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Blending 101: Tips on Making Ice Cream


Hello from all of us in Blendtec’s Customer Service Department!

We receive calls every day from our wonderful customers, some of whom ask how to get the most out of their high-powered blenders. Generally, we refer them to the gorgeous Fresh Blends cookbook (included with every blender purchase). But today we’re going to give you a recipe and some tips that we use with our own Blendtec blenders.

Blendtec's Blueberry Ice Cream

Blendtec’s Blueberry Ice Cream

This January has been quite cold for many parts of the United States, and lots of folks are thinking about soup and hot chocolate to keep warm. Still, we sometimes crave sweet and creamy ice cream. One recipe we all really like is Blueberry Ice Cream. This recipe is not for the calorie counter, but this delicate and delicious dessert is worth the splurge. And, with only three ingredients, it’s simple to make!

  • 1¼ c half-and-half
  • 3 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 12 oz frozen blueberries (approx. 2½ cups)

Add ingredients to FourSide jar in order listed and secure lid. Select “Ice Cream,” and then enjoy!

Here are some tips and variations for making this ice cream:

  • For an extra smooth consistency, run the blender on Speed 2 for 20 seconds and then run on Speed 10 for an entire 50-second cycle.
  • If you like fruit chunks in your ice cream, follow the recipe instructions but add only half of the blueberries to the jar. Halfway through the cycle, add the remaining blueberries by removing the clear insert in the jar lid.
  • Use a little less than 1 cup of milk—usually almond or skim—and then add a scoop of vanilla protein powder. Top with a little ice.
  • Depending on the season and your tastes, the blueberries may not provide enough sweetness, so you may want to add another sweetener.

We love getting new tips and tricks from customers who have put their blenders through the paces. Do you have any ice cream tips? Let us know in the comments section below. Or, sound off on Facebook!

18 thoughts on “Blending 101: Tips on Making Ice Cream

  1. David shipman

    For the extra smooth consistency recommendation, is that before selecting “ice cream” or is it after, or is it in place of?

  2. shiral boone

    I have the blender, but only the wild side jar, will this recipe work in the wild side jar? I don’t have the 4 side jar.. gonna have to get one though because most of the recipes are for the 4 side jar.. driving me nuts here.. LOL

    1. Mary Butler Post author

      You can do any of the recipes in the book that call for the Four Side jar by adding 20% more ingredients (make sure the blade is covered) into the WildSide jar.

  3. shiral boone

    I just made this, now I am back. It its blueberry milk. I have not been able to make any ice cream with this machine no matter what recipe I try.

    1. Mary Butler Post author

      Hi Shiral, I am sorry you are having trouble with ice cream. I am assuming you are using the recipe in the blog for blueberry ice cream. The thickening agent in ice cream is frozen ingredients (blueberries in this recipe) or ice. So if you are not getting thick results add more frozen blueberries or add a little ice. You should be able to get the results with one blend cycle. Hitting the button more than once could give you a runnier consistency. I hope this helps.

  4. Can I make lemon icecream with just sugar halfand half and lemom juice and rind. I have the side by side and will use 20% more if I need to.

    I had lemon icecream at my friend’s house and these are the only ingreients that she used. She has a real icecream maker, but I am hoping I can get results with the Blendec. Thank You, Julie

  5. Can I make lemon icecream with just sugar halfand half and lemom juice and rind. I have the side by side and will use 20% more if I need to.

    thank you

  6. Larkin

    Tried putting a whole peach, nectarine, frozen blueberries and some maple syrup. Aft using 4 cubes of ice, runny, added 4 more cubes, smooth but not firm. Using “Icecream ” button on an older model. Why not stiffer?

    1. Kelli Farley

      Hi James, thank you for your comments on our blog. Half and half is a type of cream. You will find it in the dairy section next to the whipping cream. It is named half and half because it does not contain all the fat that whipping cream contains.

  7. mary e. james

    I would like to make a basic vanilla ice cream – dense and very creamy – but I don’t particularly like the eagle brand recipe. Afterwards, if I want fruit flavours or chocolate, can I just add what I want?
    Thanks, me

  8. Gabriela

    LOVE my blender. Purchased it yesterday and have been experimenting. Have owned a VitaMix but the Blendtec is far superior in quality in my opinion.
    Just made a batch of my version of chocolate peanut butter…

    Roasted peanuts ( approx. 1 1/2 c. )
    2 tlsp. of organic cocoa powder ( Camino )
    2 tsp. of cinnamon
    3 tblsp. Honey
    1/4 c. Melted coconut butter ( approx.)

    Mixing worked best on the batter cycle. Mix until creamy scraping side a couple of times.
    DELICIOUS! In my opinion ( and my husband’s )

    Could you please clarify what you mean by adding 20% more ingredients for the Wildside blender?
    What is the reason for this? I am a newbie.

    Also made ice cream today…my version

    1 1/2 c ( plus 2 tblsp ) half and half cream
    Approx. 8 pieces of dark chocolate
    3 tblsp. Sugar
    2 1/2 c strawberries

    Not as firm as we like but will try your tips above.


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