Old Fashioned Vanilla or Chocolate Ice Milk

Sunday, April 5, 2020
This is a simple old-fashioned frozen Vanilla or Chocolate Ice Milk recipe that dates back to the 1940s when my mom's mom use to make this for her.

Using simple pantry ingredients, this dessert can be made with or without an ice maker.

Growing up we loved this refreshing dessert all summer long and with a little patience and hand stirring you can have the most delicious ice milk overnight.

The difference is using milk makes this a much lighter texture and is not like heavy cream-based ice creams.

Additions can be added to these frozen confections like nuts, chocolate chips, fruits, and many more suggestions I will give you.

The ice milk is delicious alone, made into a banana split or in an ice cream cone.

Our simple recipe for ice milk has a rich delicious creamy texture and whether it's chocolate or vanilla the flavor is wonderful just using the standard supermarket milk.

We love ice milk along with delicious other ice creams we make like Cannoli Ice Cream, Double Chocolate Gelato Watermelon Sorbet, and Italian Lemon Ice.

Scroll down for either one of these old-fashioned recipes and enjoy a scoop or two!

this is a white dish of a scoop of chocolate and vanilla ice milk

this is a wooden board with a sugar cone and scoops of chocolate and vanilla ice milk in a square white dish

Ice Milk

Ice milk can be made with any milk however the more water content with lower fat milk the icier it will be and the harder to keep the ice crystals from forming.

I prefer to use whole milk, coconut milk, cashew, or almond milk, for lactose-free milk options for those who can have regular milk allergies and no tolerance to them.

These all still have fewer calories than heavy cream-based ice cream.

One thing I have found is ice milk melts quicker than ice cream does so you will want to eat it inside!

If you are counting calories, ice milk is around 8 percent less fat than a heavy cream-based style ice cream.

Therefore this will be great for dieters and a great treat and a true non-guilty pleasure.

Of course, if you do add the additions to your delectable ice milk, the calories go up with the flavor!

Chocolate ice milk is made with pure good grade chocolate and milk and has only two ingredients another simple indulgent you can make quickly and it's super simple.

this is chocolate and vanilla ice milk a scoop of each

A Few Tips

  1. To ensure you have a smooth texture, stirring this as it starts to freeze and it gets solid is an essential step to achieving the best results 
  2. If using an ice cream maker, after the milk churns for 25 minutes or until it starts to thicken, pour it into the container and stir it occasionally after freezing until solid
  3. When doing this by hand I recommend you stir it every hour until ice crystals form then freeze it overnight.

this is a pot of warm milk with a stick of butter melting in a pot for ice milk

Tool You Will Need To Make Ice Milk

  • Small saucepan
  • Double boiler
  • Large spoons
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Freezer container
  • Measuring cup over 4 cups

this milk and sugar mixed together with vanilla warmed up for making ice milk

Suggestions, and Mix-In Additions:

  • chocolate chips
  • any kinds of nuts
  • chopped candy bars
  • chopped cherries
  • strawberries diced
  • peaches
  • diced bananas
  • pineapple
  • mini marshmallows
  • crushed cookies
  • ice cream cones for serving
  • ice cream can be served as is plain, used to make sundaes or banana splits
  • for toppings: jarred hot fudge, caramel, strawberry, marshmallow, pineapple, whipped cream, maraschino cherries with a stem

this is vanilla ice milk mixture getting ready to go into the ice maker

Ingredients You Will Need to Make Vanilla or Chocolate Ice Milk

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  • whole milk or lactose-free milk see other suggestions in the recipe card
  • sugar
  • vanilla extract
  • good grade milk or dark chocolate

this is melted chocolate with whole milk to make ice milk

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Sour Milk Cake

Hot Milk Cake

Grandma's Rice Pudding

Grandma's Baked Custard

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A Delicious Frozen Confection

This old-fashioned vanilla or chocolate ice milk is an easy recipe and frozen treat that you will love making especially for anyone who isn't fond of making complicated recipes.

Either recipe uses such simple ingredients and you will become a lover of making ice milk.

