Coconut Macadamia Ice Cream

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Grab a pink paper lei – this ice cream tastes like a Hawaiin vacation! Or as I imagine it anyway, since I’ve never been to Hawaii.

Homemade ice cream is easy to make, especially if you have a Cuisinart countertop ice cream maker. But even if you’re using a regular ice cream maker with the ice and salt, you’ll want to try this.

Gather up your ingredients:

1 can Cream of Coconut – found in the aisle with drink mixes (like pina colada and margarita)
2 cups half & half
a handful each – coconut, macadamia nut pieces, chocolate shavings. The mix-ins should be approximately 1 cup all together.

This amount will make 1 Cuisinart freezer full. If you’re using a regular freezer that makes a gallon, you’ll need to double the recipe. You may also be able to use more than 4 cups of half & half in a regular freezer, but that should still work. You just get more ice cream.

Keep in mind that the ingredients in the bowl are for two Cuisinart freezers, or the amount you would use for a regular freezer. Use half that if you’re only making one Cuisinart or similar freezer.

I found the macadamia pieces in the baking aisle. I was going to buy almonds and they do taste good in this ice cream, but I couldn’t pass up macadamias.

For the chocolate shavings, I used 1 square of semi-sweet chocolate. (Two if you’re doubling) I put it in the microwave for about 5-10 seconds, just to make it a bit softer, but not melted at all. Then I shaved it with a vegetable peeler. I’m sure there is a better way to get chocolate shavings, but I dont’ know what it is. I don’t use the whole square of chocolate. It becomes too hard to hold onto without shaving my fingers. I told you there must be a better way. If you know it, please tell me.

Stir the cream of coconut, half & half together. Pour into the freezer and follow your freezers directions. A few minutes before the ice cream is done, add the nuts, coconut and chocolate shavings.

You can eat this right away, or put it in a container and freeze it for later. Some home made ice creams can be very hard after they are stored in the freezer, but this one dips easily.

Normally, I have no self-control when it comes to ice cream but I made this especially for my Dad and I haven’t eaten any of it. Well, if you don’t count licking the spoons and scraping down the sides of the freezers. I even poured the scoops I photographed back into the container. It will be packed on dry ice and carted off to Dad this weekend. I hope he’ll share.

Coconut Macadamia Ice Cream

Serves: 6 servings

  • 1 can Cream of Coconut – found in the aisle with drink mixes (like pina colada and margarita)
  • 2 cups half & half
  • ¼ cup chocolate shavings
  • ¼ cup macadamia nut pieces
  • ¼ cup shredded coconut
  1. Stir cream of coconut and half & half together until well blended.
  2. Pour into ice cream maker and freeze according to instructions.
  3. When ice cream is nearly done freezing, add the other ingredients.
  4. Serve right away or allow to harden in freezer.

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  1. parentingBYdummies says:

    Darn it! Now my desk is all wet from drool. And, I’m pretty sure I gained like two pounds just from looking at that yummy ice cream.

  2. Tiffany, that looks so yummy… I can hardly stand it! Thanks for stopping by my Doggie Life.SITS is so cool. I’m a homeschool Mom too… yeah us!!!

  3. abigail @ Piece of Cake says:

    YUM! im drooling here just thinking about this….

  4. That looks divine… 🙂 I’m following you now, I only wish your food could magically appear in my kitchen, you know already prepared…

  5. Michelle says:

    Holy freaking yum! This looks amazing!!! I am totally wanting to try this! Thanks for stopping by my tipsy site for UBP!

  6. Donna-FFW says:

    MMM, this ice cream sound soooo delicous!! So tropical and vacation -like!! I would love to try it!

  7. dongdong says:

    You are so amazing! I want to try that. Looks so delicious. My kids will love this. Thank you for sharing!

