Bubble Gum Ice Cream

Believe it or not, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Surprise your little ones with every child’s dream, Bubble Gum Ice Cream.

Bubble Gum Ice Cream #valentinesday #party

It’s funny how a certain food can epitomize your childhood. Bubble Gum Ice Cream is that food for me.

On any given Saturday my parents might have surprised the clan by taking us to the movies. I always looked forward to the show and the popcorn, yet I recall feverish curiosity over WHICH movie theater we were headed to.

There were a couple theaters close to our house, yet one across town, had a ice cream parlor next door. That… was the theater I desperately hoped we were driving toward. I would watch out the window with great anticipation as we weaved through town. With my fingers grasping the window seal and heart thumping, I would visualize the vast array of ice cream flavors in the long freezer case, a rainbow of possibilities. At the moment I was SURE we were going to right theater, a sigh of ecstasy would emerge.

If mom and dad were taking the time to drive all the way across town, they would be easily persuaded to stop at the ice cream parlor on the way home. Guaranteed.

Don’t you love the rationale of a child?

Fabulous Bubble Gum Ice Cream #valentinesday #party

I remember slowly floating down the case, taking in all the flavors, pondering whether it was time to try Rocky Road or Butter Pecan. Yet secretly, I always knew what I would pick, Bubble Gum Ice Cream.

Sweet creamy bubble gum ice cream, loaded with rock hard gumballs that you scoop around, saving them for later. A pile of half-thawed gumballs, the reward in the bottom of your cup. How many would there be? What colors would they be?

Making Bubble Gum Ice Cream #valentinesday #party

Best of all, when everyone else had finished their treat, YOU were still chomping away on your giant wad of bubble gum. Sigh… I loved that.

There was is not a single food I love more than ice cream. Although I don’t often eat bubble gum ice cream these days, the idea of it still makes me smile.

I made this batch for my little sweeties. You can imagine the look of shear delight that graced their faces when I told them their after-school snack was Bubble Gum Ice Cream, instead of apples and almond butter that day.

Make Bubble Gum Ice Cream #valentinesday #party

What makes this version pretty wonderful is that the ice cream base itself, tastes just like bubble gum. (So technically you could leave the gumballs out, but WHY?) Although you can purchase bubble gum extract at cake supply stores, I infused real bubble gum into the ice cream base.

The warm ice cream base, melts the bubble gum, releasing the sugar, flavor, and some of the color. Once the ice cream has cooled in the fridge, strain the ice cream base to remove the bubble gum residue, leaving a smooth texture.

In this batch, I picked through the gumballs, selecting only the red, white, and pink ones for a FUN Valentine surprise!

Easy Bubble Gum Ice Cream #valentinesday #party


More Vivacious Valentine Treats:

Zingy Raspberry Lemon Cupcakes

Ancient Pleasure Brownies (Sorry about the photos, one of my first posts!)

Chocolate Buttermilk Cupcakes with Strawberry Cream Frosting

Valentine Fortune Cookies ~ Sprinkled with Flour

Valentine Jelly Pops ~ Tablespoon

Bubble Gum Ice Cream

Yield: 10

Prep Time:30 minutes active time

Cook Time:12 minutes

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  • 2 1/2 cups half and half
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1-2 drops red food coloring (optional)
  • 10 pieces of pink bubble gum (Dubble Bubble)
  • 1 cup small gumballs


  1. Whisk all the ingredients, minus the gums, over medium heat. Make sure the egg yolks are well combined.
  2. Add the pieces of pink bubble gum and bring to a light boil. Whisk until the gum softens and the base has thickened.
  3. Remove from heat, cover, and place in the fridge until completely cold. At least 3 hours, but overnight is better.
  4. Before pouring the ice cream base into the frozen bowl of an ice cream maker, place a paper towel in a colander and strain the base to remove of the gum particles.
  5. Pour the base into an ice cream maker and churn for 20-30 minutes.
  6. Once frozen, add the gumballs. Eat immediately or store in an air-tight container and freeze.
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  6. Annposted February 17, 2014 at 12:53 pm Reply

    Love this ice cream. Made it twice. Any advice though on cleaning out the pot of the bubble gum residue? Perhaps I melted it too long? I now notice you “soften” the gum vs melting in your instructions. Have you had any issue with the gum sticking to the pot?

