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Salted Caramel Pretzel Ice Cream

The perfect balance of salty and sweet! This no-churn salted caramel pretzel ice cream recipe is the perfect sweet treat! Only 6-ingredients!

Salted Caramel Pretzel Ice Cream in a dish

I LOVE the combination of salty and sweet. Whether it be a caramel and nut filled frosting like my German Chocolate Cupcakes or the salty sweet perfection of chocolate dipped pretzels. You just cannot go wrong with the duo. That may be why this pretzel ice cream has a special place in my heart.

Beautiful ribbon swirls of salted caramel, bits of salty pretzel crunch, and a smooth and creamy vanilla ice cream. It is perfection.

Recipe Features

  • No-Churn: That means you do NOT need a mixer or special equipment to make this recipe.
  • Minimal Ingredients: Only SIX.
  • Easy to Customize: Substitute pretzels for salted peanuts!
How to make salted caramel pretzel ice cream with caramel swirls and pretzel bits

What You Need to Make No-Churn Ice Cream:

Here’s the deal with this recipe. It is part of a no-churn ice cream collection here on the site. What does that mean exactly? It means that you do NOT need an ice cream maker to create this recipe. Instead, it uses a combination of ingredients to achieve a silky smooth and light texture. Here is what you need:

  • Heavy Whipping Cream
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Pinch of Salt
  • Caramel Sauce
  • Pretzels

A few notes about the ingredients… You can use either a homemade or store bought caramel. IF you can find salted caramel ice cream topping, you do NOT need to add the salt.

Speaking of the salt, I highly recommend using a course finishing salt like fleur de sel. It is so good on so many desserts like cookies or frostings.

Salted Caramel Pretzel Ice Cream Recipe Instructions:

  1. Stir together the caramel sauce and salt IF you are using a sauce without salt already included.
  2. Whip the heavy cream with an electric mixer until light and fluffy and stiff peaks form, roughly 3 to 5 minutes. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl stir the sweetened condensed milk with the vanilla extract. Fold in the whipped cream.
  4. Pour half of the batter into a freezer safe container. Drizzle a generous amount of caramel sauce over your mixture and swirl in with the tip of a knife.
  5. Sprinkle with half of the pretzel pieces.
  6. Pour the remaining batter over the top and repeat with remaining caramel and pretzels.
  7. Freeze 6 hours or overnight.
caramel swirl pretzel ice cream in a sugar cone

Recipe Tips and FAQs:

  • I have an entire post here with great suggestions on how to quickly whip cream to peaks. The secret is to chill your bowl and beaters first.
  • When you add the whipped cream to the sweetened milk make sure to just fold it until combined. You want to mix as little as possible. The air in the whipped cream is what gives this recipe it’s light and fluffy texture.

Make a Salted Caramel Pretzel Milkshake

This is one of our FAVORITE ways to use this ice cream. Milkshakes are our summer go-to treat!

  1. Fill a glass with 2 to 3 large scoops of the ice cream.
  2. Pour milk into the glass until it is roughly 1/4 to 1/3 full, depending on how thick you want your shake.
  3. Stir with a fork or spoon until combined.
  4. Top with whipped cream and extra caramels sauce and pretzel pieces.

No-Churn Ice Cream Flavors

I briefly mentioned above, but this is one of many no-churn recipes on my site! Here are some other great flavors:

ALL of the above flavors are beyond delicious and super easy. We love to play around with other mix-in ideas and get really creative.

No-Churn Salted Caramel Pretzel Ice cream in an ice cream scoop

Related Recipes:

Salted Caramel Pretzel Ice Cream

Salted Caramel Pretzel Ice Cream

Yield: 10
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Freeze Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 10 minutes

The perfect balance of salty and sweet! This no-churn salted caramel pretzel ice cream recipe is the perfect sweet treat! Only 6-ingredients

Ingredients

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon course salt
  • 1/2 cup Caramel Sauce
  • 1-2 cups pretzels, slightly crushed

Instructions

  1. Stir together the caramel sauce and salt IF you are using a sauce without salt already included. Set aside.
  2. Whip the heavy cream with an electric mixer until light and fluffy and stiff peaks form, roughly 3 to 5 minutes. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl stir the sweetened condensed milk with the vanilla extract. Fold in the whipped cream.
  4. Pour half of the batter into a freezer safe container. Drizzle a generous amount of caramel sauce over your mixture and swirl in with the tip of a knife.
  5. Sprinkle with half of the pretzel pieces.
  6. Pour the remaining batter over the top and repeat with remaining caramel and pretzels.
  7. Freeze 6 hours or overnight.

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Thursday 1st of May 2014

Ohmygoodness I can't wait to try this!! Thanks!

Michele @ The Scrap Shoppe

Wednesday 30th of April 2014

Oh my gosh, that looks and sounds AMAZING!

Jeanie @ create&babble

Wednesday 30th of April 2014

That looks amazingly good and so worth the calories!

Danielle

Wednesday 30th of April 2014

Oh my goodness! This looks and sounds amazing - can't wait to try it!

Yvonne @ TriedandTasty

Tuesday 22nd of April 2014

Oh my wordy this looks absolutely DIVINE! Like seriously. I need it now. Right now. Gah!! Thanks a lot :) Ha! No but seriously - thanks for the great recipe!

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