A great project for the kids to learn in the kitchen and also for a family fun project.

Let me know how you like these recipes in the comment box below.

Old Fashioned Vanilla or Chocolate Ice Milk

Old Fashioned Vanilla or Chocolate Ice Milk

Yield: 8
Prep time: 5 MCook time: 8 hourTotal time: 8 H & 5 M
This is an old-fashioned frozen dessert called ice milk made often in the 1940s. Simple pantry ingredients are turned into a frozen confection very similar to vanilla ice cream or chocolate in both recipes. The texture is lighter compared to heavy cream ice cream versions.


  • Vanilla Ice Milk
  • 4 cups whole milk or lactose-free milk, coconut milk or almond milk
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract you can use other flavors also orange extract, lemon, butterscotch, almond
  • Note: Add  2/3 cup of any combinations below
  • Optional Additions: chocolate chips,  mini marshmallows, crushed cookies, any kind of nuts, chopped candy bars, chopped cherries, strawberries diced, peaches, diced bananas, pineapple
  • Chocolate Ice Milk.
  • 1 pound of dark or milk chocolate ( make sure its a good-grade chocolate)
  • 3 cups of milk


How to cook Old Fashioned Vanilla or Chocolate Ice Milk

  1. The directions below for freezing the ice milk are the same procedures however the methods are different for mixing these two.
  2. Vanilla Ice Milk Directions:
  3. Combine milk, sugar, and vanilla in a medium bowl and stir this mixture until the sugar is dissolved.
  4. Ice Cream Maker Method:
  5. Prepare your ice maker to insert according to the instructions manual.
  6. Freeze the milk and sugar mixture for 2 hours in a freezer container.
  7. Pour the milk mixture into the ice cream maker container and run it for 25 minutes or until this mixture thickens.
  8. Pour this thickened mixture into a freezer container and freeze for 6 hours or overnight stirring occasionally until fully frozen before serving.
  9. For the non-ice cream maker method:
  10. Pour into a freezer container and stir the mixture by hand every hour keeping the mixture smooth until ice crystals form them to continue to freeze for up to 8 hours or overnight stirring occasionally.
  11. Chocolate Ice Milk Directions:
  12. Place the chocolate in small pieces into a double boiler adding 1/2 cup milk.
  13. Stir over the hot water over moderate heat, until the chocolate is smooth and totally melted.
  14. Slowly add the remaining milk and whisk until smooth.
  15. Simmer this mixture and continue to stir scraping the sides frequently uncovered for 25 minutes.
  16. Remove from the top of the double boiler and set aside stirring occasionally until cooled.
  17. Refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.
  18. Before freezing in the ice cream maker, stir again to make sure the ingredients are mixed.
  19. Use either freezing methods for using the ice maker or making this by hand for the Vanilla Ice Milk instructions.
  20. Serve in ice cream cones, which can be made into banana splits, sundaes, etc.
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Try Some Other Favorite Desserts We Love

Double Chocolate Chip Gelato

Canoli Ice Cream

Italian Lemon Ice

two scoops of ice cream in a white dish with an ice cream scoop and cone


  1. Very yummy! Save this for the summer :-)

  2. We tried vanilla with cashew milk. The kids loved being able to help make it and it was the perfect pizza night dessert!

  3. Both look very good and I'm looking forward to some this summer. Our neighbors do a great job with it and it's usually what we request they bring to our get-togethers.

  4. Say hello to spring with this yummy homemade treat! Vanilla and chocolate ice cream are family favorites. This recipe's a keeper!

  5. Everyone at my house loved it! Tasted SO good!

  6. We love vintage recipes and this one was so easy to make with simple ingredients. Thanks for another great recipe!

  7. Have never tried a recipe like this before. Now that you've shared it gotta make some soon

  8. Such a simple and delicious treat! Love making this with coconut milk.

  9. This is one of my new favorite frozen treats to make. I'd never tried ice milk before. It's so easy and so good!

  10. This recipe turns out perfectly every time I make it! The chocolate is my personal favorite!


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