Rainbow ice cream recipe

No Churn Rainbow Ice Cream Recipe

Are you looking for a fun, colourful dessert perfect for kid’s parties and celebrations? Keep reading to learn how to make rainbow ice cream (aka unicorn ice cream).

Anyone can make this quick, no-churn ice cream recipe in around 10 minutes. There are similar ice cream available in supermarkets, but it’s a lot more fun to make your own. You will also avoid the extra ingredients added to retail ice cream.

If you like this recipe, also check out my cotton candy ice cream recipe.

How to make rainbow ice cream video

Rainbow ice cream is super easy

Here’s a quick summary of the steps to make rainbow ice cream.

  • Combine the condensed milk with vanilla, then fold it into whipped cream.
  • The fun part is colouring it and adding some extra sprinkles on top! Keep reading for a breakdown of these steps.
Steps to make rainbow ice cream
5 steps to make rainbow ice cream.


  • 1 can condensed milk (395g).
  • 1 tsp vanilla.
  • 500ml cream.
  • A few drops of food colourings of your choice (4 colours).
  • extra sprinkles and candy to decorate.

The steps

Combine condensed milk and vanilla in a bowl.

A bowl of condensed milk and vanilla
Mix condensed milk and vanilla.

Add cream to a bowl and beat until stiff peaks form.

A bowl of cream with a beater next to it
Whip cream until stiff peaks form.

This cream is firm and ready for the next ingredient.

A bowl of whipped cream
Cream with stiff peaks.

Fold in the condensed milk gently.

A bowl of cream, condensed milk and a spatula.
Fold condensed milk into cream gently.

Add equal amounts of the mixture into separate bowls and mix in a few drops of different colouring to each bowl. You can use common food colours for this ice cream available in the supermarket baking section.

This recipe uses blue, yellow, green, and pink. Mix these colours to create some unique options.

Now spoon the colours into a suitable, freezer-safe container. Add the sprinkles and cover with cling wrap, then transfer to the freezer.

Ice cream with a colourful design
Ice cream with a colourful design.

The finished rainbow ice cream.

Rainbow ice cream with scoop next to it
The finished rainbow ice cream

It scoops surprisingly well. Who knew no-churn ice cream could taste so good?

A scoop of rainbow ice cream on bench
A scoop of rainbow ice cream

Could you say no to this?

Super colourful rainbow ice cream in a dish with a scoop
A super colourful looking dessert.

Scoop the ice cream and add to cones or a bowl. Yum!

Scooped rainbow ice cream in a dish.
Scooped rainbow ice cream ready to devour.

Top with your favourite sprinkles and candy.

A scoop of ice cream with M&M minis on top.
Cover with extra M&M minis.

A perfect dessert for birthdays.

The perfect birthday dessert.
The perfect birthday dessert.

If there’s any leftovers, have a bowl yourself. You’ve earned it πŸ™‚

A bowl of rainbow ice cream
Have a bowl for yourself too

That’s it, now it’s your turn. I hope you enjoy making this rainbow ice cream.

Tips for better ice cream

  • Chill everything in the freezer before getting started. That includes the whisk, mixing bowl, and the container for freezing the dessert.
  • Gently fold the cream and condensed milk together to keep as much air in the mixture as possible. This results in a mouth-watering creamy, soft texture.
  • Add more food colouring to get a brighter, vibrant ice cream.
  • A loaf pan or casserole dish will both work well.
  • Store the ice cream at the back of the freezer away from temperature fluctuation.
Rainbow ice cream recipe

Rainbow Ice Cream Recipe

Create a fun ice cream that's full of colour – ideal for birthdays and other fun events.
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Course: Dessert
Keyword: ice cream, rainbow
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Freeze time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes


  • 395 gm condensed milk 1 can
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups thickened cream
  • blue, yellow, green, pink food colouring
  • 1/4 cup sprinkles and candy to decorate


  • Combine condensed milk and vanilla
  • Whip cream until stiff peaks form
  • Fold condensed milk into cream
  • Spoon mixture into separate bowls then add a few drops of different food colouring to each.
  • Scoop the ice cream into a container one colour at a time. Be creative and make a pattern that you like.
  • Top with sprinkles and any candy you enjoy like M&Ms.
  • Cover with cling wrap and freeze for three hours.
  • Enjoy your ice cream in a cone or bowl.


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  1. I still have a issue with my freezer, but I really would love to make this once I get it fixed. Looks so happy and I know everybody would enjoy this. Thanks for sharing at Fiesta Friday party! Please don’t forget to visit other party goers.?

  2. Wow!!! What a riot of colors in this scrumptious dessert! Would love a scoop of this any time!! Thanks for bringing it to the party at Fiesta Friday! I might have missed it but please do link back to Fiesta Friday to get a chance to be featured and so that more bloggers get to see your amazing posts and join the party!! Happy Fiesta Friday πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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