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Honey Cinnamon Crunch Ice Cream

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Creamy ice cream with the sweetness on honey and goodness of cinnamon mixed is is always delicious. Adding cinnamon crunchies makes it even better. This is the perfect ice cream to enjoy on its own or with so many desserts!

Small bowl of crockpot cinnamon apples served with a scoop of ice cream and a spoon.

Homemade ice cream is always an amazing treat, but this recipe takes it to the next level. With honey, cinnamon and some crunch mixed in it is great on its own.

It is also fabulous served with a drizzle of caramel. Or serve it with pumpkin or apple desserts to make them over the top amazing.

We have been on a homemade ice cream making kick. It is so easy and super delicious.

Luckily MiMi went on her own ice cream quest several years ago, so we have a lot of great recipes to build on. It has been fun to go through them and make them again.

rice krispie cereal coated in cinnamon candy coating.

She shared this recipe back in 2016 and we have been anxious to enjoy it. However I have had a hard time getting the cinnamon chips.

I think our local grocery store must treat them as seasonal. I know I’ve seen them there before, but they haven’t been available to add to my online cart.

Luckily I found them at a local specialty store. Though they are also available on Amazon.

So if you see them at your store, go ahead and pick up a couple of bags while you can. You can toss the extras in the freezer to make more later.

Or go ahead and order them online. I promise you this ice cream recipe is worth it!

scooping first helping with lots of crunchy bits out of quart container.

Here is what MiMi had to say in 2016:

If you have followed Carlee for long, you may have guessed that we are never at a shortage for a little something sweet after dinner.  I always try to make a special dessert for our weekly family dinners.

On this particular week I was planning to serve this honey cinnamon crunch ice cream.  I saw a recipe for cinnamon crunch ice cream on SugarHero, but it was a cooked custard type ice cream.

I usually try to avoid cooked ice cream recipes so I came up with my own base and love the flavor of cinnamon in the ice cream.  

Spoonful of homemade cinnamon crunch ice cream with creamy honey base and chunks of cinnamon crunchies mixed in.

The cinnamon crunch makes this really different in a really good way.

I got this ice cream into the freezer when Carlee called and asked if she could bring dessert to our family dinner.  She had a recipe that she was really excited to make and I didn’t have the heart to tell her that I had already made and ice cream that would not go well with what she was bringing.

I hurried up and made some vanilla ice cream and we had another great ending to our meal.

This happened several weeks ago so I sent most of it back to school with Chloe.  Pops and I try not to east desserts through the week so Chloe was happy to take this temptation away from us.  

I saved enough to take pictures to share with you.


Tips for making great ice cream

Make sure you get the honey and sugar mixed into the milk completely before you add the cream. You can beat the tarnations out of the milk, but you don’t want to incorporate a ton of air into the cream.

Obviously a chilled base will freeze faster. So the colder your cream mixture is the easier time your machine will have.

scoops of honey cinnamon ice cream in front of storage container.

Add those crispy cinnamon bits right at the end. That way they stay intact and delicious.

Use raw local honey and get some allergy benefits. Because you aren’t cooking the base, it stays raw.

Cinnamon is good for you too, so it counts as health food. 😉 So go ahead and get another scoop!

Our favorite ice cream makers

MiMi has a couple Kitchenaid Ice cream maker attachments for her stand mixer.  She loves them and makes all of her ice cream with them.

I recently got a cuisinart ice cream maker. You freeze the bowl ahead of using it much like the kitchenaid attachment.

Both work great and are relatively affordable.  You just have to remember to get the bowl in the freezer in plenty of time to get it cold, but that is a whole lot better than making sure you have enough ice and salt on hand!

Storing your ice cream

My mom loves the Tovolo Glide-A-Scoop containers that fit in the freezer well, stack easily and store nicely.  She already has a couple and is getting ready to order more.

I got fun quart sized containers that are reusable and dishwasher safe that I like as well. No matter how it’s stored, ice cream tends to disappear quickly around here!

bowl with three scoops of honey cinnamon ice cream.

Serve this ice cream with

Mini apple crisp baked apples are part apple crisp and part baked apple.  They are amazing with a scoop of ice cream on top and this particular recipe would really add something amazing!

Applesauce cake is another great fall dessert that would get that added something special with a scoop of creamy cinnamon honey ice cream.

Mini sweet potato cakes are another great option to go with a scoop of this goodness.  Apples can’t have all the fun!

Slow cooker spiced apples is how we enjoyed our ice cream.  A scoop on top of warm cinnamon apples is a perfect easy dessert.

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Small bowl of crockpot cinnamon apples served with a scoop of ice cream and a spoon.

Honey Cinnamon Crunch Ice Cream

Servings: 12 Servings
Author: Carlee
Creamy ice cream with the sweetness on honey and goodness of cinnamon mixed is is always delicious. Adding cinnamon crunchies makes it even better. This is the perfect ice cream to enjoy on its own or with so many desserts!
4.91 from 11 ratings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 42 minutes


Cinnamon Crunchies

  • cup cinnamon chips
  • ¼ teaspoon coconut oil or butter
  • 1 cup Rice Krispies

Honey Cinnamon Ice Cream

  • cups heavy cream
  • cups whole milk
  • 1 pinch salt
  • cup honey
  • cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon


Cinnamon Crunchies

  • Microwave the cinnamon chips for 25 seconds and stir until melted. Heat them again in short intervals if necessary until it is smooth. Add the coconut oil and stir well.
    ⅔ cup cinnamon chips, ¼ teaspoon coconut oil or butter
  • Pour the melted cinnamon chips over the crispy rice cereal and stir until well coated.
    1 cup Rice Krispies
  • Spoon this mixture onto a baking sheet that has been lined with waxed paper and spread into a thin layer. Refrigerate until your ice cream is done churning.

  • Ice Cream
  • To make the ice cream blend together the milk, salt, honey, brown sugar, and vanilla. Stir until honey and brown sugar are dissolved.
    2½ cups whole milk, 1 pinch salt, ⅓ cup honey, ⅓ cup light brown sugar, 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Stir in the cream and cinnamon.
    2½ cups heavy cream, 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • Pour into the bowl of your ice cream maker and churn according to your manufacturers directions
  • Break the crunchies into small pieces and stir into the ice cream.
  • Put into a freezer safe container with a cover and freeze until firm.



Serving: 1ServingCalories: 337kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 3gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 15gPolyunsaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 64mgSodium: 69mgSugar: 25g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Monday 14th of September 2020

We do like cinnamon here and of course we like Ice Cream, so this recipe sounds like a keeper!


Saturday 30th of April 2016

I love cinnamon in ice-cream, this sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing at What'd You Do This Weekend?!


Sunday 1st of May 2016

Thanks, Joy! I'm hoping you are having a great weekend!


Wednesday 27th of April 2016

This sounds amazing!

Jessica Jarrell

Wednesday 27th of April 2016

I've got a Cinnamon Ice Cream in my archives waiting to be posted too! Ha ha :-) Great minds think alike! Mine, however, doesn't have the cinnamon crunchies. I love the addition of the crunchies, yum!


Wednesday 27th of April 2016

It is fun to have that difference in texture. I can't wait to see how you make your cinnamon ice cream!


Tuesday 26th of April 2016

This sounds delicious. Honey and ice cream with the crispy cereal are a reminder of fried ice cream. Love the Churro Ice Cream too. Yummmm!

Wishes for tasty dishes, Linda


Tuesday 26th of April 2016

It is a lot like the flavor of fried ice cream, without the mess of frying! Thanks so much!