[1] Churn your own: luscious homemade peach ice cream (photo © Dovile Ramoskaite | Unsplash).

[2] Graeter’s makes a limited-edition peach ice cream each summer. Grab it while you can (photo © Graeter’s).

[3] Even McConnell’s has discontinued its peach flavor (photo © McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams).

Peach Ice Cream
[4] No ice cream maker? Here’s a recipe for no-churn peach ice cream (photo © Bourbon And Honey).

[5] The riper the peaches, the better. When peaches seem to be overripe, they may be just right to puree for ice cream (photo © Good Eggs).

[6] Häagen-Dazs discontinued its peach ice cream (above), but now makes peach sorbetto (photo © Häagen-Dazs).


July 17th is National Peach Ice Cream Day. Our favorite childhood flavor (along with pistachio), peach ice cream got nudged out of the lineup before the end of the last century. It was replaced by flavors such as Cookie Dough and Oreo.

Even Talenti, which makes 51 flavors, ditched its Peachin favor of flavors like Banana Caramel Crunch, Chocolate Pretzel and Key Lime Pie.

McConnell’s likewise: 24 flavors include Cherry Cheesecake & Graham Cracker Crumble, Cinnamon & Oatmeal Raisin Cookies and Honey & Cornbread Cookies, but no more peach (take a last look at it in photo #3). Only Graeter’s, it seems, remains.

Why? Like anything else, trends. Younger customers have never had peach ice cream. And caramel, cookies and crunch sound better to them than fruit.

Plus, fresh peaches are only available for four months at best (although frozen peaches work), so only smaller artisan producers tend to make it (look for Graeter’s—photo #2).

We made a batch with fresh peaches (recipe below); and it was so heavenly, we’ll be trying the frozen peaches when the summer is open.

A recent Newsweek article reported on the most popular ice cream flavors in the U.S., based on a YouGov survey of approximately 20,000 adults. The results were released in July 2020.

The most popular flavor are, in order:

  • Chocolate
  • Vanilla
  • Strawberry
  • Butter Pecan
  • Mint Chocolate Chip
  • Cookies & Cream
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
  • Rocky Road
  • Coffee
  • Pistachio
  • Chocolate Chip
  • Neapolitan
  • Birthday Cake/Cake Batter
    While we like any ice cream, and have a particular fondness for five of those flavors, we’ll be making more peach ice cream next weekend. (Not so amazingly, yesterday’s quart is all gone.)

    This rich and creamy recipe delivers a “peaches and cream” flavor rather than pure peach intensity.

    It’s an extremely rich French custard recipe (or “French-style” ice cream), in the manner of Häagen-Daz, which includes eggs.

    The recipe can be used with any type of fruit, as long as you have 5 cups of purée. The proportions work for a 4-quart ice cream maker. You can cut it in half.

    When making ice cream, use very ripe fruit. Every time we see fresh peaches on sale because they’re so ripe that it’s their “last day,” we scoop them up and make ice cream.


  • To ripen your peaches or other fruit, place them in a brown paper bag and set them on the counter for a day or more. Check them daily: They can over-ripen quickly.
  • As with tomatoes, you can peel stone fruit easily by blanching in a pot of boiling water for 60 seconds. Transfer into a pot of cold water. The skins will slip off easily.
  • You can make the custard in advance and chill it for faster processing.

  • 6 egg yolks, beaten
  • 3½ cups sugar
  • 10 ripe peaches, peeled and chopped plus 3 peaches peeled and diced for inclusions (see directions above for easy peeling)
  • 4 cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons real vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt

    1. PURÉE the peaches in a food processor or blender, keeping the 3 cubed peaches aside. You need 5 cups of purée.

    2. MIX together in a large bowl the eggs and sugar until smooth. Stir in the 5 cups of purée; blend well.

    3. ADD the cream, milk, vanilla and salt; blend well. Pour the mixture into your ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions (do not overfill your machine). Add the cubed peaches (the “inclusions”) according to the instructions for inclusions.

    4. PLACE the ice cream in the freezer to harden. But before you do, enjoy a dish as “soft serve.” The flavors are more delicious right out of the churn, than after the ice cream hardens.

  • This recipe from Chef David Venable adds peach nectar and sweetened condensed milk.
  • This recipe from the National Honey Board substitutes honey for white sugar.
  • No-Churn Ice Cream Recipes



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