Homemade Cold Stone Sweet Cream

Published March 26, 2012. Updated February 14, 2024

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Homemade Cold Stone Sweet Cream Ice Cream is the healthier and cheaper way to enjoy your favorite dessert—anytime you want it! It’s so fun to make at home with your kids, and it’s WAY better than your average scoop of vanilla ice cream. Trust me! 

Ice cream is something I will never give up!  It’s just one of those things that makes life good.  It makes life simple for a moment to just be able to sit back on the comfy sofa or in the warm sunshine and enjoy a generous scoop of silky smooth, perfectly sweet ice cream.  I can’t explain my addiction but at least I will admit it =).

Homemade Cold Stone Sweet Cream Ice Cream
My all-time favorite is Cold Stone Creamery’s Sweet Cream Ice Cream.  So, of course, I’ve had to figure out how to make it on my own at home.  I’d have to say the recipe I created tastes exactly the same.  I did make a change in ingredients compared to what they use, they use guar gum as a thickener but I didn’t want to purchase it so I used cornstarch in my recipe.

The benefits of guar gum are that you don’t have to heat the ice cream for it to thicken, whereas with cornstarch you do.  But the benefit of cornstarch is that it is a much more common household ingredient so you likely already have it on hand and use it for other recipes.

To explain Cold Stone Creamery’s Sweet Cream Ice Cream I would call it The Ice Cream of the Gods.  Purely decadent, silky smooth, simple yet unbelievably incredible, and the perfect base for any “mix-in.”  My personal favorite “mix-ins” for my Homemade Cold Stone Sweet Cream Ice Cream are Oreos or brownies.

I also love raspberries and graham cracker crust.  Oh and Twix, okay okay I love them all but my top fav is Oreos.  What’s your favorite mix-in?  Pick your favorite and add it to this insanely delicious Sweet Cream Ice Cream recipe.  I also love to eat it excluding mix-ins, it’s so amazingly good no mix-ins are needed, just a bonus if desired.

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Cold Stone Creamery Sweet Cream Ice Cream – make it at home!

Copycat Cold Stone Creamy Sweet Cream Ice Cream! One of my favorite ice cream recipes!
Servings: 6
Prep10 minutes
Cook10 minutes
Chill4 hours
Ready in: 20 minutes


Recommended mix ins:

  • crushed oreos
  • cookie dough bites , chopped
  • crushed graham cracker or graham pie crust
  • berries
  • diced brownies
  • sprinkles
  • chopped chopped candy bars
  • caramel , chocolate or berry sauce
  • crushed sugar cones or waffle cones
  • chocolate chips
  • chopped nuts
  • ...basically whatever you feel like =)


  • In a large saucepan, whisk together sugar and cornstarch until combine. Pour in cream, milk and corn syrup and whisk until well blended. Cook mixture over medium heat (sometimes I even cook it over medium high to speed it up a bit), stirring constantly until mixture comes just to a gentle boil. 
  • Once mixture reaches a gentle boil, reduce heat and allow mixture to gently bubble, stirring constantly, for 30 seconds. Strain mixture through a fine mesh sieve into a large bowl. Cover mixture with saran wrap or wax paper, pressing directly against the surface of the ice cream base to prevent a skin from forming. 
  • Refrigerate mixture until fully chilled, then transfer to freezer and freeze 1 hour - 1 1/2 hours (I've found this really helps the ice cream structure when freezing post ice cream maker processing, it basically gives it a head start). Transfer extra chilled ice cream mixture to an ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturers directions. 
  • Transfer ice cream to an airtight container and freeze until nearly firm, or freeze until firm and soften in microwave about 5-10 seconds until slightly softened. Mix in desired "mix-ins" (if you wanted to prepare just as Cold Stone does, you could freeze a marble slab then use two large spoons to fold in mix-ins using chilled marble slab, or alternately you could add the mix-ins in during the last 5 minutes of processing in ice cream maker).


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  • Marion

    So if one chooses to use guar gum instead of cornstarch, do you simply add all the ingredients together, chill it, then put it in an ice cream mixer?
    Are there any other adjustments to the instructions if you use guar gum?

  • Jo

    Made it twice now. First time, I followed the recipe as is except for skipping the straining part and didn’t saran wrap it in the fridge (I’m just lazy). Still turned out great. Make sure to let it harden completely afterwards otherwise it tastes a bit sweet. I wanted to skip the cooking part, too, so the second time, I tried with 3/4 tsp guar gum. Texture turned out a little too gummy, so I’ll keep experimenting with the guar gum. I’ll try 1/2 tsp next. But regardless, great recipe. Coldstone sweet cream is one of my absolute faves, so super happy I can get my fix for a bit cheaper.

  • Av

    I am trying to make infused ice cream at home with this recipe. I want to add a cup of butter that has been infused with weed. Will it ruin the ice cream?