Sweet Corn Ice Cream With browned butter and salted popcorn

3.7/5 rating (15 votes)
Sweet Corn Ice Cream

In looking for a way to use the last ears of sweet corn, we’ve stirred up a batch of unique, no-churn ice cream. Warming up the fresh corn and cobs to infuse the cream is the secret, but the browned butter adds a hint of toasted nuttiness. 


  • 1 stick butter

  • 4 ears fresh corn, cleaned

  • 1 can (12-ounce) evaporated milk

  • 1 quart heavy cream, divided

  • 1 vanilla bean, split

  • Pinch of salt

  • 1 can (14-ounce) condensed milk

  • Freshly popped salted popcorn

  • Waffle bowls, optional


  1. Melt the butter over medium heat in a light-bottomed, small, heavy skillet. Watch closely, stirring often, until barely browned, about 6 minutes. Immediately remove from heat and set aside to cool.

  2. Cut corn from cobs into medium sauce pot. Break up cobs and put into the pot. Add evaporated milk and 2 cups of the heavy cream. Scrap the vanilla bean into the mixture and add salt. Over medium heat, bring the mixture to a slow simmer, then reduce to low and warm for 20 minutes to infuse the corn flavor into the cream. Strain, discard cobs (saving corn) and refrigerate until cold.*

  3. Whip the remaining cream to stiff peaks, adding in the butter at the end of whipping. Using a spatula, fold in the condensed milk, chilled cream mixture and corn until just incorporated. Pour into a large casserole dish or 2 loaf pans. Cover and freeze 6 hours or overnight. Serve in a waffle bowl if desired and garnish with salted popcorn.

*Adding the corn is optional, but we like the texture it adds to the ice cream.

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Wendy Perry, a culinary adventurist and blogger, chats about goodness around NC on her blog at WendysHomeEconomics.com.

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Comments (3)

  • Wendy knows what she’s doing in a kitchen! Yummy

    Angel |
    August 31, 2023 |

  • Oh I love this, so unique and the flavor is fantastic. Wendy has the best recipes !!

    Angela Hawkins |
    September 01, 2023 |

  • Recipe for Sweet Corn Ice Cream, problem, instructions don’t include adding can of evaporated milk. Does not include at any time.

    KW Larson |
    September 02, 2023 |

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