, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat. If any Caramel flecks remain, pour the mixture through a sieve.
  8. Gradually whisk the hot Milk mixture into the Cream cheese until smooth. Add the Vanilla seeds and whisk. Pour the mixture into a 1-gallon Ziploc freezer bag and submerge the sealed bag in the ice bath. Let stand, adding more ice as necessary, until cold, about 30 minutes.
  9. Pour into frozen canister and spin until thick and creamy.
  10. Pack the ice cream into a storage container, press a sheet of parchment directly against the surface, and seal with an airtight lid.
  11. Freeze in the coldest part of your freezer until firm, at least 4 hours.

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1 Review

Klutzy September 8, 2021
I look forward to trying this. I just got an ice cream maker and burnt sugar is one of my favorite flavors. In fact I was reading a recipe for caramel and the person said they threw it out several times because they burned it and I wondered if they could use it to make a burnt sugar dish. Do you know if this is possible? If I use vanilla extract how much should I add?