Halva Ice Cream Recipe

Halva Ice Cream
Anita Schecter
Ratings (5)
  • Total: 50 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 40 mins
  • Freeze: 4 hrs
  • Yield: 8 Servings

Making ice cream at home has never been easier because excellent, high quality, small-batch ice cream makers can usually be had at big box stores for less than $50. Maybe you think that there are so many tasty store bought ice cream options that there is no reason to make your own, and it is true that there are some great ones. Even beyond the standard flavors of vanilla, chocolate and strawberry, there are a handful of well known frozen treat companies making interesting flavor combinations with fun names. But if you're the type who likes to tinker with flavors or looks at the store bought mash-ups and thinks, if only it didn't have this ingredient or had more of that ingredient, etc. than you might need your own ice cream maker.

So now that you have one, what should you make? You should probably start with an excellent vanilla base and then begin playing around with all the flavor combos you wished you found in the stores. A standard no-cook base for home machines includes 3 cups of dairy plus sugar, salt, vanilla and any additional flavorings. A cooked custard base includes eggs and is richer and creamier. But if you're making halva ice cream, and you should definitely be making halva ice cream, the no-cook base is fine. That delicious sesame candy you see in stores is actually very easy to replicate in an ice cream.

You could, of course, just make a vanilla base and sprinkle bits of halva candy in there. And that would be good but it would not be great. What is halva, exactly? It's raw tahini (sesame paste), sugar or honey and heavy cream. Since ice cream is basically a mix of sugar, cream and a flavoring, adding tahini to a basic vanilla base results in the exact flavor of  halva! Consider it halva in liquid form. And when poured it into an ice cream maker, churned and then frozen, you get the delicious candy in creamy frozen form.

When serving, try sprinkling some pieces of actual halva candy on top of the halva ice cream for a fun texture and flavor boost. And there's no rule against pouring some chocolate sauce on top if marble halva candy is your favorite!


  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla (paste is ideal)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup sesame paste (raw tahini sauce) 
  • 1/4 lb. halva candy, crumbled (optional)

Steps to Make It

  1. If your ice cream maker requires pre-freezing the bowl, do so.

  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the whole milk, heavy cream, granulated sugar, vanilla, salt and sesame paste (tahini).

  3. Pour the mixture into your ice cream maker and follow the manufacturer's instructions to churn for 35 to 40 minutes.

  4. Freeze for at least 4 hours before serving and garnish with the crumbled halva pieces, if using.