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Bubble Gum Ice Cream Recipe – Believe it or not, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Surprise your little ones with every child’s dream, a blend of ice cream and bubblegum pieces. 

Bubble gum ice Cream in glass cups

Bubblegum Ice Cream

It’s funny how a certain food can epitomize your childhood. This Bubble Gum Ice Cream with bubblegum pieces 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 of theaters close to our house, yet one across town, had an ice cream parlor right 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 the 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?

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 was the reward in the bottom of your cup. How many would there be? What colors would they be?

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.

Easy bubble gum ice cream recipe you can make at home

A Bubblegum Lovers Dream

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 sheer 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.

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 (artificial flavor), at cake supply stores to add the bubble gum flavoring, I infused real bubble gum pieces 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 and nostalgic taste.

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

How To Make This Pink Bubblegum Ice Cream

What Ingredients You Will Need

  • Half & Half
  • Heavy Cream
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Egg Yolks – you can use the rest of the eggs (the egg whites) to make Angel’s Food Cake
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Pinch of Salt
  • Red Food Coloring this is optional since the mixture can turn into a light pink color with the gum
  • Pink Bubblegum Dubble Bubble
  • Small Gum Balls this is also optional, it is used mostly for decorating 

Instructions For How To Make This Recipe

  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 Dubble Bubble 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 gum 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 ice cream for 20 to 30 minutes.
  6. Once frozen, add the gumballs. 
  7. Eat immediately or store in an air-tight container and freeze.

All that nostalgia wrapped up into one bowl of ice cream (and it even has a little protein in it, which is a bonus!)

Get the Complete (Printable) Bubble Gum Ice Cream Recipe Below. Enjoy!

Frequently Asked Questions

Any advice though on cleaning out the pot of the bubble gum residue?

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

Where Did This Ice Cream Flavor Come From?

Back in 1970, Baskin Robins wanted to make a tribute to all of the bubblegum lovers out there and created a vanilla base with bubblegum flavor and bubblegum candy pieces. It was a flavor Baskin-Robbins was hoping to be an American favorite.

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Bubble Gum Ice Cream Recipe

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Freezing Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 42 minutes
Surprise your little ones with every child's dream, Bubble Gum Ice Cream.
Servings: 10



  • Whisk all the ingredients, minus the gums, over medium heat. Make sure the egg yolks are well combined.
  • Add the pieces of pink bubble gum and bring to a light boil. Whisk until the gum softens and the base has thickened.
  • Remove from heat, cover, and place in the fridge until completely cold. At least 3 hours, but overnight is better.
  • 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.
  • Pour the base into an ice cream maker and churn for 20-30 minutes.
  • Once frozen, add the gumballs. Eat immediately or store in an air-tight container and freeze.


Serving: 1serving, Calories: 273kcal, Carbohydrates: 19g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 21g, Saturated Fat: 13g, Cholesterol: 110mg, Sodium: 40mg, Potassium: 109mg, Sugar: 15g, Vitamin A: 790IU, Vitamin C: 0.7mg, Calcium: 91mg, Iron: 0.1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier

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71 comments on “Bubble Gum Ice Cream”

  1. This is a great recipe and the ice cream is delicious!  Reminds me of my childhood favorite from Baskin and Robins. 

  2. My childhood dreams come true, haha!

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  8. 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?

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  12. 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!

  13. 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.

  14. 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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  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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!

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

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

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

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

  23. 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!

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

  25. LOVE this ice cream. Nice job!

  26. Those look REALLY yummy! Well done!

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

  28. My daughter would go balistic over this.

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

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

  31. you wild thing, you!!

  32. 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!

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

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

  35. 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!

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

  37. That sounds so delicious! And the photo is excellent.

  38. 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.

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

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

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

  42. oh this is way too fun and creative!

  43. Love this unique idea for a Valentine’s Treat!

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

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

  47. This was my favorite flavor as a kiddo!

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

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

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

  51. 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 :)

  52. 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!

  53. So cute and fun and yummy sounding!

  54. How fun is this!! Love it!

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

  56. 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!

  57. 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.

  58. 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.

  59. 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!

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

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

  62. 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 ;)

  63. 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!

  64. Lovely ice cream, it makes me smile!

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