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Easy Garlic Ice Cream, Gelato or Popsicles

Updated: Jan 12

groeat farm making garlic icecream recipe
Easy Garlic Ice Cream, Gelato or Popsicles

Picture this: tiny chefs, armed with miniature peelers and boundless giggles, attacking a mountain of pearly garlic cloves. The air is electric with the pungent aroma, a far cry from the usual sugary sweetness of ice cream making. Forget sprinkles and syrup, this is gourmet garlic gelato, a culinary adventure for the brave (and slightly adventurous) of taste buds.

Tiny fingers, sticky with garlic juice, race to smash the cloves into a creamy paste. Laughter erupts as a rogue clove escapes, launching itself across the counter like a tiny white rocket. No time for tears, though, there's ice cream to be churned! Little legs pump the ice cream maker handle, a symphony of squeaks and clangs competing with the excited chatter. Every few minutes, a sticky spoon emerges, offering a forbidden taste: sweet cream infused with the subtle heat of garlic, a flavor as surprising as it is delightful.

Kids churning ice cream in an ice cream maker

Finally, the moment arrives. Scoops of pale lavender ice cream, flecked with tiny bits of garlic, are piled high in waffle cones. Faces, smeared with sticky grins, light up as the first tentative licks unleash a chorus of "Wow!" It's a flavor explosion, a sweet and savory tango that leaves tongues tingling and imaginations soaring. Garlic ice cream: not your average summer treat, but a memory made of laughter, sticky fingers, and a touch of culinary rebellion.

And who knows, maybe next time, they'll be brave enough for anchovy sprinkles...

Garlic Popsicles? On a Stick? Yep. They are pretty darn good if you like garlic. Let's make some together and savor and taste the flavors. Ice popsicles are liquid-based frozen snacks on a stick. Unlike Ice cream which is whipped while freezing to prevent ice crystal formation, an ice pop is frozen while at rest and becomes a solid block of ice. ... Popsicles can be simply made from many flavors.


"Once upon a time, there was a kid named Timmy who loved garlic. He loved it so much that he would eat it on everything, from his eggs in the morning to his pizza at night. One day, Timmy's mom decided to make him a special treat: garlic popsicles.

Timmy was so excited! He had never had a garlic popsicle before, and he couldn't wait to try it. His mom made the popsicles with fresh garlic, honey, and lemon juice. They looked delicious!

Timmy took a big bite of his popsicle. It was...interesting. The garlic flavor was strong, but it was also sweet and tangy. Timmy wasn't sure what to think. He took another bite. And another.

Before he knew it, Timmy had eaten the whole popsicle! He couldn't believe it. He actually liked garlic popsicles!

Timmy's mom was so happy. She had been worried that Timmy wouldn't like the popsicles, but he had loved them! Timmy went on to eat garlic popsicles virtually every day after that, during the hot summer. He even started making his own garlic popsicles!

One day, Timmy was at school and he brought his garlic popsicles to share with his friends. His friends were not so excited about the popsicles. They took a bite and made a face.

"What is this?" one of his friends asked.

"It's a garlic popsicle," Timmy said.

"Garlic?" his friend said. "That's gross!"

"No, it's not!" Timmy said. "It's delicious!"

Timmy's friends tried to eat the popsicles, but they couldn't get past the garlic flavor. They all spit out their popsicles and ran away.

Timmy was sad that his friends didn't like his popsicles, but he still loved them. He ate the rest of the popsicles himself and went home happy."

If it's hot where you are, let the Garlic Popsicles keep you cool. They may even fend off those summer-lurking, blood-sucking vampires.

The key to this unique recipe is to caramelize the garlic prior to incorporating this delicate flavor into this dynamic recipe. Roasting garlic in the oven transforms the spicy-hot garlic into a buttery, creamy infusion. Roasted garlic blends well in this cream-colored ice cream. The garlic flavor is surprisingly subtle, thanks to the roasting method. If you are a true garlic concierge, complement this Garlic Popsicle recipe with a few cloves of Black Garlic.

The flavor of Garlic Popsicles is certainly unique. In this recipe, we incorporate a popular vanilla ice cream flavor with roasted garlic. All on a stick and more fun to eat. Just for fun, try other synergy flavors such as Mango, Orange, or Apricot.

