Summer is here! Make your very own Salted Caramel Ice Cream with Gourmet Salt!

by Sean Godbey on July 19, 2022

Summer is here! Make your very own Salted Caramel Ice Cream with Gourmet Salt!

Salted Caramel Ice Cream is the perfect flavor combination.  A lot of sweetness and a touch of salt makes for a delicious treat.

There's nothing like the combination of sweet and salty when it comes to desserts. This gourmet salted caramel ice cream checks all the boxes: sweet caramel, crisp sea salt flakes, and a cool and silky ice cream.

This salted caramel ice cream recipe we are about to share is one of those decadent pleasures in life that is worth making from scratch, especially since it's a flavor that can be hard to find in stores. The combination of the decadent texture with the salty kick is just sublime!

It's much easier to make than you might think, and we have found that it's not as sweet as those store-bought varieties. That's another reason we like homemade ice creams; you can control the sweetness! Enjoy it on its own, or serve it on top of your favorite tart or pie.

Recipe Pairing Ideas:

Let’s Make Some Ice Cream!


  • 1 1/4 cup granulated sugar, divided
  • 2 1/2 cups heavy cream (35%), divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon flaky sea salt 
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup whole milk




  1. In a heavy skillet with a light-colored interior (enamel or stainless steel are good), heat 1 cup sugar over medium heat. Stir gently until the sugar starts to melt. When it does, stop stirring but continue to cook the sugar, swirling the skillet occasionally to ensure it melts evenly. As needed, brush the sides of the pan with a natural-bristle pastry brush dipped in cold water, to prevent the sugar from crystallizing. Keep a careful watch on the color of the caramel. It can go from perfect to burned in a few seconds. The caramel is done when it turns dark amber.
  2. Immediately remove the pan from heat and carefully stir in 1 1/4 cups of cream. Be careful; the mixture will spatter and steam! Continue cooking until all the caramel has dissolved. Pour the caramel into a bowl, and add sea salt and vanilla. Allow the caramel to cool to room temperature.
  3. Meanwhile, bring the milk, the remaining 1 1/4 cups cream, and the remaining 1/4 cup sugar just to a boil. Allow simmering for 15 minutes, then set aside to cool.
  4. When the milk mixture and caramel have cooled to room temperature, remove the skin from the milk mixture and stir it into the caramel. Refrigerate the mix for several hours (or overnight), and then pop it in the freezer for an hour just before churning. You want to stir this when it’s really, really cold.
  5. Churn in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. The ice cream will still be soft but should be firm enough to keep its shape when you remove the paddle. Transfer to an airtight container and freezer until firm. Note: This ice cream is unusually soft due to its high sugar content.


This ice cream is an incredible dessert on its own but can be served alongside some of your favorite holiday desserts. Simple and elegant, this salted caramel ice cream might just be your new favorite flavor. You can learn more about our gourmet salts on our website. 

Play around this summer by adding our gourmet salts to your usual recipes. You’d be surprised how easily you can spruce up a bland meal! Stop by Old Town Spice Shop today and let us help you pick the perfect spice for your dish, or visit us online at

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