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How to make Licorice Ice Cream at Home

by Kylie

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Are you a lover of licorice ice cream? If the answer is yes, then you have just hit the jackpot, because I am going to teach you how to make licorice ice cream at home.

Licorice Ice Cream

My husband and I would have to say that licorice ice cream is in our top three of flavours that we absolutely love. The sad thing is, it is not like you can run down to the local store and buy it in a tub to keep in the freezer.

When we take the kids out on a hot summers day and happen to pass an ice creamery, we would take the kids in to get some, and if the licorice ice cream was there, we would have to have some.

Now we make it at home and can have it all year round. But we added our own little twist to the mix. Make sure to keep reading to find out exactly what that is.

How to get the Licorice Flavour for your licorice ice cream recipe?

Unfortunately, the licorice favouring is not one to be found in your local supermarket. We discovered a fantastic brand that we now stock in our cupboard for when we make any of our ice cream flavours that we do not make with fruit.

Lorann Oils make a wide range of different types of oils, from baking to essential and aromatherapy oils. For this, you need the Lorann Oil Flavours, and there is an excellent variety of flavours for you to choose from for other ice cream flavours.

Depending on where you live, there are quite a few places you can buy it online. Amazon does sell a few if you are a looking to purchase from there, and both  Amazon.com and Amazon.com.au stock.

There are many other online stockists of Lorann Oils if you want to buy from cake and baking supplier places. The one I use here in Australia is Lollipop Cake Supplies.

Do I have to put Licorice Pieces in the ice cream?

Licorice Ice cream on its own is fantastic, but if you are a lover of licorice and want to add something fun for the kids or just to have something different, adding small chopped up pieces of soft licorice is excellent to add to the mix.

Although if you feel that its a licorice overload then you can leave them out without it affecting the recipe. Or other options is adding some choc chips or crushed chocolate. 

Licorice confectionery freezes well, so it will not ruin the lolly. Be sure to make sure you cut them up into small pieces, so it makes them easier to scoop and eat.  

Some fun facts about licorice.

  • There are two spellings; licorice, which is American English and Liquorice, which is British English.
  • Licorice is an extract from the root of a plant called Glycyrrhiza glabra.
  • Licorice is a herb, and one of the herbal uses is a mild laxative.

Is it easy to make homemade Licorice Ice Cream?

licorice ice cream

It is so easy to make this at home and the kids will even be able to make it also.  So if you are looking so something to make with the kids or they want to make it on their own, this recipe is the simplest method for them to do.

Ingredients you need is Thickened Cream or Whipping cream.  We have tried using both and got the exact same results.

The Lorann Oil Flavor in Licorice, Black food colour gel, and depending on how dark you want it will determine how much you will use.  Along with the original sweetened condensed milk.

Just for fun add some chopped soft licorice pieces, which added to the favour and the texture.

You do not need to have a stand mixer or the KitchenAid attachments, you can use just a normal hand mixer or if you are up for the change a whisk will also do the job.

What is your favourite way to eat licorice Ice Cream?

My husband and I love having ours in a cone, but I don’t mind putting a scoop in my banana split topped with chocolate topping.

Share your way with us, or feel free to share your thoughts on the recipe and how it turned out for you.

Licorice Ice Cream

How to make Licorice Ice Cream at Home

Licorice Ice Cream can sometimes be hard to find, but with this easy recipe you will be able to make it at home.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine World Wide
Servings 10 people
Calories 311 kcal


KitchenAid Stand Mixer
Kitchen Aid Ice Cream Bowl


  • 600 ml Thickened or Whipping Cream
  • 3.7 ml Licorice Flavoring
  • Black Food Colouring
  • 395 g Sweetened Condenced Milk
  • ½ cup soft licorice add more if you like


  • In a large mixing bowl add the cream and licorice favouring. Add your desired amount of black food colouring to get the colour you would like.
    licorice ice cream
  • Using a stand mixer or Handmixer, whip all together until soft peaks start to form.
    licorice ice cream
  • Add the sweetened condensed milk and continue to mix until well combined and soft and creamy.
    licorice ice cream

Method for if you have a KitchenAid ice cream mixing bowl

  • Remove the mixing bowl from your KitchenAid stand mixer and place the frozen ice cream mixing bowl and the required attachments.
  • Turn on your stand mixer to the low setting and slowly add the ice cream mixture
    licorice ice cream
  • Allow the mixture to mix on the low setting for around 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Once mixed, leave the mixture in the bowl. Chop up the licorice into small pieces and using a wooden spoon or spatular stir through.
    licorice ice cream
  • Serve straight away or store in an airtight freezer-safe container or ice cream container until you are ready.
    licorice ice cream

Method for if you do not have a KitchenAid ice cream mixing bowl

  • Follow steps 1, 2 and 3
  • Chop up the licorice into small pieces and using a wooden spoon or spatular stir through.
  • Place in an airtight freezer-safe container or and ice cream container to store for at least 2 to 3 hours before serving.


Serve on a cone, in a bowl or just eat it out of the tub and enjoy!
*Tip – if you are not using the ice cream mixing bowl, make sure your condensed milk is cold also to get better results.
*Ice Cream Mixing Bowl Tip – Freeze the bowl for up to 15 hours before use and let it thaw completely before washing it.


Serving: 2ScoopsCalories: 311kcal (16%)Carbohydrates: 24.8g (8%)Protein: 4.5g (9%)Fat: 22.3g (34%)Saturated Fat: 14g (88%)Cholesterol: 81mg (27%)Sodium: 73mg (3%)Potassium: 206mg (6%)Sugar: 22.5g (25%)Calcium: 158mg (16%)
Keyword Homemade Ice Cream, Ice Cream, licorice Ice Cream, Liquorice Ice Cream
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Benny August 20, 2022 - 7:26 pm

5 stars
Amazing, I never thought it’d be so easy to make licorice ice cream, mine took a day to freeze properly but who really cares when I get to have this amazing flavour.

Kylie August 23, 2022 - 10:09 am

Thank you for leaving some feedback. I am so glad you liked the recipe and enjoyed the ice cream despite the freeze time.

Michelle October 2, 2022 - 5:08 pm

5 stars
So we made a small change to the recipe. Melted down 1/2 cup of soft licorice with 1/2 cup of water and mixed with the condensed milk and added in at that last stage. Great recipe

Kylie October 29, 2022 - 11:52 am

Thank you for letting us know what you have done; it is a great alternative for people to use. So happy you like the recipe 🙂

Joanne Mooney January 28, 2023 - 1:43 pm

5 stars
Easy to make & tastes delicious 😋


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