Captain Crunch Ice Cream – Barefeet in the Kitchen

Captain Crunch ice cream is a whimsical treat that captures the essence of childhood breakfasts in a delightful homemade ice cream. The nostalgic cereal flavor infuses every scoop of this creamy, velvety ice cream.

Horizontal close-up of Captain Crunch Ice Cream topped with Captain Crunch cereal

Captain Crunch Ice Cream

This ice cream is SO good, my friends! When I finally nailed this recipe, the ice cream turned out perfectly smooth and creamy, tasting exactly like Captain Crunch cereal – the perfect pairing for the crunchy cereal on top when you serve it.

It’s been a few years since I first sprinkled a handful of Captain Crunch cereal over a scoop of vanilla ice cream. (I owe my friend Christi for that brilliant food pairing idea!) And let me tell you, there’s no turning back once you’ve combined cereal with ice cream.

The crunchy cereal against the creamy smooth ice cream? It’s irresistible. So, turning that flavor combination into an actual cereal ice cream – you know that needed to happen.

Adding milk to a bowl of Captain Crunch cereal

Cereal Ice Cream

When you first taste a cereal ice cream, it is something you won’t forget. Cereal milk is infused with the flavors of the cereal, in the case of this Captain Crunch ice cream, those flavors are butter and brown sugar.

When you combine that cereal milk with cream and then churn it into ice cream, the result is a flavorful, rich treat that transforms your favorite cereals to a new level of dessert happiness.

Straining cereal milk from bowl of cereal

Cereal Milk Ice Cream

  • Captain Crunch cereal
  • whole milk
  • heavy cream
  • light brown sugar
  • vanilla extract
  • kosher salt
Adding cream to cereal milk

Combine the cereal and the milk in a bowl and let rest for 30 minutes.

Place a fine mesh strainer over a large mixing bowl and pour the cereal mixture through the strainer into the bowl. Press down on the cereal with a spatula and discard the soggy cereal from the strainer.

Add the cream, brown sugar, vanilla, and salt to the bowl with the cereal milk. Whisk to combine the ingredients.

Pour into the ice cream maker and churn according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Serve immediately for soft serve ice cream or transfer to an airtight container and store in the freezer until ready to serve.

To serve, scoop into bowls and top each serving with a handful of cereal.

Close-up of Captain Crunch Ice Cream

Cereal Milk Ice Cream Recipe

You’ve likely noticed that I’ve been a little bit obsessed with cereal milk ice cream recipes lately. What’s not to love about a homemade ice cream that lets you enjoy your favorite childhood cereal too?

It all started with this Cinnamon Toast Crunch Ice Cream. Warm and fragrant cinnamon spice blends perfectly with cool, velvety ice cream to create an irresistible treat with caramelized pieces of cereal in each bite.

Creamy sweet vanilla ice cream filled with crunchy, nutty grape nuts? Yes, please! This Grape Nut Ice Cream has been an absolute win with family and friends.

Colorful, fruity cereal meets the smooth and dreamy world of ice cream in this Fruity Pebbles Ice Cream. Every scoop is loaded with the iconic rainbow crunch of a Saturday morning spent watching cartoons.

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Servings: 6 servings

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  • Combine the cereal and the milk in a bowl and let rest for 30 minutes. Place a fine mesh strainer over a large mixing bowl and pour the cereal mixture through the strainer into the bowl. Press down on the cereal with a spatula and discard the soggy cereal from the strainer.

  • Add the cream, brown sugar, vanilla, and salt to the bowl with the cereal milk. Whisk to combine the ingredients.

  • Pour into the ice cream maker and churn according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Serve immediately for soft serve ice cream or transfer to an airtight container and store in the freezer until ready to serve.

  • To serve, scoop into bowls and top each serving with a handful of cereal.

Calories: 356kcal · Carbohydrates: 32g · Protein: 5g · Fat: 24g · Saturated Fat: 15g · Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g · Monounsaturated Fat: 6g · Trans Fat: 0.002g · Cholesterol: 75mg · Sodium: 171mg · Potassium: 200mg · Fiber: 1g · Sugar: 27g · Vitamin A: 1312IU · Vitamin C: 4mg · Calcium: 182mg · Iron: 3mg

Captain Crunch Ice Cream topped with cereal in a white bowl

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