Blue Moon Ice Cream

Blue Moon Ice Cream

 Kristina Vanni

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Freeze: 3 hrs
Total: 3 hrs 20 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Yield: 1 quart
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
299 Calories
24g Fat
16g Carbs
5g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 299
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 24g 31%
Saturated Fat 15g 74%
Cholesterol 140mg 47%
Sodium 51mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 16g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 84mg 6%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 119mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Blue moon ice cream is a unique ice cream flavor typically found in the Upper Midwest portion of the United States. It is said to have originated in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and is known for the signature bright blue hue. The distinctive flavor and is made with a combination of artificial raspberry flavoring, lemon extract, and vanilla extract. Some describe the flavor as "tutti-frutti," cotton candy-like, bubble gum, or similar to Fruit Loops or Fruity Pebbles. Of course, blue food coloring is added until the desired shade of blue is achieved. Although it is usually only found in ice cream shops in the Midwest, it is easy to churn your own blue moon ice cream at home using an ice cream maker.


  • 2 large egg yolks

  • 1/2 cup sugar, divided

  • 2 cups heavy cream

  • 1 cup whole milk

  • 1 tablespoon instant vanilla pudding mix

  • 1 teaspoon raspberry flavoring

  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract

  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • Blue food coloring, as desired

Steps to Make It

  1. Prior to making the ice cream, place the bowl of an ice cream maker in the freezer overnight. Gather the ingredients.

    Blue Moon Ice Cream
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  2. In a medium bowl lightly beat the egg yolks with 1/4 cup of the sugar and set aside.

    Blue Moon Ice Cream
     Kristina Vanni
  3. In a medium saucepan whisk together the cream, milk, and remaining 1/4 cup of sugar. Heat the mixture over medium low heat until bubbles begin to form along the edges of the pan.

    Blue Moon Ice Cream
     Kristina Vanni
  4. Remove from the heat and add the warmed cream mixture to the eggs 1 tablespoon at a time while whisking constantly to temper the eggs.

    Blue Moon Ice Cream
     Kristina Vanni
  5. Once the cream mixture and eggs have been combined, return to the saucepan and heat over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until the mixture coats back of a spoon and a line drawn with a finger leaves a distinct trail. Mixture should register between 170 F to 175 F. Do not allow mixture to overheat.

  6. Pour custard into a medium bowl and whisk in vanilla pudding mix until thoroughly incorporated. Whisk in the raspberry flavoring, lemon extract, vanilla extract, and blue food coloring until thoroughly incorporated and the desired color is acheived.

    Blue Moon Ice Cream
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  7. Let cool at room temperature for 1 hour, stirring occasionally, then cover and refrigerate overnight until completely chilled.

    Blue Moon Ice Cream
     Kristina Vanni
  8. Churn the chilled custard according to the manufacturer instructions on your ice cream maker. It will take about 25 to 30 minutes.

    Blue Moon Ice Cream
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  9. Transfer ice cream into a bowl or container that will hold about 1 quart. Cover and freeze for at least 3 hours to fully set.

    Blue Moon Ice Cream
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  10. When ready to enjoy, just scoop and serve the ice cream.

Recipe Variations

  • If miniature marshmallows are added to blue moon ice cream it is often referred to as "Smurf ice cream."
  • Sometimes blue moon ice cream is swirled with lemon and cherry ice cream to create the colorful "Superman ice cream," made to reflect the colors of the superhero costume.