    I agree with Juls… wish your food could magically appear in my kitchen. 🙂

  8. That looks too good to be true!

  9. Hi I came here to thank you for your comment on my blog and now I’m craving homemade ice cream!! (I have a ice cream maker but we haven’t used it since moving into this house 3 years ago — mostly because some of the ingredients were too expensive and we just never got around to it — life got in the way) but now I’m tempted to get it out and try again! 🙂 thanks for the recipe, I’m going to look through the rest of your blog, and pretend I’m eating. 🙂 Then I’ll probably go make lunch and be disappointed that nothing I have is nearly as good as that ice cream on this blog! 🙂

    Thanks again for commenting, and I hope you’ll visit again!

  10. This looks so good. I love coconut and macadamia nuts, so I know I would love this. I’m gonna have to get the ice cream maker out now 🙂

  11. yum! my husband would love this flavor!

  12. Tiffany! THank you for stopping by The Glen…this ice cream sounds DELICIOUS!!!!

  13. Sugar Boogers & Tantrums says:

    Oh man there is nothing like homemade icecream. The best I ever had! That icecream looks sooo yummy. Thanks for sharing.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Have a great weekend!!

  14. burpandslurp says:

    WOW! I LOVE the classic tropical combo of coconut and macadamia! this would be dangerous in my kitchen, too. I’ll probably finish the whole batch and suffer the consequences in the bathroom!

  15. That sounds really good and I wish I had an ice cream maker. Only one thing, though, I don’t like coconut. I bet you’ve tried other ice cream recipes too. Thanks for sharing this one.

  16. Brittany Ann says:

    Stopping by via SITS. This looks like the most increibly ice cream. I feel like I have to have some right now. Thank you for sharing, I WILL be making this in the next couple of days. 😉

  17. Katherine Aucoin says:

    Be still my heart! I can’t wait to make this!

  18. Oh my gosh….that looks so yummy!
    Oh, and I have one of those ice cream makers (but in blue)!
    Looks like I’ll be making some ice cream too. 😀
    Thanks for the recipe.
    Hope your day has been beautiful.

  19. Quick question. Your directions first say this is enough for one freezer, then later says the amount in the bowl is for two freezers. Is the “two freezer” amount talking about the previous paragraph where you talk about doubling? I just want to get the right amount of ingredients. 🙂

    • Bethany, sorry to confuse you. I made 2 freezers full, so the amount of mix ins in the bowl is for 2 freezers. To make 1 freezer you’ll need about 1/3 cup each of chocolate flakes, nuts and coconut which would equal 1 cup.

  20. I finally made this a couple weeks ago and was kinda disappointed. I don’t know if I’d worked it up too much in my imagination or what. It wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t great. Ho-hum ice cream is still good simply because it’s ice cream (and you know how much I love sugar!), but this has some spendy ingredients that make me want it to be amazing.

    So, I’m off to try some of your other ice cream recipes. 🙂

    • Bethany, I’m sorry it didn’t meet the expectations. I’ve had that happen with recipes myself sometimes. This one is a favorite of my Dad’s, but that doesn’t mean it will be everyone’s fav. Thanks for trying it and letting me know what you think!

  21. It’s all good. No two sets of taste buds are alike. Plus the mint chip recipe you’ve got helped to compensate for the little disappointment on this one. 🙂

  22. I made this last night for a family Sun. dinner. I used mini chocolate chips. Two thumbs up from everyone!

  23. I just wanted to thank you for posting this recipe! (I saw it on tasty kitchen) It is the easiest ice cream recipe I have ever tried and is absolutely divine!!!! I will be putting this one into heavy rotation, thanks again!!!!

  24. I just made this last week and posted it on my blog today with a link back here. It’s AMAZING. Might be my FAVORITE home made ice cream so far!! Thanks!

  25. Cassie Scott says:

    I made this last night for a Beach themed Pokeeno night. It got rave reviews. I loved that it was super easy and while a splurge, not terribly expensive to make. One thing I would tweak….you really need to make sure the macadamia nuts are toasted first. I have a couple of tweaks I’d like to makke simply for my own personal preferences, but this was definitely a winner!

  26. Curious can I make this using the ice cream attachment and my kitchen Aid mixer?
    Any adjustments to the recipe?

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