Basil Ice Cream + Waffle Cones & Chocolate Drizzle

I first encountered basil ice cream on holiday in Islay in 2006. It’s a great flavour for a sweet ice cream, even though it’s a flavour we most strongly associate with savoury!

Basil Ice Cream

Regular readers will know that I am not one to insist that everything always has to be from scratch. Instead of making custard and steeping basil in it as it cooks, I use a good quality fresh ready made custard, add fresh basil and blend. I add extra sugar as sweetness is muted when frozen.

The flavour of the basil comes through clearly and the touch of extra sweetness from the sugar was welcome too – when making custard for ice cream, I make it a touch sweeter than for serving warm, as flavours are always muted a touch by freezing.

This is a lovely, summery ice cream and a nice alternative to fresh mint.

500 grams good quality fresh custard
20 grams fresh basil leaves
2 teaspoons sugar
Optional: 1-2 tablespoons vodka

Note: This ice cream freezes hard. The vodka helps to make it softer.


  • Process the basil leaves and sugar together to form a paste. I used my Cuisinart Spice and & Nut Grinder for this.
  • In a blender, combine the custard and the basil paste and blitz until smooth.
  • Pour into your ice cream maker, and churn according to the instructions.

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Waffle Cones

Lakeland stepped in to send me a review sample of their Waffle Cone Maker (and are kindly giving away a second one as a prize for the best entry to this month’s challenge).

Pete did all the work creating the cones, which was fairly straightforward but slower than we’d anticipated. He made the batter according to the recipe in the instructions booklet and got to work. After preheating the waffle cone maker, he poured some of the thick batter onto the lower plate, closed the lid and waited for the waffle to cook. We had the temperature set to its highest, but it was still slow. Each waffle took about 5 minutes to cook through – twice the 2-3 minutes instructed. As soon as they had a little colour, Pete used the plastic mould provided to form the pliable waffles into cones before they cooled and hardened.  When we tried to give them a little more colour, they hardened too fast for Pete to wrap them around the cone, which is a shame as I thought the darker ones prettiest. A couple weren’t cooked enough and never hardened, but we found we could put them back into the waffle cone maker and cook them a little more. A hint of brown was the best compromise between appearance and being able to form cones easily.

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Assembling and Bringing the Bloggers Scream For Ice Cream Logo to Life

When I made this ice cream, I also wanted to style it in a homage to the logo I’d created to represent the Bloggers Scream For Ice Cream challenge, an event I ran for bloggers to create ice cream recipes to a given theme every month. .

We carved out a round scoop from the solid ice cream, chose the darkest waffle cone as the best match to my cartoon cone and drizzled melted dark chocolate over the top

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12 Comments to "Basil Ice Cream + Waffle Cones & Chocolate Drizzle"

  1. Egg Breakfast Quesadillas

    Its remind my childhood days when I used to have ice-cream with my sis. Would like to rewind my days with my sis. Thanks for confronting my cherries movement.


    I don’t know what your cherries movement is, to be honest…?

  2. Snigdha (Snig)

    Hi Kavey!

    Basil flavoured ice cream? I love basil, I love ice cream. But I can’t imagine the two together. It sounds like something I will have to try out! Bet it tastes like the Italian Summertime! 🙂

    I’m so impressed that you make your own cones! Kudos!



    I really like it very much! You’ll have to try it. And Pete gets the cone kudos, really! I just hung around and watched!!

  3. Ailbhe

    Looks fabulous Kavey. How cool is that? And such a great colour. Need to dig out my ice cream maker soon and churn up something : )


    I was worried the colour wouldn’t be green enough, but I didn’t want to add more basil as this was a good balance – strong flavour but not too metallic or bitter, as basil can be when too much is used. It came out just as I hoped!


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