    • Sommerposted February 17, 2014 at 4:27 pm Reply

      Hi Ann, Boil some water in the dirty pot and the residue should float to the top!

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  10. Julieposted April 29, 2013 at 5:52 am Reply

    After seeing a couple of other bubble gum ice cream recipes with bubble gum extract/flavoring in it, I was wondering how this would go cooking the actual bubblegum pieces. Well, it turned out great! My seven year old loved it!

  11. kristincposted February 13, 2013 at 2:37 pm Reply

    I just made this recipe and it was SOOOO Good.

    My tip: I wrapped my gum in one layer of cheese cloth and just pulled out the sack. No residue!

    Thanks for the recipe. The perfect valentines dessert.

  12. Chrisposted May 3, 2012 at 2:49 pm Reply

    I made the base according to directions. Everything went fine until the “place a paper towel in a colander and strain the base to remove of the gum particles” step. I poured it in, and it stayed in the colander. And stayed. And stayed. After 15 minutes, I had to pour it down the drain. Should I try using a piece of cheesecloth instead? I’m not sure of the size of suspended particles I am trying to filter out. Thanks in advance.

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  14. Jahnaviposted March 9, 2012 at 11:05 pm Reply

    You know when I first saw the blog post, I was reminded of this ice cream I used to buy as a kid from the Ice cream man called Bubble pop. It came in the shape of a pink baseball mitten and in the center used to be this white bubblegum ball to represent the ball obviously. Ah, the memories.

    I have three words for you: Simply delicious and delectable.

  15. Keriposted February 21, 2012 at 6:23 pm Reply

    Just made this for my daughter’s birthday party and it was AWESOME, so delicious, creamy, and cute! The only hard part was cleaning out the pan after cooking the bubble gum base, lol, but so worth it for such an incredible treat! Will definitely make this again…thanks so much for the wonderful recipe.

  16. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted February 6, 2012 at 5:45 pm Reply

    Bubble gum ice cream was one of my childhood favorites. And I’m not afraid to admit that I still order it once in awhile. (Or I convince one of my kids they should get it, so I can also get in my coffee ice cream fix!) Beautiful pink ice cream, Sommer!

  17. Candy @ Candy Girlposted February 6, 2012 at 11:02 am Reply

    Bubble gum was my favorite flavor as a kid. Thanks for bringing back a wonderful memory!

  18. Rachel - A Southern Fairytaleposted February 1, 2012 at 8:43 pm Reply

    too cute! I remember bubble gum ice cream SO very well! Love that you did this!

  19. Sweetsugarbelleposted January 31, 2012 at 6:44 pm Reply


  20. RisaGposted January 31, 2012 at 6:43 pm Reply

    This ice cream looks so creamy and dreamy. Sounds interesting.

  21. Kitaposted January 30, 2012 at 8:05 am Reply

    Holy wow! I am a kid all over again, chasing the ice cream truck and counting out my change. This ice cream looks wonderful!

  22. Deniseposted January 27, 2012 at 4:35 pm Reply

    This was always my FAVORITE ice cream!! It took me a couple days to find the gum and gumballs but I just made it today and it was just as AWESOME today if not better than when I was as a kid. My 3 girls *LOVED* it!!! Thank You!

  23. Bren @ Flanboyant Eats™posted January 27, 2012 at 3:52 pm Reply

    I originally saw this on Pinterest and fell in love. So nostalgic! And, nice to find your blog! :)

  24. Lori @ RecipeGirlposted January 27, 2012 at 9:52 am Reply

    LOVE this ice cream. Nice job!

