Pomegranate ice cream is the perfect blend of sweet and tart. Refreshing on a hot summer day, and a delightful after dinner dessert or any time of the year.

Pomegranate ice cream in a dessert dish with pomegranate arils (seeds) on it.

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Ice cream, ice cream, we all scream for ice cream! And you’ll definitely be screaming for Pomegranate Ice Cream!! 

Another one of my favorite things in the summer is ice cream. I really do like it year round, I mean, who doesn’t? But something about the hot summer sun makes me crave cold creaminess on my tongue and It. Is. Delightful.

This summer we’ve started a new tradition, Ice Cream Sunday’s. Yes, we eat ice-cream every Sunday. I know, it’s a brilliant idea, right?

Three dessert dishes filled with pomegranate ice cream.

We have an ice cream maker, therefore we love to experiment with new flavors. I’ve been wanting to try pomegranate for while now. This pomegranate ice cream has bold flavor. It’s tart and sweet, and super creamy.

Pomegranate ice cream in a dish.

Here’s how to make it:

Ingredients for pomegranate ice cream, Cream, pomegranate juice and ice cream salt (for the ice cream maker).

You’ll need an ice cream maker, ice, ice cream salt, pomegranate reduction (recipe follows), cream, and pomegranate arils for garnish (optional) If you want it rich, use all cream, if you want it a little lighter use a combination of cream and half & half, or cream and milk. I used all cream.

Mix your pomegranate reduction and cream together. I used a pitcher for easy pouring into my ice cream maker.

Pitcher of pomegranate juice and heavy cream, not blended.

Stir it well.

Pitcher of pomegranate juice and heavy cream stirred together.

Now it’s time to put it in your ice cream maker and let it work it’s magic. That hardly felt like any work at all right? Super simple.

Ice cream mixture being poured into an ice cream maker container.

After you’ve followed your ice cream makers instructions, it should look like this:

Pomegranate ice cream on the "blades" of the ice cream maker.

Creamy deliciousness! Who wants to lick the spoon… or um, blade thingy? You can serve the pomegranate ice cream right away if you want to, right now it’s soft serve consistency. Or package it up and put it in your freezer until it hardens up and is more firm. The colder your ice cream is, the less flavor you can taste, so ideally, if it’s in your freezer already, let it sit out for 10-15 minutes for ultimate flavor.

Three dishes pomegranate ice cream with spoons, garnished with pomegranate arils.

Another great thing about ice cream is it’s nutritional value. Dairy has so many good nutrients for your body. Milk does a body good! You can read more at www.milkmeansmore.org. Plus, there are tons of recipes on their site. You won’t be disappointed!

So here’s the scoop on the pomegranate reduction. (I just realized I said ‘scoop’, hardy had har!)  When you do a reduction, you’re obviously reducing what you start with, in this case 100% pure pomegranate juice, but also, it creates an intense flavor. That’s why I chose to do a reduction for this recipe, as I mentioned before, it’s bold.

For the reduction:
4 cups 100% pomegranate juice (I like the POM brand, no matter what you use, it has to be 100% pomegranate, no blends)
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup lime juice from freshly squeezed lime

Pomegranate reduction on a spoon.

Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan.
Bring it to a simmer, and let it go uncovered for about an hour until it’s reduced to 1  1/2 cups. It will be a syrup consistency.

I want to hear from YOU! What is your favorite ice cream flavor? Tell me in the comments! Plus, stay tuned, I’ll be doing a giveaway in the next couple weeks and it has something to do with ice cream!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Three dishes of pomegranate ice cream with spoons and pomegranate arils.

Want to take it up a notch? Infuse the cream with some cardamom pods. Just heat it gently over the stove. Remove the pods, and then cool the cream completely in the fridge before continuing with the recipe. This makes a great fall/winter addition to the pomegranate ice cream.

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๐Ÿ“‹ Recipe

Pomegranate Ice Cream

Bold flavor that’s tart and sweet.
3.60 from 5 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
churn time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 285kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup pomegranate reduction see the notes for how to make reduction
  • 2 cups heavy cream or a combination of cream, half & half and/or milk
  • pomegranate arils seeds for garnish

Instructions

  • In a pitcher, add pomegranate reduction and heavy cream, stir to combine.
  • Add the mixture to the ice cream maker. Follow the manufacturer's instructions to churn the ice cream.
  • After churning, it will be soft serve consistency. Either serve right away, or place in a container and cover and store in your freezer. It will firm up more after chilling for a couple of hours.
  • To serve, scoop into dishes and garnish with pomegranate arils.

Notes

To make the pomegranate reduction:
  • In a small sauce pan, combine 4 cups 100% pomegranate juice, 1/2 cup of sugar, and 1/4 cup lime juice (freshly squeezed)
  • Bring it to a simmer, let it continue to simmer until the mixture is reduced to about half. It will thicken to a syrup consistency and coat a spoon. It takes about an hour.
  • Cool completely and store in a covered container or jar in the refrigerator. 
You only need 1/2 cup of the reduction for this recipe. Use the left overs in salad dressing, drizzled over vegetables, drizzled over ice cream or other fruit desserts, add some to your coffee or hot chocolate. 

Nutrition

Calories: 285kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 109mg | Sodium: 32mg | Potassium: 104mg | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1166IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 54mg
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