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Vanilla Mint Ice Cream

Soft Creamy Vanilla Notes together with Fresh Mint Leaves gives one of the best Refreshing Flavors.  Perfect treat to cool down in this Summer’s heat.

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Hey folks!  How was your holiday weekend?  Any BBQ and fireworks?  If you didn’t do much, you’re not the only one.  I’ve been utterly busy lately it didn’t even occur to me until Friday evening as I scanned my ID at the gym when someone beside me asked the front desk reception what the hours were for the holiday.  You know that the feeling you get when you think you’re the last to know?  Yea, that’s how I felt at that very moment as I stood there questioning, “What the heck?  What holiday?!”

Then, it dawned on me aaaand of course, I felt like a bum.  I had absolutely no plans!  Truth be told, I’m in the middle of a career search so my mind and time has been consumed with nothing else other than looking for employment.  This summer will surely be a boring one since I have got to get my priorities in check.  I’ve hidden this piece of info from the blog for a little while now but I’m slowly starting to open up.  Don’t know why or what’s causing me to do so but I hope you don’t mind.

Also, I’m hoping if I let you in a little deeper into my life, I can let you escape yours for a moment and you can see, it’s not so pink and rosy on the other end.  I mean isn’t this why we ladies love watching the Bravo and Lifetime channel- to delve into the life of others?  Don’t deny it.  LOL  And if you’re not sure of what I’m referring to about opening up, you can read this post here to give you a glimpse on what has happened in my life in the past year.

On to some lighter news, you would not believe what inspired me to create this recipe!  Shall I say, DOG TOOTHPASTE? ….

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Okay, so this may creep you out a little and if I happen to lose some readers because you think I’m just weird for doing this, so be it.  Ha!

A year ago I tasted my dog’s toothpaste.  I couldn’t resist; it smelled really good!  I also think because I’m used to taste testing the snack recipes I make for them, it just seemed normal to me to try a pea size amount because the flavor said Vanilla Mint which is a combination I’ve never tried and have heard of before.  Now don’t think I’m crazy or anything, I wouldn’t ever brush my teeth with their toothpaste, I mean, unless I ran out of my own, JUST KIDDING!  No, but seriously speaking, the way I see it is, whatever food I give to my dogs, has to pass me before I give it to them, unless it’s medicine- I don’t mess with that.  If the food tastes like metal or some other foul crap, I wouldn’t put it into my precious dog’s mouths.  It’s as simple as that.   ;-)

By the way, the toothpaste (that I only tried once) was pretty darn good which is why I decided to replicate the flavor into an ice cream.  The scent of its creamy soft vanilla notes was irresistible and to some it can be the first or the last flavor you sense followed with the fresh herbal mint giving a soothing yet refreshing mouth feel.  Perfect for Summer!

Vanilla Mint Ice Cream | URBAN BAKES

Vanilla Mint Ice Cream

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 8 hours

Vanilla Mint Ice Cream


  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract


  1. In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, bring milk and cream just to a light boil, stir and remove from heat. Add mint leaves, stir and allow leaves to steep for 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile in a small bowl, mix sugar, yolks and salt until it becomes a thick paste-like texture and light in color. Combine the mixture in 3 parts to the milk mixture and stir until fully dissolved. Stir in vanilla.
  3. Using a fine mesh sieve, strain liquid to remove and discard leaves. Allow mixture to cool to room temperature before chilling in fridge overnight.
  4. Once chilled, give the mixture a quick stir, about 10 strokes and pour mixture into the ice cream machine according to the manufacturer’s directions.
  5. Serve immediately or transfer ice cream into a chilled bowl for further freezing. ENJOY!


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16 Responses to Vanilla Mint Ice Cream

  1. Hoping you find the job you really want, very soon! It can be rough my hubby has been out of work for 3 months up until 4 days ago. The holiday kind of slipped by us too but it is nice not to do anything! This ice cream looks amazing!

    • Thanks Nancy! That’s very sweet of you to say. There is an area of work that I want to get in to but it’s so competitive. Keeping my fingers crossed for the best and I wish your husband the best too with finding work. I know it can be tough out there!

  2. Hi Connie! This is a really funny story, I not even knew there was dog toothpaste!? The best of luck with the jobs =)
    I just got a Ice cream machine and this is perfect to use it!! =)

    Paola Avila says: July 6, 2015 at 6:03 PM
    • Hi Paola,
      Yep! There’s toothpaste out there for dogs. Technically, we (humans) are supposed to brush their teeth everyday. When the dogs were in my custody, I did it at least once a week. I tried. But that’s great that you have an ice cream machine. It saves so much time and there’s barely any effort put into it. I have a section of frozen desserts for you to try if you’re interested. Have fun with your new toy! :)

  3. Dog toothpaste? Ha, you crack me up! That’s too funny, but this ice cream would certainly taste a billion times better than dog toothpaste I’m sure! AND you’ve just reminded me I need to pick up some doggie toothpaste too, I keep forgetting – oops!

    The addition of vanilla with the mint sound fricken awesome. I love vanilla-anything, but I’m imagining throwing a ton of mint-chocolate chips in this ice cream too. Funny thing is I love mint ice cream, but hate mints (like candy mint or chewing gum) alone. Mint + choc is a winner though. Yup, I have a strange palette.

    • Lisa, Ha! You are too funny. I’m kind of like that with certain foods as well especially with cheese. I like my cheese melted on anything and if its cold on a sandwich, I most likely won’t have it. Picky, I tell ya, picky! But yea, throwing in mint chocolate chips sounds fantastic in this recipe. I ought to try that next time! :)


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