  25. Ashton @nummmposted January 24, 2012 at 11:40 pm Reply

    Those look REALLY yummy! Well done!

  26. Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidenceposted January 24, 2012 at 4:54 pm Reply

    I used to love bubble gum flavored ice cream when I was young. Haven’t had it in soooo long. Brings back memories.

  27. Joyposted January 24, 2012 at 2:03 pm Reply

    My daughter would go balistic over this.

  28. A Canadian Foodieposted January 24, 2012 at 11:43 am Reply

    What gorgeous food styling. The entire idea of bubble gum ice cream repels me, yet you have made it look like an absolute fantasy!

  29. Kiran @ KiranTarun.composted January 22, 2012 at 4:01 pm Reply

    Aaahhh.. this brought back many wonderful childhood memories!! I love bubble gums. So creative :D

  30. Dmarieposted January 22, 2012 at 10:54 am Reply

    you wild thing, you!!

  31. Amy @ Gastronome Tartposted January 22, 2012 at 8:23 am Reply

    THANK YOU for posting this! When I was a kid this was all I would order at the local ice cream shoppe and I would always ask for an extra bowl to put the bubble gum in. Ahhh… memories!

  32. Alaiyo Kiasiposted January 21, 2012 at 2:30 pm Reply

    Your recipes and beautiful photos always take me to my “happy place.” I’ll keep this one in mind for Valentine’s Day!

  33. Connieposted January 21, 2012 at 6:03 am Reply

    Your photos are stunning as usual! I love the Valentine’s Day theme.

  34. Boulder Locavoreposted January 20, 2012 at 5:12 pm Reply

    Sommer this is so pretty! There is something about the color pink in food that feels so happy. I’ll definitely bookmark this for a fun surprise. Thank you!

  35. MyKidsEatSquidposted January 20, 2012 at 4:28 pm Reply

    Cool ice cream, great memories. My tween just got braces on so bubble gum is now a no-no. Bummer.

  36. Curtposted January 20, 2012 at 3:48 pm Reply

    That sounds so delicious! And the photo is excellent.

  37. Cookin' Canuckposted January 20, 2012 at 3:32 pm Reply

    This ice cream is so reminiscent of my childhood and so many memories came flooding back as I read this post. I HAVE to make this for my boys – I know they would be just as enthralled as I was at their age.

  38. Marlyposted January 20, 2012 at 12:29 pm Reply

    This is so sweet, Sommer! I just love the colors and the memories of eating ice cream like this. Too fun!

  39. [email protected]'s Recipesposted January 20, 2012 at 10:00 am Reply

    What a fun ice cream!

  40. Jen at The Three Little Pigletsposted January 20, 2012 at 9:39 am Reply

    That is insanely cute! Just stumbled it! And I’m totally digging all the Villeroy & Boch pieces you’ve been using lately.

  41. brandiposted January 20, 2012 at 8:17 am Reply

    High’s ice cream had a bubble gum that was my FAVORITE growing up! this is awesome :)

  42. Simply Lifeposted January 20, 2012 at 6:36 am Reply

    oh this is way too fun and creative!

  43. Anna @ hiddenponiesposted January 19, 2012 at 10:56 pm Reply

    Love this unique idea for a Valentine’s Treat!

  44. Rikki-Deeposted January 19, 2012 at 10:30 pm Reply

    This sounds like the perfect ice cream for my soon to be 11 year old’s bday party. I’ll have to do a test run first of course. Quality control, it’s just another burden I carry for my loved ones. lol!

  45. Michelleposted January 19, 2012 at 9:40 pm Reply

    Ohhh thank you for this!! The 6 1/2 year old is beside herself with glee at helping to make this ;)

  46. Grubarazzi (@Grubarazzi)posted January 19, 2012 at 8:19 pm Reply

    I love this more can I could ever explain in words…the bubble gum infused base really seals the deal for me. Wow.

