Mermaid ice cream you can make at home

Ube Ice Cream at Chicago Botanic Show, photo provided by Sodexo
Ube Ice Cream at Chicago Botanic Show, photo provided by Sodexo /

Mermaids, unicorns, and dragons, oh my! These seem to be everywhere in the past year whether it’s in cereal, makeup, or clothes. Well, now mermaids have moved to ice cream in Ree Drummond’s (The Pioneer Woman) recipe for mermaid ice cream.

Although this is definitely not the first time the mermaid theme has made it into food, this time you get to make the mermaid-themed food yourself. Now you can make and enjoy homemade mermaid ice cream at home and you don’t even have to have an ice cream maker!

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It all starts with a 9-inch loaf pan. Put it in the freezer and let it chill while you work on the ingredients.

Next, combine heavy cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract into a bowl and mix with a hand mixer until the cream is stiff (but not to the point of butter). You can do this by hand, but your arm might hurt by the time you’re finished.

Mermaid ice cream swirls blue, pink, and purple for this frozen treat

Then pour the sweetened condensed milk into the whipped cream and gently fold it in until it’s combined. Divide the mixture into three bowls. It’s time for food coloring!

You can really use any colors for this, but for mermaid colors, Drummond recommends blue, purple, and pink. Layer the different colors in the chilled loaf pan. It doesn’t matter which color goes where because after everything is layered, you use a skewer to swirl the colors together.

Finish it off with some sprinkles and then wrap the loaf pan in plastic wrap. Put it in the freezer overnight and the next day…ICE CREAM!

While she uses blue, pink, and purple, I might replace one of those colors with green. Most mermaid-related foods/items have some green in them.

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What do you think of this mermaid ice cream? Will you try it? Let us know in the comments below!