Fresh garlic has the presence of allicin, which is a sulfur compound responsible for that instantly recognizable garlicky taste. When garlic is roasted in the oven, those all-important garlic enzymes are inactivated by heat, and the allicin compound and the strong garlic flavor mellows as it cooks. A kitchen secret is that if you want to highlight garlic's sweet side, try slow-roasting whole heads (bulbs) of garlic with a touch of non-flavored oil. The cloves soften and are easy to squeeze from their skins to add gentle caramelized garlic flavor.


1 Garlic Bulb, (or 5 Garlic Cloves)

1 cup heavy whipping cream. Alternative: try sour cream or goat milk.

1/2 cup whole milk. Alternative: Try 2% milk, sour cream, or yogurt.

1/2 cup granulated sugar. Alternative: try honey, maple syrup or brown sugar.

1 teaspoon cornstarch. Alternative: try potato starch, tapioca starch, flaxseed gel, or guar gum.

4 egg yolks. Alternative: try soft or firm tofu, pureed avocado, or nut butter.

1 vanilla bean

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon butter

Let's Make a Batch!

STEP 1: Preheat oven to 400°. Place garlic bulb(s) in aluminum and drizzle with oil. Wrap in foil and place in a shallow dish.

Roast until golden and soft, 30-40 minutes. Let cool. Alternative: If you do not like to expose your food to aluminum, place the garlic cloves, unwrapped in an enameled cast iron quart dutch oven. Cover the Dutch oven and bake 35 to 40 minutes at 350°F to 375°F. Let cool 15-30 minutes. Squeeze out garlic cloves into a saucepan. As your roasted garlic is cooling, let's begin the next steps.

STEP 2: In a large saucepan, whisk together the cream, milk, sugar, and cornstarch. Using a sharp knife, make a slit to the vanilla bean lengthwise and scrape the seeds into the pan then add the whole vanilla bean.

We'll be adding the vanilla extract at the end of the process. Kitchen Secret: Vanilla is like alcohol, and it evaporates and cooks down when heated. When you heat something like custard for pie, you add the vanilla last because the vanilla will evaporate and the taste will not be as strong, or it could completely disappear if you add it too early.

STEP 3: Slowly bring to a boil over medium heat, while constantly whisking and mixing. Once the mixture begins to boil, remove immediately from the heat.

STEP 4: Add 1-5 "squeezed" roasted garlic cloves, butter, and egg yolks until combined. Whisk constantly until fully mixed. To create an ultra-smooth consistency, place the combined liquid into a blender, such as a Vitamixstovetop and blend for a minute or so.

STEP 5: Return the mixture to the stove top and stir continuously over low heat until it thickens slightly, and coats the back of a spoon, about 5 to 10 minutes. Do not bring to a boil! Add the vanilla extract and butter. Mix well until blended.

STEP 6: Pour the mixture into a popsicle mold and add popsicle sticks. Freeze until firm, preferably overnight.

Popsicles are a delicious and refreshing treat that are perfect for a hot day. They are also relatively easy to make at home.

To make popsicles, you will need:

  • Popsicle molds

  • Popsicle sticks

  • Your favorite fruits or juices

  • Sugar (optional)


  1. Wash your popsicle molds and popsicle sticks.

  2. In a blender, combine your favorite fruits or juices and sugar (if desired).

  3. Blend until smooth.

  4. Pour the mixture into the popsicle molds.

  5. Insert the popsicle sticks.

  6. Freeze for at least 4 hours.

  7. Enjoy!

Here are some tips for making popsicles:

  • Use fresh, ripe fruits and juices for the best flavor.

  • If you want to make popsicles with a thicker consistency, you can add cornstarch or gelatin to the mixture.

  • You can also add other ingredients to your popsicles, such as chocolate chips, nuts, or candy.

  • Be sure to label your popsicle molds so you know what flavor is in each one.

  • Popsicles can be stored in the freezer for up to 2 months.



Mr. Jere Folgert is the owner of GroEat Garlic Farm in Bozeman, Montana. GroEat Farm is a small, sustainable family farm located in the beautiful Hyalite Foothills, in the shadows of the Gallatin Mountain Range. The hardneck varieties that they grow on their farm flourish, due to the combination of the very cold winters, heavy snowpack, moist spring, temperate summers, and the nutrient-rich and dynamic alluvial soils, washed down from the Gallatin Mountain Range.

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