  47. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.posted January 19, 2012 at 5:47 pm Reply

    wow super fun!!

  48. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchenposted January 19, 2012 at 4:45 pm Reply

    What a fun retro flavor!

  49. Mariaposted January 19, 2012 at 4:42 pm Reply

    This was my favorite flavor as a kiddo!

  50. Cassieposted January 19, 2012 at 3:58 pm Reply

    This is AWESOME, Sommer! Takes me right back to my childhood!

  51. Jessica @ How Sweetposted January 19, 2012 at 3:50 pm Reply

    I’ve been thinking about this all day. I’m in love!

  52. Belinda @zomppaposted January 19, 2012 at 3:22 pm Reply

    I love this! Put a big smile on my face!

  53. Colleenposted January 19, 2012 at 2:41 pm Reply

    Omg you have no idea how happy this makes me! Bubble gum was a favorite of mine growing up. I had no idea you could make it homemade. This ice cream is just so fun & sweet :)

  54. [email protected]posted January 19, 2012 at 2:18 pm Reply

    This is such a great post!! Bubblegum used to be my favorite ice cream flavor…then I kind of forgot about it. I have GOT to make this just to bring back those childhood memories!

  55. Chris and Amyposted January 19, 2012 at 12:31 pm Reply

    So cute and fun and yummy sounding!

  56. Aggieposted January 19, 2012 at 11:11 am Reply

    How fun is this!! Love it!

  57. Nutmeg Nannyposted January 19, 2012 at 11:08 am Reply

    Wow! So sweet and delicious! Love that pink color for V-Day!

  58. the wicked noodleposted January 19, 2012 at 11:00 am Reply

    I just love this!! I’m going to drag my ice cream machine out of the back of the cupboard and surprise my girls. What a fun treat!

  59. RavieNomNomsposted January 19, 2012 at 10:19 am Reply

    Oh my gosh, how cute is this!? This is just so adorable and I am sure so many little kids would just love this. Does that include adults that act like kids too? Because I think I fill that bill, hehe.

  60. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugarposted January 19, 2012 at 10:16 am Reply

    Makes me feel like a kid again!

  61. The Mom Chef ~ Taking on Magazines One Recipe at a Timeposted January 19, 2012 at 9:24 am Reply

    I’ve been wracking my brain, trying to remember what flavor I loved most. All I remember was going for the dreamsicle whenever the ice cream truck came by the house. Dudette would adore this ice cream though. She loves bubblegum. What a fun walk down memory lane.

  62. Erinposted January 19, 2012 at 8:23 am Reply

    Wow I love that you made this! I used ride my bike down several blocks to get bubble gum ice cream from a local ice creamery growing up. With extra bubble gum on top!

  63. marlaposted January 19, 2012 at 8:20 am Reply

    This is dreamy for kids & adults!! Pinning now!

  64. Brandie (@ Home Cooking Memories)posted January 19, 2012 at 8:07 am Reply

    So cool! I picked bubble gum ice cream all the time as a kid. It’s so pretty too!

  65. Gina @ Running to the Kitchenposted January 19, 2012 at 8:00 am Reply

    I’m pretty sure you win mom of the year award with this one. I didn’t have bubble gum ice cream as a kid but I do remember the bubble gum noses of the ice cream pops we’d get from the ice cream truck. Almost as good ;)

  66. Kiri W.posted January 19, 2012 at 8:44 am Reply

    Wow, that looks so fun! I was never a big bubblegum eater as a child (oh, how times have changed), but I bet I would have just loved this anyways :) Looks fantastic, I wish I had an ice cream machine!

  67. Katarinaposted January 19, 2012 at 7:07 am Reply

    Lovely ice cream, it makes me smile!

  68. leslieposted January 19, 2012 at 7:00 am Reply

    Ahhhh, I totally love this and my kids would too. Bubble Gum Ice Cream= Kid Love