Blog Recipes

Candied Bacon Ice Cream

Sharing is caring!

Creamy, salty, and sweet... candied bacon ice cream is a great unique homemade ice cream recipe to cool off in the heat! Get the candied bacon ice cream recipe on #bacon #icecream #dessertideas #dessertrecipe #glutenfree #howtomake #icecream #bacondesserts

Creamy, salty, and sweet… candied bacon ice cream is a great unique homemade ice cream recipe to cool off in the heat!

Creamy, salty, and sweet... candied bacon ice cream is a great unique homemade ice cream recipe to cool off in the heat! Candied Bacon Ice Cream Recipe

You all know I fancy myself an Iron Chef contestant sometimes, right? If you didn’t, you know now. Almost daily I scour the kitchen, and using the day’s “featured ingredient” (i.e. – whatever we have), come up with a delicious dish to hopefully wow the judges. It’s how I make everyday life sound more glamorous since I haven’t mastered the #momlife messy bun and cute social media caption thing.

Anyway, if you’ve watched any Iron Chef, you’ve seen contestants pull out the ice cream machine and create all sorts of concoctions in an attempt to impress the judges and win the Iron Chef Title. We have an ice cream maker, and had bacon. So, why not? And after the first bite, my question became… “why not sooner?”

unique homemade ice cream recipe

Darlings, bacon ice cream is delicious! I really wasn’t sure how it would taste, and the texture of the frozen bacon. BUT it turns out, the ice cream is really delicious!

The secret to perfect bacon ice cream is…

crispy bacon! Also, the secret to success in many other life situations, I’m sure. Here, you need to make sure you cook the bacon nice and crispy so that you render out most of the fat. Then, break the bacon into itty bitty pieces before adding to the ice cream. That way, when the ice cream freezes, the bacon stays crisp and doesn’t take on a weird texture when you eat your ice cream.

gluten free bacon dessert recipe

I used the ice cream base recipe from the New York Times, which I have found to be a favorite. It’s soft right out of the freezer and has a creamy texture without adding any ingredients like corn starch. I did make a few modifications for flavor to match my bacon though and account for personal preference.

A quick note about serving and presentation…

Usually I just spoon the ice cream into small bowls and call it a day. BUT, I had some mini cones on hand and no sane person says no to a mini cone. Should you find yourself in a similar situation, cook up some extra bacon! Dip the edge of your cone in chocolate, then into finely crumbled bacon. Set on wax or parchment paper to set, then fill with ice cream. Snap a picture for the internet. 😉

bacon dessert recipe

I hope you enjoy this candied bacon ice cream recipe! And should you make it for your own panel of pretend cooking show judges, that it earns a 10/10 for you too!

Candied Bacon Ice Cream

Candied Bacon Ice Cream

Yield: about 1 1/2 pints
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Chilling Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 5 hours 25 minutes

Creamy, salty, and sweet... candied bacon ice cream is a great unique homemade ice cream recipe to cool off in the heat!


  • 2 c heavy cream
  • 1 c whole milk
  • 1/4 c dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 c granulated sugar
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp bourbon (or skip the bourbon and add another tablespoon of syrup)

Candied Bacon

  • 1/4 c dark brown sugar, packed
  • 4 slices thick cut bacon


  1. Whisk your egg yolks together in a small bowl and set aside.
  2. In a small pot, combine the sugars, salt, heavy cream, and milk. Bring to barely a simmer over medium heat and stir until the sugar has dissolved, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  3. Start whisking your egg yolks and, while whisking, slowly pour about 2/3 cup of the hot cream mixture into the yolks to temper them. Then, start whisking the cream mixture in the pot, and while whisking, pour your egg yolks into the cream mixture.
  4. Place the pot over medium low heat and cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon (this was at 174 F on an instant read thermometer for me).
  5. Strain through a fine mesh sieve into a bowl, then allow to come to room temperature, cover, and refrigerate at least 4 hours until well chilled.
  6. When you're almost ready to make the ice cream, make the candied bacon. Preheat your oven to 375 F, line a jelly roll pan with aluminum foil and spray with nonstick spray. Sprinkle both sides of the bacon liberally with brown sugar and place on the pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes until the bacon is cooked through and very crisp.
  7. Remove the bacon from the oven, and carefully transfer to a cooling rack sprayed with nonstick spray to cool and drain.
  8. When the bacon is cool, chop it into small pieces.
  9. Churn the ice cream according to the manufacturer's directions, adding the maple syrup and bourbon (if using) at the beginning of the churn process. Add the bacon at the last minute.
  10. Spoon the ice cream into a freezer container.
  11. Freeze at least one hour to firm.


Plan ahead for this recipe, the base needs at least 4 hours to chill in the refrigerator before churning the ice cream.


Posts on Goodie Godmother may contain affiliate links, meaning that, should you click through and purchase, Goodie Godmother will receive a small commission. There is no cost to you, and any commission earned goes right to work helping me continue to bring you delicious recipes! That being said, I would never recommend a product I wouldn't or don't use myself and any opinions are 100% my own, always.

You Might Also Like


  • Reply
    May 12, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    Yum yum yum!
    I’m SO going to try this one – I could probably just sub the sugar with a low carb sweetener…
    I do love bacon!

    • Reply
      May 15, 2015 at 6:09 pm

      I think so as long as it is okay at higher heat. Let me know how it works if you do!

  • Reply
    Sydney @ Tastefully Frugal
    May 7, 2015 at 10:09 am

    Bacon and ice cream?! Yes please!! This looks SO good!!

  • Reply
    Emily @ Table & Hearth
    April 28, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    1) I totally thought you were kidding when you said it was getting Iron Chef at your place and 2) I soooo wanted to do a candied bacon recipe this month so I’m stoked that someone did, not to mention that you put it in ICE CREAM. Um, yes please!!!!

  • Reply
    Kat@Home. Made. Interest.
    April 27, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    Girl you weren’t kidding when you said you with Iron Chef-ing it up! I love it!

  • Reply
    April 25, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    I’m pretty sure my family would approve of this recipe! Homemade ice cream is the best!

  • Reply
    Kendra @
    April 25, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    I’ve never heard of candied bacon! Wow! This is such a different way to use bacon… Thx for sharing! Have a great weekend!

  • Reply
    Cat @ therusticwillow
    April 25, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    Ice cream AND bacon?1 My world just exploded–two of my absolute favorites. Can’t wait to dust off my ice cream maker and give this a try.

  • Reply
    Meaghan | Cook. Craft. Love.
    April 25, 2015 at 11:01 am

    You know that moment in a cartoon when someone takes off so fast they leave a smoke trail? This is me on my way to the store right now to make this fabulous ice cream!! Pinning!

  • Reply
    Melinda @Home.Made.Interest
    April 25, 2015 at 10:21 am

    I so need to try this asap! Yum!!!

  • Reply
    Leia @ Eat It & Say Yum
    April 25, 2015 at 9:57 am

    Oh boy, I love candied bacon! This ice cream looks delicious. And then you added candied jalapenos!! What an awesome combinations of flavors!

  • Reply
    Christin @ Blue Crab Martini
    April 25, 2015 at 8:34 am

    I’m totally on board with this in every way! I LOVE that you added candied jalapenos to the mix too, so clever! Pinned, sharing on FB today, and can’t wait to try this one myself! 🙂

  • Reply
    April 25, 2015 at 8:11 am

    Candied bacon!! My eyes have opened to a whole new world! Lol. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Reply
      April 25, 2015 at 8:28 am

      It’s dangerous! You’ll start adding it to everything… :-p

    Leave a Reply

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.