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Homemade Maple Bacon Ice Cream

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Creamy maple bacon ice cream has that sweet and salty combination we have all come to love. It’s reminiscent of breakfast but in a creamy scoopable dessert. Serve it with waffles for an extra fun treat!

Plate of waffles with a couple of scoops of maple bacon ice cream.

Fresh sweet maple syrup and salty savory bacon come together in this unique ice cream recipe. The combination really works to make a tasty frozen confection.

It is great served on its own. Or top it with some crumbled bacon.

Candied bacon would be a great topper as well, or a drizzle of maple syrup. Or serve a scoop on top of a waffle (with more bacon and syrup of course) for a memorable waffle sundae.

Big glass bowl of ice cream base next to a pile of chopped bacon and bottle of maple syrup.

MiMi originally developed and shared this recipe with us back in 2015. As this year’s maple seaon wrapped up, it seemed like putting some of that delicious sap into ice cream was in order.

So we dug out this recipe and whipped up a batch. It is definitely a fun one!

Maple Syrup

Using a mix of brown sugar and maple syrup to sweeten this ice cream gives it great depth of flavor. Both add that bit of warmth in addition to sweetness.

We added a bit of maple flavoring to the mix to make sure the flavor was pronounced, but it os not completely necessary. You could add a little vanilla or just leave the extract out entirely if you would like.

scooping out first helping of maple bacon ice cream from storage container.

My father-in-law started making maple syrup several years ago. The last few years my parents and brothers have harvested maple sap as well.

It is definitely a labor of love harvesting all of that sap and boiling it down into what we know as syrup. I made a quick YouTube video showing the steps to make maple syrup if you are interested.

Pouring maple syrup over scoop of maple bacon ice cream.

All of that to say we appreciate our maple syrup more now that we know how it’s made. It is definitely good to the very last drop!

Of course you can leave the bacon out of this recipe and just make maple ice cream if that is your preference. Either way, it is bound to be good.

The Bacon

Adding bacon bits to the ice cream is a fun way to add a bit of smoky salty savoryness to the mix. It adds a bit of texture too.

You want to make sure to cook your bacon on the crispier side. Then chop it pretty fine.

Looking across bowl of maple bacon ice cream topped with bits of crisp bacon and extra maple syrup.

The ice cream is better with little flecks throughout rather than having bigger chunks of frozen bacon fat. The texture and flavor is better if you take the time to get the bacon right.

Why are there eggs in homemade ice cream?

The eggs do a few things to help your final ice cream’s texture. The eggs work as an emulsifier, which helps to keep the mixture homogeneous instead of the cream rising to the top.

Plus the egg yolks help to add a richness to the ice cream. They help to get that extra creamy texture.

Pouring maple syrup over scoop of maple bacon ice cream perched on top of a couple pieces of Belgian waffle.

We usually use super fresh eggs from my parents’ chickens and we have never had an issue. However using pasteurized eggs is the safest way to include the eggs.

You could leave the eggs out entirely, but it will change the texture of the ice cream. It will still taste amazing, it just won’t have quite the same mouthfeel.

You could also cook your base like a custard and then chill it before you add it to your ice cream maker. Do whatever you are most comfortable with.

Mimi’s original post from 2015

For family dinner this week we had breakfast for dinner. I made breakfast patty melts.

Family dinners always include dessert. I wanted to make a dessert that had breakfast flavors but I have been on an ice cream making kick.

scoop of maple bacon ice cream in small glass bowl in front of storage container.

It seems homemade ice cream is a family favorite. That’s when I came up with the idea of making a maple and bacon flavored ice cream.

I love these two ingredients together. I adjusted my vanilla ice cream recipe in a way I thought would be good and was pleased when it worked out. This makes a nice smooth ice cream.

If you like this recipe, you are going to love MiMi’s honey maple pecan pie. It uses our two favorite sweeteners to make a classic pecan pie without the corn syrup.

More great homemade ice cream recipes

Peanut butter banana ice cream is super creamy and delicious. The flavor combination of peanut butter, honey and bananas is a classic for good reason. It’s that sweet, salty depth of flavor that draws you in. 

Monster cookie ice cream is peanut butter cookie dough ice cream base loaded with bits of frozen monster cookie dough. Your taste buds will be screaming for more ice cream!

Pink velvet ice cream is a creamy delicious lightly chocolate ice cream with a swirl of cream cheese frosting. If you like red velvet cake you are going to love this pink velvet ice cream.

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Plate of waffles with a couple of scoops of maple bacon ice cream.

Homemade Maple Bacon Ice Cream

Servings: 16 Servings (2 quarts)
Author: Carlee
Fresh sweet maple syrup and salty savory bacon come together in this unique ice cream recipe. The combination really works to make a tasty frozen confection.
4.92 from 12 ratings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 50 minutes


  • 2 large pasteurized eggs
  • ½ cup light brown sugar packed
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons maple flavoring
  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • cups whole milk or half and half
  • ½ pound bacon cooked cooked crisp and finely chopped


  • Whisk eggs until light and fluffy.
    2 large pasteurized eggs
  • Add brown sugar, maple syrup and maple flavoring. Beat well.
    ½ cup light brown sugar, ½ cup maple syrup, 2 teaspoons maple flavoring
  • Stir in heavy cream and milk until well mixed.
    3 cups heavy cream, 1½ cups whole milk
  • Pour into ice cream maker and freeze according to your ice cream maker’s directions.
  • When mostly frozen, sprinkle in crumbled bacon and mix combine.
    ½ pound bacon cooked
  • Scoop into storage containers and freeze until solid.


Serving: 1ServingCalories: 299kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 8gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 13gPolyunsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 90mgSodium: 282mgSugar: 14g

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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Andrea Nine

Friday 7th of May 2021

Well, this looks like heaven and I’ll bet it is especially good with the waffles! Happy Mother’s Day!


Friday 7th of May 2021

Thank you!

Frugal Hausfrau

Wednesday 20th of January 2016

Oh my gosh, Carlee, this is crazy, and I'm sure crazy good!



Wednesday 20th of January 2016

This is one of my favorite creations we made for the blog! It was fun to make and even more fun to eat! Thanks!

Ashley Tukiainen

Monday 18th of January 2016

Bacon!!! My favorite! Bacon should be its own food group I think :)


Monday 18th of January 2016

I think so too! I wonder if there is some sort of bacon as a food group petition we could sign. Thank you so much!


Saturday 1st of August 2015

Carlee - what a fun ice cream flavor!


Saturday 1st of August 2015

Thank you so much!


Monday 20th of July 2015

My daughter and son would love this! Fun! Thanks for sharing it over at Country Fair Blog Party! Jan @ Tip Garden


Monday 20th of July 2015

I hope they like it as much as we did! Thanks for stopping by!