Dulce de Leche Ice Cream

Dulce de Leche Ice Cream Recipe

Anyone who hasn’t tried Haagen-Dazs’ dulce de leche ice cream will have a hard time guessing what flavor this is. Not quite caramel or butterscotch, this is one of those ice cream flavors that make people go, “Oh my gulay* this is so good. What flavor is this?”

Dulce de leche ice cream comes  in a low-key shade of light brown so it’s not the most exciting-looking frozen dessert, but one spoonful and finicky preferences won’t matter. This ice cream flavor is a certified crowd pleaser.

It’s also really easy to make because it uses an egg-free ice cream base. The pre-churn chilling does take a bit of time, but you’ll get the best flavor and consistency with an overnight rest in the fridge.

* Filipino version of OMG. Translates to “Oh my vegetable.” Doesn’t make sense to me either.

recipe adapted from Wayne Gisslen’s Professional Baking

Dulce de Leche Ice Cream

makes about 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 quarts of ice cream, depending on overrun

Dulce de Leche Ice Cream Recipe - Churned


2 1/4 cups whole milk (18.5 ounces / 525 grams)
1 1/4 cups dulce de leche (14 ounces / 396 grams)
1/2 cup heavy cream (4.6 ounces / 130 grams)
a splash of vanilla extract
a pinch of salt


Special Equipment:


  1. In a heavy saucepan, heat the milk and dulce de leche just to a boil, stirring until the dulce de leche is dissolved.
  2. Remove from the heat and add the heavy cream, vanilla extract, and salt.
  3. Cool completely at room temperature. Store in an airtight container and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled, preferably overnight.
  4. Churn, churn, churn.
  5. Serve immediately for a soft-serve consistency or store in an airtight container and freeze.

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50 Responses to “Dulce de Leche Ice Cream”

  1. Bakinghistory says:

    Wonderful recipe. Dulce de leche is my favorite, the one I would choose if I could have only one ice cream flavor. Your sense of humor always brings me a smile everytime I visit your blog (oh my gulay!) :-)

  2. joelen says:

    What a fabulous flavor! I love that you used your homemade dulce de leche and it looks fabulous!

  3. kat says:

    Oh, I’m getting an ice cream maker for Christmas & can’t wait to try this!

  4. noble pig says:

    One of my absolute favs….I know how good this is! Thanks for reminding me.

  5. Manggy says:

    Oh, goodness, I’ve been waiting for the DDL application. Tis awesome. I always thought the Haagen-Dazs flavor would be rippled, but I guess I’ve grown accustomed to cheap Nestle ice cream. Yours looks out of this world. I love that it’s milk through and through.
    I figure “Oh my gulay” was created to prevent profanity. Similar to “Anak ng pusikit,” which is a weird version of “Anak ng pussycat,” which was created to prevent uttering the word p*ta, but amusingly enough it sounds just as vile.

  6. lisaiscooking says:

    This sounds fantastic! Must get ice cream maker soon.

  7. Squawkfox says:

    Gaw. Your desserts are killing me. I would so love one of your ginger snaps with this ice cream. Dies.

  8. Lien says:

    Amazing, while I was searching for something this afternoon in the cupboard I found a jar of ready made dulce de leche, that had been there for quite a while, never used it (because our son has an allergy for milk), but this recipe is so good, I’ll make it first thing tomorrow! And I’ll make him (son) some soy based caramel ice cream ;-) .

  9. Joy the Baker says:

    This sounds soooo fantastic! It would be great over apple pie!

  10. Hannah says:

    Oh my, that sounds to-die for! And easily veganized, since I just came up with a recipe for “dulce de coco,” using coconut milk…

  11. CookiePie says:

    Oh yum – I LOVE dulce de leche – I bet this is fabulous!!!

  12. Hillary says:

    This reminds me of the dulce de leche ice cream I had in Argentina! Thanks for making me realize I could bring Argentina to me :)

  13. giz says:

    Oh my gulay!!! I dare not even take out my ice cream maker from the freezer – you do know what’ll happen, don’t you.

  14. Life Chef says:

    This has to be my favorite ice cream flavor on the planet. I love the more unusual flavors like ginger and saffron, but dulce de leche is my favorite.

    And LOL re: Oh my gulay. In a kitchen where I used to work we used “Oh my gato,” or “Oh my cat.” Makes no sense either but those were some good times…

  15. Maggie says:

    I loved HD dulce de leche ice cream and then I tried some with cajeta (goat’s milk dulce de leche). I was addicted at first taste. I have to try making my own using your recipe as a base!

