Gilroy Garlic Ice Cream

Bowl of garlic ice cream, close-up
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Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 40 mins
Servings: 8
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
363 Calories
18g Fat
42g Carbs
9g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 363
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 10g 49%
Cholesterol 249mg 83%
Sodium 107mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 42g 15%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 42g
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 120mg 9%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 182mg 4%
*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.)

Gilroy, California is the self-proclaimed "Garlic Capital of the World." Their annual festival features garlic being used in virtually every way imaginable. So it's no surprise that it ended up in an ice cream recipe. What does garlic ice cream taste like? There are only two ways to find out.


  • 2 cups whole milk

  • 1 garlic clove, minced

  • 1 vanilla bean, split in half, and seeds scraped out and reserved

  • 1 cup heavy cream

  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

  • 8 large egg yolks

Steps to Make It

  1. Put the milk and garlic, along with the vanilla pod and seeds, in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat and remove immediately.

  2. In a medium bowl, whisk the cream, sugar, and egg yolks until combined. Whisking constantly, slowly strain the hot milk mixture into the egg and sugar mixture.

  3. Return the mixture to the pan and stir continuously over low heat until it thickens slightly, and coats the back of a spoon, about 10 to 12 minutes. Do not boil!

  4. Pour the mixture into a bowl and chill over an ice bath. After the mixture chills, pour it into an ice cream machine and churn until done. Freeze the confection until you're ready to serve.