  16. Elizabeth - Cake or Death? says:

    This sounds awesome! I think I’ll have to make this soon, we’re addicted to dulce de leche around here.

  17. Sweatha says:

    Perfect.I was waiting for this when you posted the DDL recipe.But its new to me.I never knew it was eggless.Perfect and pro Pics.VERY VERY INVITING :P

  18. maris says:

    I think I would like ANY kind of ice cream, this included!

  19. grace says:

    if anything deserves an “oh my gulay” (which i’m going to start saying all the time), it’s this ice cream. AMAZING. just imagining it on some apple pie makes me weak in the knees. :)

  20. Katie says:

    This looks…wow. I LOVE ICE CREAM!

  21. Gera says:

    Hi Jude!

    The dulce de leche and the correspondent ice cream is the national dessert here in Uruguay. Impossible to think something sweet without it ;)

    As a big fan of dulce de leche I can tell you that your ice cream turn out great :)

    I’ve a post with more information about dulce de
    leche http://www.sweetsfoods.com/2008/10/power-of-dulce-de-leche-indulge.html

    Happy Holidays!!

    Gera .:. sweetsfoods

  22. Soma says:


    A Merry Christmas to you!

  23. Mrs. L says:

    I’m giving a cousin an ice cream maker for Christmas so I’ll have to send her the link to your post! And I can’t wait to say “oh my gulay” around all my Filipino relatives :)

  24. katie says:

    OMG! I am going to go out and buy an ice cream maker right now just so I can make this! YUM!

  25. Y says:

    Oh my vegetable, what an amazing looking ice-cream! By the way, Merry Christmas to you, Jude :)

  26. Jaime says:

    this is one of my very favorite flavors! even better with a drizzle of more dulce de leche on top :)

  27. Melissa says:

    Ooooh! I just recently fell in love with dulce de leche. I will definitely be making this!

  28. Alexa says:

    Merry Christmas Jude!
    Warmest wishes for the new year… may it be as sweet as this delicious ice cream.

  29. snookydoodle says:

    this looks great! Will be a nice finish to a Christmas meal :)

  30. PG says:

    I would love to try this one. a wonderful flavour for sure.

  31. Lien says:

    IT was really delicious! Everybody loved it! Thanks for a wonderful recipe Jude! Happy holidays

  32. Lori says:

    This looks so good! I have a jar of Dulce de Leche. I need to try it! Than I need to make this ice cream.

  33. Peter says:

    Oh my my, I now want ice cream for brunch…it’s the holidays and it’s possible!

  34. linda says:

    I’ve made dulche de leche ice cream once before and it was very very good! You made yours look exciting despite the colour ;) Your colour was much darker than mine was though, will try this recipe next time…

  35. Miri says:

    Oh, the ice cream looks so creamy and tempting, I’m so going to try out this one! I didn’t have enough of this wonderful dulce de leche – I made doughnuts filled with it for Hannukkah and it left me craving for more :)

  36. Caitlin says:

    Oh that is so unfair. I totally want ice cream now, and it’s way too cold for that!

  37. Lorraine E says:

    That looks absolutely divine Jude. It’s ice cream season here so I have no excuse not to make this delicious concoction!

  38. anudivya says:

    OMG! I just can’t seem to take my eyes off of this pic… absolutely sinful.

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  40. Elizabeth (etherwork.net) says:

    You’re right, Jude, this is fabulous!! I love the flavour. My husband says it reminds him of mishti doi. (Have you ever had mishti doi? It’s the most wonderful Bengali sweet.)

    I’m thinking that the next time we make this, we should add a bit of cardamom.

    Many thanks for posting the recipe!

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  42. Elizabeth, never had mishti doi… Sounds good to me if it’s anything like dulce de leche.

  43. Sugar says:

    I am looking for dulce de leche ice cream recepie please?

  44. nina says:

    I want the ice cream maker! The price is reasonable except if I buy from US, it will be 110V. It’s such a hassle to use converters. I hope I could find one here at reasonable price! Btw, the ice cream looks yummy :)

  45. brianne and shelbi says:

    What does “oh my gulay” mean?!

  46. Henry says:

    Favor de escribirme en español

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  50. taiba says:

    I made this recipe, and the ice cream is in the freezer still freezing, I didn’t leave it to rest over night I just cooled it in a bowl of ice cold water. As a result (I think) even after churning it for 40 minutes it didn’t look like your ice cream at alll it didn’t freeze that well. I want to try making it again, if I leave it in the fridge over night will it become as perfect as yours?

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